“Modfather” Paul Weller has announced a series of gigs in spectacular woodland locations across the UK this summer as part of Forestry Commission Live Music 2009.
The commission, in a press release, goes on to say:
Described as both the ‘modfather of rock’ and ‘Britpop’s elder statesman’, Paul is ultimately acknowledged by the media, fellow musicians and the public as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of British popular music.
Since his early days in The Jam, then Style Council and subsequently as a hugely successful solo artist, Paul continues to make pioneering music.
Last year saw the release of the critically acclaimed number one album ‘22 Dreams’, his ninth solo album in a career spanning over three decades.
He will be performing at the following venues:
Friday 5 June – Thetford Forest, Near Brandon, Suffolk
Friday 12 June – Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire
Friday 19 June – Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Near Edwinstowe, Notts
Saturday 20 June – Westonbirt Arboretum, Near Tetbury, Glos
Friday 26 June – Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffs
Saturday 27 June – Dalby Forest, Near Pickering, N Yorks
Tickets go on sale from Friday 16 January, costing £33.00 (subject to booking fee), from the Forestry Commission Box Office 01842 814612, online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music or over the counter from the venues.
The commission was quick to add that the tour was self-sustaining, paying for itself. It added that the gigs were also generating “valuable revenue to plough back into the woodland in a variety of environmental and social projects”.
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Source: Forestry Commission UK press release