Dirty Dozen: Molly’s Kiss

Molly’s Kiss is a folk band,  lost in the middle of France, composed of a guitar, an accordion, two voices and the will to give simple and catchy songs. Folk melodies, rock energy and generosity! Molly’s Kiss doesn’t like to beat around the bush and cuts to the chase – honest, genuine, human. Terribly human.

 Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years?
We’re a folk band, based in Clermont-Ferrand, a city lost in the middle of France. The band is composed of vocalist Madeline Besson, accordionist Alexandre Tobie, and me, Nicolas Rozier, as vocalist and guitarist. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Molly’s Kiss”

The Turtles swim free again

May 2017 has seen many peculiar events popping up in the news, an almost daily dose of incredulity. Here comes another one. Somewhat unheralded Edsel Records have re-issued deluxe expanded versions of all six original albums by The Turtles. Yes indeed – It ain’t me Babe, You Baby and Happy Together all as mono and stereo versions, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands and Turtle Soup with a disc of bonus tracks and the final, post break up release, Wooden Head has some more unused tracks added to it. Continue reading “The Turtles swim free again”

Andrew Combs, London Borderline, 9th May 2017

Sixty seconds into show opener Rose Colored Blues and the famously hard to please Borderline feet were tapping. Quite an achievement for an Americana songsmith faced with a London crowd of semi-interested drinkers with a copy of Time Out in one hand and a pint of Pride in the other, but Andrew Combs cuts through mediocrity. There were certain factors on his side tonight for sure. The sound was as smooth as his Southern drawl. From my location at the bar it sounded like a band which blended together like a fine single malt. Continue reading “Andrew Combs, London Borderline, 9th May 2017”

My Darling Clementine still testifying – New album and tour dates

Husband and wife team, Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish – My Darling Clementine – continue to forge ahead with their celebration of the classic country duets of the sixties and seventies with their fourth album, Still Testifying, which is due out in June. Continue reading “My Darling Clementine still testifying – New album and tour dates”

John Smith “Headlong” (BARP Records, 2017)

John Smith has been lauded as one to watch for some time now, attracting effusive praise from peers and press alike. He has opened for the likes of John Martyn and John Renbourn, guested with Jackson Browne and Rodney Crowell, and played sessions alongside David Gray and Joan Baez. Headlong is John’s fifth album, and the impressive rollcall continues, as he employs Cara Dillon on backing vocals and Sam Lakeman both plays and produces.

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Argyll Gathering is new Scottish Festival

Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event celebrating the best of music, culture and the arts opening its doors August 19th – 20th 2017 in the stunning setting of Helensburgh, some thirty miles outside Glasgow. The event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music, local food and drink and feature interactive workshops.  Artists confirmed so far include the former lead singer of one of Scotland’s most celebrated groups, Runrig‘s Donnie Munro, who will be performing live with a full band. Continue reading “Argyll Gathering is new Scottish Festival”

Eric Ambel “Lakeside” (Last Chance Records / At The Helm Records, 2017)

Serial collaborator and producer Eric Ambel returns with his first solo record in over a decade. “Lakeside”, supposedly named after Ambel’s favourite former boozer, delivers ten tracks that would feel right at home in any dive where the floorboards are seasoned with spilled beer and the pool tables’ resale value ruined by cigarette damage. Continue reading “Eric Ambel “Lakeside” (Last Chance Records / At The Helm Records, 2017)”

Tildon Krautz bring their “Anti-rational Rabbit Folk” to the UK in June

The ever so slightly eccentric Tildon Krautz, a French based band who offer bluegrass, folk, jazz and blues all wrapped up (on their albums) in homemade collages and artwork that one reviewer likened to “Hieronymous Bosch meets Monty Python in Yellow Submarine land,” embark on a lengthy schedule of intimate shows starting on June 7th. Americana UK rated their 2014 album, No. 2 or Blumen Schmarren, 8/10 commenting that band leader Gregg Weiss “manages to write songs that sound as old as the hills.” Continue reading “Tildon Krautz bring their “Anti-rational Rabbit Folk” to the UK in June”