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Catherine McGrath announces biggest tour to date

At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida GeorgiaLineCatherine McGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.

Recent weeks have seen Catherine continue to soar ahead of the July 27th release of her debut album Talk Of This Town. Her current single ‘Wild’ has earned airplay from ScottMills at Radio 1 and Jo Whiley at Radio 2, and in addition to achieving a 10th consecutive New Music Friday playlist addition, ‘Wild’ was also added to Spotify UK’shuge The Pop ListCatherine recently unveiled the video for the track which, shot inNashville, reflects on Catherine’s own experiences of going on a date to a Coldplayconcert with a guy who was still fixated on his ex.

Now the young singer-songwriter has announced the details of her biggest tour to date, including the biggest headline show of her career so far at London’s Scala. Catherine’s debut headline show at the Camden Assembly sold-out in days, while her secondLondon gig at Bush Hall tomorrow sold-out within two hours. The dates are:

14th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
15th – Brighton, The Haunt
17th – Bristol, Thekla
18th – London, Scala
19th – Birmingham, O2 Institute 3
20th – Manchester, Gorilla
22nd – Liverpool, Arts Club Loft
23rd – Leeds, The Wardrobe
24th – Gateshead, Sage 2
26th – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s 

Tickets go on general sale from this Friday, May 4th.

Catherine’s forthcoming debut album Talk Of This Town was recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, and affirms her credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with.

Talk Of This Town features three tracks which have each exceeded a million streams atSpotify in the shape of the ‘Cinderella’‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ as well as a wealth of new material.

Other highlights include ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’, a duet with the American country sensation Hunter Hayes; the anthemic ‘Lost In The Middle’, a celebration of the escapist qualities of country music; and the closing ‘She’ll Never Love You’, a stripped-back ballad which showcases the power and finesse of Catherine’s vocal.

Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern IrelandCatherine McGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.

Working with a kindred spirit in the shape of producer Steve Robson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – Catherine went onto collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban), Liz Rose (TaylorSwift), Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini) and Sam Ellis (Hunter Hayes).

Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’sGreen festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America andGermany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favourite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with Warner BrosRecords.

In addition to her new headline tour, Catherine’s live schedule also includes this week’s headline tour, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend, a British Summer Time show as support to Michael Bublé and a selection of other key festivals:


1st – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
2nd – London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT)
4th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
5th – Live At Leeds
27th – Coventry, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend

23rd – Isle of Wight Festival

13th – London, British Summer Time (support to Michael Bublé)
15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival

25th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival

7th – Leicester, The Long Road Festival

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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