One of the stars of the folk scene, Seth Lakeman remains for many synonymous with thumping beats, high volume and a driving, pin your ears back sound that lacks subtlety. But this is to do him a grave injustice. He may not be an obvious innovator like Jim Moray or possess as broad a brush as the one that Jon Boden wields but he is an explorer, a treader of paths that, if not exactly untrodden, are certainly not ruts. Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”
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”
Passenger has posted a nice little song (which is actually pretty funny – “If I hit number one I’m hoping I can show that I’ve got more songs than Let Her fucking Go”) he wrote about battling the Boss for the number one spot here – all will be revealed tomorrow! The album is also heading for number one in Germany, New Zealand and Australia. It is absolutely cracking in case we haven’t mentioned it before.
Chip Taylor, the recent inductee to the songwriting Hall Of Fame, whose songs have been recorded by likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Shaggy will be playing two intimate shows at Slaughtered Lamb in London on 4th and 5th October as part of a short UK tour. Taylor, best known as the writer of both Wild Thing and Angel Of The Morning, releases his new album, Little Brothers, in the UK tomorrow. Continue reading “Chip Taylor to Play Intimate UK Shows Next Month”
Former Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott has just released the deluxe edition of his critically acclaimed solo debut ‘Serious Poke’ on Lojinx, ahead of November tour dates supporting The Zombies in November.
“What would you give for a leader with soul?” the five piece Southern Tenant Folk Union ask on their recently released EP, which acts as a taster for the upcoming album “Join Forces”. They’ve made a collection of stirring and questioning political songs – and they’re now taking them out for the approval of the nation. Continue reading “Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates”
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”
Good article in the Guardian today who had other things on their mind (Jez we can…) but found the time to muse that thanks in part to Mumford and Sons, there are more UK artists making American roots music (this is their premise not mine before you reach for your mouse) – and there’s even government funding to help them in the US. It reports: “A six-day conference on Americana music would suggest that all the artists were from where we expect Americana music to originate: America.” Continue reading ““Could the future of Americana be … British?””
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”
Lucky Strikes frontman M G Boulter has announced a UK tour for the Autumn. Boulter, who has also served with Simone Felice and The Duke & The King, released his second solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie to great acclaim earlier in the year. He’s spent much of the Summer playing shows in the UK and Europe as part of Emily Portman’s Coracle Band. The Lucky Strikes, meanwhile, celebrate ten years together with the release of their fifth studio album The Motion And The Moving On through Harbour Song Records on 30 September. Continue reading “Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates”