House Above The Sun “Five Hours North” (HATS Music, 2017)

HATS are a celebratory kind of a band; their music rings with the joy of making music, not the artistic struggle. The songs don’t sound like they were wrung from a tormented soul, more like they escaped like blissful bursts of inspiration. They’re an Americana band, blending most of the touchstones, corralling folk, blues, country … Continue reading “House Above The Sun “Five Hours North” (HATS Music, 2017)”

Interview: House Above The Sun

A chance encounter with the track Runaway Devil, an instantly addictive freewheelin’ guitar-led gem that literally jumped out of the speakers like some kind of flannelled maniac, led me to the London-based four-piece House Above The Sea. I soon discovered that this is a band that can both kick like a mule sonically yet charm … Continue reading “Interview: House Above The Sun”

Jon Boden, Cecil Sharp House, London, 3rd October 2017

October was kind to us – although Cecil Sharp House has many performance sized rooms this particular gig was pitched in the garden space. With the wall and trees of the garden as a fairy-light lit backdrop in the fading Autumn light, and with a bonfire lit in a large oil-drum brazier, the scene had … Continue reading “Jon Boden, Cecil Sharp House, London, 3rd October 2017”

Vetiver “To Who Knows Where” – Listen

It’s been a full four years since Andy Cabic released his last album under the Vetiver name., but at long last there’s new music coming with November’s release of  ‘Up On High‘ which will be released on Loose.  The gentle and reflective ‘To who knows where‘ is the first single and a first listen will … Continue reading “Vetiver “To Who Knows Where” – Listen”

Over the Hill Festival, Witney, Oxfordshire, 26th August, 2019

For Over The Hill’s inaugural festival you couldn’t hope for a more bucolic setting than Cogges Manor Farm. Set in the outskirts of Witney in Oxfordshire, its grounds comprise a beautiful manor house made of Cotswold stone, surrounded by common land and with farmyard animals in situ. The festival is simply but elegantly accommodated in … Continue reading “Over the Hill Festival, Witney, Oxfordshire, 26th August, 2019”

The Rails, The Lexington, London, 31 July 2019

When folk royalty such as Richard Thompson venture into the adjoining pub before this sold out show, it tends to ramp up the pressure somewhat. It’s a challenge that his daughter, the prodigiously talented Kami Thompson and her husband,  James Walbourne, seem more than ready to meet, however, as they perform an excellent show, showcasing … Continue reading “The Rails, The Lexington, London, 31 July 2019”

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

MAVERICK LAUNCH PARTY: Sam Morrow + Broken Islands + Henry Brothers, The Bedford, London, 13th June 2019

The Maverick festival is the grandaddy of UK Americana and roots shindigs. For over a decade, Maverick has been bringing the best of emerging and established acts from wherever they lay their hats to the Easton Farm Park in Suffolk, where Paul Spencer in his multiple roles as founder, host, director and general go-to-guy does … Continue reading “MAVERICK LAUNCH PARTY: Sam Morrow + Broken Islands + Henry Brothers, The Bedford, London, 13th June 2019”

Book Review: Doug Hoekstra “Unopened” (Five-Minute Books, 2019)

“In the unfinished basement past stainless steel filing cabinets, humming humidifiers and stacks of yellow magazines I reach two racks of records promised to us both; My heart can only take a few, including “Memories of a Middle-Aged Movies by the other Ray Charles, unopened, never played…. purchased at Rose Records for 77 cents, my father killing time on a 60-minute lunch hour … Continue reading “Book Review: Doug Hoekstra “Unopened” (Five-Minute Books, 2019)”