Pick of the Political Pops: Kesha “Woman”

We emerged briefly from the bunker this week in order to sample the air and survey the devastation left by the inclement weather. The air was clear and Americana-UK Towers was intact. Whilst out we were reminded that this week saw the annual iteration of International Women’s Day. In many ways we are quite sad … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Kesha “Woman””

Darling West “While I Was Asleep” (Jansen Records, 2018)

Norwegian country trio Darling West are on a roll. International performances, a US Country Chart Top 100 placing, over three million Spotify plays and prestigious European and American festival performances have firmly established them on an upward trajectory. A tour with Sam Outlaw, support with Lucinda Williams and a Grammy from their native Norway reflect … Continue reading “Darling West “While I Was Asleep” (Jansen Records, 2018)”

Neil Young: “Google rip off the artist community”

An interesting story which went up on Stereogum last week although is the Pope a Catholic, etc. They report:”Neil Young is no fan of multinational corporations. And in a lengthy new post on his Neil Young Archives site entitled Google And Artists, the rocker takes aim at one of the big ones. He begins by reminiscing about his 1996 … Continue reading “Neil Young: “Google rip off the artist community””

3hattrio “Lord Of The Desert” (Okehdokee Records, 2018)

Great music is often connected to the landscape it springs from and, listening to it, your imagination will immediately take you to that land. ‘Lord of the Desert’, from US folk group 3hattrio, immediately transports you to the desert lands of the Zion National Park in Utah, which this eclectic group of musicians, folklorists, artists … Continue reading “3hattrio “Lord Of The Desert” (Okehdokee Records, 2018)”

Rufus Wainwright UK Summer Tour just announced

Scion of the musically prolific Wainwright family,  Rufus has revealed himself to be perhaps the most musically diverse of them all.   His eight studio albums include the landmark Want One, his classic Grammy nominated album Rufus Does Judy was recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006. He performed that show in the UK at the Palladium in 2007 and later … Continue reading “Rufus Wainwright UK Summer Tour just announced”

Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards

Only three years old yet the UK Americana Awards jamboree is already established as THE showcase for all that is great and good in these benighted times. With two days of conferences, panel discussions and live shows featuring acts from across the UK, the event culminated last night with the Awards show held at The … Continue reading “Here’s the lowdown on last night’s winners at the UK Americana Awards”

Doghouse Roses + John Alexander + Mandulu & Hephzibah, @Celtic Connections, The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, 21st January 2018

From the quiet dignity of a church to the crammed basement of a West End bar for tonight’s Celtic Connections show. A sold out show for Doghouse Roses, the Scottish duo of Paul Tasker and Iona MacDonald who can be considered as our version of Gillian Welch and David Rawling, a similar combination of a … Continue reading “Doghouse Roses + John Alexander + Mandulu & Hephzibah, @Celtic Connections, The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, 21st January 2018”

Ennis Sisters and Dave Gunning announce UK Tour

The Ennis Sisters and Dave Gunning have announced UK dates through February including shows in York, Birmingham, Bury and London’s King’s Place on March 2nd (full dates below).  The Ennis Sisters have returned to their roots on latest album “Stages”, singing contemporary folk songs with a traditional Irish Newfoundland twist. Dave Gunning on the other hand has a recording … Continue reading “Ennis Sisters and Dave Gunning announce UK Tour”

UK bill to protect music venues goes to second reading next week

This has flown under the radar a bit in terms of national reporting but it might be a good time to ask your MP to support the bill (unless you live next to a noisy venue, in which case – why buy a house next to a noisy venue?)  IQ reports: “British artists, politicians and … Continue reading “UK bill to protect music venues goes to second reading next week”

Pick of the Political Pops: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry “Railroad Bill”

We like a good railway journey. In fact we like it so much that we had a funicular railway installed at Americana-UK Towers so that we could ascend from The Bunker to The Towers in proper style. Its operators, Sayid and Benin, are fully paid up members of the RMT and ASLEF respectively so we … Continue reading “Pick of the Political Pops: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry “Railroad Bill””