Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records is announcing a new album of original material from Sting entitled The Last Ship featuring “And Yet” and “Practical Arrangement.” The new album is inspired by Sting’s forthcoming play of the same name. A paean to the shipbuilding community in the North East of England where he was born and raised, The Last Ship explores themes of homecoming, self-discovery and the complexity of love and familial relationships, drawing upon Sting’s childhood memories growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunter Shipyard in Wallsend.
In celebration of the album’s release, Sting will perform a limited 10-night run (September 25 – October 9) to benefit The Public Theater in New York City. An evening of music and storytelling in the intimate 260-seat Anspacher Theater, these performances will offer insight into the creative process of both the new album and forthcoming play. A lottery drawing for a limited number of free tickets will be held before each concert.
Produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson, The Last Ship also features several musicians hailing from the North East of England, including Kathryn Tickell, Peter Tickell, Julian Sutton, The Wilson Family, The Unthanks and special guests J