The Song Remains: Eric Weissberg 1939-2020

To many, Eric Weissberg, who died on March 22nd, 2020, from Alzheimer’s Disease, was a one-hit wonder with ‘Duelling Banjos’ from John Boorman’s 1972 film ‘Deliverance’. However, he was so much more than that, being one of the first young urban musicians to join the ‘50s folk revival, a populariser of bluegrass and the banjo … Continue reading “The Song Remains: Eric Weissberg 1939-2020”

Rumer “Hard Times For Lovers” – Listen

You’ll recall Rumer for, if nothing else, a wonderful cover of Jimmy Webb’s ‘P.F. Sloan‘.  And here she returns with another cover song from the mid-seventies.  ‘Hard Times for Lovers‘ was first recorded by Judy Collins on her 1979 album of the same name.   Rumer’s version is taken from the upcoming album ‘Nashville Tears – … Continue reading “Rumer “Hard Times For Lovers” – Listen”

Chatham County Line “Station To Station” – Listen

No, this isn’t a cover of the Bowie song – we’d quite like to hear that, but it won’t be this time.  But things are being all shaken up in the Chatham County Line camp.  Firstly founder-member and banjo player Chandler Holt is leaving the band.  Secondly the band sound for their latest album, ‘Strange … Continue reading “Chatham County Line “Station To Station” – Listen”

A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.

Which is quite lucky for her really – everyone else has probably noticed that 2019 has been one of those years destined to go down in history as interesting – and we all know the value of interesting times. Obviously 2019 will go down as the year of almost continual elections, it’s also the year … Continue reading “A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.”

Amy Speace “Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne” (Proper Records, 2019)

It isn’t until Amy Speace delivers the lines “Men and Women on all sides / trying hard to change your mind / there’s no way around the crowd / got to walk right through that line / don’t listen while they shout and pray / ‘cos they don’t know you anyway” that it becomes clear … Continue reading “Amy Speace “Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne” (Proper Records, 2019)”

Tom Paxton’s UK tour begins this week

Tom Paxton was always there, in Greenwich Village alongside Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, John Hurt and Bobby Dylan, later on watching Dylan perform at the Isle of Wight Festival in ’69, alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Paul Simon shared a flat with Tom Paxton when they were both in the UK in the … Continue reading “Tom Paxton’s UK tour begins this week”

Celtic Connections kicks off this week

Glasgow’s annual celebration of roots and traditional music from around the globe opens for business this Thursday and then proceeds for the next three weeks with over 300 events scheduled to take place. Always a highlight of the cultural calendar it’s the largest festival of its type in the world showcasing world music, folk, roots, … Continue reading “Celtic Connections kicks off this week”

AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two

The AMAUK conference is now into its fourth year and one of the highlights is the two nights of showcases which take place before the awards ceremony featuring the best of americana talent, both homegrown and from around the world. At five venues across Hackney, all within walking distance and for the price of one … Continue reading “AmericanaFest UK 2019 Conference Showcase preview – part two”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”

Mad Crush “Northern Lights” – Track Premiere

‘Northern Lights‘ is the debut single from Mad Crush’s new album of the same name which is out on  November 16th.  It’s a dreamy folk ballad about loneliness and loss, and is songwriter John Elderkin’s attempt to capture the essence of loneliness, and draws inspiration from every story of disappointment that he could recall.  As he … Continue reading “Mad Crush “Northern Lights” – Track Premiere”