Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa is to play in Carlisle as part of his latest UK tour.

Following his successful tour including two sold out concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, Joe Bonamassa will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts.

Dates include Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (March 9), Manchester Arena (March 10), Carlisle Sands Centre (March 11), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (March 13), Gateshead Sage (March 14), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (March 17).

The March 2018 UK tour will feature Joe alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from his most recent album ‘Blues of Desperation’, plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites.

As Joe Bonamassa approaches his 26th year as a professional musician, he continues to and amass a sizable and varied body of work.

Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old.

Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter who has released 15 solo albums in the last 13 years, all on his own label, J&R Adventures.

Bonamassa’s tour schedule consistently hovers at around 150 shows worldwide each year, and a heaping handful of markedly diverse side projects keep him thinking outside the box and flexing every musical muscle he’s got.

He founded and continues to oversee the non-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation to promote the heritage of the blues to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and supplement the loss of music education in public schools.

In June 2017, he released the critically acclaimed live acoustic album ‘Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’.

The live album was released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl and download, and was recorded and filmed over two nights at New York City’s Carnegie Hall during January 2016.

On March 25th 2016, Joe released his new studio album, Blues of Desperation which went Top Ten in the official UK Album Chart.

During July 2016, Joe embarked on his critically acclaimed “British Blues Explosion” tour which saw him pay homage to the music of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The tour met to some of the best reviews of Joe’s career.

It all builds on Bonamassa’s ascendant prominence of the past few years.

Recent kudos include his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, which he earned with much-buzzed-about singer-songwriter Beth Hart for their sophomore collaboration, ‘Seesaw’.

Tickets for Joe Bonamassa’s gig in Carlisle are on sale now. He plays Carlisle, March 11.