Ben Folds is set to tour Europe in February & March 2011 in support of his latest album, the acclaimed Lonely Avenue, a collaboration between him and bestselling novelist Nick Hornby, which was released on Nonesuch Records in September. The 14-date tour begins in Dublin on February 18 and includes concerts in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Holland. Tickets for Vicar St. on Feb 18th are €36.60 on sale this Friday November 12 @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 390. Members of the Ben Folds Fan Club will have advance access to presale tickets and ticket bundle opportunities from 2pm GMT on November 10 (www.benfolds.com/members-only).
With music and vocals by Folds and lyrics by Hornby, Lonely Avenue features string arrangements by the influential pop string arranger Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John, Leonard Cohen). The idea to create an album of Folds’ unique pop songwriting sensibilities with Hornby’s insightful prose was conceived during a dinner conversation between the two friends one night in 2009. After that, Hornby began regularly emailing lyrics to Folds, who then turned them into Lonely Avenue’s 11 musical short stories. The songs touch on subject matter ranging from a mother with a child in the hospital over New Year’s Eve to the work of Doc Pomus, lyricist of countless ’50s and ’60s pop hits. Described by Mojo as ‘Intelligent, funny, heartbreaking alt-rock,’ the Independent wrote ‘The first of what one hopes will be many collaborations proves to be an intelligent, sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, but always engaging collection of songs.’
Lonely Avenue includes the singles ‘From Above’ and ‘Picture Window’, as well as ‘Saskia Hamilton’, for which the UK’s most popular You Tuber, Charlie McDonnell, created a video that has already attracted over 700,000 views in under a month