Robert Plant has announced details of his latest studio album, as well as a string of UK and Ireland dates to support it. Produced by the veteran singer, 'Carry Fire' will be released on 13th October, followed by an extensive winter tour that will see the former Led Zeppelin singer return to Belfast, Dublin, and a host of UK venues.
Released by Nonesuch / Warner Bros. Records, ‘Carry Fire’ is Plant's his eleventh solo album, and his first full-length release since 2014’s acclaimed ‘Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar’, The set was was recorded at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire, with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios.
As with ‘Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar’, Robert is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters; John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam 'Skin' Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.
Robert Plant and the Space Shifters (which now includes Seth Lakeman who appeared on three tracks on ‘Carry Fire’) will play the following UK & Irish dates:
Thurs 16th Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions
Fri 17th Bristol, Bristol Colston Hall
Mon 20th Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Civic
Wed 22nd Wales, Llandudno Venue Cymru
Fri 24th Newcastle, Newcastle City Hall
Sat 25th Liverpool, Liverpool Olympia
Mon 27th Glasgow, Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Tues 28th Scotland, Perth Concert Hall
Thurs 30th Manchester, Manchester O2 Apollo
Sat 2nd Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sun 3rd Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Weds 6th Sheffield, Sheffield City Hall
Fri 8th London, London Royal Albert Hall
Mon 11th Portsmouth, Portsmouth Guildhall
Tues 12th Birmingham, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Robert Plant and the Space Shifters are also joined on ‘Carry Fire’ by a number of special guests. Chrissie Hynde joins Robert on the duet 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain' (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys). Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performs on three tracks, as does the aforementioned Seth Lakeman on viola and fiddle.
Robert Plant and the band spent two years on the road together supporting ‘Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar’, their unique sound and vision ultimately evolving into something even more creative and powerful.
Robert, who lived in Texas for a time before returning to England three years ago, together with his friends, present the songs 'Carry Fire', melding unusual rhythms with naturalism and smouldering power.
Says Robert: “It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation”.
Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday 25th August.
Tickets for Belfast are available in person at the Ulster Hall Box Office ( By Telephone: 028 9033 4455
Book On Line: www.waterfront.co.uk ), and from 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide ( by telephone (24 Hour): Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55 )
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‘Carry Fire’ Track Listing:
1. The May Queen
2. New World…
3. Season’s Song
4. Dance With You Tonight
5. Carving Up The World Again… a wall and not a fence
6. A Way With Words
7. Carry Fire
8. Bones Of Saints
9. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent