Bill MacKay has been a singular voice in folk for the better part of two decades and a staple of Chicago’s vibrant traditions, though he’s often sounded like he’s been dropped from the UK fresh off a Bert Jansch session. His latest LP, Fountain Fire is one of his strongest to date, a grey-skied folk journey into the heart of humanity. As he embarks on a run of dates, which include some key Hudson Valley hits for those of you’re in my area (Huichicha, Tubby’s, The Half Moon), he’s released a video for the standout track “Birds of May.” The visuals are understated but that lets the music shine through, humble and stately. If you get a chance hop on over to a show – he’s touring with fellow Drag City stabler Mike Donovan, so there’s just that much more incentive.
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8/10/19 Huichica East Kingston NY Huichica Music Festival (Hudson Valley)
8/11/19 Tubby’s Kingston NY*
8/12/19 House Show North Hampton MA*
8/13/19 The Half Moon Hudson NY*
8/21/19 The Mill Iowa City IA^
8/24/19 Sleeping Village Chicago IL^
8/31/19 Virtue Cider Fennville MI
9/13/19 The Hideout Chicago IL w/ Nathan Bowles for Picnic on the Porch
9/28/19 Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago IL%
* w/ Mike Donovan
^w/ Purple Mouintains
% duo of Bill MacKay & Katinka Kleijn