Wrapping up East Coast tour

The band is back in the West after a 30 hour van ride from our last gig in Maryland. Whew! That was a lot of van time! Great last shows in Cambridge, MA and North Bethesda, MD.  We got to spend some time with members of Twisted Pine and Mile 12, both super talented bands from Boston area.  Now the Splitters are getting ready to play at the Bluegrass and Barbecue festival in Worland, Wyoming (barbecue parfait anyone?).  One more show in Dillon, CO and we are on our way back home! Thanks all you East Coasta's who came out to shows, put us up in your homes, and supported us!! You are the best!!

Spending some time on the East River in Brooklyn before heading to the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

Spending some time on the East River in Brooklyn before heading to the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

East Coast Tour!

The band is back in Babe-Ra-Van-Lincoln and heading to the East Coast for a quick 2 week tour! We kick it off in Fairfax, Virginia, near the D.C. area, then head up to NYC to play at the Rockwood Music Hall on Friday.  We enjoyed the hospitality of Claude and Katherine in Missouri last night and just crossed into Ohio. The band is looking forward to seeing old and new friends in the East for our first ever tour on that coast.  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Summer touring: Kansas, Minnesota, Toronto

Great start to touring back in the U.S.  We had a super fun time playing and seeing friends at Rapidgrass in Idaho Springs, Colorado.  Now we are on the road again: Last night we played a really wonderful house concert in Manhattan, Kansas.  Jen and Kevin Murdock were our hosts and treated the band so nicely with great eats and a comfy place to spend the night.  It was a fun outdoor show, with folks sitting on the lawn and fireflies all around.  Now we are in Rochester, Minnesota getting ready to play the First and Third Summer Street Market and Music Festival tomorrow.  After that, we head across the border to Toronto and the Mariposa Festival, then jump on the plane to Alaska. Stay tuned!

Playing in the backyard at the Murdocks in Manhattan, KS.

Playing in the backyard at the Murdocks in Manhattan, KS.

Back in the U.S. of A!

Well the band made it safely back home after a highly successful first tour of Ireland and the UK! After a whopping 21 shows in 23 days of travel everyone is enjoying being home and resting up for the next adventure.  Our final shows took us to a wonderful house concert series in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, called the Red room. We were hosted by the lovely Sharon and Arnie who fed us, put us up for the night, and let us sample their home-made potcheen (yum!) 

We had a great sold out show in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, where we stayed at the Raheen House and took great hikes up in the Irish countryside.  Martha and Jerry took great care of us there and made us feel at home!

Great shows at the Balor Arts in Ballybofey, The Seamus Ennis Centre in Naul, and a final intimate farewell show at the Green Room in Belfast.  Whew! What a great time.

This week the band will be in Louisville for their Summer Concerts in the Park on Thursday. This weekend we join a great collection of bands at Colorado's own Rapidgrass festival including Sam Bush Band, Travelin' McCourys and Jeff Austin Band.  Let the good times roll! 

Dusty and Lauren hiking in the Irish hills above Clonmel

Dusty and Lauren hiking in the Irish hills above Clonmel

Heading to Ireland

The band is en route to Ireland on the ferry! Great last shows in England at Whitstable, Bristol, and Saltaire.  We all got to enjoy great seafood at the Royal Native Oyster Stores in Whitstable and wonderful views of the shore.  Everyone is enjoying a day off after playing 17 days of shows in a row. Next we are on to Cookstown, Ireland to play the Red Room tomorrow as well as a radio performance on the John Murray Show on RTE 2 at 9am.  No rest for the wicked! 

Blitzing through England

We're continuing to play through England as we move south(ish).  Great shows in Newcastle, Northumberland, and Notts! It was a treat for these Yanks to see castles on the seashore around Northumberland, then to play a really nice house-concert style room at St. Cuthbert's Seahouses. The Southwell festival in Notts found us playing a large stage with the show broadcasted over the web, then later playing a late show with fellow American band The Blind Willies along with a great New York duo.  Tonight it's a nice hall in the charming town of Devizes at the Corn Exchange.  

Peter and Lauren at a beachside castle in Northumberland

Peter and Lauren at a beachside castle in Northumberland

Leaving Scotland...on to England!

Sadly, we are finished with our Scotland leg of the tour. But what a fabulous time we had there! The band just played our first two dates in England: the Swaledale festival and today, Kendal.  Amazing, beautiful landscapes and old stone buildings at Swaledale along with a boat-load of sheep. We played in a church from the 1700's to a sold-out crowd of over 300 folks.  Another sold-out show tonight in Kendal at the Brewery arts center.  Jerry keeps us rolling on in the van with healthy doses of Scottish sarcasm! On to Newcastle tomorrow to meet some Jordys!

Les and Christine At the picturesque Swaledale festival

Les and Christine At the picturesque Swaledale festival

First shows....

The Splitters played our first shows in Scotland in Glenbuchat, Findhorn, and Edinburgh.  Great time so far here in the UK! Great crowds, new food (read Haggis, Scottish Breakfast), good folks.  We played last night with the HotSeats, a fabulous string band from Virginia.  We're off to explore Glasgow tonight and then another show with the Hotseats.  Fun times!

Lauren at the Beach at Findhorn

Lauren at the Beach at Findhorn

Scotland!

The band made it in one piece to the UK! Here we all are on the ferry from Belfast on our way to Scotland.  Tonight we play our first show at Glenbuchat Hall, Aberdeenshire!