Cosmic cowboy and Americana-uk favourite Aaron Lee Tasjan has a new single out and a excellent and suitably left field video to accompany it.
Every festival, everywhere, delivers a special moment or two, things that it will be remembered for in years to come. This year’s Cambridge Folk Festival was no different, with two hugely significant moments.
The first was the sad death of Joan Woollard a few days before the start of the festival. The widow of Ken Woollard, who started the festival back in 1965 and was its director until his death in 1993, she was a huge folk music fan and hugely instrumental in helping Ken establish and run it. A round of applause from the crowd on Saturday night in the main stage marquee and a lower key singaround by Ken’s commemorative bench on Sunday were fitting tributes.
The second took place on Friday, when the entire main stage bill was female, as were the comperes. No tokenism here, the artistic ability and commercial clout of all nine acts meant that their slots were completely merited. There has been much debate about female musicians, or rather the lack of them, on festival bills generally and Cambridge showed that in its 52nd year it can still show the way to other events in any genre and the programmer, Bev Burton, deserves massive props. Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, 27-30 July 2017”
Australian legend Paul Kelly’s new album, Life Is Fine, is out on August 11th, and this is the first single taken from it, accompanied by an ever so slightly strange video…
And Friday’s retro slot is this week filled by something that’s only six years old but with singer Yola Carter gaining increased recognition for her solo work it seems appropriate to look at her first band and listen to this great song.
Sometimes you need a bit of weird and this great video is certainly that, and Johnny Dango’s song is proper laidback cosmic American music and we need more of that too.
Taken from his latest album, Always Be True, out now on the fine Clubhouse Records, comes this thoughtful piece, replete with plenty of steel guitar, which is of course always a good thing.
From his forthcoming new album, Beast Epic, due on August 25th, comes this excellent song and an equally excellent video.
From her new album The Beautiful And The Actual, this is the gorgeous voice of Rosie Hood with a powerful song about migrants and displacement.
And Friday’s retro slot is filled by Neil Young, live in San Francisco in 1986. No further explanation needed.
From their eponymous debut album, our on October 20th The Strange Ble Dreams release this great mash-up of surf guitar, folk noir and old time. It’s brilliant!