Starting with Guy Garvey’s Meltdown at Southbank Centre, London, Howe Gelb presents and further explores his piano efforts, hitting Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester with special guest Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Larmer Tree Festival and Bristol’s Americana Festival, SummerTyne Festival Sage Gateshead and A Coruna (Spain).
The piano songs, also anticipated within the latest Giant Sand farewell tour and their selected shows during the upcoming festival season, are finding an always clearer shape as “future standards” but actually have always been a central element in Howe Gelb’s creativity, whose entire, massive, catalogue is available via Fire Records, including the Little Sand Boxset and the Giant Sand “Sun Set” Box Sets.
Howe Gelb’s solo touring also points towards Fire Records 10th Anniversary deluxe reissue of the highly acclaimed “Sno Angel like You”, due in September, as 3CD ‘Bookback’/ Double Gatefold LP, featuring ‘Sno Angel Winging It’ live at Reading Town Hall from 2006.
Clocking up a decade since its initial release ‘Sno Angel Like You’ will be reissued this September celebrating its ten year anniversary.
Collaborating with Canadian Gospel Choir, Voice Of Praises following a performance at 2003’s Ottawa Bluesfest where Howe was billed alongside gospel choirs. Howe experienced his own awakening of sorts and found himself discussing with the church director the possibility of recording together.
A similar run of events ensued at the same festival and Howe would go on to meet folk singer Susan Odle. Recruiting along the way, Jim Bryson’s keyboard player and recording engineer Dave Draves was soon on board and would go on to record the album. Once in the studio, Howe met drummer Jeremy Gara (pre-Arcade Fire) and together they laid down the initial recordings of the album on guitar and drums using similar recording techniques to older Giant Sand.
Recording seven new songs with the choir arranging vocals, they also covered three Giant Sand songs and three Rainer Ptacek tracks. The uplifting and soulful popular tenth solo record sees “the occasionally unassuming, semi-mumble of Gelb’s voice contrast marvellously with the trained, primed-for-transcendence-
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HOWE GELB – PIANO SOLO DATES
18 Jun UK – London – Meltdown / Southbank (free show 5:30pm)
19 Jun UK – Glasgow – Stereo – Special Guest: Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
23 Jun UK Leeds – Brudenell Social Club – Special Guest: Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
24 Jun UK – Manchester – St. Michael’s Church – Special Guest: Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
16 Jul UK – Larmer Tree – Larmer Tree Festival
16 Jul UK – Bristol – Americana Festival Bristol
22 Jul UK – Gateshead – SummerTyne Festival
03 Aug ES – A Coruña – Festival Noroeste
GIANT SAND LIVE DATES
10 Jun US – Felton, CA – Don Quixote Music Hall
11 Jun US – Sonoma, CA – Huichica Fest at Gundlach Bundschu Winery
13 Jun US – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
15 Jun – US – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
26 Jun – PL – Bialystok – Halfway Festival
30 Jun – ES – Cordoba – Explanada de la Diputación
14 Jul – ES – Barcelona – Grec Festival / Apolo
15 Jul – ES – Madrid – Veranos De La Villa
17 Jul CZ – Ostrava – Colours Of Ostrava
19 Jul BE – Gent – Boomtown
07 Aug IT – Castelbuono – Ypsigrock
10 Aug NO – Oslo – Oye / Oyanatt
11 Aug HR – Brela – Sakan Festival
13 Aug AT – Vienna – Szene