House Above The Sun “Time I Got Going” (Independent, 2020)

The London five piece’s second EP release opens with the glorious, propulsive ‘Trains’. Hanging on a repeated guitar phrase the song is brimming with ideas and excitement from the layered West Coast sound through to the delightful harmonies and breezy vocals – think The Fernweh or even Gerry Rafferty and you’ll be in the right … Continue reading “House Above The Sun “Time I Got Going” (Independent, 2020)”

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”

Judy Collins – Union Chapel, London, 20th January 2020

Before Judy Collins took the stage there was a detailed announcement that this was to be a gig where the use of cameras, phone cameras, Ipad cameras, and all other recording devices were requested to not be used – for the greater enjoyment of the music – not only by the rest of the audience … Continue reading “Judy Collins – Union Chapel, London, 20th January 2020”

The Slocan Ramblers announce 15 date UK/Ireland tour

Canadian Bluegrass band The Slocan Ramblers are on a bit of a roll – having picked up a Juno Award nomination for their latest album ‘Queen City Jubilee‘ and another nomination for a coveted Momentum Award for Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).  How have they achieved this?  Well -by … Continue reading “The Slocan Ramblers announce 15 date UK/Ireland tour”

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”