Sandi Thom Announces Tour Dates & ‘Merchant and Thieves’ Deluxe Edition Release

*NEWS RELEASE*

At 17, Sandi Thom became the youngest ever student to be accepted to the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts aka LIPA, dubbed ‘The Fame Academy’ due to the number of industry professionals teaching there and having Sir Paul McCartney as its patron.

It was here that she met her band and producers.

In 2003, Sandi Thom graduated from LIPA with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and is the first and only LIPA Graduate to have a number one music album in the charts.

Blues/Rock and roots singer songwriter Sandi Thom’s infamous debut single “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker” topped the charts in 7 countries with the ensuing album shifting over a million copies worldwide, winning her an Ivor Novello award. She currently holds the record in Australia for 12 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.

RCA records released “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker”  in 2006,  supplanting Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Thom’s debut LP, Smile… It Confuses People quickly hit  the top spot on the UK albums charts as well. Her second album, The Pink and the Lily, followed in 2008.

The critically acclaimed Merchants And Thieves topped the UK iTunes Blues Chart and No.5 in the respective U.S. Chart.  The album showcased a new sound from Sandi, bringing light to her passion for the blues.  Here, Thom makes a complete volte-face from the bubblegum pop of her major label days, reinventing herself as a blues shouter replete with authentic American accent, twanging guitars, rebellious and melancholy songwriting and even a cameo from blues guitar legend Joe Bonamassa.

Fresh from a two year stint on the road appearing at festivals such as Fuji Rock in Japan and headlining V Festival Sandi toured the UK & Europe with Blues Powerhouse Joe Bonamassa, opening for the likes of B.B. King and Steve Winwood, inspiring her to explore deeper and more organic musical roots with her next record.

2010 marked her return to the studio with the hotly tipped Merchants & Thieves, released on the 17th May highlighting her tremendous versatility as one of today’s finest female musicians.

On Monday February 21st, Guardian Angels Records will release an exclusive digital Deluxe Edition of Sandi Thom’s No.1 best-selling iTunes blues rock infused album Merchant and Thieves. The album will be available to download from iTunes and other leading digital retailers.

Released on February 21st, the Deluxe Edition boasts two brand new, previously unreleased studio recordings, including Sandi’s breathtaking rendition of the timeless folk classic House of the Rising Sun and Warren Haynes heartbreaking If Heartaches Were Nickels.

Sandi’s version of House of the Rising Sun was recently the No.1 digital download single on iTunes’ UK blues chart for several weeks.

The Deluxe Edition of Merchant and Thieves also features the previously unreleased promo video for the third single,Gold Dust, taken from the Merchants and Thieves album.

The video was shot and directed by an Irish director, Laura McGann, during the summer of 2010 in Liverpool on various locations including the club Alma de Cuba and Formby beach where Sandi frequented to write songs for the Merchants and Thieves album.

The video sees Sandi experience different emotions including regret, anger, hurt, and revenge, to the point where Sandi eventually drowns her sorrows in alcohol, breaks down and cries.

“Gold Dust is about the demise of a past relationship of mine,” reflects Sandi. “All of the places where we filmed the video were old haunts of mine and my ex’s.”

The video sees Sandi experience different emotions including regret, anger, hurt, and revenge, to the point where Sandi eventually drowns her sorrows in alcohol, breaks down and cries.

“Gold Dust is about the demise of a past relationship of mine,” reflects Sandi. “All of the places where we filmed the video were old haunts of mine and my ex’s.”

When Sandi originally released Merchants and Thieves in 2010, her gradual shift from pop music to grassroots blues attracted the attention of the global guitar brand ‘Farida’.

Impressed with her authentic blues guitar recording and performances, Farida asked Sandi if she would like to endorse a new acoustic guitar they were developing.

When Farida originally approached Sandi, they were in the final stages of engineering a ground breaking new electro acoustic model.  Once Sandi was officially on board, she worked closely on the final development stages of the guitar.

The official Sandi Thom signature model, the Farida SF-55ce, was premiered at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in January 2011. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it before” says Sandi.  “I think it’s an elegant looking guitar with a lot of individual features.”

Conceptualised with a stunning design concept, the SF-55ce is one of the very few signature acoustic guitars associated with a female guitar player.

Farida’s acoustic guitar range also includes the more affordable SF-12ce, available in white and Sunburst finishes. Both guitars are designed with player comfort and easy playability which ultimately gives them broad appeal.

“The guitar is extremely versatile and could be great for a beginner or a professional guitar player” says Sandi. “The slim neck and body also means it’s suitable for kids.”

Contact sales@faridaguitars.co.uk to find your nearest stockist. Visit the official Farida guitars website – www.faridaguitars.co.uk

TOUR DATES

Friday 18 March
East Grinstead, Chequer Mead Theatre

De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BS
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01342 302000
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Friday 25 March
Isle Of Man, Villa Marina
2nd Floor, St Andrews House, Finch Road , Isle of Man M1 2PX
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01624 600555
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Saturday 26 March
Holmforth, Picturedrome
Market St, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7DA
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01484 689759
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Sunday 27 March
Bilston, Robin2
28 Mt Pleasant, Bilston, West Midlands WV14 7LJ
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01902 401211
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Wednesday 30 March
Milton Keynes, The Stables
Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
Tickets: £16.50 / Box Office: 01908 280800
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Thursday 31 March
Southampton, The Brook
466 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 3SD
Tickets: £13.00 / Box Office: 02380 555366
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Friday 1 April
Blakeney, Harbour Rooms
139 -141 High Street, Blakeney, Norfolk NR25 7NU
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01263 741666
Special Guest: Andy Gallagher
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Sunday 3 April
Braintree, High Barn
28 The Bardfield Center, Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4SL
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01371 811291
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Monday 4 April
Oxford, O2 Academy 2
190 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE
Tickets: £15.00 / Box office: 01865 813500
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Tuesday 5 April
Bridport, Electric Palace
35 South St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NY
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01308 424901
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Wednesday 6 April
Bristol, The Fleece
12 St. Thomas Street, Bristol BS1 6JJ
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 0117 929 9008
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Thursday 7 April
Pontypridd, Muni
Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd CF37 2BP
Tickets: £13.50 / Box Office: 01443 485934
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Saturday 9 April
Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY3 8FT
Tickets: £14.00 / Box Office: 01743 281281
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Sunday 10 April
Nottingham, The Playhouse
Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01159 419419
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Wednesday 13 April
Cambridge, ADC Theatre
Park St, Cambridge CB5 8AS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01223 300085
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Saturday 16 April
Duisburg, DE Steinbruch
Lotharstraße 318-320, 47057 Duisburg, Germany
Box Office: 02033 632882
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Monday 18 April
Bonn, DE Harmonie
Frongasse 28-30, Bonn
Tickets:  €21,20 / Box Office: 01805 570070
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Tuesday 19 April
Aschaffenburg, DE Colos-Saal
Roßmarkt 21, 63739 Aschaffenburg, Germany
Tickets: €18,60
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Wednesday 20 April
Hamburg, DE Downtown Bluesclub
Hindenburgstr. 2, 22303 Hamburg, Germany
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Thursday 21 April
Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall
E Port, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 7JA
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01383 602302
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Friday 22 April
Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
5 West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AT
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01224 337688
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Saturday 23 April
Kinross, The Green Hotel
2 Muirs, Kinross, Perth KY13 8
Tickets: 18.00 / Box Office: 01577 863467
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Sunday 24 April
Blackburn, Thwaites Empire Theatre
Aqueduct Rd, Blackburn BB2 4HT
Tickets: £12.50 / Box Office: 01254 685500
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Wednesday 27 April
Exeter, Timepiece Nightclub
6 Little Castle Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3PX
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01392 477777
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Thursday 28 April
Leamington, The Assembly
Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3NF
Tickets: £15.00 / Box Office: 01926 523001
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Friday 29 April
York, The Duchess
The Stonebow, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7NP
Admission: £12.50 / Box Office: 08444 771000
Special Guest: Marcus Bonfanti
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Saturday 30 April
Runcorn, The Brindley
High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1BG
Tickets: £15 / Box Office: 01519 078360
Special Guest: Andy Gallagher
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FESTIVALS

Saturday 19 February
Buxton 4/4 Time
Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Tickets: £14.00 / Box office: 08451272190
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Tuesday 15 March
FR Blues Autour du Zinc Festival
Tickets: €10,00
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Monday 2 May
Templeborough, Yorkshire Blues Festival
Magna Science Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX
Tickets: £36 Day / £98 Weekend / Box office: 01709 720002
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Thursday 23 June
Glastonbury
Bourbon Street Blues
SOLD OUT

Friday 1 July
London Blues Festival
Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG
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Saturday 23 July
Ealing Blues Festival
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Saturday 30 July
Maryport Blues Festival
Tickets: £50 Day / £105 Weekend / Box office: 0844 888 9991
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