Andrew Bird has been playing shows backed by folk guitarist Tift Merritt, stand-up bassist Alan Hampton, and others for a few years now. This summer, however, the whistling violinist is making it official by bringing Merritt, Hampton, drummer Kevin O’Donnell (of Bird’s old band Bowl of Fire), and pedal steel guitarist Eric Heywood on the road as his new backing band, Hands of Glory.
Eponymously named after Bird’s 2012 companion album to Break it Yourself, the band is described as “an old timey acoustic configuration” (via Brooklyn Vegan). Their first full tour together kicks off with a two-night stint at D.C.’s Lincoln Theater, and includes stops at Bonnaroo, Toronto’s Urban Roots Fest, and New York’s Summerstage series.
Consult the full docket below.
Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory 2014 Tour Dates:
06/06 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music !
06/08 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater *
06/09 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
06/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
06/12 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
06/12 – 15 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival *
06/15 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
06/16 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount *
06/20 – Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua *
06/21 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Fest *
07/04 – Toronto, ON @ Urban Roots Fest *
07/05 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest !
07/08 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
07/10 – Hanover, NH @ Dartmouth *
07/11 – Bridgeport, CT @ The Klein *
07/12 – Lowell, MA @ Summer Music Series *
07/24-27 – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Fest *
07/26 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo *
08/02 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery *
09/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
! = solo show
* = w/ the Hands of Glory
^ = w/ Caetano Veloso & Devendra Banhart
Below, check out a clip from Bird’s performance at last year’s Newport Folk Festival, featuring Merritt, Hampton, and Heywood (on acoustic guitar).