Michael Nesmith, the former Monkee and country rock pioneer, is to play the UK for the first time in over 30 years. Nesmith, who left the Monkees in 1970, went on to release three albums with The First National Band between 1970 and 1971, which were later hailed as country rock classics.

Michael Nesmith, the former Monkee and country rock pioneer, is to play the UK for the first time in over 30 years.

Nesmith, who left the Monkees in 1970, went on to release three albums with The First National Band between 1970 and 1971, which were later hailed as country rock classics.

“The shows will take a complete look at the songs I’ve recorded over the years, starting back when I was just a solo folk singer,” says Nesmith of the forthcoming dates. “I have decades of music to draw from and I think I can put together something exciting, something that will make for a very full, dramatic and emotional evening.”

Speaking to Uncut in 2008, Nesmith recalled his last UK tour, playing “workingmen’s clubs for three or four months. The audiences were mostly morbidly curious: I was out of The Monkees, and they weren’t on for giving any deference to yesterday’s TV star.”

This time, Nesmith will play:

Friday, October 26:

Oran Moor, Glasgow

Sunday, October 28:

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London

Monday, October 29:

RNCM, Manchester