16/10/2013 - New EP, UK Winter Shows & More!

Earlier this month, The Toy Hearts returned home to the UK after spending 5 months this summer in Austin, TX! Whilst Hannah, Sophia and Stewart have been enjoying some post trip down time with family and friends, there is still plenty for the trio to be excited about over the next few months. With a string of winter UK dates, the release of a new EP, in addition to exclusive videos AND performances with two top USA bands all in the pipeline, November and December 2013 sees no slowing down for The Toy Hearts...

Summer in Austin, Texas, USA!

Birmingham's hard working trio certainly packed a lot into their time in the States performing shows in Texas, South Dakota and New Jersey. In addition to some of their larger festival appearances, The Toy Hearts made multiple performances at some of Austin's top live music venues including The Continental Club, The White Horse, The Rattle Inn, Central Market and Threadgills. Hannah and Sophia were honoured (and humbled) during their trip to get the opportunity to sit in with friends around town, including some of their favourite musicians, Whit Smith & Dave Biller, Eric Hokkanen, The Jitterbug Vipers and Austin legend, Ms Toni Price! The band also made several trips to visit the kind folk at www.KOOP.org Radio, where they gave interviews and recorded several live sessions. The Toy Hearts, although many miles from their hometown, managed to make quite a buzz around Austin attracting many of the city's dedicated two-steppers to their shows, as well as receiving some fantastically positive printed press:

'So what's all the fuss about a father and two daughters from Birmingham playing American roots music? Make that Birmingham, England. And make that some of the most skilfully and joyously played American roots music on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, and you start to see why The Toy Hearts are so special.'
- Austin Music Journal, Texas, USA, September 2013.

And that's not all! During their five month stay Hannah, Sophia and Stewart made two exclusive videos, which the band are excited to release over the next couple of months and will hopefully help convey a little bit of Austin, Texas to their fans in England. If you can't wait until then... Follow the link over to YouTube where you can watch Hannah and Sophia featured as 'Guests at Noon' on the podcast 'Lunch with Masumi' where they perform five songs as a duo and are interviewed about the band.

'Guests at Noon' YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3imujZYzACk

Other news includes the upcoming release of The Toy Hearts Brand New EP, 'Flyin' Too High', which was recorded during September 2013 at The Birdhouse Studio in Austin, TX with Joe Beckham working as engineer on the project. Although an official release date is yet to be confirmed, it is anticipated that it will be out for this Christmas and available to purchase at live shows. 'Flyin' Too High' comprises of four songs and feature Jake Erwin (Hot Club of Cowtown) on Upright Bass. Watch this space for more more news regarding band's upcoming EP Release!!!

UK Winter Tour Dates 2013

Tribal Gathering Whisky Festival @ The Musician
Date: 9.11.2013
Address: 42 Crafton Street West, Leicester, LE1 2DE
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8 - £15.00
Website: http://www.themusicianpub.co.uk/

Acoustic Avalon
Date: 9 & 10.11.2013
Address: The Racecourse - Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL
Time: 3pm (Saturday) 1pm (Sunday)
Tickets: £12 - £25.00
Website: http://www.sheehans.com/acoustic-avalon.php

The Prince Albert
Date: 15.11.2013
Address: Rodborough Hill, Stroud, GL5 3SS
Time: 8pm
Tickets:
Website: http://www.theprincealbertstroud.co.uk/event/the-toy-hearts/

The Green Note
Date: 16.11.2013
Address: 106 Parkway, Camden, Greater London, NW1 7AN
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10.00 Adv.
Website: http://www.greennote.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=140...

The Kitchen Garden Cafe - Hannah and Sophia will make a guest appearance with Nedski and Mojo
Date: 18.11.2013
Address:
Time: TBC
Tickets: 17 York Rd Birmingham, West Midlands B14 7SA
Website: http://www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk/

The Green Note - Hannah and Sophia will make a guest appearance with The Jitterbug Vipers
Date: 28.11.2013
Address: 106 Parkway, Camden, Greater London, NW1 7AN
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10.00 Adv.
Website: http://www.greennote.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=140...

Mink Tattoo and Coffee Bar
Date: 29.11.2013
Address: 25 Corporation Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 1LP
Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC
Website: http://www.m-ink.co/

SpArc Theatre
Date: 30.11.2013
Address: Bishops Castle, SY9 5AY
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: TBC
Website: http://www.artsalive.co.uk/Default.aspx

The Hare and Hounds - Co. Bill with The Jitterbug Vipers
Date: 1.12.2013
Address: 106 High Street, King's Heath, Birmingham, B14 7JZ
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10.00
Website: http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/event-listings/

The Musician - Co. Bill with The Jitterbug Vipers
Date: 2.12.2013
Address: 42 Crafton Street West, Leicester, LE1 2DE
Time: 8pm
Tickets: TBC
Website: http://www.themusicianpub.co.uk/

The Con Club - In Association with The Union Music Store
Date: 4.12.2013
Address: 139 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XS
Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC
Website: http://www.lewesconclub.com/

The Toy Hearts Christmas Special @ The Hare and Hounds
Date: 22.12.2013
Address: 106 High Street, King's Heath, Birmingham, B14 7JZ
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10.00
Website: http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/event-listings/

January 2014...

The Toy Hearts will be headed over to Europe for their annual tour of Germany this January 2014, which will see them performing across the country for two weeks. This is always a highlight of the year for the band who have been touring Germany for the last five years.... Dates to be confirmed shortly!