After ringing in the New Year with a series of shows in Australia, singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will bring her tour back to the States for a winter 2009 outing. The month-long, 11-city run begins March 3 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE, and continues through March 22 at The Moon in Tallahassee, FL.

The winter outing includes a March 13-14 run at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. Presales for the tour began December 10 and wrap today (December 11) in most markets. Tickets for most of the winter dates will be available through public onsales starting tomorrow (December 12).

A single date has also been unveiled for a spring 2009 tour of the States, set for March 17 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME. Tickets for this show are already onsale, and more spring dates are expected to follow.

DiFranco is continuing support behind her September 30 release, “Red Letter Year.” The record is the most recent release for the prolific vocalist and guitarist, who has released more than a dozen studio albums over the course of her nearly 20-year career.

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The performer completed U.S. and European tour legs for the album earlier in the fall. She is accompanied on tour by Todd Sickafoose (upright bass), Allison Miller (drums) and Mike Dillon (percussion, vibes).

DiFranco’s Aussie tour begins with a January 21-22 stretch at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Fremantle and wraps after a handful of shows on February 8 at Cassegrain Wines in Port MacQuarie. A single stop in Singapore follows on February 10 at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in the capital city.

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Ani DiFranco itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

January 21 – 22 Fremantle, AUS Fremantle Arts Centre
January 24 Albany, AUS Wignalls Wines
January 25 Margaret River, AUS Leeuwin Estate Winery
January 28 Adelaide, AUS Thebarton Theatre
January 30 Melbourne, AUS Palais Theatre
February 2 Canberra, AUS Canberra Theatre
February 3 Newtown, AUS Enmore Theatre
February 4 Brisbane, AUS The Tivoli
February 8 Port MacQuarie, AUS Cassegrain Wines
February 10 Singapore, SIN Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay
March 3 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
March 4 Charlottesville, VA Paramount Theater
March 9 Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center
March 10 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre
March 11 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
March 13 – 14 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
March 17 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
March 18 Pompano Beach, FL Club Cinema
March 20 Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre
March 21 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
March 22 Tallahassee, FL The Moon
April 17 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium