We know that folks have been waiting patiently for Ani to bring her folky goodness back to Europe…and we’re happy to announce that in January 2011 the self-described Little Folksinger will jump the pond to perform for her friends in the UK and Ireland.
Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend.
Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early-‘90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She’s been called “fiercely independent” (Rolling Stone), “inspirational” (All Music Guide), “the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter” (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani’s lead – Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them – maybe people will just start calling her “smart.”
As important as Righteous Babe Records is to the singer/songwriter/guitarist, she’s more than happy to trust like-minded people with the business and revel in the complete artistic freedom it provides. For several years to come, musicians will be making headlines as they jump the major label ship and take charge of their own destinies. Having been there and done that, Ani DiFranco will be more than happy to just sit back and make art.
Forthcoming confirmed shows:
20th January 2011 Celtic Connections http://www.celticconnections.com/
22nd January 2011 National Concert Hall http://www.nch.ie/
Dublin, North Ireland
24th January 2011 Glee Club http://www.glee.co.uk/
25th January 2011 The Lowry http://www.thelowry.com/
26th January 2011 Komedia http://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/
27th January 2011 Shepherd’s Bush Empire http://www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/