Don Brownrigg “Bad Timing” – Listen

Singer-songwriter Don Brownrigg describes this sprightly number as a straight”nope” – which is to say that yeah, he could be great – but sadly not for you.  Well, that’s refreshingly direct.   Dan Brownrigg has toured with the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, and he has a new album out called ‘Fireworks‘ .  It looks at breakups … Continue reading “Don Brownrigg “Bad Timing” – Listen”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum Records, 2016)

If the mention of falsetto instantly brings the Brothers Gibb to mind – linked to some hell of a disco inferno – then make the effort to disconnect that image. This review will be using the f-word. On Pearls To Swine Adam Torres sings falsetto and shows what an effective and moving device this can … Continue reading “Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum Records, 2016)”

Darlingside, Union Chapel, London, 3rd July 2017

Darlingside are an American folk band starting to make quite a stir after a bumped higher up the bill appearance at last year’s Cambridge Folk Festival earnt them a lot of new fans this side of the pond. They’ve been back for some tour dates and brought along a friend – the woman described as … Continue reading “Darlingside, Union Chapel, London, 3rd July 2017”

Darlingside UK dates – now !

On their third trip to the UK, Massachusetts based indie-folk band Darlingside are continuing to build their reputation as a knock-out live band.  With subtle musical shadings taking cues from folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock, and aching harmonies they have a sound which recalls the likes of CSN, Fleet Foxes … Continue reading “Darlingside UK dates – now !”

Harrow Fair “Call to Arms” (Roaring Girl Records, 2017)

Harrow Fair are Miranda Mulholland, of Great Lake Swimmers, and Andrew Penner, of Sunparlour Players, and Call to Arms is their debut release as a duo – and genuinely a duo, Mulholland sings and adds violin whilst Penner sings and is a veritable Captain Manyhands adding guitar, drums, keyboards, banjo and much more. Call to … Continue reading “Harrow Fair “Call to Arms” (Roaring Girl Records, 2017)”

Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)

Canadian singer-songwriter Trevor Alguire has in Perish The Light his sixth album, and with a wealth of travelling behind him back home and across Europe, he is a seasoned performer. No sooner does the needle drop onto the vinyl and Alguire establishes a groove as he shares stories of his worldly travels, speaks of love and of having to … Continue reading “Trevor Alguire “Perish The Light” (Independent, 2016)”