Greetings from all of us here in Shambylvania! We just finished a tour of the west that started in Reno, Nevada, snaked up the coast all the way to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and ended with an intimate backyard show outside of Portland, Oregon.
We had the honor of performing our new album right at home at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. We played for a packed house on a bill that included some of our closest comrades in the business - Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands and the Tan & Sober Gentlemen. Cradle shows are unlike any other show - the energy, the focus, the dedicated crowd members singing along, hanging on to each note.
In the fall of 2014, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles was a college band with barely more than a dozen shows played. More specifically, our band archivist puts the number at seventeen shows as October rolled around. In other words, it was the early days.
The band all had a special connection to the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. Ellis and Adam had been to every Shakori in their high school days, and Danny played with Mipso for the first time at the Carson’s Grove stage a few years earlier. Ellis penned a heartfelt inquiry email about the significance of Shakori to his life and to North Carolina, and sure enough we found ourselves on the bill! We played the midnight Saturday slot at Carson’s Grove in a light rain (of course) in what is one of our most memorable sets.
This Thursday at 9pm we will be in our home within Shakori - the Dance Tent - for our 5th (!) Shakori appearance. The friends we make in the dance tent pop up throughout the rest of the year, and it really feels like a family reunion. Come join us on what is always a highlight of the year. Even if you can’t make our Thursday set, we still encourage you to come check out the festival. Happy Shakori to all and we'll see you there!
April is here, and with it comes longer days, warmer weather and a fine trio of shows!
This Friday, April 6th, takes us back to an old stomping ground, The Pour House Music Hall in downtown Raleigh, NC. According to our meticulous note-taking, this will be our fifth (5!) appearance at the esteemed concert hall. We will be joined by James Olin Oden and friends for a rousing opening to the night. Tickets are available here.
Next Thursday, April 12 will be our long awaited return to Washington, D.C. Come on down to The Hamilton for dinner and a show. We will be serving up an opening platter of Shambles hits before making way for The Hillbender’s bluegrass rendition of the classic album “Tommy" by The Who. We can’t wait to see what that’s all about. The show starts early, and tickets are available here.
On Friday, April 13 (Friday the 13th, yikes!) we’ll trek out to the coast to New Bern, NC for another visit to The Brown Pelican. This charming neighborhood watering hole has been a blast in the past and we expect more of the same this time around. This is a free show, so come hang out with us!
We have been hard at work writing new music and spicing up old classics. We’re excited to share the music all spring and summer long. Stay tuned for more show and festival announcements, and check out the tour page to see where we’ll be next!
It is with heavy hearts, but bright eyes to the future, that we say goodbye to our fiddlin' maniac Mr. Jonathan Ng. From all of us to you, it has been a truly remarkable experience making music and conquering the world with you. This picture sums it all up for me. In music, my brother.