The Handsome Family set for Belfast date during new UK tour

The Handsome Family will be touring the UK and Ireland this year for the first time since 2018, and will be performing at The Black Box in Belfast on September 15.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 17th July 2022, 7:00 am

The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music.

During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.

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Handsome Family shows are famously relaxed. Their songs can be dark, but there’s always laughter on stage. Rennie sings as well as plays Autoharp, banjo, and uke bass. She often introduces songs with seemingly unrelated stories. Brett, with his stentorian voice, is a powerful presence at centre of the stage.

Tickets are on sale now,