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Adam McGrath of The Eastern Announces Nationwide Tour

Adam McGrath of The Eastern Announces Nationwide Tour

Friday 1st March, 2019 4:46PM

Christchurch's Adam McGrath, frontman of folk / country figureheads The Eastern, has announced a jaw-droppingly comprehensive tour of Aotearoa set to kick of in March. The songwriting maestro is bringing tunes from his critically celebrated back catalogue to a borderline incalculable amount of venues all over the nation throughout autumn. We hear there may be even more shows in the pipeline – scope out McGrath’s dates revealed so far for his Ragged Ramble Tour...

Adam McGrath ‘Ragged Ramble’ Tour

Sunday 10th March - Dharma Bums, Wairau Valley
Friday 15th March - The Tuning Fork, Auckland w/ Alejandro Escovedo
Saturday 16th March - Caroline, Wellington w/ Alejandro Escovedo
Sunday 17th March Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Alejandro Escovedo
Thursday 21st March - Southland Musicians Club, Invercargill
Friday 22nd March - Inkbox, Oamaru
Sunday 24th March - Roxburgh Hall, Roxburgh* (postponed to June)
Wednesday 27th March - Trust Event Centre, Ashburton
Thursday 28th March - The Stadium, Alexandra* (postponed to June)
Friday 29th March - 50 Dundas, Dunedin*
Saturday 30th March - Sherwood, Queenstown
Sunday 31st March - Donovan’s Store, Okarito,
Wednesday 3rd April - The Old Lodge Theatre, Hokitika
Saturday 6th April - The Mussel Inn, Onekaka
Thursday 25th April - Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Friday 26th April - Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanagnui*
Saturday 27th April - Tahora
Sunday 28th April - 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth
Wednesday 1st May - Taupo Museum, Taupo*
Thursday 2nd May - Sound Lounge House Concert, Te Pahu
Friday 3rd May - The Refinery, Paeroa*
Saturday 4th May - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton*
Wednesday 8th May - The Plaza Theatre, Putaruru
Saturday 11th May - Leigh Sawmill, Leigh*
Sunday 12th May - Morrells Cafe, Waimamauku
Wednesday 15th May - The Butter Factory, Whangarei*
Thursday 16th May - Tauranga, TBC
Friday 17th May - Dome Cinema, Gisborne*
Saturday 18th May - Eastend Cafe, Wairoa
Sunday 19th May - The Sitting Room Sessions, Napier
Friday 24th May - The Boathouse, Nelson
Saturday 25th May - Murchison Theatre, Murchison
Sunday 26th May - Barrytown Hall, Barrytown

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Check out McGrath’s powerful live performance for RNZ of the epically titled ‘The Power and the Glory of the Shadow in the Story of the Shoulder of the road on the Highway to Te Awamutu’...

Here’s a stirring performance of ‘People Like Us’ from The Eastern's 2014 album The Territory...

Press Release:

Adam McGrath, Lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern, returns again to the state highways and byways of these long isles as part of his Autumn 'Ragged Ramble' Tour. Described by influential country magazine No Depression as One of the best modern roots acts from any country period, by the NZ Herald as NZ's toughest minded songwriter and by Radio NZ National as a National Treasure, an Adam McGrath show is primed and proud to reach your heart, head and boots.

A folk singer in the truest, traditional sense but one who's songs speak to the times we find ourselves in and the people with whom we share them with McGrath has a virtual lifetime spent on the road around NZ and everywhere beyond. He sees his job as to pick up the stories he finds, siphon them down to the bone and the heart and bring them around to the next place and the next. He's toured and played with everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Steve Earle to Paul Kelly to Old Crow Medicine Show and many, many more, Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as The truth.

A people's player with a blue-collar work ethic McGrath treats any opportunity to play, big or small, as a gift which he intends to earn. He looks ever forward to returning to the road, especially after his last well received run last spring. McGrath says somewhere between Waimamaku and Bluff just over there on the left side of the road, that's where things tend to make the most sense. He hopes friends of both the Eastern and his solo work will make it out, in part so he can keep the truck gassed and the rent paid, but mostly so as both him and they can feel (at least for a couple of hours) that they aren't all alone in this mixed up shook up weird ass place we all inhabit together.


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