Rufus Wainwright UK Summer Tour just announced

Photo: Matthew Welch

Scion of the musically prolific Wainwright family,  Rufus has revealed himself to be perhaps the most musically diverse of them all.   His eight studio albums include the landmark Want One, his classic Grammy nominated album Rufus Does Judy was recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006. He performed that show in the UK at the Palladium in 2007 and later for two nights at the Royal Opera House in 2011. And then there’s his opera Prima Donna which premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2009. Continue reading “Rufus Wainwright UK Summer Tour just announced”

Listen to The Low Anthem’s new album in full via NPR

NPR music tend to stream some amazing stuff these days and the new album from The Low Anthem is no exception, although it may well surprise you.  They report: “I can’t think of another album that sounds quite like The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea. Not in title, not in sound. Oh, there are familiar song structures and vocal harmonies. But hearing this record brought me back to the night I learned of the accident: a crashed van, strewn and broken gear, and how lucky they were to all be alive. That’s when it all clicked. Continue reading “Listen to The Low Anthem’s new album in full via NPR”

Track Premiere: Simon D James “Dearest Lovely World”

Brighton based singer-songwriter Simon D James has a global vision, and his debut single Dearest Lovely World was written whilst he was volunteering in the Calais refugee camps.  This experience led him to recognise that “regardless of colour or creed we are all bound together by the common threads of love, loss and the need to find community in an ever more fractured world”.

Interview: William Bell

As the Americana world expands almost daily in terms of what its defining characteristics are, we are seeing musicians and artists from the likes of the blues and soul arenas crossing over more and more. William Bell, practically a household name in that world produced 2017’s Grammy-winning Americana Album Of The Year with his excellent ‘This is Where I Live.’  AUK’s Iain Patience catches up with the elderly soul statesman.   Continue reading “Interview: William Bell”

The President Lincoln “Pilgrims and Aliens” (Nine Mile Records, 2018)

The Gaffer generally, and understandably, prefers reviews to not be written in first person. I suppose the prospect of being even partly responsible for unearthing another Everett True would actually be a burden too heavy for even the shoulders of the broadest human, but this review is contingent on me being able to say this. I don’t like Placebo star Brian Molko’s voice. Don’t know a thing about him, could well be a good egg so good luck and all the rest of it to him. But that voice. No. So you see, I can’t make these observations the site’s observation. Continue reading “The President Lincoln “Pilgrims and Aliens” (Nine Mile Records, 2018)”

Mavis Staples has UK dates in June & July

Following on from her latest Jeff Tweedy produced album If All I Was Was Black and then touring with Bob Dylan the legendary Mavis Staples has announced a handful of European dates for 2018, including two nights back-to-back at London’s vaunted Union Chapel.  The album was released in the Autumn of 2017 to much critical acclaim and late night appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Later… with Jools Holland and most recently a Martin Luther King Jr. Day performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Track Premier: Jesse Terry “Mr Blue Sky”

Jesse Terry has a brand new album coming out, hot on the heels of last September’s ‘Stargazer’.  It’s an album of duets with female artists including: Dar Williams / Sarah Darling / Erin Rae/ Kim Richey & more.  This track premier is taken from that album – a cover of  Jeff Lynne’s Mr Blue Sky. Explaining why he chose this track Jesse has said “Mr Blue Sky is one of those rare songs that can instantly turn my day around, and change the way I view the world. To me, the song feels like emerging from sadness and embracing the light in a spirited rejoice: “Mister Blue Sky, please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long, where did we go wrong?”…when you change the tempo and instrumentation, everything feels different – and that gorgeous melody and lyric takes on a new life and meaning. I think that’s the mark of a truly great song”. Jesse Terry is on tour in the UK in April.

Will Varley, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 9th February 2018

It’s taken Will Varley nearly 15 years to cross Shepherds Bush Green, from where he used to play at Ginglik (a venue in a converted Edwardian public toilet at the other end of the roundabout) to the Shepherds Bush Empire, a venue he would pass walking home after playing there. Tonight Varley took to the Empire stage on his own with just his acoustic guitar and launched into ‘As For My Soul‘ and received an immediate response from the enthusiastic crowd with a sing-a-long on his first song of the evening. Continue reading “Will Varley, Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 9th February 2018”