“I’m now really looking forward to the gigs – thinking of going to places that I’ve never been to before, performing in places for the first time where the record has done really well, like Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and Spain. Places where I haven’t done any concerts but there’s been a good reaction,” Gray said. “This has been the longest time of not playing and I can’t wait to get back out there again.”

Fans in Gray’s motherland will have first go at the shows. The U.K. and Ireland leg launches November 9 with Turin Brakes and James Yorkston trading around support dates during the monthlong run.

After a few weeks off for the holidays, Gray heads across the pond for a North American tour. That looks to wrap mid-February, with a month in between the last U.S. gig and first European show in March, possibly paving the way for a longer Stateside trek.

Of course, the reason for Gray’s new tour isn’t to rehash the old favorites from his blockbuster album, White Ladder; it’s in support of his new disc, A New Day At Midnight. The album is due out November 5 in the States and is Gray’s fifth offering.