Linda Perhacs cancels European tour following hospitalisation

The cult folk singer will no longer be playing her run of UK shows

Folk singer Linda Perhacs has cancelled her forthcoming European tour following hospitalisation after a fall.

The singer, who is in her seventies, was due to play a run of shows, with the UK dates starting at London Union Chapel on June 1. Shows were also booked for Leeds Brudenell Social Club (June 2), Liverpool Leaf (June 3), Glasgow Stereo (June 5) and Lunar Festival in Warwickshire on June 7. However, the dates have now been pulled after Perhacs fell earlier this month causing a flare up of neck problems for which she had surgery in 2007.

Earlier this year Perhacs released her second album, ‘The Soul Of All Natural Things’, on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. The release was her first in 44 years, following 1970’s cult classic ‘Parallelograms’.

Posting online, Perhacs apologised to fans for cancelling the tour dates. The Los Angeles based singer wrote: “I apologize deeply to all of you for having to cancel the European Tour, but in mid May, 2014, I took a bad fall which resulted in a return of some of the neck problems I had prior to my neck surgery in 2007. This surgery was to protect my neck and the movement of my arms, etc by placing a titanium implant for neck support, donor bone and fusions. It is a surgery designed primarily for athletes, especially football players.”

She continued: “It is a reparative surgery to prevent injury to the spinal column and nerves down the back etc. I immediately went to the emergency room at Kaiser Hospital where they took head and neck MRI’s and blood samples, etc and they have referred me to the specialist that takes care of these things at Kaiser. Once again I apologize to all of you, but singing as well as the movement to my arms is involved here and is the reason I had to cancel any extensive travel at this time and review all of this with my physicians.”