Rufus Wainwright Unveils ‘Folkocracy’

*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Big Hassle Media*

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT UNVEILS FOLKOCRACY 

2X GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED ARTIST MARKS UPCOMING 50th BIRTHDAY BY REINVENTING FOLK CLASSICS ALONGSIDE SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING JOHN LEGEND, DAVID BYRNE, SHERYL CROW, NICOLE SCHERZINGER, CHAKA KHAN, ANDREW BIRD, ANOHNI, SUSANNA HOFFS, VAN DYKE PARKS AND MANY MORE 

WAINWRIGHT TO CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM ALONGSIDE SURPRISE SPECIAL GUESTS WITH ONE-NIGHT-ONLY RELEASE DAY EVENT SET FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 2 AT LOS ANGELES’ WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL 

BUSY INTERNATIONAL LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES SOLO DATES, FULL BAND CONCERTS, TOP-BILLED FESTIVAL SETS, AND MORE INCLUDING ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME “WAINWRIGHT DOES WEILL” RESIDENCY AT NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY CAFÉ CARLYLE ON MAY 16-20 

FOLKOCRACY ARRIVES VIA BMG ON FRIDAY, JUNE 2 

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW HERE

CREDIT: MIRANDA PENN TURIN| 

Rufus Wainwright has announced Folkocracy, a star-studded album of folk music reinventions that sees the 2x GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter joined by a spectacular collection of friends, family members, and other special guest artists that includes Brandi CarlileJohn LegendDavid ByrneSheryl CrowNicole ScherzingerChaka KhanAndrew BirdANOHNISusanna HoffsVan Dyke ParksMadison Cunningham and many more. Folkocracy arrives Friday, June 2 via BMG in a range of formats. Pre-orders are available now HERE
PRE-ORDER FOLKOCRACY 

Wainwright adds, “This album is almost like a recorded birthday party and birthday present to myself. I just invited all the singers that I greatly admire and always wanted to sing with.” 

Wainwright – joined by a six-piece band and a number of surprise special guests – will celebrate Folkocracy with a one-night-only Release Day concert event set for Los Angeles, CA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, June 2. In addition, a wide range of international live dates is set through the summer, followed by diverse dates around the globe through late July. Highlights include headline shows, top-billed festival appearances at Winnipeg, MB’s Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 6-9), Mariposa, ON’s Mariposa Folk Festival (July 7-9) and Cambridge, UK’s Cambridge Folk Festival (July 27-30), as well as “Wainwright Does Weill,” a once-in-a-lifetime five-night residency at New York’s legendary Café Carlyle set for May 16-20 that will see Wainwright performing the songs of composer Kurt Weill accompanied by his longtime pianist Jacob Mann.  

In addition, this August will see Wainwright embark on a worldwide Folkocracy Tour while also marking both the 25th anniversary of his landmark debut album, 1998’s Rufus Wainwright and the 20th anniversary of 2003’s award-winning Want One (and its 2004 companion, Want Two) with a series of orchestral shows featuring lush symphonic arrangements by Sally Herbert (Woodkid, Florence + the Machine) and Max Moston (Antony and the Johnsons). A full slate of North American, EU and UK dates will be announced soon. For complete details and remaining ticket availability, please visit rufuswainwright.com/tour

Folkocracy – which follows Wainwright’s most recent studio album, 2020’s GRAMMY® and Juno Award-nominated Unfollow The Rules – sees the critically acclaimed artist celebrating his upcoming 50th birthday by revisiting his roots, of childhood summers spent at folk festivals and watching his famous family on stage. 

The older I get, the more I appreciate how valuable my folk knowledge is, to have had it ingrained in me as a child,” Wainwright says. “I’m from a bona fide folkocracy who mixed extensively with other folkocracies such as the Seegers and the Thompsons. I spun off into opera and pop. Now, I’m back where it all began.” 

Wainwright is joined on his journey into the past by an all-star cast of special guests that includes Brandi Carlile, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Nicole Scherzinger, Van Dyke Parks and Madison Cunningham, to name only a few. The 15 songs featured on Folkocracy include folk standards from around the world along with a unique reframing of Franz Schubert’s “Nacht und Träume” as well as a spellbinding rerecording of his own “Going To A Town,” featuring his longtime friend ANOHNI. Highlights include the sensual “High On A Rocky Ledge (Feat. David Byrne),” a gorgeous, expertly harmonized take on The Mamas & The Papas’ “Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon)” featuring Sheryl Crow, Susannah Hoffs and Chris Stills and the album-closing “Wild Mountain Thyme,” a song Wainwright grew up singing with his sisters, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, both of whom join him on the new rendition along with aunt Anna McGarrigle, cousin Lily Lanken and close family friend Chaim Tannenbaum, the latter playing Rufus’s late mother Kate McGarrigle’s iconic banjo. 

I’m so happy mum made it onto the album,” says Rufus Wainwright. “Without her, there would be no Folkocracy.” 

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT TOUR 2023 

MARCH

9 – New York, NY – LOVE ROCKS NYC @ The Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)
31 – Healdsburg, CA – Little Saint * (SOLD OUT) 

APRIL

29 – Cheltenham, UK – Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2023 * 

MAY

3 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston (Early Show) *
3 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston (Late Show) *
4 – Northampton, MA – BOMBYX Center For Arts & Equity *
6 – Provincetown, MA – Provincetown Town Hall *
16 – New York, NY – Café Carlyle ^
17 – New York, NY – Café Carlyle ^
18 – New York, NY – Café Carlyle ^
19 – New York, NY – Café Carlyle ^
20 – New York, NY – Café Carlyle ^ 

JUNE

2 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall **
3 – Monterey, CA – Golden State Theater **
4 – Napa, CA – Silverado Resort **
24 – Vienna, VA – Out & About Festival **
25 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre **
27 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse **
29 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center **
30 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall ** 

JULY

1 – Bar Harbor, ME – Criterion Theatre **
6-9 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival **
7-9 – Mariposa, ON – Mariposa Folk Festival **
16 – Beacon, NY – Towne Crier *
25 – Madrid, ES – Universal Music Festival Teatro Real **
27-30 – Cambridge, UK – Cambridge Folk Festival 2023 ** 

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* Solo Performance
† “Celebrating Stanford Live’s Next Decade” w/Chamber Orchestra
^ “Wainwright Does Weill”
** Folkocracy Tour w/Six-Piece Backing Band 

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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
FOLKOCRACY
(BMG)
Release Date: Friday, June 2

Tracklist:

Alone (Feat. Madison Cunningham)
Heading for Home (Feat. John Legend)
Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) (Feat. Susanna Hoffs, Chris Stills & Sheryl Crow)
Down in the Willow Garden (Feat. Brandi Carlile)
Shenandoah
Nacht und Träume
Harvest (Feat. Andrew Bird & Chris Stills)
Going to a Town (Feat. ANOHNI)
High on a Rocky Ledge (Feat. David Byrne)
Kaulana Na Pua (Feat. Nicole Scherzinger)
Hush Little Baby (Feat. Martha Wainwright & Lucy Wainwright Roche)
Black Gold (Feat. Van Dyke Parks)
Cotton Eyed Joe (Feat. Chaka Khan)
Arthur McBridge
Wild Mountain Thyme (Feat. Anna McGarrigle, Chaim Tannenbaum, Lily Lanken, Lucy Wainwright Roche, & Martha Wainwright) 

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