Billy Bragg & Joe Henry @ Celtic Connections. The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow: 26th January 2017

A bit fanciful I suppose to imagine that Bragg & Henry were taking their train theme a bit too literally tonight with the show arriving almost 40 minutes late, the pair taking to the stage after 10 pm. The reality was that the hall had hosted an earlier event, the upshot a steady stream of … Continue reading “Billy Bragg & Joe Henry @ Celtic Connections. The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow: 26th January 2017”

Ramblin’ Roots Revue 2017 announced

If you like the idea of watching quality americana while guzzling down some decent nosh and drinking yourself into oblivion, you’ll be delighted to hear about a celebration of roots, americana, folk and alt-country music which will be taking placed alongside fine beer, whisky and food held at Bucks Students’ Union’s award winning venue in … Continue reading “Ramblin’ Roots Revue 2017 announced”

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Union Chapel, London, 16th January 2017

Serendipity – it happens all the time, that accidental crossing of life’s tentative threads that seem to indicate something significant when a connection is made. Travelling in London by train one inevitably comes into contact with the free newspapers, and tonight the Standard is proclaiming the death of the £300K home. Seems there has been … Continue reading “Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Union Chapel, London, 16th January 2017”

Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone announces new album, UK dates

Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone have teamed up for their joint new album “Transatlantica” which comes out on 3rd March, uniting the pioneers of two major musical movements after decades of playing together – reggae and acid house.  OK scratch that, americana and pub rock.  The album features contributions from Butch Hancock, Gurf Morlix and Paul … Continue reading “Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone announces new album, UK dates”

Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls

And there’ll be a lot more of this to come. 3 years, 361 days and counting which might feel more bearable if you can manufacture a self-induced coma. Before you do, have a gander at the video at the end of this article if you’ve not seen it before – it’s a cracker. Billboard reports: “Fans … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls”

Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen

“For a new artist, her confident grace is all the more remarkable” – so says Pitchfork about New Zealand songwriter Nadia Reid who releases her second album Preservation in March.  “I remember recording the tracks, it was about 11 at night, and I felt almost transcendental, as if I was out of my body, singing … Continue reading “Nadia Reid releases new single, tour dates – Listen”

Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch

News from Rolling Stone Country this morning (We guess the President Elect wasn’t watching – no tweets about Sturgill anyway).  They report: “Sturgill Simpson rang in Saturday Night Live’s first episode of 2017 with high-energy, stage-shaking performances of “Keep It Between the Lines” and “Call to Arms,” two tracks off the country singer’s Album of … Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson plays SNL – Watch”

David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen

News from Uncut with one week to go until doomsday: “David Crosby has posted a new song Capitol. Crosby confirmed on Twitter he was working on “a new song about our shameful US. Congress” on January 10. The song was mixed on January 11 and uploaded onto Soundcloud earlier today (January 13). As promised, the … Continue reading “David Crosby releases new protest song online – Listen”

Bon Iver Cancel European Tour

Bad news for the first Thursday morning of 2017 sorry.  Don’t worry, Trump’s inauguration will be here before long to brighten things up.  Pitchfork report: “Bon Iver have canceled their upcoming European tour behind 22, A Million. Justin Vernon’s planned January 14 appearance on the Minnesota Public Radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” has also been canceled. … Continue reading “Bon Iver Cancel European Tour”

Dirty Dozen: When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday

Singer-songwriter Jo Mango has teamed up with an array of songwriters, academic researchers and sustainability organisations to create the When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday project. The project’s aim is to bring together academic, musical, artistic and practical knowledge to imagine a future in a more sustainable world. They have released three free download tracks along with … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday”