Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Winter news from the Toy Hearts

Thanks to the Toy Hearts (GB) for this news:

Hello Friends,

We are happy to report that we had a fantastic summer in Austin, Texas, and have slowly been readjusting to life back in dear old Blighty. We have some shows coming up before the end of the year, as well as the news that our EP will hopefully be available at our Christmas Party.

Before then, however, we will be back on the road in the UK in November and December. For a full list of our gigs, including shows in Stroud, London, Middlesborough, Bishop's Castle, Birmingham, Leicester, and Lewes, please see here.


Firstly, this month our good friends Ned Luberecki and Stephen Mougin are coming to the UK. They are two top-notch Nashville pickers: Ned runs a bluegrass show on SiriusXm and plays banjo in Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, and Stephen is the guitarist and singer in Sam Bush's band. As the duo Nedski & Mojo they are more stripped-back than a full bluegrass band, giving a really intimate show, with great songs, great picking, and some very funny banter. They are playing all across the UK, so get yourself down to a gig folks! For full details of their UK tour dates see

We would like to give a special shout out for anyone in the Birmingham area, as Nedski & Mojo are playing at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath on Monday 18 November. The Toy Hearts will be out in force to support the evening and might even sit in for a number or two, so please do help us show them a warm Brummie welcome. Direct link to tickets is here.


Next up, we have some new friends we made during our Austin adventure - hot swing band The Jitterbug Vipers. The Vipers are over for almost a week of dates including two co-bills with the Toy Hearts; you can get information on all their shows here. The co-bill shows with us are:

Sun. 1 Dec. at the Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham - Please do come down and support our efforts to bring you a taste of Austin, Texas.

Then the following day we'll be doing it all over again in Leicester:
Mon. 2 Dec. The Musician, Leicester


Finally, we are looking forward to our Christmas Special this year at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on Sunday 22 December. This year we will be hoping to have some special limited-edition copies of our brand new EP, Flyin' too high. We recorded it over a couple of sessions in a lovely studio in Austin. It's a four-song selection of some of the swing and honky-tonk music we were playing over there; it also features Jake Erwin from Hot Club of Cowtown on double bass. You can get tickets for the Christmas show here.

That's all for now folks! We really hope to see you at a show soon, and don't forget to support our international band-exchange programme by going to see Nedski & Mojo and The Jitterbug Vipers!

Lots of Love,

Sophia, Hannah, & Stewart

Photos from the Toy Hearts' summer in Austin can be seen on their website.