Red River Dialect

Announcing February 2020 UK tour & new video for 'BV Kistvaen'

14 February - Plymouth - The Junction
15 February - Penryn - The Fish factory
16 February - Bristol - The Cube
17 February - York - The Crescent (with Ye Vagabonds)
18 February - Glasgow - The Glad Cafe
19 February - Todmorden - The Golden Lion
22 February - London - Rough Trade East

Following the release of their album Abundance Welcoming Ghosts in September, Red River Dialect have announced a string of UK tour dates for February 2020. To celebrate, they're sharing the beautifully animated video for "BV Kistvaen", made by animator Robin Lane Roberts.

The video is inspired by the "Money Pit" legend, one of many folktales from Dartmoor in south west England in which someone raids a pre-historic burial chamber seeking ancient wealth, but loses something more vital in the act. A “kistvaen” is a Bronze Age tomb, made of granite slabs inlaid in the ground and covered with a capstone, and is particular to Dartmoor. The name is derived from “cist-veyn” in the ancient Cornish-Celtic language, and “cist-faen“ in Welsh; Cist meaning chest, and “veyn” or “faen” meaning stone.

In this particular tale a jolly farmer dreams of a local kistvaen overflowing with money. He breaks open the tomb, spurred on by a mocking raven, only to find a small piece of black flint, shaped like a heart. Some speculate that this may have been a Neolithic arrowhead. He clings to this treasure, and becomes cruel, morose and bitter. Only the playfulness of his child, who takes the flint out to the moors to play with and loses it, relieves this heavy curse.

The lyrics speak of a child throwing stones, ‘alone and burrowing in’, and later of a ‘kist-open mind’. David says of the song: “it was inspired by a journey into Dartmoor, and the lyrics venture into buried sadnesses of the past. Having been uncovered, these artefacts can unsettle and cause pain, but with compassion for self and others, they can be released back to the wild equanimity of the moorlands.”


New album Abundance Welcoming Ghosts, featuring Joan Shelley and Tara Jane O'Neil, is out September 27th on Paradise of Bachelors in digital, CD and limited vinyl options.

Find it on streaming services and pre-order here // listen to the first two singles below // Join us for the London album launch celebration show on Saturday November 16th at Servant Jazz Quarters in London, tickets here







We have a few updates for you, some festivals and a special show in London.

We are playing the truly glorious Sea Change festival in Totnes. Organised by the people who run Drift Records, a great record shop surviving in a small town, it's a special event and we're happy to be playing there again on August 24th at the third edition after having a barrel of fun at the first installment. Here is a link:

Then, we are off to south west Wales... to record a new album! After which we are heading to play at End of the Road festival on August 31st. More information here:

We are excited about this capping of the half-year since Broken Stay Open Sky, and the laying of new seeds for an album that will emerge sometime in the second half of 2019. We will be playing those new songs at our favourite London venue, Servant Jazz Quarters, a two-set headline show on Monday September 3rd, a gig which will represent a temporary farewell... advance tickets available here:

A temporary farewell because RRD will be a little quiet between October and July 2019, whilst I (David) embark on a 9 month retreat, living as a monk in a Buddhist Monastery in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am currently petitioning for donations towards this endeavour, and if you feel inspired any amount would be deeply appreciated: We plan to come roaring back next summer!

OK, that's it for now. Thanks for reading, and if you are coming to those festivals in the U.K. please come and say hello, we are staying around for the duration of each one to relax and enjoy.

All the best

David M & RRD




Tours & Shows

We had a great time on tour with The Weather Station. There is a tour film in the works, for now have a look at the video below of a full band version of Khesed, from Tender Gold and Gentle Blue, as we played it in Birmingham last week.

We have a few shows coming up next week (all London-based). To find out more about the Rough Trade in-store show on the 16th, click here. We are also opening for Damon & Naomi and Thalia Zedek at Cafe OTO on February 14th - tickets are going fast for that, and we are on at 7.45 so eat your post-work falafel wraps quick sharp if you want to catch us. Click here for more info on that show

We are also thrilled that we are playing at both Sea Change festival, and at End of the Road festival this summer. Both have great line ups, with more to be announced.


We wanted to share the lyrics to the new record, Broken Stay Open Sky. The vinyl comes with a printed inner sleeve with the lyrics, but not so the CD, downloads, or streams. So here is the pdf, click to download if you'd like to have a look!







Red River Dialect sign to US label Paradise of Bachelors

New album Broken Stay Open Sky out February 2nd 2018 on lp/cd/dl



Having released exceptional albums by Steve Gunn, The Weather Station, Nap Eyes, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Hiss Golden Messenger and Michael Chapman, we were delighted to sign to the Paradise of Bachelors label. They will be releasing our new album early next year, and you can hear the first single 'Kukkuripa' right now on NPR, and download it immediately with any pre-order of the album direct from the label. Pre-orders direct from the label will also include free digital versions of three Red River Dialect releases: Bowing for the Rook, Tender Gold & Gentle Blue, and "awellupontheway".


Pre-order links:

LP / CD via Paradise of Bachelors (inc single download)
Other options (worldwide)
For UK pre-orders, we recommend Drift, Resident, Rough Trade, Norman Records or Jumbo!


More sounds and news about shows in 2018 to follow soon!
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