49 Winchester will release their new album Leavin’ This Holler in August, following a run of UK dates including a Manchester gig.

The Manchester gig at New Century Hall is one of six UK and Ireland dates they have announced.  They will also headline at London’s KOKO and Dublin’s 3Olympia.

Leavin’ This Holler marks the band’s follow-up to their debut album Fortune Favors the Bold which picked up huge critical acclaim.

Last October, while standing on stage in front of 20,000 people at London’s O2 Arena, it dawned on 49 Winchester lead singer and guitarist Isaac Gibson that on the same day, exactly 10 years ago, he formed his rising alt-country band. “There’s been nothing in my life that’s ever lasted a decade,” Gibson says. “We had just gotten out of high school when we played our first show — 10 years later, we’re on the road in the UK and Europe with Luke Combs.”

Gibson felt it was a moment where he could honestly reflect on the hard-earned, unrelenting determination and grit within the band that’s brought them to this current juncture of increasing notoriety. “It’s a testament to the uncommon fact that we’re musicians from a very specific place in the world,” Gibson says. “And it’s a testament to viewing each other more as family than as friends.”

Leavin’ This Holler features appearances by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, singer-songwriter Maggie Antone, fiddler Philip Bowen and guitarist Cole Chafin.  The 10-track album was produced by the band and Stewart Myers.

The album features the freshly unveiled track Yearnin’ For You, a track which led 49 Winchester’s Isaac Gibson to comment, “When I wrote this song, I felt like it really encapsulated what it’s like to be a musician, and more specifically that other side of the coin that fans don’t see as often. The people you miss so badly, the sacrifice that it takes to forge out a living. I think more importantly it’s a love song. It’s about reuniting with the one that holds you down, and how great it is to finally be back where you are loved. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

When do 49 Winchester headline at Manchester’s New Century Hall?

49 Winchester headline at Manchester’s new Century Hall on 28 May 2024.  The Manchester gig is one of six UK and Ireland dates they are playing:
26 May   –   Bristol, SWX
27 May   –   London, KOKO
28 May   –   Manchester, New Century Hall
30 May   –   Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanizers
31 May   –   Belfast, Telegraph Building
1 June   –   Dublin, 3Olympia

Manchester gigs – 49 Winchester – image courtesy Thomas Crabtree