Guy Garvey of Elbow has confirmed that his first solo album, ‘Courting The Squall,’ will be released by Polydor on October 30, with some live dates to support it.
The album’s initial recordings took place at Real World Studios, near Bath, and it was completed at Blueprint Studios in Salford. Garvey put together a band from his “favourite musicians outside Elbow” for the project, observing that they “moved fast and drank a lot,” keeping a live flavour with minimal overdubs.
Garvey’s long time friend and bass player Pete Jobson, from I Am Kloot, features on ‘Courting The Squall’ as lead guitarist, with Nathan Sudders from The Whip on bass. Guy’s old V2 labelmate Ben Christophers is on keyboards, and Alex Reeves on drums. Elbow’s brass section appear on certain tracks and Rachael Gladwin plays harp and kora.
Most of those musicians will join Garvey at the shows, which begin in Belgium before travelling to Germany and Holland and then back to the UK. Tickets go on general sale from Friday (18) at 10am UK time.
Dates are as follows:
November 26: Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
November 28: Berlin, Postbahnhof
November 29: Amsterdam, Paradiso
December 1: London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
December 2: London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
December 4: Manchester, Albert Hall
December 5: Manchester, Albert Hall
December 7: Dublin, Olympia
December 8: Glasgow, 02 ABC
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