Ben Glover has announced a string of UK tour dates supporting Brandy Clark today. The news comes ahead of the release of his forthcoming album, The Emigrant – tackling the universal issue of immigration – out September 30 on Proper.
Tour dates (with Brandy Clark) are as follows:
Tue 20 Glee Club, Birmingham
Wed 21 Oran Mor, Glasgow
Fri 23 Cadogan Hall, London
Sat 24 Gorilla, Manchester
Sat 08 Americana, Glasgow
When an ocean separates the two halves of your whole, it’s worthy of contemplation. For Irish-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Glover, that consideration comes in the form of his new album, The Emigrant, which folds his two worlds into one.
Co-produced by Glover and Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as Glover addresses the universal theme and personal challenge of immigration.
“Over the past couple of years, I have been going through the process of getting my U.S. Green Card, so the reality of immigration was very present in my world,” Glover says. “Contemplations like ‚What and where is home?‘ were never far from my thoughts,” he adds.
To work through it all, Glover turned to music. “Around the same time, my interest in Irish roots music and folk ballads was rekindled. The project is my story – it’s who I am at this time in my life.”
Much like his current life, Glover’s childhood in the sleepy seaside village of Glenarm in the north of Ireland had a soundtrack from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. So, when he started playing gigs in the local pub at the age of 13, he played Irish music, of course, but he also slipped in songs from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. In the summers of his university years, Glover paid his way across the pond by performing Irish folk ballads along with the songs of Christy Moore and The Pogues in the bars in Boston, while back home in the pubs of Ireland he was singing Dylan and Springsteen.
In 2009, Glover relocated to Nashville and immersed himself in Southern culture. Those experiences informed and infused the soul of his acclaimed 2014 solo album, Atlantic. With The Emigrant, Glover continues to search for his place in the world.