The Sheepdogs release live album Live At Lees ahead of UK tour

The Sheepdogs
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Canadian retro-rock gods The Sheepdogs have released a new live album, Live At Lees. The 11-track album was recorded across four nights in November last year at Lee's Palace, a 450-capacity venue in Toronto, ON. It's available via streaming platforms now. 

"There is a palpable energy and excitement to these performances that really jumps out the speakers," proclaim the band. "They were our first full-capacity indoor shows in Canada’s biggest city in more than two years and you can practically hear the grins on our faces"

The release comes ahead of the band's UK tour, which kicks off in Birmingham on February 28, and wraps up in Bristol on March 6. Support comes from hotly-tipped Newcastle singer/songwriter Andrew Cushin.  

“Couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming back across the pond," says frontman Ewan Currie. "We have two years of pent-up rock‘n'roll in us… it’s time to let it out and party."

The run of six dates was originally part of a much longer European tour, but the shows in mainland Europe have been postponed until May and June. The new dates start May 19 in Spain, with shows following in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and France. Full dates below.

The Sheepdogs – last seen on UK shores at the Black Deer Festival in Kent in 2019 – released an EP last year, No Simple Thing, their first new material since the 2018's Changing Colours album. The band have filmed live versions of all six tracks from the EP, which you can watch below.  

The Sheepdogs Tour dates 2022

Feb 28: Birmingham The Castle and Falcon, UK
Mar 01: Leeds The Wardrobe, UK
Mar 02: Glasgow Oran Mor, UK
Mar 04: Manchester YES (The Pink Room), UK
Mar 05: London Lafayette, UK
Mar 06: Bristol Thekla, UK
Apr 23: Waverly Old 280 Boogie Festival, AL, USA
May 19: Hondarribia Psilocyenea, Spain
May 20: Santander Escenario Santander, Spain
May 21: Madrid Nazca Club, Spain
May 22: Barcelona WOLF, Spain
May 26: Stockholm, Nalen, Sweden
May 27: Oslo John Dee Live Club & Pub, Norway
May 29: København Vega, Denmark
May 30: Malmö Plan B, Sweden
Jun 02: Thetford Euston Hall Red Rooster Festival, UK
Jun 04: Schöppingen Grolsch Blues Festival, Germany
Jun 06: Raalte Ribs and Blues Festival, Netherlands
Jun 08: Antwerpen Muziekcentrum Trix, Belgium
Jun 09: Köln Helios37, Germany
Jun 10: Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands
Jun 12: Hamburg Knust, Germany
Jun 13: Berlin Frannz-Club, Germany
Jun 15: München Hansa 39, Germany
Jun 16: Zurich Bogen F, Switzerland
Jun 18: Paris La Maroquinerie, France

Tickets are available via The Sheepdogs website

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.