Summertyne Americana festival runs July 21st-23rd

One of the Americana highlights of the year, in the UK at least, is the annual SummerTyne festival which runs – rather appropriately, in the Summer at the prestigious Sage Gateshead.  Three days crammed full of simply the finest music.  It’s a combination of main stage appearances at Sage One and Sage Two and Latelounge gigs featuring upcoming musicians and bands that are destined to be the headliners of the future, as well as the ever popular riverside Jumpin’ Hot Stage. Continue reading “Summertyne Americana festival runs July 21st-23rd”

Fairport Convention announce ‘Come All Ye – The First 10 Years’

Fairport Convention have announced the forthcoming 28th of July release on UMC of a massive 7CD box set covering their first decade as a band.   It has been compiled by Andrew Batt, the curator of the very successful show, The Lady – A Tribute To Sandy Denny, which toured the UK in 2012, this collection celebrates Fairport’s first 10 years, beginning with their eponymous debut for Polydor in 1968, through all of their seminal albums for Island Records and finishing with tracks from their two albums for Vertigo, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tippers TalesContinue reading “Fairport Convention announce ‘Come All Ye – The First 10 Years’”

Nathan Xander : “Over you, over me”

Nathan Xander is a troubadour in the Texas sense, when he’s in Texas. Or in the California sense when he’s there. Or the Chicago sense, oh, OK. You get it. The man writes like he travels: well and often. Nathan’s new collection of songs, Blue House (17th July, Trailer Fire Records), was recorded in a big blue barn in Upstate New York and represents the work of a writer in the prime of his craft.

Paul Simon doesn’t feel groovy

Famously cantankerous master songsmith Paul Simon takes great pleasure in distancing himself from the songs that made him famous in the first place.  The very songs which many people of judgement actually prefer.  But of all the songs of his youth it is 59th Bridge Street Song which attracted his ire during his recent appearance on The Late Show. Continue reading “Paul Simon doesn’t feel groovy”

Whitehorse are on a roll

Rolling Stone, no less, have described Whitehorse as a “Superduo whose music swirls together the swampy swagger of the Bible Belt, the minor-akey melancholy of film noir soundtracks and the raw stomp of rock & roll.”  Not that they’re satisfied with just that.  Their latest album, their fourth, has the genre chameleons furthering their sonic breadth –  encompassing a driving Americana image with psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness.  It’s called Panther In The Dollhouse, and it is out in the first week of August.   Continue reading “Whitehorse are on a roll”

The Turtles swim free again

May 2017 has seen many peculiar events popping up in the news, an almost daily dose of incredulity. Here comes another one. Somewhat unheralded Edsel Records have re-issued deluxe expanded versions of all six original albums by The Turtles. Yes indeed – It ain’t me Babe, You Baby and Happy Together all as mono and stereo versions, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands and Turtle Soup with a disc of bonus tracks and the final, post break up release, Wooden Head has some more unused tracks added to it. Continue reading “The Turtles swim free again”

Argyll Gathering is new Scottish Festival

Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event celebrating the best of music, culture and the arts opening its doors August 19th – 20th 2017 in the stunning setting of Helensburgh, some thirty miles outside Glasgow. The event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music, local food and drink and feature interactive workshops.  Artists confirmed so far include the former lead singer of one of Scotland’s most celebrated groups, Runrig‘s Donnie Munro, who will be performing live with a full band. Continue reading “Argyll Gathering is new Scottish Festival”