GospelbeacH + The Swells, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 27th February 2020

2019 was a mixed year for GospelbeacH. Their fourth album ‘Let It Burn’ was released to critical acclaim in October, just two months after the death of Neal Casal, whose exquisite guitar playing is one of the features of the record. Tonight, GospelbeacH main man Brent Rademaker paid tribute to Casal with some warm words … Continue reading “GospelbeacH + The Swells, Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 27th February 2020”

First Aid Kit pay tribute to David Berman with two songs

Sweden’s First Aid Kit have paid a terrific tribute to Silver Jews frontman David Berman who died earlier this month with two new recordings: one is a cover of the Silver Jews classic ‘Random Rules’ from the ‘American Water’ album (with possibly the best opening line to a song ever) and they’ve also recorded an … Continue reading “First Aid Kit pay tribute to David Berman with two songs”

Lucy Kitt “Stand By” (Wineberry Records, 2019)

Lucy Kitt has been writing and performing music as an independent artist for the last decade, and her experience really shines through on ‘Stand By,’ her debut record, which is a showcase for her consummate musicianship. Kitt first gained exposure by making it to the semi-final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk awards in 2006, … Continue reading “Lucy Kitt “Stand By” (Wineberry Records, 2019)”

The Frank Burkitt Band “Raconteur” (Independent, 2018)

A Scot, making Americana music out of New Zealand – and making a fine job of it too! It says much for this genre of music that it can take a lot of diverse influences and still retain its core sound and appeal. In 2014 Burkitt and his partner, Kara Filbey, relocated from Edinburgh, Scotland … Continue reading “The Frank Burkitt Band “Raconteur” (Independent, 2018)”

Kim Richey, Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham, 19 June 2018

“I normally have my roadies do this” quips Kim Richey as she arrives and fumbles with her guitar lead, setting the tone for an intimate, folksy evening more akin to being in a friend’s living room than a music venue, even one as warm and small as the Café. The audience are largely long term … Continue reading “Kim Richey, Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham, 19 June 2018”

Terry Kitchen “The Quiet Places” (Independent, 2017)

Terry Kitchen is a decidedly old-fashioned, storytelling folkie. He’s been plying his trade around New England for a quarter of century, so it’s safe to say he should know what he’s doing by now. Well-written, poignant and sometimes witty songs are delivered with confidence, backed by a handful of musicians adding dobro, trumpet and mandolin with … Continue reading “Terry Kitchen “The Quiet Places” (Independent, 2017)”

First Aid Kit post new track from next album – Listen

The one time in life that a first aid kit is a good sign is when it’s the name of a Swedish band, and so rejoice on a Friday afternoon as Rolling Stone report: “For First Aid Kit, the angelic-sounding Swedish sister duo, life experience has brought them a more urgent connection to artists that … Continue reading “First Aid Kit post new track from next album – Listen”

First Aid Kit “It’s a Shame” – Listen

Swedish folkericana duo First Aid Kit have released a new single taken from their forthcoming as yes untitled album which they talked to Paste about: “We went to Los Angeles last spring and spent five weeks there writing. It was a tough time for the both of us. We were in this beautiful, sunny place but … Continue reading “First Aid Kit “It’s a Shame” – Listen”

Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)

Lucy Kitchen’s songs are intimate in that they are often love songs, and the performances and backing are closely arranged around her voice, which is a thing of some beauty. It is the voice that dominates; the songs of loss like Searching for Land or He is Lost to Me suit her perfectly. In atmosphere … Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Sun To My Moon” (Bohemia Rose Records 2017)”

Lucy Kitchen “Lovers in Blue” – Listen

This is absolutely lovely. “Sun to My Moon” is the second studio album from Lucy Kitchen, a journey spanning fragile stripped back confessionals to Americana, to psychedelic-tinged harmony laden anthems. It’s out September 1st and this particular track from it features some gorgeous strings and more than a nod towards Sandy Denny.  Catch her on … Continue reading “Lucy Kitchen “Lovers in Blue” – Listen”