The tour comes on what will be hot on the heels of their own 14 date headline tour and new album The Divine And Dirty which will be released on Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 23 March 2018. They will play as an acoustic trio on all of the dates except the Vicar Street, Dublin and Royal Albert Hall, London. The tour will start at Ipswich’s ‘Regent Theatre’ on Thursday 12th April and finishes at theGuild Hall in Portsmouth on Tuesday 1st May.
Talking about the upcoming experience Kris says; “I’m really excited to be joining Beth Hart on her UK tour. She’s such a fantastic artist, it’s a real honour to be on the same bill. It’s going to be a bit different to what I usually do, as I’ll be performing an acoustic trio set each night. There’s some amazing venues on this tour and I can’t wait to get out there!”
Kris Barras isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. As a former Mixed Martial Artist, the Devon born singer and guitarist has fought in front of 8000 people, lived it up in Las Vegas, dealt with bankruptcy, suffered deep and personal loss, unleashed blues fury on stages across Europe and been voted one of the best 13 Blues Guitarists in the World Right Now in 2017.
He picked up the guitar and took up martial arts as a child. After playing in bands throughout his teens he became disillusioned. He had toured the east coast of the USA twice and recorded an album in Philadelphia, but struggled to get to the next level. By his early 20s, offers for fights were coming thick and fast. Music took a backseat as he travelled the world to compete in tournaments, winning 14 out of 17 fights and even settling to live in Las Vegas and Thailand. He retired from the cage in 2014, feeling like he had achieved everything that he was going to achieve. It had consumed his life for so long, making so many sacrifices that he felt that it was time to move on.
For this reason, ambition bleeds from every pore of The Divine And Dirty. The album is an eclectic beast that can fire out rocket-fuelled blues in Kick Me Down and gospel-infused rock’n’roll in the shape of Hail Mary but dial things back showing a tender side on Hold On For Tomorrow and the emotional Watching Over Me.
It follows a triumphant year for Barras who in 2017 embarked on his first European tour, calling atNorway, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania and jubilant sets at his biggest ever shows at RAWA Blues Festival (Poland) and Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK) last summer with his band; Josiah J Manning (Keyboards), Elliott Blackler (Bass) and Will Beavis (Drums).
Everything is primed to propel The Kris Barras Band to even greater heights in 2018. He has the songs, the talent and the ambition to take on the scene’s biggest hitters. And armed with this kind of passion and dedication, they are coming out swinging. Stand back – rock has a new hero.
Full Tour Dates
Tickets available from www.krisbarrasband.com
23 Mar The Wharf, Tavistock
24 Mar The Palladium, Bideford
27 Mar The Comrades Club, Coulsdon
28 Mar Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne
29 Mar The Iron Road, Evesham
30 Mar Yardbirds Club, Grimsby
31 Mar Aatma, Manchester
04 Apr The Bullingdon, Haven Club, Oxford
05 Apr The Face Bar, Reading
06 Apr The Warehouse, Harrogate
07 Apr The Supporter’s Club, West Hartlepool
08 Apr Fuel, Cardiff
12 Apr Regent Theatre, Ipswich w/BETH HART
13 Apr The Musician, Leicester
14 Apr De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea w/BETH HART
15 Apr Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham w/BETH HART
18 Apr New Theatre, Oxford w/BETH HART
19 Apr Leas Hall, Folkstone w/BETH HART
21 Apr St David Hall, Cardiff w/BETH HART
24 Apr Corn Exchange, Cambridge w/BETH HART
26 Apr Opera House, Blackpool w/BETH HART
27 Apr City Hall, Hull w/BETH HART
30 Apr Hexagon, Reading w/BETH HART
01 May Guild Hall, Portsmouth w/BETH HART
18 May The Abertillery Blues Rock Festival, Abertillery
15 Jun LoveRocks Festival, Ferndown
01 Jul Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maistone
06 Jul Linton Festival, Ross-On-Wye
22 Jul Upton Blues Festival, Worcester