Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz
Rhiannon Giddens will perform select US dates beginning November 5, in support of They’re Calling Me Home, released in April and deemed “her finest work to date” (No Depression). It has been another remarkable year for the accomplished musician, composer, author, podcast host and beyond.
Giddens was not planning to release an album in 2021 but was moved by the moment to do so. They’re Calling Me Home (Nonesuch) was recorded in just a few days in a small studio in her adopted home near Dublin during lockdown in the early phases of the pandemic. Created with her musical partner Francesco Turrisi, the album is brimming with the feelings of missing home and loss, and features the songs that Giddens and Turrisi reached to in need of comfort.
They’re Calling Me Home was celebrated widely and led to interviews with NPR Music, NPR’s Here & Now, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Object of Sound with Hanif Aburraqib and beyond. Giddens has been featured in several pieces in the New York Times over the past 6 months that spotlight not only the new album but the Aria Code podcast she hosts in partnership with WNYC and the Metropolitan Opera, and even her love for soprano Maria Callas.
Giddens and Turrisi will be playing selections from the album on this tour in November. It was also recently announced that she’ll be performing at Stagecoach in 2022. Other recent live performance highlights include her debut at the Ojai Festival in California this past September. She also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors (in tribute to Joan Baez), and appeared at the CMT Awards to pay tribute to the pioneering country artist Linda Martell.
In July Giddens shared an audio documentary that explores her remarkable life and the music that shaped her in this Audible Original Balance To Bridges episode. She also revealed a 4-book publishing deal with Candlewick Press, the first of which will be released in fall 2022.
US Tour Dates:
November 5 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Bardavon
November 6 – Potsdam, NY – Helen Hosmer Concert Hall
November 8 – Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
November 9 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
November 10 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
November 11 – Lexington, KY – Mitchell Fine Arts Center
November 19-21 – Boston, MA – Loeb Drama Center / Phoenix Rising with Silkroad Ensemble
January 21 – Greensboro, NC – Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts / Greensboro Opera Presents Porgy and Bess
January 23 – Greensboro, NC – Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts / Greensboro Opera Presents Porgy and Bess
April 28 – Greencastle, IN – Kresge Auditorium
May 1 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach
May 21 – Richmond, VA – The Richmond Forum