For the last 5 years, Nottingham’s Jack Peachey (AKA Gallery 47) has been crafting lyrical folk music from various apartments, studios and other large rooms in Nottingham. Influenced heavily by other artists, writers, and the inherited chaos of the Beat Generation, Gallery 47 writes songs about a radical range of topics, from skin pigment disorders to corporate finance. Here, he talks about his new album, “Clean”, and his reasons for writing it… Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47”
The latest single from Ben Ford-Davies is by far the best he has recorded to date. Lyrically and musically.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
I am from Adelaide in South Australia but I’ve been traveling Oz for many years always playing music. I’ve lived in Melbourne and Perth and Port Douglas (far north Queensland). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ben Ford-Davies”
Vanessa Anne Redd has been through various incarnations, explored various iterations of her musical obsession. Previously one-half of folk duo Six Years, and before that in electro band Rubicks, she’s now ready to start out on her own. Comparisons could be made to PJ Harvey’s imperial phase, but really Vanessa Anne Redd stands apart.
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Anglo-Dutch singer-songwriter Gitta De Ridder has announced the release of her new album ‘Feathers’ on September 21st. An album which follows a true creative vision, focused on the words that make stories come to life, it explores relationships, romance, family and cities, and all that makes us human. Recorded mostly in Gitta’s London home-studio with one-take vocals and guitar recordings layered with children’s toy instruments, cello’s and other sounds; ‘Feathers’ was created intuitively, realising the treasures are in that what comes naturally. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Gitta De Ridder”
Edinburgh born trio Monticule can’t really be pinned down but if you were to say ‘soulful-bluesy-country-rock’ you wouldn’t be wrong. Their unique style has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Monticule”
Lena Laki is an indie folk singer-songwriter based in London. Her Debut EP Take Me With is out now and has received acclaim from media. Gigslutz made her the Discovery of the Week and hailing Lena as “One of those ultimately talented musicians it is essential to appreciate“, while Love is Pop declared Lena’s material as “nothing short of gorgeous.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lena Laki”
Traversing 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”
Spanning a wide range of genres, from Beatles-esque pop songs, traditional Canadiana folk, Albertan country and Paridian aires to a full-on spiritual music backed by a star-studded choir, the three collaborative yet distinct writers in Red Moon Road frame immaculately crafted songs with original and innovative instrumental work. Their new album ‘Sorrows and Glories’ is out on October 16th in the UK. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road”
From the town that gave the world characters like Studs Terkel, Upton Sinclair, and the anarchists in Bughouse Square, Scorch adds his voice to the choir with the enthusiasm and charisma of a Maxwell Street preacher. A punk rock banjo-wielding John Prine or Billy Bragg, Al Scorch writes for the everyperson. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Al Scorch”
One of the things Nashville does best is ‘in the round’ a chance to see high quality songwriters up close and personal. You may not know the names but the format leads itself to seeing the mechainics of the art in action, three of Nashvilles best exponants speak to AUK. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic & Kyshona Armstrong”