Summer 2019 Newsletter and Tour Dates

Hey friends, happy to check in with some news and tour dates. It’s been six months since my solo effort Alameda hit the American bodegas, and with a little help from my friends at BloodyGreatPR we’ve been getting some nice BBC airplay and quips from overseas. Here’s one from esteemed statesperson Mike Davies for

“Addressing those in the fringes of society, it’s a darker album than it might initially appear, underling the subtlety and sophistication of his writing.”

More than happy to embrace the dark side. It’s all the rage. Any rate, there’s a European tour happening as we speak, one which finds me riding the FrecciaBianca (White Arrow) from Rome to Genova for a four night stand in the magisterial Teatro Nazionale alongside heroes Beppe Gambetta, Tim O’Brien, and Laura Cortese. A few tickets remain, so tell your yacht buddies anchored out by Portofino.

Then… it’s off to Berlin! Saturday, May 18, Eamon O’Leary and I (The Murphy Beds) kick off a European tour and a first-ever duo trip to the UK. The UK dates are all in the south of England, including some places I’ve never been before like Bath and Cornwall, so please help us spread the word! The Beds recorded a new record in an 18th century Dutch barn this spring. We’re excited for you to hear it when it drops this fall. Until then, you’ll just have to come to the shows!

Finally there’s some exciting stuff happening later in the summer (Kennedy Center, Pine Mountain Music fest with Moira Smiley), camps I’m teaching (Voiceworks, Ashokan, Pekinese Island), and a new band and recording to show off (JKLoL featuring Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop, and special guest Lawson White). Check your spam folders so you don’t miss anything. In the meantime, read a book, ride a train, and for pity’s sake put down the phone! Here’s to it:

Genova Acoustic Nights (Beppe Gambetta, Tim O’Brien, Laura Cortese, and Jefferson Hamer)

MAY 9-12
Teatro Nazionale
Genova, Italy


Murphy Beds (Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer) UK and Europe Tour 2019

MAY 18
Berlin, Germany
The Roseville Sessions: Murphy Beds (Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer) Live in Berlin
ufaFabrik Internationales Kulturcentrum

MAY 20
Utrecht, Netherlands
De Parel van Zuilen

MAY 21
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Torpedo Theater

MAY 24
Lent, Netherlands

MAY 25
Wrington, Somerset, United Kingdom
The Old Refreshment Room

MAY 26
Bristol, United Kingdom
Bristol Folk House

MAY 27
Stroud, United Kingdom
Prince Albert Inn

MAY 29
Swanage, United Kingdom
The Square & Compass

MAY 30
Calstock, United Kingdom
Calstock Arts

JUN 01
Deptford, United Kingdom
Nest Collective: Unamplifire Festival

JUN 02
Bath, United Kingdom
Chapel Arts Centre

JUN 04
London, United Kingdom
Green Note

JUN 07
Nibe, Denmark
Murphy Beds playing Halkaer Festival as part of Nuala Kennedy Trioær-kro-kulturhus/halkær-folk-roots-festival-2019/1998168173814762/

JUN 11
Dublin, Ireland
Cobblestone Pub

JUN 14
Doolin, Ireland
Doolin Folk Festival

Jefferson and Moira Smiley in Michigan with Pine Mountain Music Festival

JUN 17
Iron Mountain, MI
Pine Mountain Music Festival: Moira Smiley and Jefferson Hamer
Iron Mountain High School

JUN 18
Marquette, MI
Pine Mountain Music Festival: Moira Smiley and Jefferson Hamer
Calumet Theatre

JUN 19
Crystal Falls, MI
Pine Mountain Music Festival: Jefferson Hamer Solo
Crystal Theatre

Jefferson Teaches at Voiceworks, Ashokan, and Penikese Island

JUN 24 – JUN 29
Port Townsend, WA
Voiceworks: A Workshop for Singers

JUL 22 – 26
Olivebridge, NY
Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp

AUG 09 -13
Falmouth, MA
Penikese Island Music Residency

Shrink-wrap comes off new album and tour with JKLoL (Jefferson Hamer, Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop, and special guest Lawson White)

JUL 11
Asheville, NC
ISIS Music Hall
JKLOL (Jefferson Hamer, Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop)

JUL 12
Mt Solon, VA
Red Wing Roots Music Festival (3:00 PM)
JKLOL (Jefferson Hamer, Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop)

JUL 17
Portland, ME
One Longfellow Square
JKLOL (Jefferson Hamer, Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop)

JUL 20
Oneonta, NY
B-Side Ballroom
JKLOL (Jefferson Hamer, Kristin Andreassen, Lauren Balthrop)

LOOKING AHEAD with the Murphy Beds:

Murphy Beds Play Kennedy Center and Library of Congress
AUG 15
Washington, DC
Library Of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building

AUG 15
7:00 PM
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage
Washington, DC

AUG 25
Rockport, MA
Rockport Celtic Roots and Branches (A new festival hosted by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan)

SEP 21
East Meredith, NY
West Kortright Centre

NOV 21
Concord, NH
Capitol Center for the Arts

NOV 23
Essex, NY
Whallonsburg Grange Hall

NOV 24
Richmond, VT
Richmond Congregational Church

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