Vincent Whyte to play two Shropshire dates in support of new album Terrapin Singtank

January 9, 2024

Shrewsbury based singer songwriter Vincent Whyte will play two Shropshire gigs as part of a short tour to support his new album Terrapin Singtank, released later this month.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Benjamin Fitzharris (Mayors of Toronto, Cloven Hoof) at Vault Studios, Kidderminster, it is the first studio collaboration between the pair. The collection of ten songs combines drollness, sincerity, tragedy, comedy and musical prowess. It also continues Whyte’s self-styled Anglo chanson approach, uniting the world’s different manifestations of the guitar-playing poet-singer tradition, with influences from Latin America to Europe, West Africa and Japan, as well as the passed-down songs and tunes of Britain and Ireland.

Commenting on the album and its unusual title, Vincent Whyte said: “I feel this record, compared to my previous release Wallflower Swan Songs, is a more polished, funkier affair and thanks to Ben’s production, contains an injection of sonic leap to the songs. I stayed at Ben’s house during the recording process and while there I became transfixed by his pet terrapin as it serenely went about its business in a tank in the kitchen. Somehow, it visually summarised the music I was creating. Hence, Terrapin Singtank!” 

Released independently via all digital platforms through his own label Wave Language Recordings on 25 January, Terrapin Singtank is available to pre order on Bandcamp at or purchase as a limited edition vinyl version from Whyte’s website  and at live appearances.

The track listing is as follows:
1 Sitting, Waiting
2 Let’s Not Be Strangers, L’amour De Ma Vie
3 Seer Are You There?
4 The Forest Of Dean
5 Meet Me In Dwygyfylchi
6 Jaj De Szez
7 Old Head Of Kinsale
8 The Overspill Ground
9 Faye Farriday
10 Thankyou For saving My Life, My Love.

With support from Warren Duke in Shrewsbury and Worcester, Vincent Whyte’s short tour includes the following dates:
25 January – The Chester Tavern, Kidderminster
26 January – Albert & Co, Frankville, Shrewsbury
01 February – The Bank Vault, Aberystwyth
03 February – Spin The Black Circle, Worcester
04 February – The Boot Wellington
05 February – Alexander’s, Chester

Songs with videos from Terrapin Singtank are available to view here:
1 The Forest Of Dean
2 Thank You For Saving My Life, My Love
3 The Overspill Ground

Pictures: Vincent Whyte (credit to James Warman here and Ollie Ridley featured image).