Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: My Girl The River

Lockdown continues.  Although we’re apart, we’re all in this together.  One of the things music lovers are missing is the opportunity to go out and see live shows.  To help make up for that, we are regularly posting ‘mini-gigs’ recorded at home by great artists.  Today, we bring you two songs from My Girl The River, both taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Cardinal in the Snow’, due out on 1st May.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: My Girl The River”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Dean Owens

We are all having to find new ways to live and cope in the age of social distancing.  There are such barriers to our natural instinct to socialise.  but as Dean Owens sings: “Let’s all get together from a distance // Help each other through this, you and I.”  That’s what we’re aiming to do with our series of exclusive mini-gigs. And this is a real treat.  Owens is in fine form on this new song about the current crisis.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Dean Owens”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Madison Cunningham

Here at AUK, we are posting regular ‘mini-gigs’ – a chance for you to see live performances from great artists while being socially distant from them.  These little connections keep us going, folks.  For today’s instalment, we have a home-recording of Madison Cunningham singing ‘Last Boat to Freedom’: “…from my living room to yours.”  Cunningham’s debut album, ‘Who Are You Now’, was nominated for the ‘Best Americana Album’ Grammy this year.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Madison Cunningham”

AUK Mini-Gig: Paul McClure

We’ll end a week of mini-gigs with ‘Unremarkable Me’ by Paul McClure.  This song was recorded in one take by McClure as part of his ‘House Music Sessions’ at 6:00am before the children were awake because, during this period of isolation, that’s the only moment of calm and peace in the day! It’s taken from the 2016 album, ‘Songs For Anyone’. ‘Unremarkable Me’ was written for McClure’s wife. Continue reading “AUK Mini-Gig: Paul McClure”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Phil Hooley

We continue our series of mini-gigs with the wonderfully characterful voice of Phil Hooley.  Through these exclusive recordings, we hope to connect music lovers with some great live performances, something to enjoy and to create links with the outside world during this period of isolation.  Not only do we get Hooley singing ‘Pour Me a Drink’ (something many of us can relate to at the moment), we also get Millie the Mule at her first gig!  We have published quite a few mini-gigs but this is our first outdoor show.  Check out Hooley’s forthcoming album, ‘Songs From the Back Room’.

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Caitlin Cannon

Times are strange and challenging but we hope to lift the gloom a little with our series of mini-gigs. Our aim is to help everyone feel a little more connected to the world out there.  During this period of enforced isolation, readers and listeners may be able to relate to ‘Deliver’, the recent single from Caitlin Cannon and the first of the songs she has recorded for this exclusive mini-gig.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Caitlin Cannon”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Bandits on the Run

Making a connection from isolation: that’s what it’s all about.  Our series of mini-gigs give you the chance to see great artists perform great music, all from the comfort of your home.  Today’s mini-gig comes from Bandits on the Run, who were touring together and on their way to South by Southwest when everyone began socially isolating.  At least this means that they can continue to make music together.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Bandits on the Run”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ali Holder

We are on a mission to bring you great music – reaching out from artists’ homes to yours.  The songs are coming to you from some distance (Texas in this case) but there’s no social distancing here.  Today’s mini-gig is brought to you by Ali holder.  Known for her impassioned vocals, Holder’s music is perfect for an intimate, stripped backed gig like this. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ali Holder”

AUK Mini-Gig Tribute: Luke Sital-Singh Sings John Prine

This morning we woke to the news that John Prine had died due to complications arising from Covid-19.  Prine is so revered for his song-writing and story-telling that many feel devastated by his passing and there has been a huge response from the music community, led by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and Sturgill Simpson.  At this time of deepest sadness, our thoughts are with his family and close friends.  Prine leaves a wonderful legacy: both a body of work that will live on and huge numbers of artists influenced by his songs. Continue reading “AUK Mini-Gig Tribute: Luke Sital-Singh Sings John Prine”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ron Pope

We are delighted to share another exclusive ‘mini-gig’ to help keep the music coming in these strange times.  Sharing great artists performing their songs is one small way we can help connect you to the outside world.  On this occasion, it’s also a way to save Ron Pope from baking and turtle videos for a little while!  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Ron Pope”