Normafest, a weekend in celebration of all things to do with folk music legend and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Norma Waterson MBE will be taking place in early January for the third year running. With guest performers including American folk veteran (and old friend of Norma’s) Peggy Seeger, young folk bands Stick In The Wheel and The Furrow Collective, from Ireland the much-lauded Lynched plus a rare performance by The Waterson Family, the two days will finish off with a performance by The Gift Big Band which will include Norma, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Neill MacColl & special guest Richard Hawley. Richard has long been an admirer of Norma’s having first met her whilst researching a BBC documentary and whose friendship partly inspired Richard to write the single Heart Of Oak on his 2015 top ten album Hollow Meadows. Continue reading “Normafest festival returns for third year”
Tom Paxton, that cheeky chappie with the avuncular face, is heading to the UK next month for some dates, with support from Cathy and Marcy (no surname provided). Tom has had a music career spanning more than 50 years, with thousands of live performances around the world, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2009. “We are all born singing Tom Paxton songs” says Nancy Griffith’s, although having just spoken to my mum I can confirm I definitely wasn’t. I couldn’t sing until I was three apparently. The dates… Continue reading “Tom Paxton heads to UK for dates – January”
Natalie Bouloudis is a native of East Sussex who first got her musical education in childhood, having played clarinet in jazz bands and had a few guitar lessons at school. Her debut EP is her first proper recording, all recorded live at Wax Studios in London and produced by Robert Strauss, and she’s releasing her new single online – ‘Burning Pier’ is set in a fictionalised amalgamation of the burnt-out husks of Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne piers – “Essentially a meditation on how disasters can both evoke nostalgia and make us question our future in a new light.” Continue reading “Natalie Bouloudis streams her new single – Listen”
Due to unforeseen circumstances a la life, if you want to go and see the rather wonderful Passenger at the Apollo in Manchester tonight (Wed November 30th) I’ve got two tickets you can have for free – the only thing is you need to be able to collect them from Liverpool city centre today. Give me a shout via our contacts page if you’d like them.
Brothers Jack and Page Burkhum aka The Cactus Blossoms are bringing their blend of country-tinged rock and roll to these shores in January for a short run of dates for that will be their first UK tour including a headline show at Bush Hall, London on January 23rd. Born and raised in Minneapolis, the brothers found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their songwriting skills with weekly gigs at former country 1940s honkytonk The Turf Club in St. Paul, MN. A chance gig opening for JD McPherson brought him on board as a fan — he became the producer no less behind their debut album You’re Dreaming, songs from which you can hear at one of their dates. Continue reading “Brothers duo the Cactus Blossoms head to the UK – January”
Rising americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has released her debut UK single ‘Put The Fire Out’ which is available now. She also releases her new album ‘Honest Life’ in Europe, out on 20 January 2017 on Loose Music, and if you’re a UK fan you will no doubt be delighted to learn Courtney will be coming to the UK early next year, supporting husband and wife gothic Americana group, The Handsome Family on their much anticipated UK tour, making her London debut at The Union Chapel. Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews Releases First Single – Listen”
If you caught them on one of their dates here this month, why not pen a quick review for us and we’ll publish it for the masses. Pitchfork report: “Wilco has filmed a new “Take Away Show” session for La Blogothèque and Le Guess Who?. Directed by Hugo Jouxtel, the performance features the band playing songs from 2016’s Schmilcoat the Museum Speelklok’s restoration studio in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It was recorded during Wilco’s appearance at this year’s Le Guess Who? festival, which the band co-curated. Below, you can find video of the band playing “Normal American Kids” and “If I Ever Was A Child.” Continue reading “Wilco film new session in Utretch – Watch”