Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)

cover170x170-1Wire & Wool are a lively 7-piece from Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2014 they combine elements of bluegrass, folk and country with energy akin to punk. As with their American counterparts, North Carolina band Chatham County Line , the well-structured unit may push back boundaries, but at the same time they respect the old values. Recorded up in Perth, members Mark Hand (mandolin, vocals), Alex Riach (fiddle, vocals), Jimmy Buchan Wright (banjo, vocals), Hazel Martin fiddle, vocals), Theo Barnard (guitar, vocals), James Hall (double bass, vocals) and Barry Nisbet (fiddle, vocals) are a fiddle-driven unit, and a handy clean set of players at that. Continue reading “Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)”

Sera “Little Girl” (Folkal Records, 2016)

a2998093216_16While I am unsure why Caernarfon, North Wales based Sera feels the need to have an out of focus cover photo adorn the front of the CD cover, there is no shortage of focus regards the direction of her music. Due to the diverse, clever constant changing of musical arrangements and the varied tone of Sera vocals it ensures the listener is kept entertained. Continue reading “Sera “Little Girl” (Folkal Records, 2016)”

Video: Rachael Yamagata “Let Me Be Your Girl” (Official Video)

This new video is the third track to be released from Rachael’s forthcoming album, Tightrope Walker which is out via Thirty Tigers on November 11th.  Directed by Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), it stars the Emmy Award winning Allison Janney (Masters Of Sex/The West Wing/10 Things I Hate About You) in an abstract short film.

Dirty Dozen: Lena Laki

Lena Laki, 2016Lena Laki is an indie folk singer-songwriter based in London.  Her Debut EP Take Me With is out now and has received acclaim from media. Gigslutz made her the Discovery of the Week and hailing Lena as “One of those ultimately talented musicians it is essential to appreciate“, while Love is Pop declared Lena’s material as “nothing short of gorgeous.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lena Laki”

Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)

seth-lakeman-2016One of the stars of the folk scene, Seth Lakeman remains for many synonymous with thumping beats, high volume and a driving, pin your ears back sound that lacks subtlety.  But this is to do him a grave injustice.  He may not be an obvious innovator like Jim Moray or possess as broad a brush as the one that Jon Boden wields but he is an explorer, a treader of paths that, if not exactly untrodden, are certainly not ruts.  Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot, 2016Traversing oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again, the Co Kildare singer-songwriter Heidi Talbot, has so far gained plaudits from the likes of The Guardian and The Sunday Times (with the latter calling her ‘simply vocal heaven’) and is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on this fifth album, including husband John McCusker and Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot”

Passenger Battles Springsteen for UK Number One

Passenger has posted a nice little song (which is actually pretty funny – “If I hit number one I’m hoping I can show that I’ve got more songs than Let Her fucking Go”) he wrote about battling the Boss for the number one spot here – all will be revealed tomorrow! The album is also heading for number one in Germany, New Zealand and Australia.  It is absolutely cracking in case we haven’t mentioned it before.

Chip Taylor to Play Intimate UK Shows Next Month

Chip Taylor, the recent inductee to the songwriting Hall Of Fame, whose songs have been recorded by likes of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Shaggy will be playing two intimate shows at Slaughtered Lamb in London on 4th and 5th October as part of a short UK tour. Taylor, best known as the writer of both Wild Thing and Angel Of The Morning, releases his new album, Little Brothers, in the UK tomorrow.  Continue reading “Chip Taylor to Play Intimate UK Shows Next Month”