New album and dates from Natalie Merchant

Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s new album, Leave Your Sleep, on April 12. Leave Your Sleep is the culmination of six years of research and collaboration and is, in Merchant’s words, “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.” It is her first studio album since 2003 and her first for Nonesuch. To coincide with the release, she has announced a European tour in May – her first in eight years – including seven dates in the UK. Tickets are on sale now.

UK Tour – May 2010:

Sat 22 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo (£32.50/£30 - 0844 844 4748)
Mon 24 Manchester Lowry (£27.50 - 0161 832 1111)
Tue 25 Gateshead Sage (£27.50 - 0191 443 4661)
Wed 26 Edinburgh Usher Hall* (£27.50/£25/£20 - 0844 499 9990)
Fri 28 Birmingham Symphony Hall (£27.50 - 0121 780 3333)
Sat 29 Bristol Colston Hall (£27.50 - 0117 922 3686)
Sun 30 Brighton Dome (£27.50 - 01273 709 709)

A two-disc set, Leave Your Sleep is a collection of 26 songs adapted from poems selected by Merchant including pieces by both well-known and obscure writers. Featured are works by British Victorians, early- and mid-20th century Americans and contemporary writers, as well as anonymous nursery rhymes and lullabies. Among the poets included are Ogden Nash, E.E. Cummings, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Edward Lear, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Graves. The album includes an 80-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes by Merchant as well as the original poems. Leave Your Sleep will also be available in a 16-song one-disc abridged version.

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