‘Hello Starling’ 20th Anniversary Tour

With The Royal City Band


October 2023

Kilkenny, Cork, Galway, Belfast, Limerick, Cork, & Dublin



Following his recent sell-out Dublin date, renowned singer, songwriter, musician, artist, and best-selling author Josh Ritter announces his ‘Hello Starling’ anniversary tour in Ireland this autumn, at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny (Oct 18th), Leisureland, Galway (Oct 19th), Mandela Hall, Belfast (Oct 20th), Dolan’s, Limerick (Oct 22nd), Cork Opera House (Oct 23rd), National Concert Hall, Dublin, (Oct 24th & 25th). Ritter will be joined on the road by his longtime band, The Royal City Band. Tickets for the new dates go on-sale this Friday, May 12 at 10:00am local time. Full details can be found at

Speaking about the tour announcement, Josh says: “When I wrote Hello Starling, I was playing coffee shops and open mics. By the time it came out, I was on tour with The Frames and Joan Baez. I was practically living on the road, hearing my songs on the radio for the first time, staying up all night, touring Europe, doing all these things I had only dreamt of. It was a grand time.


For the 20th anniversary of the album, the band and I will be taking a swing through Hello Starling this fall, starting in Europe. We’ll play the entire album in full, front to back, and then play a bunch more music. It just felt right to try this out first in Ireland, England, and the Netherlands, where I spent so much time in 2003 when the album came out; but we hope to bring it to other spots as well, if all goes well! Thank you all for listening all these years.”

Ritter’s new album, Spectral Lines, was released last month to critical acclaim via Thirty Tigers (stream/purchase here). Produced by his longtime collaborator Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim), Spectral Lines finds Ritter expanding beyond the bounds of his previous work to create a record both atmospheric and profound. Dedicated to the memory of his mother, Ritter searches for commonality across these ten seamless tracks by exploring life’s most universal ideas—love, devotion and what it means to be connected, to both each other and to ourselves.

Critical acclaim for Spectral Lines:

“His most adventurous album yet”—The Irish Times

“Richly atmospheric, sonically adventurous”—The Sun

“Primarily, this is an album that exalts the power of shared human experiences”—Hot Press

“one of the most perceptive artists making music today…with Spectral Lines, Josh Ritter continues to blur the boundary between melody and mystique”—American Songwriter

“Josh Ritter is like a more open-hearted version of Leonard Cohen. His lyrics draw on the divine but he seems to see a little heaven in all the people around him”—Paste

Spectral Lines stands as a heady revelation”—PopMatters

“a hopeful tapestry that encourages listeners to sit with each other in introspection, but not to forget to sing along”—No Depression

Adding to an already notable year, Bob Dylan performed Ritter’s song, “Only A River,” last month while on tour in Japan. The song was originally recorded by Bob Weir for his acclaimed 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain. Of the cover, Ritter shares, I am speechless. I wrote the song in the stairwell of my dorm in college, 25 years ago. Music is a blessed traveler.”

One of today’s most thoughtful and prolific voices, Ritter has released eleven studio albums to date, including 2019’s widely acclaimed, Fever Breaks, of which NPR Music praised, “He remains a hydrant of ideas while embodying an endless capacity for empathy and indignation, often within a single song.” In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter is also a national best-selling author, having released two novels to date: 2011’s Bright’s Passage and 2021’s The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All, for which the film rights have recently been optioned for development. Released to critical attention, Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that Bright’s Passage “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”


Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Hello Starling 20th Anniversary Shows

18 Oct – Kilkenny, IE – Set Theatre

19 Oct – Galway, IE – Leisureland Galway

20 Oct – Belfast, UK – Mandela Hall

22 Oct – Limerick, IE – Dolan’s

23 Oct – Cork, IE – Opera House

24 Oct – Dublin, IE – National Concert Hall

25 Oct – Dublin, IE – National Concert Hall

27 Oct – London, UK – Hackney Church

28 Oct – Manchester, UK – Manchester Concert Hall

29 Oct – Glasgow, UK – St. Luke’s

31 Oct – Rotterdam, NL – LantarenVenster

01 Nov – Haarlem, NL – Patronaat

02 Nov – Utrecht, NL – Pandora

04 Nov – Groningen, NL – Take Root Festival

Tickets on sale 10am, Friday 26th May 2023 via

Spectral Lines, is out now via Thirty Tigers. Stream/purchase here:


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