Sea of Bees take the sting out of autumn with 2012 UK tour

The Jules in the crown returns with new songs and extensive run of gigs, tickets on sale now

Ah, California - land of orange juice on tap, free-spirited people and a seemingly never-ending soundtrack of Beach Boys songs. Stereotypical synopsis, or the truth? There is certainly something in the climate that keeps spawning a stream of laid-back, hazy, woozy, thoughtful and dream-state artists - it has to be the sunshine, the earthquakes or the landscape.

Laid-back is certainly a vivid description of one Julie Ann Bee, aka Sea of Bees also aka Jules. Her fragile, fractured, easy-going vocals are the perfect foil for the jangling sun-kissed guitars on songs like 'Gone' or previous gems found on her debut album 'Songs For The Ravens' - in fact, there's an element of Kristin Hersh about her voice and a spot of Wilco or 10000 Maniacs about the actual music. Her Tumblr account states nonchalantly, 'I'm no big deal' - on the strength of her material so far, I'd have to disagree - so does Grandaddy's Jason Lytle who proclaimed that 'Songs For The Ravens' as "mysterious, wonderful and addictive".

Thus, with one album in the bag, another must follow and Sea of Bees is poised and ready to bring you another chapter in her life, spearheaded by an extensive UK tour which starts in Leeds on 6th November and is then followed by Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and more until heading south for Bristol and then Islington's Union Chapel on the 19th.

We have tickets for all shows now, priced at a tenner or less (or £11 for that London show). There will be a hive of interest for Sea of Bees' shows, for sure.

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