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”

Van Life: The Wave Pictures

The Wave Pictures have crafted their own special place in the UK’s music scene with a number of eloquent, beautifully crafted and utterly charming albums over the years alongside live shows that can go from howling laughter to pin-drop startling beauty in the beat of a heart.  Fresh from the release of their latest album, … Continue reading “Van Life: The Wave Pictures”

“The very soul of folk’s working class ideals” – Roy Bailey dies

We’re an americana site obviously but we do cover a fair bit of the best kind of folk too, and so it’s with sadness we learned of the passing of Roy Bailey who died yesterday. My own (rather late) introduction to him was seeing his superb ‘Writing on the Wall’ performances with Tony Benn who … Continue reading ““The very soul of folk’s working class ideals” – Roy Bailey dies”

The Handsome Family, Nell’s Jazz and Blues, London, 22nd October 2018

The last time the Handsome Family visited these shores they played the Grade II listed Hackney Round Chapel, an appropriate venue for their 20 year celebration of the ‘Through The Trees’ album. Tonight’s end-of-tour performance is in the more intimate surrounds of Nell’s Jazz and Blues club and there are no restrictions placed on what … Continue reading “The Handsome Family, Nell’s Jazz and Blues, London, 22nd October 2018”

Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, 15th October 2018, The Barbican, London

Forty years ago, after the demise of Planxty, two of that band’s members – Andy Irvine and Paul Brady – decided to cut a duo album, with the help of Planxty’s Donal Lunny, and violinist Kevin Burke (both of whom are also here tonight). What they produced was a perfect crystallisation of all that was … Continue reading “Andy Irvine and Paul Brady, 15th October 2018, The Barbican, London”

RS Country revisit Uncle Tupelo classic

Well we’re being over-run by giants here in Liverpool this weekend, of the French rather than jolly green or belonging to Jessie variety, so before we get flattened, we leave you with this feature from RS Country on a giant of an album in americana circles – it still sounds as good today as it … Continue reading “RS Country revisit Uncle Tupelo classic”

Jeremy Porter and the Tucos hits UK for dates next month

Jeremy Porter & The Tucos are a rock and roll band from Detroit, Michigan who, according to their press release, “sound like guitars and whiskey, hooks and heartache, energy and passion. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons, Hüsker Dü to Uncle Tupelo, Merle Haggard to AC/DC on their turntables. The racket they … Continue reading “Jeremy Porter and the Tucos hits UK for dates next month”

John Murry brings decay to a town near you

John Murry’s UK tour still has a handful of dates left. Bringing songs from this year’s superb album ‘A Short History Of Decay’, as well as a brace of older material, Murry’s work is dark and stark. Following on from 2012’s album acclaimed work ‘The Graceless Age’, this new work sees Murry open up a little … Continue reading “John Murry brings decay to a town near you”

Alejandro Escovedo “Outlaw for You” – Listen

‘The Crossing‘ is the new album from Alejandro Escovedo, it’s out  on the 14th of  September.  It’s got a general theme of  migrants, but this particular tune is just a bit of fun, about this guy who, Escovedo says, “wants to impress this girl and he loves this girl and he’s telling her that her record collection matters. … Continue reading “Alejandro Escovedo “Outlaw for You” – Listen”