Interview: Daniel Meade

Glasgow’s Daniel Meade has an old soul, an ear for a tune that you’d swear was already an old friend and a guitar that right now is screaming “I Love You”.  With a new album; playing everything himself, recorded at home this is a suite of songs that look backwards for inspiration, yet are a new, and reinvigorating experience for Meade, being in love.  Feeling warm and fuzzy, we caught him reflecting on the terrific new record, his new found domestic bliss and time spent backing Ocean Colour Scene. Continue reading “Interview: Daniel Meade”

Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years

News from Pitchfork on our favourite furry small-to-medium-sized omnivorous mammals: “Fleet Foxes have announced four new shows at Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. They are part of Australia’s annual Vivid LIVE festival, and take place from Friday, May 26 through Monday the 29th. The band will play material from their forthcoming third LP at the festival. In conjunction with the concert announcement, frontman Robin Pecknold has shared a playlist of music that influenced him and the band while making the album. It includes tracks by Curtis Mayfield (whom he covered), Karen Dalton, Stravinsky, and more. Check it out [here]. Scroll down for Fleet Foxes’ upcoming tour itinerary.  Continue reading “Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years”

Devon Sproule announces UK Tour

Devon Sproule is amongst the finest singer-songwriters active today, with an instinctive feel for the music which frames her incredible lyrics.  There’s something of a jazz feel to her, something of a folk artist cutting a new and far more interesting path through other people’s expectations.  She can rock some too.  Devon Sproule is something special – we’ll brook no argument.  No argument.  No brooking. Continue reading “Devon Sproule announces UK Tour”

Mandy Rowden “1000 Miles” (Independent, 2017)

Sometimes some records just don’t hit the mark… and from the drab artwork  to the confusion of the songs that dwell within, that seems to be the case here. It’s a dreadful shame – given some of the names Rowden has worked with in the past, this is a record that should have presented far more in the way of highlights. This, Mandy Rowden’s second album, owes much to Lucinda Williams and a bit to Tift Merritt, but lacks the conviction of either. The songs are relatively well put together and in the most part, decently executed, but just not exciting enough. Moreover, the apocalyptic imagery of a couple of songs, notably Flood Song and No Greater Silence,  and the social commentary and ramshackle romp of 5 O’clock World are difficult to take seriously. Continue reading “Mandy Rowden “1000 Miles” (Independent, 2017)”

Red Rooster line-up something to crow about

One of the highlights of the UK Roots Festival season, Red Rooster, the banjo pickin’ summer festival has announced its return for the fourth year, championing “the best in Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country.” Located in the park and woodlands of Euston Hall in Suffolk, festival-goers can enjoy lip-smacking authentic ribs and soul food by a campfire under the stars, or get down to the raucous sounds radiating from the woodland’s main stage venue. The full line-up (so far):  Continue reading “Red Rooster line-up something to crow about”

Israel Nash, The Islington, London, 22nd February 2017

Israel Nash is on tour opening for Band of Horses, but this was a night off and an opportunity to play if not quite a secret gig then at the least an incredibly intimate one. The Islington is not such a big pub, and the performance space is tiny – a capacity of sixty or so perhaps, and not surprisingly it was sold out. Tonight was to be a duo performance – Israel Nash on acoustic guitars and Eric Swanson adding waves of the most perfect pedal steel. Who needs a band ? Continue reading “Israel Nash, The Islington, London, 22nd February 2017”