John Stewart “Wild Horse Road” – Listen

Can it really be ten years since John Stewart left this mortal plane? Hard to credit.  John Stewart was one of the voices of Americana – before it was Americana.  If you know John Stewart you know that – if you don’t know John Stewart then you’re missing out.  “There ain’t no wild horses out on Wild Horse Road / There ain’t no wild horses here I know .  Somewhere they’re trucking Mustangs on a lonesome desert road”.  Yeah.  John Stewart.

The Cover Letter “In My Soul” – Listen

Founded in the Texas garage of bassist Jarrod Nall and guitarist/vocalist Jacob Shipman in 2013, the band released their debut, self-titled EP just two years later. Their sophomore EP, Cities Made of Sand, came out in 2017. Now a truly dynamic six-piece featuring Evan Runyon (lead guitar), Angie Vanegas (vocals), Fletcher Inzer (keyboards) and Patrick Barrow (drums) there’s promise of more new music this year.

Fairport Convention launch a massive UK tour

If we used blatantly ageist terms like The Grand Old Men of Folk then doubtless we’d wheel out that creaking line somewhere in this news item.  But we don’t – so we won’t.  Suffice it to say then that following on from their Golden Anniversary last year, Fairport Convention are once more doing what they do best – hopping on the tour bus and heading out on their 2018 UK Winter Tour. It’s a big event covering the length of the UK over 28 dates and breathing new life into both old and new material on the road. Continue reading “Fairport Convention launch a massive UK tour”

Nils Lofgren has UK tour in May

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Nils Lofgren has announced a fifteen date tour of the UK in May this year. Sticking firmly to his “hardest working man in rock” reputation this is an epic sized tour that will be complete in just seventeen days. Guitar master, singer-songwriter, celtic harp player, tap-dancer – these are all things that Nils Lofgren is. The flip ? No, the passing years have called time on the flip. He’s had to just grin and bear it. Continue reading “Nils Lofgren has UK tour in May”

Jonathan Wilson, new album in March. Tour too.

The living modern embodiment of the Laurel Canyon vibe Jonathan Wilson has announced that his latest album of happening sounds for discerning listeners will be released on the 2nd of march. It’s called Rare Birds and – if previous efforts are any guide to future achievements – it is going to be fab. Guitar wizardry. Pedal steel. Lyrics that matter. These are the things we’re anticipating right now. Continue reading “Jonathan Wilson, new album in March. Tour too.”

McGoldrick, McCusker, Doyle “Keane O’Hara” – Listen

Band veterans – Battlefield, Solas, Capercaillie – and old mates for a quarter of a century this trio of talented musicians finally released a debut album at the back end of 2017.  Fresh from the Transatlantic Sessions tour they’ll be going straight back out on tour as a trio in February and March, including an appearance at the City Roots Festival in Cambridge.

Never Ending Tour – continues

As never ending tours should do, of course. In this particular case it is Lloyd Cole’s own one which will be rolling across the British Isles – well, England and Wales anyway – in February and March.  Lloyd Cole surely needs no introduction – he’s the literate singer songwriter who first stepped into the spotlight in 1984 when when Lloyd Cole & The Commotions released their effortlessly hip debut album Rattlesnakes.   Two further albums of era defining jangle pop were to follow until Lloyd went solo and decamped to New York. Continue reading “Never Ending Tour – continues”

Will Varley taking the Spirit of Minnie out on tour

Will Varley will be releasing his latest studio album – his fifth – on February the 9th – which will coincide with his biggest headlining gig to date as he brings his ten date tour to a crescendo at the Shepherds Bush Empire. The new album, Spirit of Minnie, marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band. This gives him an expanded musical palette, but he’s not abandoning his gift for painterly, affirming and immediate lyric writing. No – it’s just that having been lifted by pedal steel, violins, piano, he’s brought a new vividness to his music – like seeing things in colour for the first time. Continue reading “Will Varley taking the Spirit of Minnie out on tour”