John McCusker
 

TOUR DATES 2015


31st Jan 2015 GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall Transatlantic Sessions
1st Feb 2015 GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall Transatlantic Sessions
2nd Feb 2015 GATESHEAD, The Sage Transatlantic Sessions
3rd Feb 2015 BRISTOL, Colston Hall Transatlantic Sessions
4th Feb 2015 BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall Transatlantic Sessions
5th Feb 2015 LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall Transatlantic Sessions
6th Feb 2015 LONDON, Royal Festival Hall Transatlantic Sessions

8th Feb 2015 CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian Theatre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
9th Feb 2015 NORTH BOARHUNT, Forest Folk Club with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
10th Feb 2015 FYFIELD, The Garrett Sessions with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
11th Feb 2015 MANCHESTER, Mark Radcliffe Session with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
12th Feb 2015 LONDON, Kings Place with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
16th Feb 2015 ABERDEEN, The Lemon Tree with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
17th Feb 2015 INVERNESS, Eden Court with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
18th Feb 2015 BIRNAM, Arts Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
19th Feb 2015 PEEBLES, Eastgate Arts Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
20th Feb 2015 BURY, The Met with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
21st Feb 2015 SALTAIRE, Victoria Hall with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
24th Feb 2015 DURHAM, The Witham Hall with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
25th Feb 2015 FINDHORN, Universal Hall with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
26th Feb 2015 STIRLING, The Tolbooth with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
27th Feb 2015 PAISLEY, Arts Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
28th Feb 2015 KENDAL, Brewery Arts Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
1st Mar 2015 BIRMINGHAM, Mac with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
2nd Mar 2015 NETTLEBED, Village Club with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
3rd Mar 2015 CAMBRIDGE, The Juntion with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
4th Mar 2015 YORK, NCEM with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
5th Mar 2015 BASINGSTOKE, The Haymarket with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
6th Mar 2015 ST HELENS, Citadel with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
7th Mar 2015 BELFAST, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
8th Mar 2015 BELFAST, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
9th Mar 2015 COLCHESTER, Arts Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
10th Mar 2015 WORCESTER, Huntingdon Hall with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
11th Mar 2015 NOTTINGHAM, Lakeside Arts Centre with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
12th Mar 2015 EDINBURGH, Queen's Hall with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle
13th Mar 2015 GLASGOW, St Andrew's in the Square with Michael McGoldrick & John Doyle

15th May 2015 DUBLIN, IRELAND, 3Arena with Mark Knopfler
16th May 2015 MANCHESTER, UK, Phones4U Arena with Mark Knopfler
17th May 2015 SHEFFIELD, UK, Motorpoint Arena with Mark Knopfler
19th May 2015 GLASGOW, UK, SSE Hydro with Mark Knopfler
20th May 2015 NEWCASTLE, UK, Metro Radio Arena with Mark Knopfler
22nd May 2015 LONDON, UK, The 02 with Mark Knopfler
23rd May 2015 BIRMINGHAM, UK, LG Arena with Mark Knopfler
25th May 2015 LONDON, UK, Royal Albert Hall with Mark Knopfler
26th May 2015 LONDON, UK, Royal Albert Hall with Mark Knopfler
28th May 2015 ASSAGO (MILANO), ITALY, Mediolanum Forum with Mark Knopfler
29th May 2015 NICE, FRANCE, Palais Nikaïa with Mark Knopfler
31st May 2015 SALEM, GERMANY, Schloss with Mark Knopfler
1st Jun 2015 ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND, Hallenstadion with Mark Knopfler
2nd Jun 2015 PARIS, FRANCE, Le Zénith Paris - La Villette with Mark Knopfler
3rd Jun 2015 PARIS, FRANCE, Le Zénith Paris - La Villette with Mark Knopfler
5th Jun 2015 ANTWERP, BELGIUM, Sportpaleis with Mark Knopfler
6th Jun 2015 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, Ziggo Dome with Mark Knopfler
8th Jun 2015 STAVANGER, NORWAY, DNB Arena with Mark Knopfler
9th Jun 2015 BERGEN, NORWAY, Plenen, Bergen Calling Festival with Mark Knopfler
10th Jun 2015 OSLO, NORWAY, Norwegian Wood Festival with Mark Knopfler
12th Jun 2015 TRONDHEIM, NORWAY, Sverresborg Arena, Tronheim Festival with Mark Knopfler
13th Jun 2015 UPPSALA, SWEDEN, Botaniska Trädgården with Mark Knopfler
14th Jun 2015 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, Tivoli - Plænen / Main Stage with Mark Knopfler
16th Jun 2015 HAMBURG, GERMANY, 02 World with Mark Knopfler
17th Jun 2015 DORTMUND, GERMANY, Westfalenhalle with Mark Knopfler
19th Jun 2015 MAINZ, GERMANY, Zollhafen Nordmole with Mark Knopfler
20th Jun 2015 MANNHEIM ARENA, SAP Arena with Mark Knopfler
21st Jun 2015 KÖLN, GERMANY, Lanxess Arena with Mark Knopfler
4th Jul 2015 BAD KISSINGEN, GERMANY, Luitpoldpark with Mark Knopfler
5th Jul 2015 STUTTGART, GERMANY, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle with Mark Knopfler
7th Jul 2015 HANNOVER, GERMANY, TUI Arena with Mark Knopfler
8th Jul 2015 BERLIN, GERMANY, 02 World with Mark Knopfler
9th Jul 2015 LEIPZIG, GERMANY, Arena Leipzig with Mark Knopfler
11th Jul 2015 MÜNCHEN, GERMANY, Olympiahalle with Mark Knopfler
12th Jul 2015 KLAM, (Nr. LINZ), AUSTRIA, Castle Clam with Mark Knopfler
13th Jul 2015 KRAKÓW, POLAND, Kraków Arena with Mark Knopfler
14th Jul 2015 ST. MARGARETHEN, AUSTRIA, Steinbruch with Mark Knopfler
16th Jul 2015 SAINT-JULIEN-EN-GENEVOIS, FRANCE, Stade des Burgondes, Guitar en Scene Festival with Mark Knopfler
17th Jul 2015 SION, SWITZERLAND, Plaine de Tourbillon, Sion sous les Etoiles with Mark Knopfler
18th Jul 2015 PIAZZOLA SUL BRENTA (PADOVA), ITALY, Anfiteatro Camerini - Company Arena with Mark Knopfler
20th Jul 2015 BAROLO (CUNEO), ITALY, Piazza Colbert - Collisioni Festival with Mark Knopfler
21st Jul 2015 ROME, ITALY, Cavea - Auditorium Parco della Musica with Mark Knopfler
22nd Jul 2015 LUCCA, ITALY, Piazza Napoleone - Lucca Summer Festival with Mark Knopfler
24th Jul 2015 LANUZA, HUESCA, SPAIN, Auditorio de Lanuza, Festival Pirineos Sur with Mark Knopfler
25th Jul 2015 HOYOS DEL ESPINO, AVILA, SPAIN, Finco Megosillo, Festival Músicos en la Naturaleza with Mark Knopfler
26th Jul 2015 SEVILLA, SPAIN, Estadio Olímpico with Mark Knopfler
28th Jul 2015 OEIRAS (LISBON), PORTUGAL, EDP Cool Jazz Fest, Parque dos Poetas with Mark Knopfler
29th Jul 2015 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN, Multiusos Fontes do Sar with Mark Knopfler
31st Jul 2015 BARCELONA, SPAIN, Poble Espanyol with Mark Knopfler

 

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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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