David Ford – The Interesting Times Tour w/ Annie Dressner
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Award-winning songwriter, David Ford has a brand new show with some old-school values.
After touring the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his most technically ambitious stage production to date, this time Ford is packing away his terrifying array of triggers and loop machines and building a show around his classic songwriting, presenting career highlights and songs from forthcoming album, May You Live in Interesting Times.
Ford’s ability as a songwriter has given rise to a 20-year career during which he has written UK top 40 singles and international number ones and won France’s most prestigious musical award, while never compromising his gift for timeless melody and eloquent lyricism.
As an artist Ford still defies classification or comparison. He writes and performs with fluency across multiple genres, plays every instrument on the stage and even invents new ones to create truly unique recordings and performances. Every live show is different. Ford’s trademark one-man loop machine circus grows more complex and audacious every year, but then he is just as likely to show up with a six-piece band, a string quartet, jazz drummer or a choir and a recent UK tour proved he can be equally compelling sat in an armchair, playing acoustic guitar and telling stories. The result is a live spectacle described by The Guardian as “unmissable”.
As well as playing sold-out headline shows on both sides of the Atlantic, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Ray LaMontagne, Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Gomez, Aqualung, Richard Ashcroft, Suzanne Vega, Augustana, Ingrid Michaelson and Jakob Dylan.
Despite his many talents as a live performer, it is perhaps as a songwriter that David Ford is held in the highest regard. Often praised for his lyrical dexterity and willingness to tackle matters of politics and current affairs, Rolling Stone commended his “Genuine depth and striking authority”, while The Telegraph described his work as “Smart, angry, witty, emotional songs, delivered with raw-throated passion.” His debut album, I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I’ve Caused, was included in both The Times and Word Magazine‘s top ten albums of the year. His records have achieved number one slots on iTunes and in 2014, he received the French Grammy award for best original song.
Ford’s masterful songwriting, powerful live performances and utter distaste for self-promotion have helped cultivate a passionate, devoted fan base that exists something like a secret society. His 2020 tour dates provide the perfect opportunity to join up.
“Unmissable” ★★★★★ The Guardian
“One of Britain’s best.” ★★★★★ The Times
“Puts everything into every word.” The LA Times
“David Ford is the eternal thrill of a young man going way too far and pulling it off.” Word Magazine