Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)

seth-lakeman-2016One of the stars of the folk scene, Seth Lakeman remains for many synonymous with thumping beats, high volume and a driving, pin your ears back sound that lacks subtlety.  But this is to do him a grave injustice.  He may not be an obvious innovator like Jim Moray or possess as broad a brush as the one that Jon Boden wields but he is an explorer, a treader of paths that, if not exactly untrodden, are certainly not ruts.  Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot, 2016Traversing oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again, the Co Kildare singer-songwriter Heidi Talbot, has so far gained plaudits from the likes of The Guardian and The Sunday Times (with the latter calling her ‘simply vocal heaven’) and is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on this fifth album, including husband John McCusker and Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot”

Passenger Battles Springsteen for UK Number One

Passenger has posted a nice little song (which is actually pretty funny – “If I hit number one I’m hoping I can show that I’ve got more songs than Let Her fucking Go”) he wrote about battling the Boss for the number one spot here – all will be revealed tomorrow! The album is also heading for number one in Germany, New Zealand and Australia.  It is absolutely cracking in case we haven’t mentioned it before.

Chip Taylor to Play Intimate UK Shows Next Month

Chip Taylor, the recent inductee to the songwriting Hall Of Fame, whose songs have been recorded by likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Shaggy will be playing two intimate shows at Slaughtered Lamb in London on 4th and 5th October as part of a short UK tour. Taylor, best known as the writer of both Wild Thing and Angel Of The Morning, releases his new album, Little Brothers, in the UK tomorrow.  Continue reading “Chip Taylor to Play Intimate UK Shows Next Month”

Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates

“What would you give for a leader with soul?” the five piece Southern Tenant Folk Union ask on their recently released EP, which acts as a taster for the  upcoming album “Join Forces”.  They’ve made a collection of stirring and questioning political songs – and they’re now taking them out for the approval of the nation. Continue reading “Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates”