Posted in music | tour dates on March 11, 2011

Withered Hand

"Withered Hand should be heading for SXSW. Instead, moronic US immigration officials in Vermont froze his visa and challenged the Edinburgh musician to prove that their qualified assertion he is "not of extraordinary ability" was an inaccurate one. One can only imagine they came to such a conclusion after believing 'Withered Hand' to be a thinly-disguised pseudonym for Abu Hamza.

After incessant campaigning from fans and well-wishers on Twitter, Facebook and even a formal petition with 750 signatures, at 3.30pm on Thursday, 10th March - a mere 41 hours before Dan Willson's transatlantic flight leaves Edinburgh Airport - his visa approval finally came through. However, with Dan having to rush to London for an interview at the US Embassy, it's still touch and go as to whether this nightmare will have a happy ending." [The Pop Cop]

Unfortunately we just got word that the show scheduled to happen at Littlefield on Saturday is now cancelled. The Rockwood and Cake Shop shows are in danger too, as are his shows in Austin. We'll keep you posted.

In related news, Dam Mantle had to cancel SXSW for related reasons.

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Comments (5)

Man that sucks. I hope the silver lining to this is that he gets some publicity about it, because he's absolutely amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:18 PM

thnx u

Posted by ira8na | March 11, 2011 3:15 PM

thnx u

Posted by ira8na | March 11, 2011 3:17 PM

Just got word that Withered Hand has safely reached his NY accommodations and we're good to go for the Monday shows at Cake Shop and Rockwood!

Posted by Cory Brown | March 12, 2011 9:21 PM

Yay, thanks Cory. Upside, thanks to all the hooplah withered hands now has its very own BV tag.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2011 11:43 PM

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