From Canada to Cape to Cairo


Award-winning Canadian Americana songwriter Lynne Hanson has announced a UK tour for October, which includes a gig at Cape to Cairo in Shildon on Sunday 8 October.

“This will be my very first time in Shildon,” said the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, who will be in town the day after performing at the Glasgow Americana Festival. “I’ve just started working with Strada Music Agency in the UK and they’ve lined this show up as part of my [Autumn] tour,” she said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the area! I understand it will be a little less urban than Glasgow, which is just fine with me. “I love playing in smaller towns, the people are always so incredibly nice and traffic is a lot easier to navigate – especially when I’m driving on the “other” side of the road!”

Described as “too tough for folk and too blues-influenced for country”, Hanson’s brand of porch music with a little red dirt can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. Her hard-living music has garnered her the nickname “Canada’s own Queen of Americana.” And while her deep, bluesy croon has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, it’s the poetry of her lyrics that really sets her apart.

Hanson is known for her high energy, roots guitar driven live performances. She has an uncanny way of connecting with her audience with an authenticity that is as entertaining as it is disarming bringing her sense of humour and spontaneity as a storyteller to the fore.

The prolific songwriter has released eight studio albums along with two books of poetry over her 17-year solo career. She is an international touring artist, and has appeared at leading international festivals including Take Root (Netherlands), Glasgow Americana (Scotland), Maverick Festival (UK), Kerrville Folk Festival (US), and Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada). She’s toured as support for Grammy-nominated artists like Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert, and Albert Lee.