Nels Andrew who’s excellent album Scrimshaw appeared on Beat Surrender back in 2012, and was one of my personal favourites that year, is touring in the UK during May and June.
Nels Andrews has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs, and singing them all over the globe, sharing them around campfires, coffee shops, clubs, festivals, and living room floors. Modern Folk.
Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2’s legendary DJ Bob Harris (The Old Grey Whistle Test) recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the Top 5 of the year in the Americana UK charts, as well as KRO Dutch National Radio, Alt-Country NL, Ctrl Alt Country (Belgium), and the Euro Americana Chart. Nels’ premiere album Sunday Shoes continued to find itself in Top Ten albums of the year lists, almost always as the only independent release. His second album, Off Track Betting, received similar critical acclaim, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and national television broadcast from the legendary Bim Huis in Amsterdam.
Nels released Scrimshaw, his third studio album in 2012. Joining up once again with acclaimed producer Todd Sickafoose (Tiny Resistors, Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Yoko Ono), Scrimshaw features his touring band Jonathan Goldberger (Tiny Resistors) and Brandon Seabrook (Peter Evans, Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn) and wildly talented friends from all over the country. The record was recorded overlooking the Naval Yards in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and tells stories culled from a time off the road, working as a chauffer in Manhattan and watching his infant son grow into a toddler in his Brooklyn apartment.
Nels has shared stages across the US and Europe with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dick Gaughan, Slaid Cleaves, and The Tallest Man on Earth, and twice on the main stage at Holland’s TakeRoot Festival, The Big Big Country Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and The Orange/Vodaphone Evolution Festival in Newcastle, England.
Tue 20 Glasgow, The Admiral Bar
Wed 21 Inverness, Ig:LU
Fri 23 Belper, Derbyshire, Belper Rugby Club
Sat 24 High Wycombe, Private House Concert
Sun 25 London, Green Note
Wed 28 Plymouth, The B-Bar
Thu 29 Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
Fri 30 Newport,Pembs, Llys Meddig Restaurant
Sat 31 Nottingham, The Guitar Bar at Hotel Deux
Sun 1 Saltaire,nr. Shipley,The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club
Mon 2 Formby, Grateful Fred’s at The Cafe D’Art