Josh Ritter announces Limerick date on Irish tour with Dolan’s show this October 22
Following his recent sell-out Dublin date, renowned singer, songwriter, musician, artist, and best-selling author Josh Ritter announces his ‘Hello Starling’ anniversary tour with Limerick date
The ‘Hello Starling’ tour will see shows across Ireland this autumn with Josh Ritter coming to Dolan’s this October 22. Ritter will be joined on the road by his longtime band, The Royal City Band.
Speaking about the tour announcement, Josh says: “When I wrote Hello Starling, I was playing coffee shops and open mics. By the time it came out, I was on tour with The Frames and Joan Baez. I was practically living on the road, hearing my songs on the radio for the first time, staying up all night, touring Europe, doing all these things I had only dreamt of. It was a grand time.
For the 20th anniversary of the album, the band and I will be taking a swing through Hello Starling this fall, starting in Europe. We’ll play the entire album in full, front to back, and then play a bunch more music. It just felt right to try this out first in Ireland, England, and the Netherlands, where I spent so much time in 2003 when the album came out; but we hope to bring it to other spots as well, if all goes well! Thank you all for listening all these years.”
Ritter’s new album, Spectral Lines, was released last month to critical acclaim via Thirty Tigers (stream/purchase here). Produced by his longtime collaborator Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim), Spectral Lines finds Ritter expanding beyond the bounds of his previous work to create a record both atmospheric and profound. Dedicated to the memory of his mother, Ritter searches for commonality across these ten seamless tracks by exploring life’s most universal ideas—love, devotion and what it means to be connected, to both each other and to ourselves.
Adding to an already notable year, Bob Dylan performed Ritter’s song, “Only A River,” last month while on tour in Japan. The song was originally recorded by Bob Weir for his acclaimed 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain. Of the cover, Ritter shares, “I am speechless. I wrote the song in the stairwell of my dorm in college, 25 years ago. Music is a blessed traveler.”
One of today’s most thoughtful and prolific voices, Ritter has released eleven studio albums to date, including 2019’s widely acclaimed, Fever Breaks, of which NPR Music praised, “He remains a hydrant of ideas while embodying an endless capacity for empathy and indignation, often within a single song.” In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter is also a national best-selling author, having released two novels to date: 2011’s Bright’s Passage and 2021’s The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All, for which the film rights have recently been optioned for development. Released to critical attention, Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that Bright’s Passage “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”