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The Ten Year Reunion Tour
Look out, folks they're baaack!
Birthed in 1985 as a fun thing to do, Artisan kept getting invited to play more and more gigs until finally they kicked their day jobs into touch and went full time in 1989. After that they toured relentlessly throughout the UK, Canada, the USA, Europe and even Australia via Hong Kong until 2005. Heady stuff. Now they're looking forward to being back on the road for a second reunion tour and meeting up with friends old and new.
Longer Brochure copy or Press Biog
Gestated in 1984 and birthed in 1985 as a fun thing to do, Artisan kept getting invited to play more and more gigs until finally they kicked their day jobs into touch and went full time in 1989, playing folk clubs and festivals in the UK with a few side-trips to Belgium and Germany. In 1994 North America beckoned, first Canada and then the USA. Audiences loved them. In the next eleven years, between touring up and down the UK they did thirty North American tours playing everything from house-concerts to big outdoor festival stages such as Vancouver and Winnipeg Festivals and the Philadelphia Folksong Festival, playing to 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 people at a time. They even toured to Australia via Hong Kong. Heady stuff.
And it was still fun.
Fourteen albums and a concert DVD later they decided that you can have too much fun, sometimes. Travelling takes its toll (more than the singing) and they all had a hankering to do something a bit different. Brian's recording studio, Hilary's duo gigs with Grant Baynham (as Quicksilver) and Jacey's writing and folk agency all drew them to the conclusion that it had been twenty great years, but it was time for a rest. That was 2005. They did a farewell tour, a massive closing concert (DVD still available) and retired (dis)-gracefully to work on other things.
Five years later they did a short reunion season, which was enough fun to bring them out of retirement again another five years on in 2015.
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