John McCusker
 

TOUR DATES


14 Nov 2013 Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber with Heidi Talbot
15 Nov 2013 Glee Club, Nottingham with Heidi Talbot
16 Nov 2013 Arlington Arts Centre, Berkshire with Heidi Talbot
17 Nov 2013 Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester with Heidi Talbot
18 Nov 2013 Nettlebed Folk Club, Nettlebed with Heidi Talbot
19 Nov 2013 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury with Heidi Talbot
20 Nov 2013 St Peter's Church, Ely with Heidi Talbot
21 Nov 2013 RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester with Heidi Talbot
23 Nov 2013 Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick with Heidi Talbot
24 Nov 2013 St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow with Heidi Talbot
29 Nov 2013 Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse, Esslingen, Germany with Heidi Talbot
30 Nov 2013 Nachfolge-Christi-Kirche, Bonn, Germany with Heidi Talbot
1 Dec 2013 Kulturhaus Ludenscheid, Germany with Heidi Talbot
4 Dec 2013 Catstrand, New Galloway with Heidi Talbot
5 Dec 2013 Queens Hall, Edinburgh with Heidi Talbot

15 Dec 2013 Music Hall, Aberdeen Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook
16 Dec 2013 Queens Hall, Edinburgh Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook
17 Dec 2013 Queens Hall, Edinburgh Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook
18 Dec 2013 Rothes Halls, Glenrothes Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook
19 Dec 2013 City Hall, Glasgow Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook
20 Dec 2013 Concert Hall, Perth Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook

31 Jan 2014 Royal Concert, Glasgow (Celtic Connections) Transatlantic Sessions
2 Feb 2014 Royal Concert, Glasgow (Celtic Connections) Transatlantic Sessions
3 Feb 2014 London, Royal Festival Hall Transatlantic Sessions
4 Feb 2014 Liverpool, Royal Philharmonic Transatlantic Sessions
5 Feb 2014 Gateshead, Sage Transatlantic Sessions
6 Feb 2014 Birmingham, Symphony Hall Transatlantic Sessions
7 Feb 2014 Manchester, Bridewater Hall Transatlantic Sessions

8 Feb 2014 The Met, Bury with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
9 Feb 2014 Sage, Gateshead with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
13 Feb 2014 Eden Court, Inverness with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
14 Feb 2014 Woodend Barn, Banchory with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
15 Feb 2014 Aros, Isle of Skye with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
19 Feb 2014 Brunton Hall, Musselburgh with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
20 Feb 2014 The Tolbooth, Stirling with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
21 Feb 2014 Eastgate Theatre, Peebles with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
22 Feb 2014 Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
23 Feb 2014 Mac, Birmingham with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
24 Feb 2014 Colchester Folk Club, Colchester with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
25 Feb 2014 Junction, Cambridge with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
26 Feb 2014 Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
27 Feb 2014 Union Chapel, London with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
28 Feb 2014 Wiltshire, Music Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
3 Mar 2014 Nettlebed Folk Clun, Nettlebed with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
7 Mar 2014 Victoria Hall, Saltaire with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
8 Mar 2014 Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle

9 Apr 2014 Arts Centre / Edge Hill University, Ormskirk with Heidi Talbot
10 Apr 2014 South Street Arts Centre, Reading with Heidi Talbot
11 Apr 2014 St John's Church, Godalming with Heidi Talbot
11 Apr 2014 Caroline Social Club Shipley, Bradford with Heidi Talbot
12 Apr 2014 Fleece Hotel, Boxford with Heidi Talbot
14 Apr 2014 National Centre for Early Music, York with Heidi Talbot
17 Apr 2014 Eastgate Theatre, Peebles with Heidi Talbot
18 Apr 2014 Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline with Heidi Talbot
24 Apr 2014 Cornerstone, Didcot with Heidi Talbot
25 Apr 2014 Blackheath Concert Hall Recital Rooms, London with Heidi Talbot
27 Apr 2014 Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon with Heidi Talbot
29 Apr 2014 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich with Heidi Talbot

 

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John McCusker Biog:

One of Scotland’s most accomplished and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer who has worked with artists as diverse as Paul Weller and Patti Smith, Teenage Fanclub and Billy Connolly.

Born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, in 1973, John began playing whistle aged five and fiddle two years later, forming his first band, Parcel O’Rogues, while still at high school. He joined the legendary Scottish folk outfit Battlefield Band at just 17, remaining with the line-up for the next 11 years, touring extensively around the world and featuring on seven of the band’s albums.

During this time, which also saw the release of his own first two solo recordings - 1995’s self-titled debut and 2000’s Yella Hoose – John also met the celebrated Yorkshire folk singer Kate Rusby, the start of a highly fruitful creative partnership that would continue until 2007. John produced several of her award-winning albums and performed in her live band. John has written the soundtracks to the Damien O’Donnell movie Heartlands (2002), Billy Connolly’s World Tour of New Zealand and the Jennifer Saunders sitcom Jam and Jerusalem. His most recent solo album, Goodnight Ginger, came out in 2003.

While initially emerging via the folk scene, John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. As a live guest, he has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Roseanne Cash, Linda Thompson, the Waterboys, Idlewild, Paolo Nutini and Jools Holland. In the studio, his playing has graced recordings by Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Teenage Fanclub, Ocean Colour Scene, and many more. In recognition of his multifarious talents, John was also presented with The Spirit of Scotland award for music in 2001, and was named Musician of the Year at the 2003 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

John’s fast-expanding portfolio as a producer includes the acclaimed debut albums by Kris Drever and Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble. He has also manned the controls for top folk chanteuses Eddi Reader and Eliza Carthy, and is currently at work on the forthcoming solo release from Radiohead drummer Philip Selway.

Other recent and current activities include a strictly-trad touring project with Celtic music stars Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle, and a new songwriting trio with the aforementioned Drever and Woomble. In 2007, John was jointly commissioned by the Celtic Connections festival and Cambridge Folk Festival to compose Under One Sky, uniting Scottish and English musicians of different genres, from Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis to ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon. With plans afoot to record and tour the project later in 2008, this year has already seen John serving as musical director of Celtic Connections’ gala opening concert, Common Ground, before releasing the Drever/McCusker/Woomble album in the spring. John recently joined Mark Knopfler on his 2008 world tour which will see him playing arenas around the world for the first half of the year. Later in the year he will be touring with Irish singer Heidi Talbot and Boo Hewerdine playing songs from Heidi's new record "In Love and Light".!

Phil Cunningham on John McCusker:

I was once asked, during an interview, to describe John McCusker. Once I'd filtered the immediate stream of rudeness and cheap comedy from my mind..the answer I gave was "he's a musician's musician."

Looking back on that statement, I think it was pretty accurate. I've known John for years now and have watched with a degree of fascination as he has quietly and efficiently put his stamp on the music world.

A thoughtful, exciting composer with a real flair for strong emotive melody, a patient, meticulous producer who has now guided many of the countries great talents to the successful completion of their projects and.... a really great player of every instrument he decides to tackle! Add to that his true generosity of spirit, and there you have it... John McCusker. Not bad for a young fella!

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