Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike begin their latest trip to Europe on Sunday with fives dates in England, followed by two in Ireland and one in Wales before playing a last show in England and then moving on to make four appearances at venues in Germany.
The hectic tour – with 13 appearances in 16 days – is sponsored in part by British Americana magazine, Maverick, which describes Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike as an “excellent stage act ‚Ä¶.. known for their lively and impressive concerts!”
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike consists of lead singer and band leader Valerie Smith, Becky Buller on vocal, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar and as a principal songwriter in the group, Bobby Davis on bass and fiddle, Chad Graves on resophonic guitar and vocals, and Eric Lambert on guitar and mandolin.
Valerie spoke to me about the trip just as she was making final preparations prior to flying out Friday morning ‚Ä¶‚Ä¶.
“This tour will represent eight years that I have performed in Europe and am anticipating seeing familiar faces. I welcome the opportunity to develop a wider audience. Bell Buckle Records is especially excited about Maverick magazine supporting my tour for the second time and helping spread the news about the anticipated release ‘Here’s A Little Song’!, a duet project recorded with artist, Becky Buller, who will be joining me on the tour. We plan to perform many new songs from the CD and hope that the audience enjoys our new, fresh, enthusiastic show! The band, Liberty Pike, is so much fun to watch and have a great time playing music together.
I have always loved to perform for the enthusiastic audience in Europe and UK and am excited to be there in July and August! Our first show is on the Isle of Wight, and the show will be filmed and produced by the UK Entertainment channel. What a surprise and great opportunity to share the music and gain more publicity for what we do.”
Here’s a full list of dates and venues for the tour ‚Ä¶.
- July 20 – Freshwater Memorial Hall Freshwater, Isle of Wight
- July 21 – Zebra Bar, Maidstone, Kent
- July 23 – St. Bonaventure’s, Bristol
- July 24 – High Barn, Great Bardfield, Essex
- July 25 – Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon
- July 26 – Phil Murphy Weekend, Carrig-on-Bannow, Ireland
- July 27 – Phil Murphy Weekend, Carrig-on-Bannow, Ireland
- July 28 – The Queen’s Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales
- July 29 – Comfort Hotel, Nottingham
- August 1 – Sudhaus, Tubingen, Germany
- August 2 – Kulturufer Festival, Friedrichshafen, Germany
- August 3 – Bardentreffen Festival, Nuremburg, Germany
- August 4 – Altes Kaufhaus, Landau, Germany
More information about the tour can be accessed at the band web site.
Valerie Smith and Becky Buller Here’s A Little Song hits the streets on September 9.
Guests on the CD include the multi-Grammy, Dove and IBMA award-winning Alan O’Bryant and Mike Compton from the Nashville Bluegrass Band; the 2007 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley; multi-IBMA award winner Wayne Benson of IIIrd Tyme Out; Kristin Scott Benson of the Larry Stephenson Band and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time; and Justin Carbone of Special Consensus. They are also joined here by their fellow Liberty Pike members Chad Graves and Bobby Davis.