Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates

“What would you give for a leader with soul?” the five piece Southern Tenant Folk Union ask on their recently released EP, which acts as a taster for the  upcoming album “Join Forces”.  They’ve made a collection of stirring and questioning political songs – and they’re now taking them out for the approval of the nation. Continue reading “Southern Tenant Folk Union Tour Dates”

Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road

Red Moon RoadSpanning a wide range of genres, from Beatles-esque pop songs, traditional Canadiana folk, Albertan country and Paridian aires to a full-on spiritual music backed by a star-studded choir, the three collaborative yet distinct writers in Red Moon Road frame immaculately crafted songs with original and innovative instrumental work.  Their new album ‘Sorrows and Glories’ is out on October 16th in the UK. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road”

“Could the future of Americana be … British?”

Good article in the Guardian today who had other things on their mind (Jez we can…) but found the time to muse that thanks in part to Mumford and Sons, there are more UK artists making American roots music (this is their premise not mine before you reach for your mouse) – and there’s even government funding to help them in the US.  It reports: “A six-day conference on Americana music would suggest that all the artists were from where we expect Americana music to originate: America.”  Continue reading ““Could the future of Americana be … British?””

Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates

Lucky Strikes frontman M G Boulter has announced a UK tour for the Autumn. Boulter, who has also served with Simone Felice and The Duke & The King, released his second solo album With Wolves The Lamb Will Lie to great acclaim earlier in the year. He’s spent much of the Summer playing shows in the UK and Europe as part of Emily Portman’s Coracle Band. The Lucky Strikes, meanwhile, celebrate ten years together with the release of their fifth studio album The Motion And The Moving On through Harbour Song Records on 30 September.  Continue reading “Lucky Strikes Frontman M G Boulter Announces UK Dates”

Jackson Browne Covers Bruce Springsteen at Gun Violence Concert

Incredible version too if you get a minute to watch below.  Rolling Stone reports: “Jackson Browne delivered a poignant cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s 2000 track “American Skin (41 Shots)” during the New York City installment of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday. Backed by the soulful voices of Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem, Browne belted heartbreaking lyrics that are as pertinent in 2016 as they were nearly two decades ago when Springsteen wrote them. “No secret, my friend,” sang Browne. “You can get killed just for living in your American skin.” A fan-shot clip from the Beacon Theater concert shows Browne strumming his acoustic guitar. The choir sways back and forth, clapping and adding harmonic color to the refrain of “41 shots.” Continue reading “Jackson Browne Covers Bruce Springsteen at Gun Violence Concert”

Danielle French Presents Miss Scarlett & The Madmen “Dark Love Songs” (Scarlet Raven Productions, 2016)

French-Danielle-2016A filmmaker and songwriter from Calgary in Canada, Danielle French delivers here nine songs she crafted while attending a series of songwriters’ workshops, the songs co-writes with fellow attendees and for the most part recorded with her co writers. Despite this plethora of contributors French keeps a firm hand on the tiller to deliver a strong set of songs that can probably be best described as slightly psychedelic folk with some dusty Americana and Weimer Republic cabaret thrown in for good measure. Continue reading “Danielle French Presents Miss Scarlett & The Madmen “Dark Love Songs” (Scarlet Raven Productions, 2016)”

The Hayes Sisters “Another Man’s Shoes” (Hayzey Records, 2016)

hayes-sistersThe Hayes sisters – Cathryn, Angela and Jennifer – had an acoustic folk trio in their teenage years and they played on their local folk club circuit around Manchester. They eventually gave up on it but now, twenty years later, they’ve decided to put the band back together. As well as all playing acoustic guitar, with Jen adding some banjo, their main thing was harmonised vocals – and they can still do that. In fact the best tracks on the album are those that feature their vocals and little or nothing else – the a cappella “Another Man’s Shoes” is one of the better things on the album.  Continue reading “The Hayes Sisters “Another Man’s Shoes” (Hayzey Records, 2016)”

Southern Tenant Folk Union “What Would You Give for a Leader with Soul?” (Johnny Rock Records, 2016)

Southern-Tenant-Fol-Union-2016On the “What would you give for a leader with soul?” EP the Southern Tenant Folk Union continues to blend bluegrass and a first folk revival sound to produce four heartfelt songs of protest and questioning. There’s more than a touch of “With God on our side” about the title track – that’s ok, Dylan got the tune from “The Merry Month of May” via Dominic Behan’s “The Patriot Game”. Folk singing – that’s recycling in operation. There’s no need to guess where the questions it poses comes from – so, you say that you’re tired of career politicians with no convictions, so here’s your challenge: will you vote for a politician offering a New Deal for the future? Continue reading “Southern Tenant Folk Union “What Would You Give for a Leader with Soul?” (Johnny Rock Records, 2016)”