Del Amitri are back! Tour dates for 2018 announced

Del Amitri have announced their return in 2018 for a UK tour, the Glaswegian band’s first run of dates since 2014. The July 2018 tour includes original band members – Justin Currie (vocals, guitar), Iain Harvie (lead guitar), Andy Alston (keys), Kris Dollimore (guitar) and Ashley Soan(drums) – and will see Del Amitri headline Edinburgh Castle for the first time in 25 years. The band will … Continue reading “Del Amitri are back! Tour dates for 2018 announced”

City Roots Festival Returns in 2018

Trialled earlier this year as a winter spin-off from the main Folk Festival, Cambridge will once again see a mini-festival across the city’s music venues at the end of February and into March 2018.  As you’d expect there’s a wide range of artists and events – from Ward Thomas and Wildwood Kin performing a double … Continue reading “City Roots Festival Returns in 2018”

Coal Minor Canary “The 3:42 EP” (Independent, 2017)

I’m down with the legendary Quentin Crisp. The great man once said that “There is no need to do any housework, because after four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.” I agree wholeheartedly. Just what is it with dust? You wipe it up. Then, a few days later, you have to do it again. … Continue reading “Coal Minor Canary “The 3:42 EP” (Independent, 2017)”

Russell And the Wolf Choir “Every Spark Is An Indication” (Independent, 2017)

A mini-LP with something of a Californian West Coast vibe, yet delivered from the wilds of Essex. On vinyl too! Russell and The Wolf Choir actually nail a power pop/indie sound pretty well in the first part of this record. Big fuzzy choruses abound, with hints of Pixies guitars, Teenage Fanclub harmonies, Tom Petty arrangements (God rest … Continue reading “Russell And the Wolf Choir “Every Spark Is An Indication” (Independent, 2017)”

Hayley Thompson-King “Psychotic Melancholia, Hard To Kill Records, 2017

It is only with the closing track here that you’d know that HTK is a trained opera singer, the rest of the time she is belting out garage rock like No Room for Jesus or immersing herself in good old country music as on her straight-ahead take on Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to … Continue reading “Hayley Thompson-King “Psychotic Melancholia, Hard To Kill Records, 2017”

Jon Langford “Four Lost Souls” (Bloodshot Records 2017)

Jon Langford has an interesting and genre-hopping career as founding member of punk icons, the Mekons (celebrating their 40th anniversary this year), as well as alt-country pioneers, the Waco Brothers. Music aside, he’s also a celebrated artist, his paintings and prints of many illustrious music heroes having been exhibited all over the world, including the Country … Continue reading “Jon Langford “Four Lost Souls” (Bloodshot Records 2017)”

Interview: Blitzen Trapper

Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper have been producing delicately crafted albums for over a decade, charting their own distinct musical course and building a sizable fan base along the way. Wild And Reckless, the band’s ninth studio album, is both adventurous in sound and scope, taking songs initially written for a stage production into the studio … Continue reading “Interview: Blitzen Trapper”

CC Smugglers + All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Cookie, Leicester, 4 November 2017

Although it was a Saturday and therefore de facto Bonfire Night a good-sized crowd piled into the basement of the Cookie and were rewarded with an outstanding evening.  Despite their name openers All Our Exes Live In Texas are from Sydney, Australia and are a delightful blend of folk and Americana.  The female four piece … Continue reading “CC Smugglers + All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Cookie, Leicester, 4 November 2017”

Slaid Cleaves, Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, 8th October 2017

A welcome return of the American troubadour to the Hitchin Folk Club for the last night of his UK tour – although he still had several weeks in Europe and the USA to go before he finally headed for home. On this excursion Cleaves was accompanied on electric guitar by M.C. Hanson of Danish band … Continue reading “Slaid Cleaves, Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, 8th October 2017”

Charles Douglas “Statecraft – Expanded Edition” (Broken Horse, 2017)

I’m not going to spend much time reviewing the original Statecraft songs, it’s a record that I’d expect any self-respecting music fan to own. I know the songs inside out and expect you to too, but it was a massive pleasure having to listen to them again. For me Douglas is a mixture of Robert … Continue reading “Charles Douglas “Statecraft – Expanded Edition” (Broken Horse, 2017)”