TICKETS for Loudon Wainwright III's October 25 debut at York Barbican go on sale on Thursday morning.

Loudon, who turns 70 on September 5, will be appearing in York for the first time since his May 2011 gig at the Grand Opera House, where he also performed in April 2007 and May 2005.

The American singer-songwriter last released a studio album in 2014 when Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) addressed such subjects as depression, drinking, senior citizenship, gun control, heartbreak, pet ownership and New York City’s arcane practice of alternate side-of-the-street parking.

Lead track Brand New Dance, with its echoes of The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace, was a case of "me moaning and groaning about the horror and embarrassment of personal physical diminishment in the wider context of the world in which we live today,” said Loudon.

Support will come from Chaim Tannenbaum, who has sidelined as a musician for 50 years when he hasn't been busy studying mathematical logic or teaching philosophy.

His original songs depict homesickness, romantic loss and the perils of rooting for the Brooklyn Dodger; his covers "reflect the lifelong enthusiasms of a musical omnivore and make manifest a mixed-up world muddled somewhere between spiritual devotion and material dissolution".

Tickets cost £29.68, available from 9am on Thursday online at and from 10am on 0844 854 2757 or in person from the Barbican box office.