The Civil Wars, the highly popular indie-folk duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White, have cancelled all tour dates past November 6 for the remainder of 2012 and 2013, sending shock waves through their community of fans.
The initial announcement was made a few days ago with a brief statement on the band’s Facebook page, stating only that the reasons for the cancellation were “highly personal.” Tuesday afternoon, Williams and White posted a more personal apology on their Facebook page:
We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time.
The band stopped short of saying they were breaking up, adding, “Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.” In a postscript to the message, the duo went on to offer reimbursements for any of their fans who had incurred non-refundable charges for their travel arrangements in order to attend the concert dates.
Within minutes of the message appearing on Facebook, it had received hundreds of comments and shares, and their website was temporarily inaccessible, possibly from an overload of visitors.
Songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White began their musical collaboration in 2008, and since that time have gained immense popularity within the country/folk community, particularly with their hit “Barton Hollow.” The duo is particularly known for their live performances and onstage chemistry. The band’s upcoming tour dates were to have included stops throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The Civil Wars are currently in England touring with opening act The Lumineers, the final show scheduled in London Tuesday, Nov. 6.