Diana Jones (USA): The ‘Better Times Will Come’ Reaimagined Tour

Date/Time Sun 16 Apr 2023 8:00 PM

Price Online - £15 + £1.50 fee; On The Door - £15

Website: https://www.dianajonesmusic.com/

Please note that there is no opening act for the evening.

Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian influenced songs.

15 years after her first TwickFolk appearance, promoting ‘Better Times Will Come’, Diana returns with a new version of the album: “On the fifteenth anniversary of recording Better Times Will Come the songs have gained new meaning for me personally and in terms of the state of a post-Covid world. Bush II was president when I wrote the title track, and all these years later the sentiment of better times is sadly still even more relevant. The war in Iraq is now the war in Ukraine, the US is still recovering from a more disastrous presidency, Nanci Griffith has sadly left us too soon. The song “‘Evangelina” which The Guardian called me a ‘hillbilly feminist’ for writing has a companion ‘Me Too’ song in “Call Me Daddy.” “The Day I Die” now makes me think of the endless Covid losses we endured together while staying apart from each other during the long year or so.

Diana enlisted studio engineer Steve Addabbo, fresh from his work on Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series, to help her cast a retrospective eye over the tracks. Together they reimagined the mixes and the running order and added a previously unreleased song ‘Call Me Daddy’, to reflect changes she has envisaged since the original release.

Diana’s first album ‘My Remembrance Of You’ (Proper Records) in 2006 garnered rave reviews internationally and set her on a path which would see her release four further critically acclaimed albums: Better Times Will Come (2008), High Atmosphere (2011), Museum Of Appalachia Recordings (2013) and Live In Concert (2016). She has toured the globe, including performances at prestigious events such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Levon Helm’s Ramble in Woodstock, NY, and Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and shared stages with the likes of Richard Thompson, Janis Ian and Mary Gauthier.

Song To A Refugee (Proper Records, September 25 2020), Diana’s 6th solo recording, gives voice to the stories of asylum seekers worldwide; a testament to Diana’s commitment to social justice through her gifts as a consummate songwriter and performer.

This is from Diana’s last TwickFolk appearance in 2014. We’re excited to be welcoming her back