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...

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.

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 – 22Fremantle, AUSFremantle Arts Centre
January 24Albany, AUSWignalls Wines
January 25Margaret River, AUSLeeuwin Estate Winery
January 28Adelaide, AUSThebarton Theatre
January 30Melbourne, AUSPalais Theatre
February 2Canberra, AUSCanberra Theatre
February 3Newtown, AUSEnmore Theatre
February 4Brisbane, AUSThe Tivoli
February 8Port MacQuarie, AUSCassegrain Wines
February 10Singapore, SINEsplanade – Theatres On The Bay
March 3Wilmington, DEGrand Opera House
March 4Charlottesville, VAParamount Theater
March 9Roanoke, VAJefferson Center
March 10Durham, NCCarolina Theatre
March 11Charlotte, NCNeighborhood Theatre
March 13 – 14Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
March 17Jacksonville, FLFlorida Theatre
March 18Pompano Beach, FLClub Cinema
March 20Tampa, FLTampa Theatre
March 21Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
March 22Tallahassee, FLThe Moon
April 17Portland, MEMerrill Auditorium