Kilkenny Roots Festival announces 2017 line-up

The Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twentieth year this year from 28th April to May 1st with a rather stellar line-up including country-noir favourites The Handsome Family, alt.country rockers Marah and singer-songwriter Joan Shelley. Also confirmed for 2017 are Chip Taylor, Andrew Combs, acclaimed Belfast-based band Arborist, and AMAUK award winner Yolo Carter. Los Angeles’ … Continue reading “Kilkenny Roots Festival announces 2017 line-up”

2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.

You could point at almost any year this century and it would be a vintage year for music – there’s so much out there that, once one has struggled through the ever expanding amount that is mediocre or just straight dross there’s always a fine collection of musical gems to pluck out and hold high … Continue reading “2016 : we’re lost in music – caught in a trap.”

Courtney Marie Andrews Releases First Single – Listen

Rising americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has released her debut UK single ‘Put The Fire Out’ which is available now. She also releases her new album ‘Honest Life’ in Europe, out on 20 January 2017 on Loose Music, and if you’re a UK fan you will no doubt be delighted to learn Courtney will be coming to … Continue reading “Courtney Marie Andrews Releases First Single – Listen”

Black Angel Drifter “Black Angel Drifter” (Bastard Recordings, 2016)

Landing somewhere between the Cramps and the Handsome Family, this one-off project creates its own feral sound. It’s a musical collage with a Gothic heart. It flirts with genre but shies away from commitment – instead it skids from one thing to another, the opener skitting between avant electronica, Morricone western soundtrack and something swampy. ‘Black-Eyed … Continue reading “Black Angel Drifter “Black Angel Drifter” (Bastard Recordings, 2016)”

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Jonathan Aird

Our popular feature in which the your humble writers spill the beans on their influences, musical roots and record buying habits is back. This week Deputy Editor and man who is averse to foppish hair and synthesisers  Jonathan Aird tells us what he does like instead:

The Song Remains: Steve Weber 1943-2020

The death of Steve Weber, one half of the fabled Holy Modal Rounders, progenitors of underground then psychedelic and eventually freak-folk has, for the most part gone unnoticed. The Rounders, a guitar, banjo and fiddle duo featuring Weber and co-founder Peter Stampfel, were a bellwether of sorts back in the sixties, blazing trails and opening … Continue reading “The Song Remains: Steve Weber 1943-2020”

“What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe

You lucky people: whilst we are all (hopefully) self-isolating – watch how quickly that comment dates – you will have plenty of time to read the latest instalment of “What Is This Americana Thing Anyway” in which our writers and contributors tell us what, why and where they got into Americana. This week top bloke … Continue reading ““What Is This Americana Thing Anyway…?” – Gordon Sharpe”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Leon III “Leon III” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)

Leon III (or Leon the Third if you prefer, their PR blurb mentions both) are a side project of two members of a Virginia alt-country band, the Wrinkle Neck Mules, a band this reviewer had never heard of. Before we get to the main thrust of this review however, do yourself a favour and check … Continue reading “Leon III “Leon III” (Cornelius Chapel Records, 2018)”