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The Handsome Family to release 20th anniversary edition of “Through The Trees”, announce their biggest UK tour to date.

For Brett and Rennie Sparks, 2018 is destined to be a big year. It marks 20 years since the release of The Handsome Family’s Through the Trees and Loose Music will be celebrating with a 20th Anniversary Edition to be released on March 9th.  The band will be incorporating much of Through the Trees in an extensive forthcoming UK and European tour. There, the duo will be joined by drummer Jason Toth and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon.

Who are The Handsome Family?

the handsome family

The Handsome Family consists of married couple Brett and Rennie Sparks. In 1993, they formed in Chicago, Illinois with past member Mike Werner. In 2001, the Sparks moved to New Mexico. They reached mainstream success in 2015 for Far from any Road from their album Singing Bones. The track was the theme song for the first season of the HBO drama series True Detective. The iconic title sequence and accompanying music instantly propelled the duo to fame, acquiring a new audience and a wealth of fans. Far From Any Road has been streamed over 50 million times and you can add to that total by listening to it below:

Both Brett and Rennie sing, but they perform different roles when it comes to instruments. Brett plays guitar, keyboards and writes the music while Rennie plays bass, banjo and writes the lyrics.

In 2016, the band released Unseen. The record and its lyrics explored the unseen stories of the people and places of the American West. It was greeted with rave reviews from the international press with Mojo declaring the it to be “The Handsome Family’s masterpiece”.

The best news of all this is that The Handsome Family is coming to Southampton on the 23rd of March. They’ll be performing at The Brook which is located on Portswood Road, just north of Sainsbury’s.

UK and EU Tour Dates 

01/03 Mama Roux’s, Rainbow venues                      Birmingham, UK

02/03 The Sage Gateshead, Hall 2                          Gateshead, UK

03/03 Leaf                                                            Liverpool, UK

04/03 Manchester Academy 3                                 Manchester, UK

06/03 Tramshed                                                    Cardiff, UK

07/03 Exeter Phoenix                                             Exeter, UK

08/03 The Trades club                                            Hebden Bridge, UK

10/03 La Belle Angele                                             Edinburgh, UK

11/03 O2 ABC Glasgow                                           Glasgow, UK

12/03 The lemon tree                                             Aberdeen, UK

13/03 Tolbooth                                                      Stirling, UK

15/03 Round Chapel                                               London, UK

17/03 Howard Assembly room                                 Leeds, UK

18/03 Plug                                                             Sheffield, UK

20/03 Waterfront                                                    Norwich, UK

21/03 The Junction                                                 Cambridge, UK

22/03 St George’s Bristol                                         Bristol, UK

23/03 The Brook                                                     Southampton, UK

24/03 St George’s Church                                        Brighton, UK

25/03 Quarterhouse                                                Folkestone, UK

24/05 Forum Bielefeld                                             Bielefeld, Germany

25/05 Zakk Club                                                     Dusseldorf, Germany

26/05 Cafe Glocksee                                               Hannover, Germany

27/05 Lido                                                             Berlin, Germany

29/05 Beatpol                                                        Dresden, Germany

30/05 Alte Mälzerei                                                 Regensburg, Germany

31/05 WUK                                                            Vienna, Austria

02/06 The Great Räng Teng Teng                             Freiburg, Germany

03/06 El Lokal                                                        Zurich, Switzerland

05/06 Kulturzentrum franz.K                                   Reutligen, Germany

06/06 Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof                            Heidelberg, Germany

07/06 Kesselhaus Schlachthof                                  Wiesbaden, Germany

09/06 Paradiso Noord                                              Amsterdam, Netherlands

11/06 Atlas                                                            Aarhus, Denmark

12/06 Copenhagen Jazzhouse                                  Copenhagen, Denmark

14/06 Unknown venue                                             Oslo, Norway

15/06 Pustervik                                                      Gothenburg, Sweden

16/06 Mosebacke Sodra Teatern/                             Stockholm, Sweden

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