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28/10/2014 - Sophia Hosts G7th Capo Bluegrass Guitar Masterclass

Sophia is excited to host two guitar workshops in association with G7th Capos for Acoustic Avalon Guitar Show at Leicester Racecourse this year. Join her on Saturday 8th November at 1pm and Sunday 9th November at 12.00 Noon for her Bluegrass Guitar Masterclass, full details below.

http://www.sheehans.com/acoustic-avalon
http://www.g7th.com/

29/09/2014 - THs Present Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

The Toy Hearts are excited to host an evening of live music with their Austin friends, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Join them on Sunday 9th November at The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham for a night of Western Swing, Country and Honky Tonk music, with a set from each act. Tickets are £10.00, prebook through the below link, although admission WILL also be available on the doors, which open at 8.00pm, full details below.

07/05/2014 - EP Liner Notes, Reviews & More

For friends and fans of The Toy Hearts who would like to know a little more about the band's song choice for their latest EP, Sophia and Hannah wanted to share their 'Extended Geeky Liner Notes', which were sent along with the CD for review. Also, the band have been thrilled to receive some wonderful press quotes for 'Flyin' Too High', which was recorded last summer in Austin, Texas.

EXTENDED GEEKY LINER NOTES WITH LOVE FROM SOPHIA & HANNAH

02/04/2014 - New Video

The Toy Hearts are thrilled to release an Official Video to accompany their version of 'What Goes Up Must Come Down' . Taken from their February 2014 EP 'Flyin' Too High', the track was recorded last summer when the band spent six months living and working in Austin, Texas. The video hopefully reflects some of the time Hannah, Sophia and Stewart spent playing in the Live Music Capital and is a chance for friends and fans alike to see a bit of what they got up to!

05/02/2014 - THs Release New EP 'Flyin' Too High'

The Toy Hearts are pleased to release their brand new EP 'Flyin' Too High' TODAY! Recorded in Austin, Texas during September 2013 'Flyin' Too High' features Jake Erwin (Hot Club of Cowtown) on Bass and was engineered by Joe Beckham at Birdhouse Studios, ATX. In keeping with the band's 4th CD release 'Whiskey', The Toy Hearts new EP comprises of four songs that explore components of Western Swing, Jazz and Blues Music.

11/01/2014 - THs German/Austrian Tour 2014

With Christmas/New Year done and dusted,The Toy Hearts are gearing up for their annual trip to Europe where they will be performing 17 dates across Germany and Austria this January/February 2014. In association with Music Contact Agency, the band are looking forward to playing in some exciting new venues, as well as visiting familiar haunts during this winter tour.

19/12/2013 - Another Christmas Special from The Toy Hearts!

HO, HO, HO! With Christmas just around the corner The Toy Hearts are gearing up for their annual Christmas Special performance at The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath THIS Sunday 22nd December 2013! Join the Birmingham based band for their first headline show since their 6 months stint in Austin, TX last summer for a festive evening of Bluegrass and Western Swing Music.

16/10/2013 - New EP, UK Winter Shows & More!

Earlier this month, The Toy Hearts returned home to the UK after spending 5 months this summer in Austin, TX! Whilst Hannah, Sophia and Stewart have been enjoying some post trip down time with family and friends, there is still plenty for the trio to be excited about over the next few months. With a string of winter UK dates, the release of a new EP, in addition to exclusive videos AND performances with two top USA bands all in the pipeline, November and December 2013 sees no slowing down for The Toy Hearts...

Summer in Austin, Texas, USA!

23/07/2013 - In Association with Girl Guitar ATX, Sophia Hosts Two Guitar Workshops

In association with Girl Guitar ATX, Sophia is going to be hosting two guitar workshops this August. Held at The Music Lab, Austin, TX, Sophia will be leading an 'Introduction to Jazz & Swing Guitar' workshop and an 'Introduction to Classical Guitar' workshop, each will be three hours long and costs just $50... Plus, you can drink wine, check out the full details below!

30/05/2013 - News from USA!

We are pleased to announce that we have been officially selected by the IBMA Showcase Talent Committee to perform at their 2013 World of Bluegrass events! This will be IBMA's first year in Raleigh, North Carolina, which runs from September 24-28 2013. Although The Toy Hearts have previously participated in after-hour events when the convention was held in Nashville, we are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as one of thirty band's officially showcasing this year.

23/04/2013 - 4 Weeks until THs Move to Austin, TX!

With just 4 weeks until The Toy Hearts move to Austin, Texas for the Summer/Autumn 2013, the band are gearing up for their last 10 tour dates here in the UK. During late April and early May, The Toy Hearts will be performing in Nottingham, Baisingstoke, West & South Yorkshire, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Chichester, London and Hebden Bridge, finishing things off with a Farewell Show in their hometown, Birmingham.

25/03/2013 - THs Present an Evening with Rebecca Pronsky

The Toy Hearts are pleased to present to you direct from Brooklyn, NY, USA the wonderful Rebecca Pronsky @ The Hare and Hounds this Thursday 28th March 2013. This will be the third in a series of events that THs have been hosting, showcasing select bands from North America live in Kings Heath, Birmingham. As always there will be music from both acts with a collective jam at the end of the show to round off the evening.

19/03/2013 - Acoustic Magazine Concert Series @ The Leamington Lamp

The Toy Hearts are excited to announce that they will be headlining at The Leamington LAMP this Friday 22nd March 2013, as part of Acoustic Magazine's LIVE Concert Series. The band will be performing one hour set of bluegrass material at 10.30pm with entry at JUST £3.00. Opening the event are four local support acts Harry Vinnicombe, Ric Stillitoe, Jamie Sheerman and Stylusboy who will all play 30 minute sets. Doors are at 7.00pm with the first act playing at 7.30pm

06/03/2013 - THs UK Spring Tour Dates 2013

With just 11 weeks left before The Toy Hearts move Stateside, the band are keeping busy with a string of UK tour dates across the country this Spring 2013. With shows in Lincolnshire, Exeter, Shropshire, Stoke-On-Trent, Hebden Bridge, Birmingham, Dorset, Coventry, Bath, Cumbria, Nottingham, Basingstoke, Yorkshire, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Leicester and London... DO NOT MISS your last chance to catch one the UKs Top Bluegrass and Western Swing Band's Playing LIVE!

13/02/2013 - Germany & Austria Tour News

The Toy Hearts are preparing for their annual trip across the Channel, as February 2013 sees the band perform 11 dates in both Germany and Austria. Travelling with Spike Barker (Upright Bass), The Toy Hearts will be promoting the release of their 4th CD 'Whiskey', which will be available to purchase along with other official band merchandise, at all scheduled shows.

24/01/2013 - THs in Session on BBC Radio Merseyside

The Toy Hearts are delighted to be returning to BBC Radio Merseyside this Friday 25th January 2013, where they will be catching up with Billy Butler and performing some songs live on air. The focus of the bands' appearance is geared towards promoting their show that evening at Liverpool Acoustic Live @ The Two View Gallery, in addition to discussing The Toy Hearts recent decision to relocate to Austin, Texas this May 2013.

11/01/2013 - THs Present Grammy Nominated Special Consensus

The Toy Hearts are delighted to present to you, direct from USA, our good friends Special Consensus! Join us THIS Sunday 13th Jan @ The Hare & Hounds, for an evening of Blazin' Bluegrass Music with sets from both bands and a collective Jam to round off the end of the night! Doors are at 8pm with tickets priced at just £10, which are available online AND on the door. DO NOT MISS IT FOLKS :D

Special C

24/11/2012 - November News!

A very warm HELLO from The Toy Hearts HQ! Since our return from Texas we have been keeping busy with five UK shows already under our belt and more dates to see us through the rest of November/December 2012. Be sure to check out our Annual Christmas Special at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham, and our NYE Hootenanny Show at The All Saints Centre in Lewes (dates and details listed below).

17/10/2012 - On the Road USA!

After their ten hour flight yesterday, The Toy Hearts are finally in sunny Austin, Texas and loving every minute of it! The Johnson's kicked things off early this morning, returning to FOX 7 for an interview and live performance on Good Day Austin. With 14 performances in total the band are set to travel some miles over the next three weeks.

27/09/2012 - Last UK Shows for Autumn 2012

Whilst The Toy Hearts are busy preparing for their upcoming tour of Texas this Autumn 2012, there are still four shows that you can catch them at, before they travel across the pond. Here's a reminder of where and when you can see the band playing material from their critically acclaimed fourth CD 'Whiskey'...

Do Not Miss The Toy Hearts playing live this Autumn 2012!

23/08/2012 - THs @ 21st Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival in Omagh

The Toy Hearts are thrilled to be returning to The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh to perform at this years 21st Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival. There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store, with a jam-packed schedule the band are very excited to have been invited back to this famous festival.

01/08/2012 - THs Present An Evening with Jeff & Vida

Wood Ville Music and The Toy Hearts are very proud to present, direct from Nashville, Tennessee, the fantastically talented Jeff & Vida. The show will be opened up by The Toy Hearts with Jeff & Vida playing the headline slot. To round off the evening's events, both band's will take to the stage to play together some of their favourite Bluegrass, Roots and Country songs!

10/07/2012 - THs Make Second Round Ballots for IBMAs 2012 'Emerging Artist of the Year' Award!

The Toy Hearts are excited to announce that they have made the second round ballots for the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2012 'Emerging Artist of the Year' Award!

25/06/2012 - 'Whiskey' is Officially Released!

The Toy Hearts are delighted to officially release 'Whiskey' today 25th June 2012! Their fourth album is now available for download on itunes and to purchase from music stores across the UK. The band have been receiving a host of press for the album's release, including reviews in The Independent, The Sunday Mercury and The Daily Mirror.... Check it out!

18/06/2012 - One Week Until the Official Release of 'Whiskey'

Next Monday 25th June 2012, 'Whiskey' will officially be available to download via internet and purchase from record stores in the UK! With only one week to go, The Toy Hearts are thrilled to be receiving some fantastic reviews from specialist press their fourth studio album. Also out this week, catch The Toy Hearts in the national press with a review in The Daily Mirror on Friday and featured as Album of the Week in The Sunday Mercury.

21/05/2012 - Hannah Skydives for The Psoriasis Association

The Toy Hearts lead singer and mandolin player Hannah Johnson will participate in a Skydive this July/August 2012 (weather permitted), to help raise money in aid of The Psoriasis Association.

15/05/2012 - THs Announce Hometown Show @ The End, Birmingham Ballroom

The Toy Hearts are delighted to announce their next hometown show! Birmingham's favourite Bluegrass Band will be performing plus special guests at The End, Birmingham Ballroom on Friday 14th September 2012. In conjunction with their UK Summer Tour 2012 and the release of the band's fourth studio album 'Whiskey', The Toy Hearts promise an entertaining evening filled with Blazin' Bluegrass and Sultry Swing.

The End BB

13/05/2012 - THs UK Summer Festivals 2012

With summer on its way The Toy Hearts are gearing up for 17 appearances at some of the UK's finest live music festivals. So far this year, the band have been winning over crowds across the country playing material from their soon to be released fourth CD 'Whiskey', which is officially available 24th June 2012.

Summer poster 1

01/05/2012 - THs in Session with BBC Radio Devon

The Toy Hearts are delighted to be in session with Judi Spiers on BBC Radio Devon this Thursday 3rd May 2012

The band will be performing some live tracks from their brand new CD 'Whiskey', in addition to having a chat with Judi about their gigs down south this week and future plans for the year ahead.

Tune in at 11am this Thursday 3rd May to listen to The Toy Hearts on BBC Radio Devon: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7nc

26/04/2012 - Live in Session with PRS

The Toy Hearts perform two live songs from their latest CD release 'Whiskey' exclusively for PRS

22/04/2012 - THs New Website is Launched!

Hello from The Toy Hearts HQ...

We are very excited to launch our new website and the release of our fourth CD 'Whiskey'!

Although the album is not officially released until the end of June, we are selling it EXCLUSIVELY at our live shows and direct from the TOY STORE on our website. In addition to the new record, we also have brand new merchandise including mens and ladies t-shirts, along with our trendy new tote bags... Check it out!

20/04/2012 - THs Open for Robert Plant

The Toy Hearts are thrilled to announce that they have been invited to open for the legendary Robert Plant at Gloucester Guildhall, on Tuesday 8th May 2012.

Robert Plant is set to present his new project 'Sensational Space Shifters' at this concert and THs are all extremely proud to be apart of such an exciting evening.

Robert Plant