The Sheepdogs + Creatures, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 18th June 2019

The Sheepdogs may hail from Saskatoon, Canada but it’s clear that their musical roots lay much further south – The Allman Brothers and the whole early seventies ‘southern rock’ scene based around Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia are clear reference points. However, The Sheepdogs are no revivalists. Like their forebears, their sound is guitar-based rock … Continue reading “The Sheepdogs + Creatures, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 18th June 2019”

The Sheepdogs, The Borderline, London, November 5th 2018

When The Borderline is full, you really know it and it’s full tonight and even in its new and shiny configuration it’s as hot and sweaty as it ever was.  Even the support, the psych-rock three piece The Good Water, had a good crowd as they rattled through a set of cryptically worded songs and … Continue reading “The Sheepdogs, The Borderline, London, November 5th 2018”

The Sheepdogs change colours across the UK – June

Down boy!  Quadruple Juno Award-winning Canadian quintet The Sheepdogs were described by Uncut as sounding like “Badfinger picking up The Flying Burrito Brothers’ bar tab” and they have today announced a string of UK shows throughout June and July, including a headline set at Borderline, London on June 29th. News of the dates arrive following the band’s recent sell-out UK tour … Continue reading “The Sheepdogs change colours across the UK – June”

The Sheepdogs, The Lexington, London, 11th April 2018

A place of which it was once said: “Saskatoon’s got nothing but hookers and hockey players,” the northern Canadian outpost of only around 300,000 denizens is now  shaking off any past negative association with a seemingly unstoppable array of creative musical talent emerging from the city recently,  whether that be The Deep Dark Woods, Colter … Continue reading “The Sheepdogs, The Lexington, London, 11th April 2018”

Review: Black Deer Festival 2019, Eridge Park, Sussex

Update: Apologies for getting the county wrong originally. That’s Northerners writing reviews on Southern events for you. It’s difficult to be interested in americana in 2019 and not feel in some way political – even with a small p. Black Deer, an americana and country festival held in the stunning setting of Eridge Park in … Continue reading “Review: Black Deer Festival 2019, Eridge Park, Sussex”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Interview: Black Deer Festival’s Gill Tee and Debs Shilling

One of the most exciting events this year for the world of Americana in the UK takes place towards the end of next month. Black Deer is basically everything you want from a festival – frighteningly good artists such as Jason Isbell and Iron & Wine that fall just the right side of cool (i.e. … Continue reading “Interview: Black Deer Festival’s Gill Tee and Debs Shilling”