Grateful Dead – 30 days of November

30-days-of-dead-2016-cover-artIn an act of typical generosity The Grateful Dead are giving away a song a day all through the month of November.  Covering all periods of the Dead these range from a few minutes long to the epics that one has come to expect from The Grateful Dead.  There’s also a prize quiz, but you don’t need to enter this to get access to the tracks.  Even better, the tracks already posted will remain available all month.  So, if you’d like to have a free Grateful Dead album – then your wish has been granted.  Just head over to  Thanks guys – we needed a lift this month.

Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews

adyAdy Johnson has announced an upcoming UK tour supporting Scott Matthews and his band.  His 2015 EP ‘Thank You For The Good Things’  was his second solo release since he fronted Colchester rock ‘n’ roll band FuzzFace; with his debut album ‘Tell The Worry Dolls’ receiving critical praise from UK media, as well as a recommendation for album of the year from Press Association. And the title track of the last EP ‘Thank You For The Good Things’ was chosen for Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape and aired on his BBC 6 Music Show, so you know, all good things. Continue reading “Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews”

Rachel Sermanni and the Lake Poets announce dates

rachel-sFollowing a sold out London double-header at St Pancras Old Church on 2nd November,  singer-songwriters Rachel Sermanni and The Lake Poets have announced a series of shows together, commencing on 23rd November.  The music of Folk-Noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni has the flesh of folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you would apparently find it pumped with contemporary, genre-blended blood.  Perhaps don’t cut it open.  The Lake Poets on the other hand is confusingly just one person singular, Sunderland based singer-songwriter Marty Longstaff, whose self-titled debut album was released in autumn 2015 to rave reviews and has spawned the singles ‘Your Face’ and ‘Edinburgh’.  Continue reading “Rachel Sermanni and the Lake Poets announce dates”

Final Bap Kennedy album to be released next month

bap-reckless-cover-500x500The final record by Bap Kennedy, who died earlier this month following a battle with cancer, will be released on December 2nd. Completed earlier this year, “Reckless Heart” is the culmination of a lifetime of defining the songwriting craft, with fans including Steve Earle describing him as one of the great songwriters of our times.  The label’s press release states: “We all wanted so much for Bap to see his latest record released, but unfortunately that wasn’t to be. We are all in agreement that one of the best ways of honouring Bap’s legacy is to continue to move forward with the release of ‘Reckless Heart’ at the earliest opportunity. Therefore we can confirm that the album will now be available in the UK/Ireland on 2nd December. The US release is 27th January 2017 – this date will also see a vinyl edition available worldwide.”  Look out for a review on AUK shortly. Continue reading “Final Bap Kennedy album to be released next month”

Drive by Truckers release new video for ‘Surrender Under Protest’

dbtWhich couldn’t be more apt on today of all dark days. God help us all. Rolling Stone reports: “The Drive-By Truckers have released their powerful new music video to “Surrender Under Protest,” a track from their recent album American Band. The song, sung by co-frontman Mike Cooley, uses an old Confederate slogan to address ongoing racial violence and tension in the modern South. Directed by noted music video director Lance Bangs (Arcade Fire, the Shins), the video features the band performing the song below a highway overpass while footage of civil unrest in the United States is interspersed throughout.  Continue reading “Drive by Truckers release new video for ‘Surrender Under Protest’”

Lewis & Leigh Announce ‘Keep Your Ghost’ Tour for 2017

lewis-leighLewis & Leigh – Al Lewis from Wales and Alva Leigh from Mississippi – released their debut album ‘Ghost’ on Celticana Records in August of this year to rather impressive reviews, The Observer describing it as featuring “songs and harmonies that carry as much sweetness as sorrow.”  Which makes for a nice change.  It’s the culmination of a collaboration that began in 2014 when the two musicians first began writing together, and they’re hitting the road as it were from February next year for an extensive run of dates following a run of support dates with Deacon Blue this month.  Continue reading “Lewis & Leigh Announce ‘Keep Your Ghost’ Tour for 2017”

Danny George Wilson and Promoter Del Day Launch New Label

News from two of our longstanding supporters here at AUK – Del Day (from Ark PR, Big City Lights UK) and Danny George Wilson (Danny & The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive) have launched a new record label called Maiden Voyage Recording Company which promises according to Del: “rock ‘n’ roll, blues, punk, reggae, country and good old southern soul.” He went on tell us: “I think the label idea began a few years ago now after a few late ales at the Betsey. It’s been on the agenda since then so its great to finally make it a reality.”  Continue reading “Danny George Wilson and Promoter Del Day Launch New Label”