British folk due Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, the latest signing by the Rough Trade label, will play a pair of shows at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City this week in advance of its debut album for the label. “Overnight” will be released Oct. 14.
Clarke and Walker, whose music has been compared to Fairport Convention, Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac, will perform at Rockwood Stage 3 on Thursday, Sept. 8, and Friday, Sept. 9, as part of the duo’s first run of North American dates (full tour dates listed below). They’ll also play at Philly’s Tin Angel on Saturday, Sept. 10.
The 12-song “Overnight” was recorded almost entirely live at Rockfield Studios in Wales.
Speaking about the album’s first single, “The Waning Crescent,” Clarke said, “I started to think about if I was the moon, what I might think and feel, and what the moon might sing back,” adding, “I’ve given it a slightly whiny, self-pitying quality because it’s whimsical and a bit funny.”
You can hear the haunting, atmospheric track below.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker North American Tour Dates
09/07 Boston MA @ Club Passim
09/08 New York NY @ Rockwood Hall – Stage 3
09/09 New York NY @ Rockwood Hall – Stage 3
09/10 Philadelphia PA @ Tin Angel
09/13 Toronto ON @ The Dakota
09/16 Bloomington IN @ Lotus World Music & ArtsFestival
09/17 Chicago IL @ Hungry Brain
09/18 Milwaukee WI @ Colectivo Back Room
09/19 Minneapolis MN @ Turf Club