The Lumineers “Cleopatra” (Decca Records 2016)

It’s time to reevaluate any preconceived conclusions you may have drawn about the Lumineers over their tub thumping, chart topping Ho Hey past. Those halcyon days of devil may care presidential playlist fun and games were glorious indeed, but now it seems it’s time to get serious. Rather than cashing in on the neo-folk knees-up … Continue reading “The Lumineers “Cleopatra” (Decca Records 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Jessica Rhaye

Jessica Rhaye is a singer/songwriter from the east coast of Canada who recently released her 5th independent album “Song in Me”; a blend of folk / country / Americana music.   Also an established and award winning graphic design artist, Jessica’s music has been nominated for numerous song-writing awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, East … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Jessica Rhaye”

Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Celtic Connections with Roseanne Reid. Drygate, Glasgow: 20th January 2017

It was probably a given that many of the acts appearing at this year’s Celtic Connections will have a public opinion of sorts on the 45th President of The United States. No real surprise then, on the day of his inauguration, that Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra was at times angry, fiercely … Continue reading “Hurray For The Riff Raff @ Celtic Connections with Roseanne Reid. Drygate, Glasgow: 20th January 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright

“Cinematic Americana” was how someone once described Dusty Wright’s music. For a guy that loves to write, and not just music, it aptly described his vignettes of love, loss, and the mysteries of life. Darkness abounds, wonderful darkness. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dusty Wright”

Dirty Dozen: Patch and The Giant

Indie-folk quintet Patch & The Giant, release their debut album, ‘All That We Had, We Stole’, out 10th February 2017.  Produced by Nick Trepka, whose credits include Emmy The Great and Mercury Prize Winner Speech Debelle, it showcases Patch & The Giant’s eclectic take on folk music, the album having elements of indie, rock and … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Patch and The Giant”

Dirty Dozen: Corniglia

With recent reviews including, “a stunning single accompanied by an astonishing video”, “one of the most well-crafted debuts of the year”, “Endearingly sincere and wondrously imaginative.” (Happy Mag) and “pristine retro-pop, like something out of the late 60s. We are digging this.” (Power of Pop), Perth band Corniglia are causing a minor buzz with their … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Corniglia”

Dirty Dozen: Karen Jonas

Karen Jonas’s intensely personal songwriting first grabbed international attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery. Three years of non-stop touring with her guitarist Tim Bray have produced a smoldering live act that’s left audiences breathless across America, culminating in their much-anticipated sophomore release. Country Songs is a refreshing mix … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Karen Jonas”

Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire

If the Scots slang – which gives Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s “Swithering” its name – suggests any sort of indecisiveness at play, then it’s one that the band whole-heartedly embraced to help push the boundaries of what it felt capable of creating.  From the very beginning, this was a group of players eager … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire”