On their summer East Coast tour, Boston folk-pop group Noble Dust are extending their reach further than ever–after starting in Vermont and working their way south, they’ll make their first-ever stop in Richmond, Virginia, where they’ll appear at The Camel on Friday, August 23 alongside local rockers Honest Debts.
The tour ends in Ashville, North Carolina, the furthest from home they’ve ever performed, but they’ll be in good company at every stop on the road.
“From Cricket Blue in Vermont to Honest Debts in Virginia to Miss Mojo at our hometown show in Boston, we’ve been following so many of these bands for a while, and we’re thrilled to share the stage with them,” says singer and guitarist Emily Cunningham.
Noble Dust got their name from a line in Hamlet, where the melancholy Dane observes the way death reduces even history’s most powerful people to common ash: “Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till he find it stopping a bung-hole?” But as Cunningham explains, there are critically different ways of processing that reality.
“One way to react to that is sadness at the futility of an individual life,” she says. “Another reaction is wonder that ‘noble dust’ is all around us in the memories of people that have come and gone before us and that we are some small part of something greater than ourselves.”
It’s the latter interpretation that Cunningham says influenced the “dynamic, lyrically-driven” songwriting of their 2018 debut album And The Tide Rises, gathering that dust from the ether and forming it back into stories.
To find out where you can catch those stories in person, visit Noble Dust’s website for a full list of tour dates.