A POPULAR classic country band will be doing their next UK Tour, which includes a stop off in Cumbria.

The Chapin Sisters, Lily, and Abigail Chapin, return this July, for their first UK tour in a decade, which will include an appearance in Hexham and Settle.

The group will be appearing on July 29 at The Vault.

They will also be showing at Victoria Hall in Settle on Aug 2.

Known for their unique blend of Appalachian, folk, classic country rock and pop, the audience can expect an evening of musical indulgence.

Growing up in a famous American musical family, up the river from New York City, the sisters made their vocal debuts at ages 6 and 8, on their father Tom Chapin’s Grammy Award winning children’s albums.

The sisters' uncle was the legendary folk icon and social justice activist Harry Chapin, whose number 1 single ‘Cats in the Cradle’ is still beloved.

Their grandfather, Jim Chapin, was a celebrated jazz drummer and their cousin Jen Chapin is an acclaimed jazz-influenced singer/songwriter and activist.

Together with their half-sister Jessica Craven, their 2004 demos made an immediate splash at KCRW, a prominent Los Angeles taste-maker radio station, with their haunting cover of Britney Spears ‘Toxic’ quickly becoming a station favourite.

In 2010, Jessica left the band.

The group have been featured in several prominent outlets, including Rolling Stone, Spin, The New York Times, Paper, Nylon, Washington Post. with their debut album ‘Lake Bottom LP.’

Shortly afterwards Abigail and Lily, now a duo, released their 5 song EP ‘Oh, Hear the Wind Blow’ closely followed by their second album, the aptly titled ‘Two’ on their own Lake Bottom record label.

Their 2015 album ‘Today’s Not Yesterday’ was recorded at Jonathan Wilson’s studio in Echo Park.

The album captures a Southern California vibe with a more emotive, reflective, and contemplative side of the sisters emerging, looking back upon what had been and forward to what would be.

In 2018, soon after both sisters had given birth to their first children.

In July 2021 they played their 200th and final show of ‘Mornings With Papa Tom and The Chapin Sisters.’ Simultaneously they have been busy writing, recording, and working towards what will become their fifth album, and we, the good folk of the UK will be the first to hear many of the new songs ahead of America and ahead of the album.

There’s a great musical lineage in The Chapin Sisters family, and they are keeping that high standard of song writing mixing the personal with the political, and the observational.

They look forward to sharing both old and new songs with audiences across the UK in July. A tour that you should not miss. www.thechapinsisters.com.

Tour Dates

  • July 20: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham UK
  • July 21: Landmark Arts Center, Teddington/London UK
  • July 22: St Edith Folk at Oxford Village Hall, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK
  • July 23: Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Chichester, UK
  • July 24: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea, UK
  • July 27: Basecamp, Middlesbrough, UK
  • July 28: The Greystone, Sheffield, UK
  • July 29: The Vault, Hexham, UK
  • July 30: The Art Shop & Chapel, Abergavenny, Wales, UK
  • Aug 2: Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Aug 3: Grateful Fred’s Americana & Roots Music at The Atkinson, Southport, UK
  • Aug 4: The Live Room, Shipley, West Yorkshire, UK