Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York, in 1998, The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams have played major festivals and venues throughout the US, UK and Canada. Their mix of folk, rock, psychedelia and touch of hillbilly has won them legions of followers through their hectic touring and 6 studio albums. The band hit the road in the US this February in support of their new release A Very Unusual Head sees the band return to the UK in August of 2022 headlining the Wickham Festival and Fairport Convention’s legendary Cropredy Festival along with further UK dates
A Very Unusual Head is the Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ sixth studio album, released on their new label, Storm King Records. Together since 1998, the album features the trio of founding members Joziah Longo (songwriter, lead singer, guitarist), Tink Lloyd (accordion,cello, flute, ukulele, theremin, keyboards), Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin) and a gang of their favourite musicians.
Recorded over the last four years in five studios, A Very Unusual Head is a step away from the guitar-based Americana tilt of their previous releases. Opening their creative tent to musician friends in their New York ‘neighbourhood’ makes for a sonically beautiful and adventurous album.
Guest artists include: Dar Williams*, Anthony Thistlethwaite* (The Waterboys), Kolson Pickard* (Tall Heights, Pico Romanesque), drummer Felipe Torres (protegé of Carmine Appice, sideman for Davey Jones, The Monkees), drummer Matt Abourezk (formerly of Thin White Rope) and major contributions by brilliant newcomer Tristan Tadin on keyboards throughout. Canadian engineer Dio Tadin recorded the bulk of the album on a former reindeer farm near Peterborough, Ontario and at “Big Blue” in Cornwall, New York. (Tadin cut his engineering teeth in Daniel Lanois’ studio in Hamilton, Ontario).
*Dar Williams appears on “Brilliantly, Brilliantly, Dumb” (featured vocal, bg vocals)*Anthony Thistlethwaite appears on “Fi” (sax, bass), “Brilliantly, Brilliantly Dumb”(sax and mandolin)*Kolson Pickard (cornet, bg vocals) “Beez”, “Fi”,”Halo”, “The Neverwas”, “Absolutely Beautiful Freakin’ Day”
Inspired by the Surrealists and early British Psychedelia and paths they pioneered. The songs on the album deal with topics ranging from the pseudo-scientific to the pseudo-religious realms and other forms of hob-nobbery for fun and profit.
Artists’ website: slambovia.com
UK TOUR DATES 2022
Sunday 7th WICKHAM FESTIVAL www.wickhamfestival.co.uk
Monday 8th LEWISHAM, The Fox and Firkin Doors 7.30pm Gig 8.pm 316 Lewisham High St. London SE13 6JZ www.wegottickets.com/Routesmusic
Wednesday 10th SHEFFIELD GREEN, Trading Boundaries, Sussex TN22 3RD Standing Tickts £25 Dining Tickets £55 www.tradingboundaries.com
Friday 12th CROPREDY FESTIVAL www.fairportconvention.com
Sunday 14th KINGS HEATH, Hare & Hounds 106 High Street, Kings Heath,
Birmingham, B14 7JZ www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk Doors 4.30pm Gig 5.00pm
Wednesday 17th YORK, The Crescent, YO24 1AW Support from STAN www.stantheband.com http://thecrescentyork.com/events/the-slambovian-circus-of-dreams/ Doors 7.15pm Stan on stage 7.45pm Slambovians on stage 8.35pm
Thursday 18th: BRADFORD, Black Dyke Mills, Bradford BD13 1QA https://www.blackdykemills.orgDoors 7pm Gig 7.30pm
Friday19th CHEADLE HULME Manchester Rugby Club Cheadle Hulme SK8 7NB https://bluefunkclub.wixsite.com/blues/gig-list Doors 7pm Gig 8pm
Saturday 20th MILTON KEYNES The Stables Theatre, MK17 8LU https://stables.org/whats-on/calendar/2022/08Doors 7.30pm Gig 8pm
Sunday 21st: COLCHESTER, Colchester Arts Centre “FREE ENTRY – a “PAY AS YOU FEEL” event. Doors 6.30pm Gig 7pm. Support – Jay Stapley* www.jaystapley.co.uk **Credits include Roger Waters, Scott Walker, Mike Oldfield, Suede, Toyah, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Shakin’ Stevens, Westernhagen, and many more.
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