Christian and the 2120s “Wellknown Strangers” (Independent, 2018)

The founding member, songwriter, singer and guitar player Christian Smedström got the 2120s together back in 2010, since when there has already been three full albums and a clutch of EPs from this Swedish band. With a fluid line-up over the years, with Christian as the focal point, the current band is filled out with … Continue reading “Christian and the 2120s “Wellknown Strangers” (Independent, 2018)”

Album premiere: The Heart Hunters “American Eclipse”

Just like the buses, we have no album premieres for weeks and then two come along in the one day, and this is rather ace. Heart Hunters is Drew de Man’s new project with his wife, singer/songwriter Brianna Blackbird (surely one of the loveliest names on the planet earth) and their new album ‘American Eclipse’ is produced … Continue reading “Album premiere: The Heart Hunters “American Eclipse””

Doghouse Roses + John Alexander + Mandulu & Hephzibah, @Celtic Connections, The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, 21st January 2018

From the quiet dignity of a church to the crammed basement of a West End bar for tonight’s Celtic Connections show. A sold out show for Doghouse Roses, the Scottish duo of Paul Tasker and Iona MacDonald who can be considered as our version of Gillian Welch and David Rawling, a similar combination of a … Continue reading “Doghouse Roses + John Alexander + Mandulu & Hephzibah, @Celtic Connections, The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, 21st January 2018”

Matthew Squires “Tambaleo” (Already Dead Tapes, 2017)

Many a great musician has come out of Austin, Texas. It has historically offered up many left field artists and provided an outlet for music that might otherwise not have seen the light of day. So, Matthew Squires joins a long list of singer-songwriters using that base to get their music heard. His music has … Continue reading “Matthew Squires “Tambaleo” (Already Dead Tapes, 2017)”