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Mike Doughty returns to the UK for London show & Susanne Vega supports

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Hip hop-influenced folk/Americana/blues artist Mike Doughty returns to the UK this summer for a London headline show on June 11th at The Borderline, London plus a full UK tour supporting Suzanne Vega: June 13th – 21st. In support of his new live album: ‘The Question Jar Show’.

Catch the Mike Doughty live experience this June:

Mon 11th June: London, Borderline (Headline show)
Door Times: 7pm
Ticket Price: £11.00
Booking Number: 0844 847 2465
Ticket Link: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=506080&referral_id=mamagroup&interface=borderline
Venue Address: The Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette Street, London W1D 4JB

Wed 13th June: London, Union Chapel (with Suzanne Vega)
Door Times: 7pm
Ticket Price: £29.50
Booking Number: 0870 154 40 40
Ticket Link: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F004850C00E68D8?artistid=736386&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60
Venue Address: Union Chapel Compton Terrace, Off Upper ST, London, N1 2XD

Thu 14th June: Brighton, The Dome (with Suzanne Vega)
Door Times: 7.15pm
Ticket Price: £27.50 – £25.00
Booking Number: 01273709709
Ticket Link: https://tickets.brightondome.org/online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=44437059-9ea0-49b4-af01-f7203601a820
Venue Address: Brighton Dome and Festival, 12a Pavilion Buildings Castle, Square, Brighton BN1 1EE

Mon 18th June: Glasgow, Oran Mor (with Suzanne Vega)
Door Times: 7pm
Ticket Price: £25.00
Booking Number: 0141 204 5151
Ticket Link: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/360048568E3365E6?artistid=736386&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60
Venue Address: Òran Mór, Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX

Tue 19th June: Gateshead, The Sage (with Suzanne Vega)
Door Times: 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £27.50
Booking Number: 0191 443 4661
Ticket Link: https://tickets.thesagegateshead.org/booking/production/syos/23611
Venue Address: The Sage, St Mary’s Sq, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 2JR

Wed 20th June: York, Grand Opera House (with Suzanne Vega)
Door Times: 8pm
Ticket Price: £28.50
Booking Number: 08448713024
Ticket Link: http://www.atgtickets.com/Suzanne-Vega-Tickets/185/2352/
Venue Address: Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9SW

Thu 21st June: Basingstoke, The Anvil (with Suzanne Vega)
Door Times: 8pm
Ticket Price: £27.50
Booking Number: 01256 844244
Ticket Link: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=THEANVIL&organ_val=31947&event_val=A2CO&patronid=&
Venue Address: The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR

This summer marks the release of ‘The Question Jar Show’, a double-disc live album recorded during Mike’s US tour of the same name. It perfectly captures Doughty’s hip hop-influenced folk/Americana/blues, and just as importantly, his deftness at charming crowds.

“Would you rather play twister with Dick Cheney or punch a kitten in the face?”

This is just one of the bizarre, comedic questions written on scraps of paper by Doughty fans and placed in a jar on-stage pre gig.

When not answering questions, Doughty and Scrap play stripped down, rhythmically intense and haunting versions of Mike’s cult classic songs, including ’27 Jennifers,’ ‘Busting Up a Starbucks,’ and ‘Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well.’

Although not as large in scale and profile as feted live albums like the Who’s ‘Live At Leeds’ or the Stones’ ‘Get Yer Ya Yas Out’, ‘The Question Jar Show’ deserves status as a unique and intimate classic of the format.

Mike Doughty’s last artist album ‘Yes And Also Yes’ was released to critical acclaim both here and over the pond. It was written at legendary artists’ colony Yaddo, where Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath worked.

It featured singles ‘Holiday’ – a duet with Roseanne Cash and ‘Na Na Nothing’, which bagged Mike a top 7 hit on the US AAA chart. Penning of the latter single was aided by Nikki Sixx, Matt Gerrard and Dan Wilson who also co-wrote Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, plus ‘Secret Smile’ and ‘Closing Time’ for his band Semisonic.

Doughty used a capsule of the antidepressant Duloxetine as a percussion instrument on several tracks and played a Chinese lute (called a Zhong Ruan) on the song ‘Telegenic Exes, #1’.

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