Dan Stuart + Tom Heyman, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Sunday 25th November 2018

It was gratifying to see a good-sized crowd gather tonight in the Stygian gloom of The Hug & Pint, a place our headliner liked to an SF dive joint from the seventies, “Probably called something like The Manhole,” he quipped as he peered from the stage trying to see the audience at the start of … Continue reading “Dan Stuart + Tom Heyman, The Fallen Angels Club @ The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, Sunday 25th November 2018”

Tom Petty “An American Treasure – 4CD Deluxe” (Reprise Records, 2018)

So what am I supposed to tell you about Tom Petty that you’re not already aware of? And what is the point of this compilation to an Americana music fan who already has all the albums? It’s not going to be enough, I’m sure, to mention that’s it a sumptuous 4CD set, presented as a … Continue reading “Tom Petty “An American Treasure – 4CD Deluxe” (Reprise Records, 2018)”

Tom Baxter “The Other Side of Blue” (Independent, 2018)

It’s a precariously thin line that the singer-songwriter has to tread. The stripped away, intimate, acoustic guitar (or piano) and voice combination is so omnipresent in folk cum Americana; there are precious few new tricks at their disposal. Much of what they’ve got to offer hangs on whether they’re sincere or not – do we … Continue reading “Tom Baxter “The Other Side of Blue” (Independent, 2018)”

Steve Earle, Tom Waits and more appear on new protest album by Marc Ribot

“Every movement which has ever won anything has had songs,” says accomplished New York City guitarist Marc Ribot. For his new political album ‘Songs of Resistance 1942 – 2018’ – which comes out on September 14th on ANTI Records – Ribot set out to assemble a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with … Continue reading “Steve Earle, Tom Waits and more appear on new protest album by Marc Ribot”

Tom Paxton and The Don Juans, The Stables, Wavendon 15th April 2018

Tom Paxton turned eighty last October, and he has toured the UK for more than fifty of those years. This latest tour see’s him supported by The DonJuans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner) who both warm up the show with a few songs of their own and then play along with Tom throughout two excellent sets, … Continue reading “Tom Paxton and The Don Juans, The Stables, Wavendon 15th April 2018”

Tom Paxton “If The Poor Don’t Matter” – Listen

We make no secret of the fact that we’re big fans of Tom Paxton, so you can imagine our excitement that his next UK tour will start just a week from now.  You can find the dates here.  And sure, this song comes from 2015’s ‘Redemption Road’ but it’s looking as if it’s going to be topical … Continue reading “Tom Paxton “If The Poor Don’t Matter” – Listen”

Interview: Buffalo Tom

I remember buying the self-titled debut album from Buffalo Tom the very day it was released from that once-great record emporium, Rhythm Records in Camden Town. That record still gets healthy attention from the deck, especially ‘Sunflower Suit” which still has this middle-aged man jumping around like Vedder. Thirty-years later and I’m sat here enjoying … Continue reading “Interview: Buffalo Tom”

Win tickets to see Tom Paxton with AUK!

A reminder about this dear readers, we’ve not had a lot of entries yet so “it could be you!” as the deep-voiced saying goes. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and US folk icon, Tom Paxton, is returning to the UK next month to perform twelve shows with singer/songwriter duo The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon … Continue reading “Win tickets to see Tom Paxton with AUK!”

Tom Robinson, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 1st March 2018

Tom Robinson’s headline mid-week concert was presented as part of the ongoing City Roots Festival, an offshoot of the Cambridge Folk Festival which is presented at several venues across the city in late February and early March. It’s only in the second year of running but has again had an excellent set of gigs lined … Continue reading “Tom Robinson, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 1st March 2018”

Tom Paxton: “What if, no matter how angry he was, he couldn’t lay hands on a gun?”

Lovely to see Tom Paxton still having such an impact at 80 years of age (and to see the US music press get involved in an important discussion). Tom, you should come and fill a vacancy in our House of Lords.  Billboard reports: “Folk singer Tom Paxton whose songs have chronicled six decades of change and struggle, … Continue reading “Tom Paxton: “What if, no matter how angry he was, he couldn’t lay hands on a gun?””