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Latest entries in the gig guide

Some recent additions (the past month or so) to the Backroads Gig Guide.
(NB: These are just the highlights; other gigs will have been entered, changed or removed that aren't noted here)
added May
Popular Canadian duo Madison Violet are on the road in early October, with gigs from Sevenoaks to Glasgow.
Anna Coogan is in Britain for a short tour that includes the Maverick Festival in early July.
A bit of blues from Kelly Joe Phelps, who has a long tour throughout September.
Behatted singer-songwriter Greg Trooper is touring in early October.
Partial dates so far in November for Canadian Cam Penner, promoting his excellent new album.
Americana's golden boy, John Fullbright, returns in September and October, with gigs in the UK and Ireland on both sides of his Dutch dates.
added April
Ron Sexsmith is back again in June, playing five shows in northern England and Scotland, accompanied by Holly Williams, who also has a headline show of her own in London.
Note Romi Mayes has cancelled her UK tour.
(sorry, there were other additions in March but this page didn't get updated)
added March 5: Touring in support of his new album "The Low Highway", Steve Earle is back on our shores in late May and early June.
added March 4: Dates in late April for Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Nels Andrews.
added March 1: Canadian women are on the road en masse this spring and summer. Look out for former Wailin' Jenny Ruth Moody, touring in both May and July; the sassy sound of Miss Quincy in early April; and the Good Lovelies in June and July.
Partial dates already for Austin legend Slaid Cleaves, in late September and early October.
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