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Natalie Merchant's music shines a light on injustice

Issue No. 2477

US folk musician Natalie Merchant’s tour will come after the much anticipated release of her new album Paradise Is There: the New Tigerlily Recordings.

Merchant’s music tries to shine a light on injustice and oppression in our society—from fracking to domestic violence. 

Her 2003 album The House Carpenter’s Daughter includes a haunting rendition of Which Side Are You On, about the Harlan County War between miners and bosses.

The new album revists Tigerlily, Merchant’s first solo album after quitting the alternative rock band 1,000 Maniacs in 1995. 

Tracks such as San Andreas Fault and Jealousy made her mark. The new album aims to be a fresh take—not just a rerelease.

Tickets for the tour are already going fast.

Natalie Merchant On Tour. 16 March - Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP. 23 March - The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester M2 3WS. Tickets from £38. nataliemerchant.com

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