In celebration of his 25th Anniversary as a professional musician, John McCusker will release ‘Hello, Goodbye’ on April 29th 2016 and tour the UK in April and May. A wonderfully evocative set of compositions, ‘Hello, Goodbye’ is John’s first solo album in thirteen years, the first on his new record label Under One Sky Records and the first recorded in his state of the art studio, built over the last 2 years in a bothy dating from 1779, which neighbours his Scottish Borders home. Designed by legendary record producer and studio designer Calum Malcolm, the new studio is a winning combination of the traditional and the new, much like John’s music itself!
‘Hello, Goodbye’ was composed while John was on a world tour with Mark Knopfler. The core musical group for the album is an all-star cast of handpicked musicians with whom John has been fortunate to work over the past 25 years: James Mackintosh, Drums/Percussion (Shooglenifty, The Blue Nile, James); Ewen Vernal, Bass (Deacon Blue, Capercaille); Ian Carr, Guitar (Eddi Reader, Julie Fowlis, Swap); Michael McGoldrick, Whistle (Mark Knopfler, Capercaille, Sharon Shannon); Andy Cutting, Melodeon (The Who, June Tabor); Tim O’brien (Grammy Award Winning US bluegrass star); Phil Cunningham MBE, Accordion (Bonnie Raitt, Nicola Benedetti) and acclaimed Irish singer Heidi Talbot.
Born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, John began playing whistle and fiddle as a child and joined the legendary folk outfit Battlefield Band aged 17. During his 11 years with the band, he also released his first two solo recordings, 1995’s self-titled debut and 2000’s Yella Hoose. His most recent albums include Under One Sky and the reissues of Yella Hoose and Goodnight Ginger re-mastered deluxe.
John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries: striving to keep his music fresh and exciting, never leaving the past behind but always embracing new sonic adventures. As a live and studio guest he has shared stages withPaul Weller, Paolo Nutini, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon and Eddi Reader. Since 2008, he has been a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, playing arenas around the world including a double bill with Bob Dylan at The Hollywood Bowl and 20 nights at the Royal Albert Hall.
An expanding portfolio as a producer features debut albums by Kris Drever and Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble. He’s also manned the controls for top folk chanteuses Eddi Reader, Heidi Talbot, Eliza Carthy and Linda Thompson. Film and TV work includes soundtracks for the movie Heartlands (2002) and 16 Years of Alcohol (2003), Billy Connolly’s World Tour of New Zealand (2004), Jennifer Saunders BBC sitcom Jam and Jerusalem (2008) & Starlings sitcom for Sky TV (2012).
John was awarded the coveted BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and alsoThe Spirit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and again in 2009.
The John McCusker Band, featuring some of the finest traditional musicians includingAndy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White & Toby Shaer, will embark on an extensive UK tour in April/May:
John McCusker ‘Hello, Goodbye’ Tour
Apr 15 Glasgow – St Andrew’s in the Square
Apr 16 Edinburgh – The Queen’s Hall
Apr 17 Banchory – Woodend Barn
Apr 20 Peebles – Eastgate Theatre
Apr 21 Barnard Castle – The Witham
Apr 22 Ramsbottom – Civic Hall
Apr 23 Darley Dale -The Whitworth Centre
Apr 24 Canterbury – Gulbenkian Theatre
Apr 25 Nettlebed – The Village Club
Apr 26 Cambridge – Junction
Apr 27 London – Royal Albert Hall – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Apr 28 London – Cecil Sharp House
Apr 29 Shoreham-by-Sea – The Ropetackle Arts Centre
Apr 30 Worcester – Huntingdon Hall
May 01 Lincoln – Drill Hall
May 03 York – NCEM
May 04 Liverpool – The Music Room
May 05 Saltaire – Victoria Hall
May 06 Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre
May 07 Stirling – Tolbooth
May 09 Paisley – Arts Centre
May 10 Birnam – Birnam Arts
May 11 Findhorn – Universal Hall