ROBERT PLANT: European Dates For 2014 Announced

Robert Plant

On the heels of their mesmerising 2013 summer tour, Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters has announced the first of their 2014 European tour dates. The tour will support a new album out this year, with dates beginning 10 June in Gothenberg, Sweden and across Europe including Russia, Ireland, Germany and more, with a special date at Glastonbury Abbey on 9 August. Tickets for the Glastonbury Abbey gig can be purchased here.

The Sensational Space Shifters are:

Justin Adams – guitar, bendir, vocals
John Baggott – keyboards
Juldeh Camara – ritti (one stringed African violin), kologo (African Banjo), talking drum, vocals
Billy Fuller – bass guitar, vocals
Dave Smith – drums and percussion
Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson – guitar, vocals

Justin Adams – a childhood in the Middle East and teenage years with a soundtrack of UK punk set the tone for Adams ‘ musical adventures. He has produced Grammy winning Desert poets Tinariwen and Algerian Rai rebel Rachid Taha, as well as playing guitar and writing with Jah Wobble, Sinead O’ Connor , Natasha Atlas and many more. Three award winning albums with Juldeh Camara for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label have been the latest in a series of collaborations with Master Musicians from North and West Africa.

John Baggott – one of the originators of the Bristol Trip hop sound, Baggott cut his teeth as a teenage piano prodigy playing with visiting US legends like Jimmy Witherspoon and Charlie Feathers. He contributed to seminal work by Portishead, combining musicality with cutting edge sonic texturing and sampling, which led him to become a member of the Massive Attack team. He has also composed film and tv music for Emmy award winning documentaries and most recently worked with songstress Anna Calvi on a new album.

Juldeh Camara – Juldeh was taught the Ritti ( one- string African Violin) by his blind Griot father , who was reputedly taught himself by the forest spirits of Gambia who took his eyesight in return for the gift . A traditional Fulani village musician , Juldeh’s exceptional talent and charisma took him first to Banjul , Gambia’s capital and then around the world with Ifang Bondi . Hearing Adams’ Desert inflected Blues he decided the two should collaborate , which led to the groundbreaking Juju records, and in turn to his work with Plant ,where the connections between the Blues and Mother Africa turn full circle.

Billy Fuller – Fuller has been exceptionally creative in the past few years, as a founder member of post rock trio Beak , together with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, he has made two albums and played at the ultra- cool All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival amongst many others. He has contributed to albums by Massive Attack , the soundtrack for the Banksy movie ‘Exit via the Gift Shop’, guested with Portishead, and toured with Adams and Camara in JuJu. A rock solid bassist he is a vinyl junkie with consummate taste.

Dave Smith – originally trained as a jazz drummer and orchestral percussionist, a chance encounter with West African music led Smith to study sabar drumming in Gambia over a ten year period. He is the hub of a scene of Jazz and electronic improvisers based around the Vortex club in London, where he leads groups such as Fofoulah and Ruhabi , incorporating polyrhythmic African drive into their music. Headhunted by Adams and Camara , he brought a Ginger Baker like energy to their music which now moves to another level in the context of the Sensational Space Shifters.

Liam “Skin” Tyson – a surreal Scouser ( Liverpudlian ) who now lives in the Misty Mountains of North Wales, his combination of Pastoral acoustic open tuned guitars and electric 21st century psychedelia make him a perfect foil for Plant’s balladry and fire. He made a massive impact with Brit Pop group Cast in the 90s who had a succession of chart hits, mentored by figures like producer John Leckie. He built a studio in his Barn where he recorded his Men from Mars project and from where he nurtures local bands in between surfing and touring. Plant revels in the excitement generated by the collision of these remarkably powerful forces. Though his contribution to Pop Culture began with his work with Led Zeppelin, his path since has been uncompromising: keep it fresh, spin the bottle, dig deep, embrace the past – visit it – celebrate it – but don’t build a home in it.

More dates to be announced soon.

2014 Tour Dates:
JUNE
10 SWEDEN, Gothenburg TRAGARN (Tickets)
12 NORWAY, Bergen BERGEN FEST (Tickets)
14 SWEDEN, Rattvik DALHALLA (Tickets)
16 ESTONIA, Tallin SAKU ARENA (Tickets)
18 RUSSIA, St. Petersburg NEW ARENA
20 RUSSIA, Moscow CROCUS HALL (Tickets)
25 IRELAND, Cork LIVE AT THE MARQUEE (Tickets)

JULY
5 FRANCE, Cognac COGNAC BLUES PASSION (Tickets)
16 GERMANY, Berlin ZITADELLE (Tickets)
17 GERMANY, Dresden JUNGE GARDE (Tickets)
19 CZECH REP., Ostrava COLURS OF OSTRAVA (Tickets)

AUGUST
9 ENGLAND, Glastonbury GLASTONBURY ABBEY (Tickets)
16 & 17 JAPAN SUMMER SONIC

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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