New album and tour from Sparrow and The Workshop
Sparrow and the Workshop will be releasing their new album Spitting Daggers on May 23rd through Distiller Records. The album was produced and mixed at the new recording studio, The Distillery, by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno / Sam Amidon). ‘Snakes in the Grass’ will be the first single and is also released on May 23rd; the album will be available on CD and download.
The band comprises of Belfast born, Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (vocals/guitar/violin), Welshman Nick Packer (guitar/bass) and Scotsman Gregor Donaldson (drums/vocals.) Jill's voice has developed into a powerhouse of flexibility, allowing her to soar from keening Sandy Denny-esque tones to sensual peaks you're more likely to expect from PJ Harvey. With Gregor providing vocal harmonies alongside drumming and percussion duties, and Nick playing guitar and bass and an instrument combining the two affectionately referred to as the 'basstard', they have matured into a truly astonishing outfit.
There is something gloriously new about the way Sparrow flit effortlessly between innocent simplicity and dark complexity, from ethereal softness to fearless post-rock crescendos at the drop of a hat. While they have been compared to bands as varied as Jefferson Airplane, Talking Heads and Black Sabbath, this is an album truly of their own making.
The band will also be heading out on the road throughout May and June, the full dates are below.
UK tour dates:
12th - Oxford, Bullingdon
13th - Brighton, Great Escape
22nd - Manchester, Friends of Mine Festival
23rd - Glasgow, King Tuts
24th - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
26th - Newcastle, Cluny 2
27th - Birmingham, The Rainbow
29th - Manchester, Roadhouse
30th - Liverpool, O2 Academy
1st - Sheffield, Forum [Free Show]
2nd - Reading, South Street Arts Centre
3rd - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th - Bristol, Louisiana
6th - London, Hoxton Bar & Grill
7th - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
18th - Yorkshire, Willowman Festival
24th - Cambridgeshire, The Secret Garden Party