The Mammals + May Erlewine @Celtic Connections. St Luke’s, Glasgow,18th January 2019

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”

Video: The Mammals “Ashokan Farewell”

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””

The Mammals “Sunshiner” (Humble Abode Music, 2018)

This album of fully instrumented folk is joyous, hopeful and highly political. An earlier incarnation of the group was active in the early 2000s but then took a nine-year break. The impetus for its return was, according to the band’s publicity material, ‘November 2016’ – a reference to the election of Donald Trump as U.S. … Continue reading “The Mammals “Sunshiner” (Humble Abode Music, 2018)”

Celtic Connections kicks off this week

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”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”

Fleet Foxes share new song (or a bit of one) – Listen

News from Pitchfork this morning on our favourite mammals the Tories are proposing to rip limb from limb once again because hey, if you can’t hunt the proletariat down a fox will have to do. They report (Pitchfork, not the Tories): “Fleet Foxes are gearing up to release their next studio album, Crack-Up, which arrives June … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes share new song (or a bit of one) – Listen”

Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years

News from Pitchfork on our favourite furry small-to-medium-sized omnivorous mammals: “Fleet Foxes have announced four new shows at Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. They are part of Australia’s annual Vivid LIVE festival, and take place from Friday, May 26 through Monday the 29th. The band will play material from their forthcoming third LP at the festival. In conjunction … Continue reading “Fleet Foxes to play first new music in 5 years”