The Waterboys are back with a new album, single – Listen

The Waterboys have announced the release of a new album ‘Where The Action Is’ which comes out in the UK on May 24th via Cooking Vinyl. Its title is apparently inspired by the chorus of Robert Parker’s 1960s mod / northern soul classic ‘Let’s Go Baby’, and the track’s update of the Parker classic – … Continue reading “The Waterboys are back with a new album, single – Listen”

The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017

Mike Scott’s Scottish folk legends (and we don’t use that word lightly) The Waterboys have signed to BMG Records and will release a brand-new studio album later in the year. Further details will be announced soon, but in the meantime the band have announced a series of dates for October across the UK (plus one … Continue reading “The Waterboys announce UK dates for autumn 2017”

New double Waterboys album lands in September

The Waterboys will release their new studio double album “Out Of All This Blue” on September 8th, their first for BMG Records who they recently signed with. Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo the album will be available on (wait for this…) Double CD and Double Vinyl, plus Deluxe Triple CD … Continue reading “New double Waterboys album lands in September”

Black Deer add Robert Plant’s band to their line up

Black Deer Festival’s line up for 2020 is already looking good, having as they do Wilco, The Waterboys, The Dead South, Courtney Marie Andrews and The Felice Brothers all playing over the course of the weekend, and they’ve just announced some additions including Shooter Jennings, Imelda May, Wildwood Kin, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the … Continue reading “Black Deer add Robert Plant’s band to their line up”

Matt McGinn “Lessons of War” (Binlid Records)

If there were an award given for the most earnest album of the year, then ‘Lessons of War’ by Matt McGinn would be a shoo-in. For his fourth record, the Irish singer-songwriter has collaborated with musicians from war-affected areas around the world on a 10-track collection of protest songs. The project, which took three years … Continue reading “Matt McGinn “Lessons of War” (Binlid Records)”

Karine Polwart, The Barbican, London, 27th November 2019

Karine Polwart came to The Barbican to showcase her latest album ‘Scottish Songbook’ which consists of re-imagined songs by Scottish pop artists – using the term pop quite loosely – of the last fifty years. The album (available on Vinyl, CD and, yes, even cassette, at all good Merch stalls) came out of a show … Continue reading “Karine Polwart, The Barbican, London, 27th November 2019”

Noble Jacks + Jake Morrell, The Black Heart, Camden, London, 29th November 2019

The penultimate night of an extensive UK tour has Sussex-based band Noble Jacks headlining at a bustling, sold out and very enthusiastic Black Heart. If there’s a niche for ‘power folk’ then the band seem prime candidates for that category. They have also thrown ‘BrAmericana’ into the descriptive mix. If we mention that their recent … Continue reading “Noble Jacks + Jake Morrell, The Black Heart, Camden, London, 29th November 2019”

What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?

More of our popular feature “What Is This…?” now folks. This time US based writer Steven Rafferty spills the beans on his big man’s old console or even his system’s console big man or even his old man’s console system (big). Whatever, we are fairly sure that pedestals are involved and he was a one … Continue reading “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?”

Black Deer 2020 announces Wilco as headliner

Black Deer Festival have announced their first names for next year’s festival and the line-up is already something of a mic drop moment, including as it does The Waterboys, Canadian folk and bluegrass ensemble The Dead South, Grammy-nominated folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, Arizona’s Courtney Marie Andrews, New York natives The Felice Brothers and … Continue reading “Black Deer 2020 announces Wilco as headliner”

The Orphan Brigade “To The Edge Of The World” (Independent, 2019)

The Orphan Brigade make location albums. The first in a haunted Kentucky mansion, the second in medieval Italian caves. Now comes the third, written and recorded on the wild Co. Antrim coast in Northern Ireland. This choice was led by band member Ben Glover, who was born in the village of Glenarm. The method was, … Continue reading “The Orphan Brigade “To The Edge Of The World” (Independent, 2019)”