Joe Banfi has announced details of UK tour dates for September and October. Starting with the launch show for his debut EP ‘Iron’ at The Social in London on 25th September, he will then play a number of Communion shows around England and Scotland through to the end of October.
Already championed at XFM and 6Music with thanks to a solitary track, ‘Olive Green’, on Communion’s recent New Faces compilation, Northwich’s Joe Banfi has that stark individualism that Communion discovered with the debut releases by the Mercury Prize nominated Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard.
And what immediately proved so distinctive for Kevin Jones and Ben Lovett of Communion after receiving an unsolicited email from Joe linking them to his demos, is what also makes this debut ‘Iron EP’ such a compelling listen. Where Banfi typically shares an affinity with a number of timeless solo artists of old, it’s his unlikely rock, grunge, and metal influences that provide the unsettling aura of the record.
Produced by Communion’s Ian Grimble, the ‘Iron EP’ is an emotional, satisfying first listen to this young Northern voice. Fronted by ‘Guts and Bones’, a song of great atmosphere and carefully plucked resonance, Joe’s voice provides the telling instrument, as it does on all 4 songs showcased on this debut. You can check out the video below.
Joe Banfi UK live dates:
25th London, The Social
26th Sheffield, Greystones
27th Brighton, The Hope
4th Manchester, Ruby Lounge
11th Nottingham, Acoustic Rooms
12th Sunderland, The Little Room
13th York, Fibbers
14th Newcastle, The Head Of Steam
20th Glasgow, Glasgow Communion
25th London, The Wilmington Arms
28th Newcastle, Newcastle Communion
31st Leeds, Oporto
Joe Banfi – ‘Guts & Bones’