The Give it All tour is a double-headline tour featuring two outstanding musicians, united by their deep friendship and passion for making music that matters. This is a tour that has been nearly a decade in the making, ever since Luke Concannon, then one half of the chart topping band Nizlopi (The JCB song), heard the gritty, yet uplifting sounds of Birmingham wordsmith Jimmy Davis. That was the back end of 2007. Davis had spent the earlier part of the year surviving sometimes on less that £50 a week as he poured heart and soul into the 18hr days required to bring his debut album to life. The hard work paid off as Luke and the Nizlopi team decided to invite Davis to support their upcoming tour, a tour notable for the frequent presence of a chubby ginger kid, who would go on to become a certain Ed Sheeran. A firm friendship was born, and the pair threw themselves into regular collaboration once Luke returned from a hitch hiking mission from England to Palestine-an adventure which included a chance encounter with a mountain bear, Singing for Armies, rebels, and a wedding party, and volunteering as a peace worker in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. All whilst writing his new album.
The Give It All Tour'
Thursday 12th - Kraak Gallery, Manchester
Saturday 21st - Heptonstall Festival
Wednesday 2nd - The Railway, Winchester
Saturday 5th - Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge
Thursday 10th - Stourbridge Folk Festival
Friday 11th - Westbury Music & Arts Festival
Saturday 12th - Westbury Music & Arts Festival
Sunday 13th - Marrs Bar, Worchester
Friday 18th - Sound Music Venue, Cheltenham
Saturday 19th - LAMP, Lemington Spa
Thursday 24th - Surya London
Friday 25th - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Thursday 7th - Prince Albert, Stroud
Friday 8th - South Devon Arts Centre
Saturday 9th - Miss Peapod's, Cornwall
Thursday 14th - IME Music, Derby
Saturday 16th - The Garage, Swansea
Sunday 17th - Glee Club, Birmingham
Thursday 21st - Carlton Cinema, Kent
Friday 22nd - The Brunswick, Brighton
Saturday 23rd - The Folkhouse, Bristol
Thursday 5th - OPEN, Norwich
Friday 6th - Fleece Folk, Suffolk
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