Katie Rose “Beginnings” – Listen

Beginnings‘ is a big piano-led ballad, with layers and layers of sound building it up, but take an ear to the lyrics and it’s clear that Katie Rose’s new single is not some lightweight love song.  It’s about the journey into depression – “If you don’t know where to start and it’s breaking your heart and this isn’t what you planned” – and it proffers a hand of friendship and understanding.


Karine Polwart unveils her Scottish Songbook and UK dates

Karine Polwart is well known for her contributions to folk music – she has after all won six BBC Folk Awards and was 2018’s singer of the year.  Her newest project has an interesting slant on popular song, and particularly the popular song of Scotland.  With her band, Karine Polwart has re-imagined and reshaped a host of songs originally by artists such as the not surprising John Martyn to the rather less obvious choices of Chvrches and Biffy Clyro. Continue reading “Karine Polwart unveils her Scottish Songbook and UK dates”

Will Hoge announces summer UK dates

Will Hoge has announced a limited run of UK tour dates in Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester, and London from tomorrow until 12th of July. The Nashville singer-songwriter has received critical praise for his latest album ‘My American Dream’, (Rolling Stone naming it as one of the Best Albums of 2018) which came out last October via EDLO/Thirty Tigers in the UK. It’s described as “the fiercest, angriest, and most heartfelt collection of songs he’s released… Eight songs of rabble-rousing political commentary that turns a critical eye on the crisis of conscience and culture threatening to tear apart his country, the album is Hoge’s impassioned portrait of what he holds dear — and what we all might risk losing.”  Continue reading “Will Hoge announces summer UK dates”

Daniel Norgren “Wooh Dang” (Superpuma Records, 2019)

The opening to ‘Wooh Dang‘, Swedish musician Daniel Norgren’s eighth record, drifts dreamily into focus. With a mixture of birds and ambient nature sounds, as well as strange sci-fi noises, it sounds like a BBC sound effect archive mash-up. Then, somewhere in the background, Norgren’s high pitched vocal and guitar playing seep in. Before you know it you’re snapped into the next track, ‘The Flow‘, and pulled along into this sun-soaked dream river of an album.

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Cambridge Folk Festival announce single use plastic ban

It’s less than a month now before the Cambridge Folk Festival opens its gates and this year it features Iron & Wine with Calexico, Lucinda Williams, Graham Nash and The Rails amongst its array of folk and roots luminaries.  Already one of the greenest festivals going – the campsites are invariably spotless after people have left on the Monday – and winner of a number of green festival awards, for 2019 there will be a ban on single-use plastic so bring a reusable water bottle if you’re going.  Americana UK will be there as usual – we wouldn’t miss it for the world.  A few tickets are still available: check out all the details here. Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival announce single use plastic ban”

Fruit Bats “Gold Past Life” (Merge Records, 2019)

Essentially a vehicle for Eric D. Johnson, a sometime member of The Shins, Fruit Bats deliver their first album for Merge Records with a fizzy, at times sugary, flourish. The 11 songs here are bathed in a nostalgic wash with Johnson inhabiting the summery breezes of those classic songwriters who delivered their wares in highly structured units. Thus, there are whiffs of Todd Rundgren, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and even the brothers Gibb secreted within the globs of synthesised pop laid down here although they are leavened with some cosmic country pedal steel stylings. Continue reading “Fruit Bats “Gold Past Life” (Merge Records, 2019)”

The Hollywood Freeway Ghosts “Flying” – Listen

Gordon Tichell formed The Hollywood Freeway Ghosts when he moved from LA to Luxembourg, the band name coming from a song title he’d written for a band that broke up before he could get them to play it.  ‘Flying‘ comes from the EP ‘On the Way’ which eclectically mixes a synthesizer-infused instrumental, some guitar-infused alt-rock, and some splashes of jazz and Americana.  Don’t panic though as ‘Flying‘ is somewhere between Tom Petty and Andrew Gold.

Curse of Lono announce new album, UK dates

We leave you this weekend dear reader with news of London americana maestros Curse of Lono who describe their sound as “Cinematic Southern Gothic Alt Rock” and have a new single out which you can peruse below. It’s taken from their album due a week today, ‘4am And Counting’, which consists of 11 mellow, rootsier versions of tracks from the band’s first two albums. The record features guest appearances from pedal steel player BJ Cole, and harmonica player Nick Reynolds. And there are some UK dates to peruse below. Don’t be cursed. Have a good one!

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