This long-planned collaboration between two stalwarts of the London folk scene, Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff, delivered six songs that combine the feelings of melancholy and excitement one associates with travel. In case the imagery of trains and celestial navigation isn’t enough to send listeners on a journey, Tricca and McNiff namecheck New York, London, Paris, and Rome, letting their obvious affection for these cities shine through. Continue reading “Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff “Southern Star” (Dell’Orso Records, 2016)”
Time for something epic to tug at the heartstrings.
Canadian wildcrafted soul-folk songstress Carly Dow has announced her first UK tour which will take place in January, in support of acclaimed debut album Ingrained. As we said of her most recent release, “There is nothing, not a chord or note that you won’t really really love.” Love, loss, sensuality and environment are themes crafted throughout the new album which she co-produced with Darwin Baker and Jesse Matas (Crooked Brothers). Continue reading “Carly Dow announces UK tour dates”
Although you will still have to wait for 2 seasons to pass. News from Uncut who report: “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have announced their only European date of 2017. They will play Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Sunday July 9, as part of the band’s 40th anniversary. This will be Petty’s first UK date since two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2012. They will be supported by Stevie Nicks; a long-standing friend of the band and occasional collaborator. “In 1976, I’d been in Fleetwood Mac for about a year when I heard Tom Petty’s debut,” Nicks told Rolling Stone in 2010. “I became such a fan that if I hadn’t been in a band myself, I would have joined that one.” They will also be joined on the bill by The Lumineers. Continue reading “Tom Petty & Heartbreakers announce 2017 UK date”
On January 22nd (that’s a Sunday folks!) Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) will present an expanded performance of music from his new album, Astronaut Meets Appleman. It’s already been hailed as a career highlight and sees King Creosote mixing traditional Folk instrumentation with elements of Electronica. Astronaut Meets Appleman explores our relationship with technology, juxtaposing looping vocals and electronic ambience with the innocence of his daughter’s vocals and his characteristic mix of bagpipes and accordion. Continue reading “King Creosote – big band bound for Barbican”
Devonian multi-instrumentalist Pete Falloon debuts as a solo artist with a satisfying album that’s all meat and no filler. ‘Reed in the River’ is an eclectic proposition that sounds folky in its acoustic warmth of mandolin and brushes on the snare drum (Paul Everest on drums) but also groovy with punchy bass lines and bongos.
Falloon’s previous collaborations include a duo with his brother, Mathew (appropriately named Brothers Falloon). Despite the new solo billing, Pete didn’t abandon him. Mathew is the bassist on the record and contributes so many other instrumentation and singing elements, that one can only imagine the brothers are musically inseparable. Continue reading “Pete Falloon “Reed in the River” (Independent, 2016)”
Something a little left field for the middle of the week
Lisa Bastoni has been around a while, performing with acclaimed artists such as Little Big Town, Lori McKenna and Regina Spektor. After taking an extended break to have a family, she is back with this amazing record, due to be released early in 2017. With every song penned by her, and a few co-writes, this is a record with the Bastoni stamp all over it, and with much of the recordings being done at home as well as in studios in Nashville and New York, there is a very intimate feel to this record, helped by the excellent production by Felix McTeigue. Continue reading “Lisa Bastoni ”The Wishing Hour” (Independent, 2017)”
The second full length alum by Vancouverian David Simard is a dark toned thing. Mordant meditations on love to a funereal accompaniment are the grist that fills David Simard’s mill. So much so that when he deviates from the template – as he does whilst rapping BP on the knuckles for their polluting ways in his native Canada on Good Clean Water – it’s something of a jarring shock that he can be so jovial. For the rest of the album he adopts a sombre and serious facade – with a deep baritone pouring the words out like a treacle river falling over a grit stone waterfall. Continue reading “David Simard “The Heavy Wait” (Independent, 2016)”
News from Rolling Stone Country this morning and a good excuse to put a picture of Rhett Miller up: “”I’m good with God. I wonder how she feels about me?” So ends the chorus of the Old 97’s’ “Good With God,” the lead single from the band’s 11th album, Graveyard Whistling. Due February 24th, the album offers up another boozy blast of Texas twang, train-beat percussion and guitar grit from Rhett Miller and company, who recorded its 11 songs in the same border-town studio that spawned the group’s major-label debut, Too Far to Care, two decades earlier. Continue reading “Old 97’s record duet with Brandi Carlile – Listen”