Le Vent Du Nord, The Stables, Wavendon, 13th June 2017

Quebec four piece folk sensation Le Vent Du Nord made a return visit to The Stables on a UK tour which is mostly taking in a number of folk festivals offering the group high billing. Drawing on a heritage of imported European traditions their sound offers a blend of French, English and Irish music in particular as well as Le Vent Du Nord’s own writings in the Quebecois traditional style and an unexpected (even by the band) touch of country music. It turns out that not every book of lyrics found in an attic is actually all that old. Continue reading “Le Vent Du Nord, The Stables, Wavendon, 13th June 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Ian Roland & Simon Yapp

Ian Roland & Simon Yapp are a roots and Americana duo of 12 string guitar and fiddle, from Brighton, UK, with: “…more hooks than a long line fishing vessel.”

Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? My name is Ian Roland and I’m from Brighton, UK. I am a singer and a songwriter and for the past two years I have been playing live with fiddle player and vocalist, Simon Yapp. Simon did some session work on my ‘How That Dust Jumps’ album, which was released in 2015, and since then we have been performing live as a duo in Folk and Roots clubs and venues in Brighton, Cambridge, London, Bristol and thereabouts.  Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Ian Roland & Simon Yapp”

CC Smugglers “Dirty Money” – Listen

Following the success of their single ‘Rhythm’, which made BBC Radio 2 and 6’s playlists, and opening for the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas – CC Smugglers have released their new single Dirty Money. In the words of lead vocalist & songwriter Richie Prynne, the song is about “remembering that even though in today’s consumer-driven world, it’s easy to think that having enough money will make you happy. Happiness is a state of mind, not a collection of possessions or a certain number in your bank account.” Which is as everyone knows empirically correct. Autumn tour dates below.

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Donald Byron Wheatley “Moondogs and Mad Dogs” (Maiden Voyage Recording Co, 2017)

Rear-ended by a car which sent me and my bicycle flying through the air, the kerb-stone rose up and smashed me in the face. Paramedics diagnosed a broken nose, fractured arm, wrist and cracked ribs, and as I lay there bleeding, I pondered that the only other thing to have made such an impact on me recently is this amazing new album by Donald Byron Wheatley. Moondogs and Mad Dogs is essentially a tribute by Wheatley to his father ‘Big Don’, who came from a family of showmen who have worked on fairgrounds up and down our fair land for the past one hundred and fifty years. Continue reading “Donald Byron Wheatley “Moondogs and Mad Dogs” (Maiden Voyage Recording Co, 2017)”

Massy Ferguson announce UK dates

If you do a Google image search for Seattle based americana-rock band Massy Ferguson, you get a lot of pictures of tractors, but regardless of that, the band are returning to the UK next month for a July tour. They will be playing festivals ranging from Truck Festival in Oxford to SummerTyne Americana Festival in Newcastle and clubs like The Prince Albert in Brighton and The Musician in Leicester.  Continue reading “Massy Ferguson announce UK dates”

Jason Isbell & 400 Unit perform on Colbert – watch

He is all over the shows at the moment (note the plural)  Consequence of Sound reports: “Jason Isbell’s new album with his band The 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, doesn’t sound like what most people think of when they consider a country record. The single “Hope the High Road”, for example, includes the lines, “I’ve heard enough of the white man’s blues/ I’ve sang enough about myself… Last year was a son of a bitch/ For nearly everyone we know/ But I ain’t fighting with you down in a ditch/ I’ll meet you up here on the road.”  Continue reading “Jason Isbell & 400 Unit perform on Colbert – watch”