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New Offa Rex Track, “The Old Churchyard”

We’re pleased to share another song from the upcoming Offa Rex album, The Queen of Hearts. Here’s “The Old Churchyard”:

Olivia Chaney recently spoke with Lenny about our collaboration and the new track, you can read the interview here.

Summer Tour Expanded, New OFFA REX Track Released

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

We’re a little over two months away from The Shuffling Off to Ragnarok Summer Tour and we’ve added in a few more stops along the way – Edmonton Folk Music Festival on August 10 and the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA August 18. Tickets and The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages for Davis are on sale now, Edmonton Folk goes on sale June 4.

If you’ve already purchased a ticket for one of the other shows on the tour but would like to get in on the pre-show performance/Q&A, signed tour poster, and more, TWSSCAP Upgrades are now available as well.

To switch hats a bit, we’re excited to share a new Offa Rex song with you all, “Blackleg Miner.”

If you need a refresher on Offa Rex, our collaboration with Olivia Chaney, think Albion Dance Band/Steeleye Span/Anne Briggs. Traditional folk songs through the lens of the 60’s and 70’s British Folk Revival plus a few originals from that era by Ewan MacColl and Lal Waterson.

“Blackleg Miner” is available now as an instant download, along with the title track, when you pre-order The Queen of Hearts on CD, vinyl, or via iTunes. Due to a slight delay in vinyl production, the album’s release date has been pushed back one week to July 14, but we’ll have another new track to share in the coming weeks to help hold you over in the interim.

Tickets for the Offa Rex show in Portland on July 23 are sold out but a limited supply still remain for the NYC show at The Town Hall on July 26 here.

Aside from festival sets as XPoNential, Newport Folk, and Travelers’ Rest, these are the only two Offa Rex dates on the docket. However, those of you coming to The Shuffling Off to Ragnarok Summer Tour shouldn’t be surprised to see Offa Rex make a mid-set appearance for a few songs.

We look forward to sharing more music and seeing as many of you this summer as our touring and your personal travel thresholds will allow.

Yours,

The Decemberists
Offa Rex

 

The Decemberists:
June 9 Cascadia Resists * Seattle, WA Sold Out
August 8 The Orpheum # Vancouver, BC Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 9 MacEwan Hall # Calgary, AB Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 10 Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, AB On Sale June 4
August 12-13 Travelers’ Rest Missoula, MT Only Sunday
Passes Remain
August 15 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre # Salt Lake City, UT Sold Out
TWSSCAP
August 17 Fox Theater # Oakland, CA Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 18 Mondavi Center # Davis, CA Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 19 Britt Pavilion # Jacksonville, OR Tickets
TWSSCAP
* Benefit show for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU
# with Olivia Chaney

 

Offa Rex:
July 23 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR Sold Out
July 26 The Town Hall New York, NY Tickets
July 28 XPoNential Festival Philadelphia, PA Tickets
July 29 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI Sold Out
August 12 Travelers’ Rest Missoula, MT Sold Out

Summer Tour Expanded, TWSSCAP Upgrades Available

The Shuffling Off to Ragnarok Summer Tour has been expanded to include Davis, CA with a show at the Mondavi Center on August 18 with Olivia Chaney!

We’re offering The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages for this new date along with the rest of the stops on the tour. If you’ve already purchased a standard ticket for one of the shows but would like to get in on the pre-show performance/Q&A, signed tour poster, and more, Upgrade versions are now available as well.


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An Acoustic Evening in Support of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood

Join us and Death Cab for Cutie and Sera Cahoone in Seattle on June 9 at the Paramount Theatre for Cascadia Resists: An Acoustic Evening in Support of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 12 at 10am PT and will be available for purchase here.

***Update***

We’re pleased to announce a special event prior to the show. Colin Meloy and Benjamin Gibbard will perform short solo sets for a very limited number of fans and take part in a meet & greet with photos. Passes for this pre-show event will be available as an add-on to your ticket to the main show when they go on sale this Friday.

If you are unable to attend the show but are interested in supporting these great organizations, please visit ACLU and Planned Parenthood to see how you can help.

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Announcing: Offa Rex

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

The disembodied entity who typically writes these missives is on vacation; this is being written by me, Colin Meloy. And I want to bend your ear about something.

A few years ago, I had a chance to hear a record by a fantastic artist, one Olivia Chaney. She made a record called The Longest River and I was so taken by it, particularly her arrangement of the old folk song “The False Bride.” She seemed to me to be channeling the great female folk singers of the British folk revival: Sandy Denny, Anne Briggs, June Tabor, Norma & Lal Waterson, Shirley Collins and Maddy Prior. We invited her to open a bunch of Decemberists shows in 2015 and afterward I made a pitch to her: let us be the Albion Dance Band to your Shirley Collins. Let’s start a band. Let’s make a record of old folk songs that will be as much about rediscovering ancient songs as it is an homage to that incredible era of British music, the 60s and 70s folk revival.

She, very kindly, agreed.

And so we Decemberists are very proud to announce the arrival of OFFA REX, our collaboration between the band and Olivia Chaney.

The Queen of Hearts – Coming July 14
Pre-order CD/LP with limited-edition signedprint via Nonesuch Records
Pre-order on iTunes

We rehearsed and arranged the songs out on my farm outside of Portland last summer; we recorded it with Tucker Martine at Flora Recording & Playback that fall. I sing two songs, Olivia sings eight of ’em. One of the songs is an instrumental medley of two old Morris dance tunes, arranged by Jenny on accordion. Here’s the track listing:

1. The Queen of Hearts
2. Blackleg Miner
3. The Gardener
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. Flash Company
6. Old Churchyard
7. Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)
8. Willie o’ Winsbury
9. Bonny May
10. Sheepcrook and Black Dog
11. To Make You Stay

You can listen to “The Queen of Hearts,” a song we learned from Martin Carthy, here. It’s about heartbreak in the face of unrequited love; to my ears it’s as fresh today as it was when it was written three hundred years ago. That’s kind of the spirit of the record.

Offa Rex will be playing a pair of shows in Portland and New York City in late July, leading into XPoNential Festival in Philadelphia and Newport Folk Festival. We’re also playing Travelers’ Rest, the festival the band is hosting in Missoula, Montana in August.

Well be performing songs from the record as well as songs from the Olivia Chaney and Decemberists catalogues, reimagined through the lens of Offa Rex.

And expect to see Offa Rex appear, mid-set, for a couple songs when Olivia opens The Decemberists’ summer tour dates. You can find all of the details below.

We hope you are as taken by this music as we all have been.

Yours,

Colin Meloy
The Decemberists
Offa Rex

 

Offa Rex:
July 23 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR On Sale 5/12
July 26 The Town Hall New York, NY On Sale 5/12
July 28 XPoNential Festival Philadelphia, PA Tickets
July 29 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI Sold Out
August 12 Travelers’ Rest Missoula, MT Tickets

 

The Decemberists with Olivia Chaney supporting:
August 8 The Orpheum Vancouver, BC Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 9 MacEwan Hall Calgary, AB Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 12-13 Travelers’ Rest Missoula, MT Tickets
August 15 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 17 Fox Theater Oakland, CA Tickets
TWSSCAP
August 19 Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, OR On Sale 5/12
TWSSCAP

Summer Date Added in Oregon, Spring Tour Starts Tonight

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Let's begin this missive directed towards our fair home state of Oregon: we're pleased to announce we'll return to Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, OR on Saturday, August 19 with special guest Olivia Chaney. Our limited pre-sale begins TODAY at 10am PT at Decemberists.com and The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages™ will go on sale then as well. If you miss out on both, Britt Festivals will have their own member pre-sale starting today. The general public on-sale will begin May 12th.

The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök Spring Tour 2017 kicks off tonight and only tomorrow night's show in Pittsburgh and Atlanta on Tuesday have any remaining tickets. Here's a look at the limited-edition screenprint tour poster, designed by Carson Ellis, that will be for sale at the merch table.

Single-day tickets for Travelers' Rest, our curated festival in Missoula on August 12-13, go on sale today at 10am MT at TravelerRestFest.com. Our shows in Vancouver, Calgary, and Oakland are on sale now (plus TWSSCAPs) but you'll still have to wait until April 24 to get pre-sale tickets for Salt Lake City.

We have a bunch of new songs and a wide swath of material from every corner of our discography to cover; you can follow our Instagram or visit our tour archive throughout the run to keep track of the setlists. Look forward to seeing you all out there!

Yours,

The Decemberists
www.decemberists.com
www.travelersrestfest.com
 

April 7 State Theatre of Ithaca * Ithaca, NY Sold Out
April 8 Stage AE * Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
April 9 The National * Richmond, VA Sold Out
April 11 Fox Theatre * Atlanta, GA Tickets
April 12 Ryman Auditorium * Nashville, TN Sold Out
April 14 The Fillmore Philadelphia * Philadelphia, PA Sold Out
April 15 College Street Music Hall * New Haven, CT Sold Out
April 17 Brooklyn Steel * Brooklyn, NY Sold Out
TWSSCAP™ Upgrade
April 18 Brooklyn Steel * Brooklyn, NY Sold Out
TWSSCAP™ Upgrade
April 19 Brooklyn Steel * Brooklyn, NY Sold Out
TWSSCAP™ Upgrade
August 8 The Orpheum # Vancouver, BC Tickets
TWSSCAP™
August 9 MacEwan Hall # Calgary, AB Tickets
TWSSCAP™
August 12-13 Travelers' Rest Missoula, MT Tickets
August 15 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre # Salt Lake City, UT Pre-sale Apr 24
TWSSCAP™
August 17 Fox Theater # Oakland, CA Tickets
TWSSCAP™
August 19 Britt Pavilion # Jacksonville, OR Pre-sale
TWSSCAP™

 

* with Julien Baker
# with Olivia Chaney

New Summer Tour Dates Added in August

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

The Shuffling Off to Ragnarok Spring Tour 2017 begins next week and we’re excited to announce a handful of new dates this summer!

In addition to Travelers’ Rest, our curated two-day festival in Missoula, we’ll make our way to Vancouver, Calgary, Salt Lake City, and Oakland in August. We’re pleased to have our friend Olivia Chaney join us for these shows.

Pre-sale tickets and another batch of The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages for the Canadian dates and Oakland will be available starting tomorrow, March 28 at 10am local at Decemberists.com. The password for the TWSSCAP pre-sales for Vancouver and Oakland is “ovalencia.” The public on-sale will follow this Friday, March 31. SLC’s schedule is a bit staggered with its pre-sale beginning on April 24.

Many of the shows on the spring tour are sold out and those with tickets remaining won’t stay that way for long, so be sure to grab yours soon for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and night 2 in Brooklyn. A few of these dates still have TWSSCAPs available as well, including an upgrade version for the Brooklyn shows if you’ve already purchased your tickets.

The Decemberists Shop has been doing a bit of spring cleaning and you can get up to 50% off apparel, posters, and more.

Yours,

The Decemberists
www.decemberists.com
www.travelersrestfest.com

Announcing: Travelers’ Rest

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Oh, but we have some news for you, gentle email-blast-reader. After years of careful planning, calculating, soul-searching and soul-corralling, The Decemberists are pleased as punch to announce their first ever curated 2-day festival, taking place in Missoula, Montana on August 12th and 13th, 2017 at Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater. It’s called Travelers’ Rest. History-minded readers will recognize that the festival is named after the historical site, some few miles south of town, where Lewis & Clark were known to have made camp and put on their own two day music festival. It received mixed reviews; several critics noted that Meriwether Lewis’s band DySeNtErY, which headlined the event, was “overly morose” and the available food was “scarce” to "inedible.”

NOT SUCH, THIS TIME AROUND.

The Decemberists will be performing both nights of the festival, playing two unique sets, with other acts including the incredible Glaswegians Belle & Sebastian, the inimitable NWers/rabble-rousers The Head and the Heart as well as Shakey Graves, Sylvan Esso, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Real Estate, Julien Baker AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Quick back story: as many of you know, Colin Meloy has a special connection to Montana, having been born and raised there, and is tremendously excited to be putting this event together for Montanans as well as everyone in the region. Having been your typical moody, navel-gazing teenager, he often bemoaned the lack of national bands that toured through his home state and is naturally awfully proud to be doing his small part to bring a bit more music to Montana.

Two-day tickets go on sale en masse this Friday, March 24 at 10am Mountain Standard Time but you can get a crack at them at a special early-bird price tomorrow, March 23, at 10am using the password BITTERROOT while pre-sale supplies last HERE.

$1.00 of every ticket sale will benefit the ACLU of Montana. The band hopes to involve many such progressive organizations from around the state in the event; keep an eye on TravelersRestFest.com for more info.

Yours,

The Decemberists
www.decemberists.com
www.travelersrestfest.com

Spring Tour On Sale Today, Limited TWSSCAPs Still Available

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

Tickets for our spring tour with Julien Baker go on sale today and we have a limited quantity of The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages™ still available; you can find all the relevant links below. 

April 7 State Theatre of Ithaca Ithaca, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 8 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 9 The National Richmond, VA Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 11 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 12 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 14 The Fillmore Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 15 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 17 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 18 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 19 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™

If the preferred city of your choice does not appear on The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök Spring Tour 2017, we are very sorry. There are so many cities in the world, so many that we have not played, but we are, all of us, human beings with needs, desires, and limitations. We will, no doubt, be playing larger and more extensive tours in the future — provided civilization as we know it has not been wiped off the face of the earth in the next three months. Even then, we will find you in the rubble. Perhaps we’ll even barter with you. "Give us a conch-shell of uncontaminated water,” we’ll say, “And we’ll happily play ‘Engine Driver.’” That sort of thing.

Yours,

The Decemberists
www.decemberists.com
www.illimat.com

Spring Tour and The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages

Adored Mailing List Recipients,

I don’t know about you, but it seems to us at Decemberists HQ that this winter has been — shall we say — a bit darker than winters of recent memory. Not sure what to attribute that to. However, in an effort to puncture that gloom, if only in a few places on and adjacent to the Eastern Seaboard, the Decemberists are pleased to announce The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök Spring Tour 2017.

We’ll be playing songs from every dusty corner of our discography, no doubt, along with a bunch of new songs — trying them on like new clothes, seeing how they fit. You, dear concert-goer, will be our mirror.

For the first time, however, we’ve decided to add a few extra goodies to the show-going experience. Meet The Whole Shebang Super Concert Action Packages™ (TWSSCAP)!  Come early and see the band play a few songs JUST TO YOU (and fellow TWSSCAPpers)! Ask your most probing questions (within sensible reason) of the band in an intimate Q&A session! Partake of an exclusive cash bar featuring drinks designed and tested by the band themselves (which might be horrible)! Get a laminate! And a patch! Upgrade your experience from the Corporal Bradley Level to the Dowager Empress Level and the band will include a bottle of ’15 Bandit Queen wine, our viticultural collaboration with the kind folks at Penner Ash Winery. Both levels include a ticket to the evening’s show, natch.

What are the dates, you ask? To whom shall I throw my wadded up piles of cash, you query? Look no further than the following list of dates with clickable hyperlinks! Pre-sale begins tomorrow, Jan. 24 at 10am local time. For Brooklyn Steel ticket-holders, you can upgrade to a TWSSCAP without buying a ticket.

April 7 State Theatre of Ithaca * Ithaca, NY Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 8 Stage AE * Pittsburgh, PA Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 9 The National Richmond, VA Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 11 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 12 Ryman Auditorium * Nashville, TN Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 14 The Fillmore Philadelphia * Philadelphia, PA Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 15 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT Pre-sale Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 17 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 18 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™
April 19 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY Tickets
TWSSCAP™
* TWSSCAP™ requires the password "ovalencia" for these venues

We’re very excited to have the one and only Julien Baker opening these shows. She’s a gem! Come early! Come often!

See you soon! VIVE LA RÉSISTANCE!

Yours,

The Decemberists
www.decemberists.com
www.illimat.com