Deep within the rustbelt, May Erlewine has written her 20th release to date bringing another slice of Big Rapids to the international stage. A multi-instrumentalist with soul, the daughter of Allmusic founder Michael Erlewine, and a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, May is all about independent Michigan. The rustbelt is often overlooked as a … Continue reading “May Erlewine “Second Sight” (Earthwork, 2019)”
Now this is a powerful song. Written in support of the Me Too movement, and in particular Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it’s timely and important. It’s out as a single and will also be on her May’s next album due next year. Great video too.
AUK kicked off our Celtic Connections itinerary this year in the hallowed portals of an old church situated on the outskirts of The Barras, a once thriving open-air market place and home to the legendary Barrowlands Ballroom. St. Luke’s doesn’t have the cachet of The Barrowlands but it proved to be a fine venue for … Continue reading “The Mammals + May Erlewine @Celtic Connections. St Luke’s, Glasgow,18th January 2019”
34 year old May Erlewine is from Big Rapids, Michigan who remarkably has over 15 albums of original work to her name since the beginning of her career which was in the early 2000s although on occasion she has released work under the name of Daisy May. An undoubted talent she is a multi-instrumentalist as … Continue reading “May Erlewine “Mother Lion” (Independent, 2017)”
Now this is very good indeed, a life-affirming song with gospel overtones and a powerful message from May Erlewine, who’s one third of The Sweet Water Warblers and has released more than a dozen solo albums. It’s taken from her latest, Mother Lion, out in the UK on November 1st.
So here we are again. If the word “poll” is still making you break out in cold sweats, this will hopefully be cathartic before the year is out. We should have actually started counting the number of years we’ve done this – From recollection, in our first readers poll, the winner of best new act … Continue reading “Here are the results of 2019’s Americana UK readers poll!”
An extra video today from New York outfit The Mammals, playing a beautiful live version of Jay Ungar’s classic piece. The Mammal’s fiddler is his daughter Ruthy. The band are playing at Celtic Connections on Friday at St. Luke’s with the wonderful May Erlewine also on the bill. If you’re anyway near Glasgow you should … Continue reading “Video: The Mammals “Ashokan Farewell””
Glasgow’s annual celebration of roots and traditional music from around the globe opens for business this Thursday and then proceeds for the next three weeks with over 300 events scheduled to take place. Always a highlight of the cultural calendar it’s the largest festival of its type in the world showcasing world music, folk, roots, … Continue reading “Celtic Connections kicks off this week”
Wow! These ladies can really sing. The quality of the harmony work on all the tracks on this EP is just outstanding. Hailing from Michigan, the Sweet Water Warblers are Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou and May Erlewine, three women who had already forged independent reputations on the American Roots circuit, they came together at a … Continue reading “The Sweet Water Warblers “With You” (SweetWaterWarblers, 2017)”
Perhaps due to their previous encounter with Celtic music culture via their attendance at The Shetland Island Folk Festival in 2015 Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys approached their first Celtic Connections with some fervour. Their sold out show on the third night of this year’s festival was actually their third appearance having performed at Thursday’s … Continue reading “Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys @Celtic Connections with Louise Bichan. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow: 21st January 2017”