- 31 Jan 23
The American-based musician is finally heading to Irish shores.
Ipswich-born, Washington D.C.-raised musician Bartees Strange (real name Bartees Leon Cox Jr.) has announced an Ireland and UK tour. He's set to perform at Workman's, Dublin on April 11th this year.
The run is in support of Cox's latest album Farm To Table, his first full-length for new label 4AD and follow-up to 2020’s debut Live Forever.
The alternative/indie artist is kicking off the April jaunt in Southampton, before visiting London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin. He’ll also hit the road with The National later this year.
The 34-year-old's family moved from England to Germany, Greenland and various US states before settling in Mustang, Oklahoma, when he was aged 12. Before becoming a musician, Cox worked as the director of communications for a nonprofit environmental organisation in Washington D.C.
Cox was a member of Brooklyn-based post-hardcore band Stay Inside from 2016 to 2018, but released his first solo effort, the acoustic folk EP Magic Boy under the moniker Bartees & The Strange Fruit, in 2017.
In March 2020, Cox released an EP of songs by The National that were re-imagined by him, titled Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy and released on Brassland. Debut album Live Forever is a mix of hip hop, indie rock, and jazz music, and received critical acclaim.
“I’ve signed to my dream label,” Strange wrote on Instagram when sharing the news of joining 4AD last year. “I never thought that shit would happen. Everybody who knows me knows how much I’ve dreamed about working with this team. Many of my favorite artists did their best work there and I’m so excited that I’ll have the same chance.”
Having toured with Lucy Dacus in 2021, Bartees Strange released Farm To Table the following year.
Check out the dates in full below.
3 SOUTHAMPTON, UK, The Joiners
4 LONDON, UK, Lafayette
6 NOTTINGHAM, UK, Bodega Social Club
7 GLASGOW, UK, Stereo
8 MANCHESTER, UK, The Deaf Institute
10 BRISTOL, UK, Rough Trade
11 DUBLIN, IRELAND, The Workman’s Club
29 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, Ziggo Dome (with The National)
30 BERLIN, GERMANY, Max-Schmeling-Halle (with The National)
1 MUNICH, GERMANY, Zenith (with The National)
4 MADRID, SPAIN, WiZink Center (with The National)
5 PORTO, PORTUGAL, Super Bock Arena (with The National)
6 LISBON, PORTUGAL, Campo Pequeno (with The National)