Britain's Smoke Fairies Launch US Tour Following Stellar Debut Album

PopMatters recently said of Smoke Fairies' debut album Through Low Light and Trees: "The duo’s voices and instruments harmonize in haunting ways that evoke the ethereal spirits from which they take their band’s name. But these sprites are far from being frail creatures. They are comprised of flesh and blood. The Fairies understand that even enchantment can have dangers and that the mystery of the world does not alter the concrete details of living in the material world." Now the UK band is headed out on a US tour with Rasputina, hitting many major American markets. This is your chance to catch up on one of the finest neo folk groups around. Tour dates and video collection after the jump.


July 29 Key Club * Los Angeles, CA

July 30 SLO Brewing Co * San Luis Obispo, CA

July 31 Slims* San Francisco, CA

August 4 WOW Hall * Eugene, OR

August 5 Doug Fir Lounge * Portland, OR

August 6 Tractor Tavern * Seattle, WA

August 8 The Railyard * Billing, MT

August 11 Bourbon Theater * Lincoln, NB

August 12 Blue Moose Tap House * Iowa City, IA

August 13 7th Street Entry * Minneapolis, MN

August 15 Schuba’s Chicago, IL

August 14 Shank Hall * Milwaukee, WI

August 16 Underground * Sandusky, OH

August 18 Red Palace Washington, DC

August 19 1st Unitarian Side Chapel Philadelphia, PA

August 22 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY

August 24 The Basement Nashville, TN

* with Rasputina

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