Trembling Bells man Alex Rex has a new album, Vermillion, out on 28 April and this is the first single from it and very good it is too, if a little disturbing.
Kate Rusby’s delightful Underneath The Stars festival, which runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July has announced its latest wave of artists. Edward II, a powerful English roots band that uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble; actor, songwriter, producer & theatre legend John Tams, Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock who will bring their distinct, dark and dreamlike portrayal of English folk song, Ímar featuring 2017 BBC Radio 2 Best Musician nominee Mohsen Amini, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra with their infectious toe-tappin’ mix of western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum and whatever else gets thrown in, one of Northern Ireland’s finest instrumentalists and interpreter of traditional song, Damien O’Kane, Sheelanagig, a quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments and a bagful joint-jumping European folk tunes, blistering Country-Soul singer Yola Carter who was the recent recipient of UK Artist of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2017 and something to really light the “fun fuse”,The Destroyers with their dazzling stage show join already announced headliners Newton Faulkner, Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, Lucy Rose and Raghu Dixit.
From Sheffield man Neil McSweeney’s his excellent new album, A Coat Worth Wearing, out on March 10th, this delicate piece is loosely inspired by Breugel’s painting.
From her new album Preservation, released tomorrow, New Zealander Nadia Reid delivers a haunting end of relationship song.
Excellent contemporary country with a rock edge from new artist Kasey Tyndall.
The Foo Fighters guitarist has taken time out to deliver a fine updated Bakersfield sound. His new album is out on April 14th.
This is rather good, from a band who include Lindsay Lou of Flatbellys fame and who’ll be in the UK in August at Towersey festival and elsewhere with dates to be announced.