Dirty Dozen: Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis is a Liverpool based singer/songwriter and guitarist performing a style of streetscape narrative-noir blended with a modern British acoustic approach. No nonsense, song and melody are the order of the day. Some people call it ‘folk’, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as ‘a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn’. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Nick Ellis”

Dirty Dozen: Talitha Rise

Talitha Rise are Jo Beth Young and Martyn Barker. Their songs are a combination of Art Pop and Progressive Folk inviting the listener into a world of ethereal landscapes and bohemia. Accomplished live performers, their chemistry together offers any audience an opportunity to step outside of their heads and witness a psychedelic, raw and tribal emotive sound-scape presence. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Talitha Rise”

Dirty Dozen: Laura James

Laura James is an award-winning London-based, Cumbrian-born songstress. Laura’s music leans heavily on the poetic side of folk and her ‘haunting’ vocal coupled with her sensitivity for lyrics and melody is a captivating combination.

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? I grew up just outside Carlisle, in Cumbria. I moved to Liverpool when I was 18 to study music at university where I met a lot of the people that formed my band ‘The Lyres’. We released our debut EP in 2011. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Laura James”

The Stands main man strikes out on his own

Howie Payne, formerly of Liverpool band The Stands has announced his first solo tour with his live outfit The Band of The Sun and the release of ‘The Stands, Recordings 2003-2005’, a boxset collection of rarities, B sides and demos, gathered on heavyweight coloured vinyl in June. With fans including Noel Gallagher and Bill Ryder-Jones The Stands burnt brightly but briefly during their 2002-2005 lifespan, spawning a string of five UK top 40 singles. After splitting the band, Howie Payne began his solo career, recording acclaimed debut ‘Bright Light Ballads’ with Ethan Johns.  Howie also released a new version of rare early Stands track, ‘She Speaks of These Things’as a precursor to the retrospective.  Continue reading “The Stands main man strikes out on his own”

Dirty Dozen: Megan O’Neill

‘Stories To Tell’ showcases six original songs that were recorded at British Grove Studios in London and produced by long-time Mark Knopfler collaborator, Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Roxy Music). Megan & The Common Threads weave a unique tapestry of country, blues, folk and Americana. The band has emerged from the solo project of Kildare-born songwriter and front woman, Megan O’Neill, and includes co-writers Dan Clark and Tom Smith (electric & acoustic guitars), Kesh Kanabar (bass), Alessandro Tibaldi (drums) and Mairéad Furlong’s on fiddle. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Megan O’Neill”

Dirty Dozen: Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue is a four-piece alt-country/Americana band from Bakersfield, California who has been playing around 150 shows per year since 2008.  Can you tell us about yourself?  Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
We are from different places but all of us have spent most of our lives in Bakersfield, CA where we currently reside.  We grew up together and have played music together in one way or another for 15 years.  Lonely Avenue began as a working band doing mostly covers at several bars in Bakersfield.  About five years ago we began to write a lot together and our live performances became mostly original.  We then spent two years working with Brian Boozer at Aum Studios to create our album and we are very proud of it. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lonely Avenue”

Dirty Dozen: Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran is a songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St John’s, Newfoundland.  Curran has won or been nominated for JUNA Awards for three consecutive albums and is firmly established as one of the country’s preeminent poetic songwriters.  The new album “Watershed” marks a threshold and a directional change. The tenor of this new album is openness, a reflection in part of Curran’s increasingly public efforts to battle the stigma of mental health issues in the arts.

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