Given that Tina Dico is one of her native Denmark's most successful recording artists, it is surprising that she does not enjoy a higher profile in the UK. Even more remarkable when you consider that she spent several years living in London and working with British collaborators.
But what's most shocking about Dico's modest profile on these shores is that she is so very good. After a brief but successful dalliance with Danish television, Tina Dico embarked on a career as a singer/songwriter around a decade ago - a career that sees the release of a seventh album on Valentine's Day. In that time Dico has enjoyed numerous successful creative collaborations, a Danish Grammy and a period of living in England's capital that gave her music a maturing sound.
Still just 32 and now having returned to live in Denmark, Tina Dico releases 'Welcome Back Colour' on the 14th February. It promises to be a collection of new songs, re-workings of favourites and some classics on one double-CD album. The album will underline not just her talent but also Dico's capacity for hard work, not least on the road. As a one-woman record company with a limited budget, the Dane has toured ceaselessly to take her music across Europe and to the US and she returns to the UK in February, to tour the new record.
The tour takes in nine dates in twelve days beginning at Birmingham's Glee Club on 16th February and closing at Norwich Arts Centre on the 27th. In between, Tina Dico will be visiting, amongst others, Manchester's iconic Band on the Wall venue (18th) and playing London's Cadogan Hall (23rd).
Tickets priced at £10 - £14 regionally (£17.50 for London) are on sale now.