Marry Waterson & Emily Barker “Twister” – Listen

Marry Waterson is, of course, part of that seemingly ever expanding Waterson-Carthy English folk dynasty, whilst Emily Barker is the Australian folky singer-songwriter who also dabbles in country, jazz, blues and other genres.  Together they make for an intriguing blend of voices, as demonstrated on their album ‘A Window to Other Ways‘.  ‘Twister‘ describes an … Continue reading “Marry Waterson & Emily Barker “Twister” – Listen”

Video: Maz O’Connor “San Francisco”

Now this is quietly beautiful, with a great video by Marry Waterson too.  It’s the new single from acclaimed singer-songwriter/folkie Maz O’Connor, taken from her latest album ‘Chosen Daughter’, out on October 25th, and tells the story of her great aunt moving from Ireland to San Francisco when she was only 16 to become a … Continue reading “Video: Maz O’Connor “San Francisco””

Topic Records 80th Birthday Party, The Barbican, London, 7th June 2019

At 80 years of age Topic Records is the world’s oldest Independent Record label – and if it hasn’t been called Topic for the whole of that time there is at least a good continuity all the way back to the first recording by the Workers Music Association. In 1939 they released ‘The man who … Continue reading “Topic Records 80th Birthday Party, The Barbican, London, 7th June 2019”

Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line up

Now in their third year, The Ramblin’ Roots Revue, one of the UK’s biggest weekends of Americana, roots and alt-country music (and there are a few of them now) have announced their line up which includes 40 acts from the across UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and mainland Europe. The full line up which takes place … Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue returns! Here’s the full line up”

Underneath The Stars Festival announces more acts

Kate Rusby’s delightful Underneath The Stars festival, which runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July has announced its latest wave of artists.  Edward II, a powerful English roots band that uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble; actor, songwriter, producer & theatre legend John Tams, Marry Waterson … Continue reading “Underneath The Stars Festival announces more acts”

Various Artists “The Self Preservation Society” (ECC Records/Lush 2018)

What we have here is a batch of songs from the late sixties and early seventies re-interpreted by various artists, the majority of which are most closely associated with the Nu-Folk genre. This is a real old-school style compilation album; lots of recognisable tracks covered by artists you wouldn’t usually associate with the song’s original … Continue reading “Various Artists “The Self Preservation Society” (ECC Records/Lush 2018)”