Following the release of her solo album Theyesandeye in July, folk musician Lou Rhodes will now tour the UK in late October.
The venues and dates are: The Deaf Institute, Manchester on 20 October; Headrow House, Leeds on 24 October; Omeara, London on 25 October; Patterns, Brighton on 30 October.
After her group Lamb got stuck with the trip hop tag, Lou Rhodes returned to her folk roots for two acclaimed solo LPs in the mid-2000s.
In an interview with Jocks & Nerds this summer, Rhodes said: “In the end it felt like we [Lamb] were pulling in different directions and I was really feeling the need to do something acoustic.”
Lou was nominated for a Mercury prize for her 2006 LP Beloved One followed by Bloom in 2007 and One Good Thing in 2010. She wrote Theyesandeye over a number of years during which time she released two albums with the reformed Lamb.
The LP was recorded with co-producer Simon Byrt in a studio near Rhodes’ home in Wiltshire, south west England. “I had written most of the songs and I was thinking, ‘right what am I going to do with them’,” she says. “Then I met Simon at my friend’s studio which is just beautiful. It’s got lots of lovely analogue equipment and is set in beautiful countryside.
“I’ve spent periods of my life in the city and loving that buzz but now I’m really enjoying the space and quiet the country gives me... I’m a bit of a recluse anyway so it’s actually good for me to be out in the sticks and it really lends itself the writing process. And on this new LP I wanted to create a joyful album and a real celebration of finding a positive place in life.”