Chris Tye & Dan Hartland

Dan and Chris

Above: Dan Hartland (left) and Chris Tye (right)

Two of the Midlands’ finest singer-songwriters will preview new material during October 2016, as a part of a mini-tour of four intimate dates.

Chris Tye and Dan Hartland, each preparing a new album for release over the coming months, will visit London, Bristol, Cheltenham and their native Birmingham to treat fans new and old to freshly minted songs for fans of Ryan Adams or Ed Harcourt, and indie folk.

Chris Tye and Dan Hartland, each preparing a new album for release over the coming months, will treat fans new and old their unique blend of and indie folk – ideal for fans of Ryan Adams and Ed Harcourt.

Says Chris: “We’ve admired each other’s songs for years, but this is actually the first time we’ve toured together – I’m quite excited to turn the shows into collaborations.”

Between them, Chris and Dan have supported artists as diverse as Amy Winehouse, Joan As Policewoman, Mark Olson, Fionn Regan, Lisbee Stainton, Teddy Thompson, Foy Vance and Stephen Fretwell.

They have each received notice from the BBC, with their most recent albums attracting enthusiastic reviews in the press.

Though only four dates, Dan is also excited by the team-up: “From hometown shows to brand new venues for us, this mini-tour actually feels pretty big. There’s lots happening for us both right now – these shows feel like a great moment both to take stock and keep growing.”

Praise for Chris Tye:

“This guy deserves to be heard far and wide.  My singer-songwriter album of the year.”  Maverick Magazine

“He’s ACE!” Jo Whiley

Praise for Dan Hartland:

“Gets right underneath the topic he’s writing about. Absolutely gorgeous – what an incredible voice.” BBC Introducing

“Cuts right through to the listener’s innermost soul.” Maverick Magazine

“[His latest album is] a collection of richly scored songs about love, optimism and confessional observations on life, with character and a buoyancy that makes the album more than simply a man with his guitar.” Americana UK


NOTE: This previously announced London show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Wednesday 26 October 2016
Folkroom Fortnightly, The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF. T: 0207 278 3966. 8pm. Free.

Thursday 27 October 2016
Salt Café, 120 St. George’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5UJ
T: 0117 329 2970
Doors 7pm; show 8pm
£4 (adv), £5 (door)

Friday 28 October 2016
Ort, 500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH
Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 29 October 2016
The Cheltenham Underground, Secret House Show, Cheltenham
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About Chris Tye

Chris Tye is a singer-songwriter who makes beautiful harmonic pop music with roots in a folk and jazz tradition. He is a talented and ambitious composer and arranger of his music. But perhaps what strikes the listener first is his hugely distinctive voice, expressive and versatile, veering from melancholy to ecstasy, which at times recalls such important musical influences as Nick Drake, John Martyn, Grizzly Bear, The Beatles and Paul Simon.

After early releases Somewhere Down The Line (Headwrecker Records), Matchbox Stand and his ambitious debut album The Paper Grenade in November 2014, his second full length record (coming soon) is entitled Stronger In Numbers: urban folk music on a huge canvas, intimate, anthemic and built for the big stage.

Chris has played to full venues across the country as a headline act as well as supported artists including Amy Winehouse, Fionn Regan and Ben Howard.  He recently performed at Jo Whiley’s BBC Introducing showcase in Birmingham.

He has also just competed soundtracks for a BFI feature film Irene’s Ghost (due for release January 2017) and a short film about Birmingham Royal Ballet called ‘balancé’.

Stronger In Numbers is set for release at the end of this year and is currently being funded via Pledge music:


About Dan Hartland

Dan Hartland’s brand of singer-songwriter rootsiness reinvigorates the lonesome troubadour shtick with a wry pop sensibility. From gentle acoustic picking to the robust influences of early rock ‘n’ roll, Dan’s observational, confessional style offers a potent mix of intelligence and soul.

Having supported  the likes of The Jayhawks’ Mark Olson, Kim Richey, and Lisbee Stainton – as well as Joan as Policewoman, Clem Snide, Foy Vance, Mark Morris and Polly Paulusma amongst others – Dan is a dynamic and engaging stage presence.

His recent album, Young Man’s Game, features eleven literate slices of rootsy, country-flecked folk. He also has to his name two further EPs of songs equal parts hushed and impassioned.


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