‘Out of the Woods’ is the new album from Miranda Sykes, it is a collection of songs that has seen Miranda through her own journey of isolation, illness and recovery, and aims to brings listeners as much comfort as they did her over the past few turbulent years.

“Life is many faceted; like most people I’ve had good times and hard times. I’ve taken some forks in the road I shouldn’t have done and I’ve had some knocks, but it’s all part of who I am now. I am blessed that I feel that I am in a place where my “planets are aligning” and I am at peace with myself and my place in the world. “Out Of The Woods” reflects this journey, with its ups and downs, through a collection of powerful and personal songs, sung from the heart that I would like to share with you.”

Miranda Plays the following shows this spring

TUE 21 MAY – Dartford Folk Club
WED 22 MAY – Greystones, Sheffield
THU 23 MAY – Black Swan Folk Club, York
FRI 24 MAY – Ropery Hall, Barton On Humber
SAT 25 MAY – The Wesley Centre, Maltby
SUN 26 MAY – Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot
THU 30 MAY – House Concert
FRI 31 MAY – Cambridge Folk Club
SAT 1 JUN – The Stables, Stage 2, Wavendon
SUN 2 JUN – The Fleece, Bretforton
WED 5 JUN – Chapel Arts, Bath
THU 6 JUN – Ashcroft Arts, Fareham
FRI 7 JUN – Memorial Hall, Otford
SAT 8 JUN – Osmington Village Hall, Dorset
SUN 9 JUN The Acorn, Penzance

More about Miranda

I started my career as a musician in 1996 at the age of 18, playing bass guitar for a country rock band. After 2 years touring and playing for line dancing in working mens clubs across Britain, folk-rock band Pressgang were looking for a bass player. After seeing their advert in FRoots magazine, I drove my trusty Vauxhall Chevette from Lincolnshire to Reading for an audition. I got the job! I spent the next 2 years touring internationally with them.

I had been dragged around folk festivals and gigs from a few weeks old as my parents played in a ceilidh band (I was often in the wings in a cot). Towersey and Cropredy Festivals were our annual Summer holidays. After a few years of musical promiscuity where I played with Firebrand, Little Johnny England, Robb Johnson, Bill Jones, Steafan Hannigan, Reg Meuross, Kirsty McGee, The Phil Beer Band, Martyn Joseph and The Scoville Units I depped for Pete Zorn in the 2004 Show Of Hands festival band line up. I played with them for the next 20 years whilst finding time for the Miranda Sykes Band in 2005 and extensive touring and several albums both solo and in a duo with mandolin player Rex Preston.

I still tour solo – accompanying my voice with double bass/guitar. During lockdown 1.0 I recorded my album The Farmhouse Sessions. September 2022 Hannah Martin and myself launched our debut “SykesMartin” album “Unquenching Fire”with a 20 date tour. September 2023 saw me touring for the second time with vocal group Daphne’s Flight and launching a new studio album with them too.

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