Eve Williams “Peregreni” (Independent, 2016)

eve-williams-peregriniEve Williams is a singer and songwriter from Northern Ireland with a distinctive voice and a wide range. She became a full time singer songwriter after developing a disability due to rheumatoid arthritis and being unable to continue in her then day job. With many plaudits she is plotting a path in the business with at least one previous album to her name. This CD comprises nine tracks and as the sleeve notes explain, the album title takes its name from a 5th century group of monks whose Latin name translates to “wanderers” a feeling with which the artist has an affinity. Continue reading “Eve Williams “Peregreni” (Independent, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Roger Roger

roger-roger-2016Roger Roger is a sibling folk/roots duo from Winnipeg, Canada. Twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger are both singer-songwriters who have joined forces, each playing guitar and shamelessly harmonizing all over each others’ songs. The offspring of producer/engineer/musician Lloyd Peterson, the twins have a knack for songwriting that must have something to do with growing up in a recording studio. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roger Roger”

The Invisible World “Color/Echo” (Independent, 2016)

The Invithe-invisible-worldsible World suggests something hidden away, undiscovered, something mysterious – it’s a promise not borne out by the music on this second EP from the Kansas City band. It’s all surface, standard rock tropes, nothing is subtly smuggled in, just songs in search of an audience. They are amiable enough, the vocals try to develop a personality by introducing some interesting phrasing but they can’t disguise what they are, competent, that’s a word that can be used to describe this whole endeavour. Continue reading “The Invisible World “Color/Echo” (Independent, 2016)”

Hubert Murray “Shorten The Road EP” (Independent, 2016)

"Murray-Hubert-2016"Galway born Hubert Murray is already acclaimed for his flatpicking and slide guitar skills through his work with The Hot Rock Pilgrims and “bluegrass fusion” band Lands End. On Shorten The Road, his six track debut EP he steps up to the mic and proves he’s also a very accomplished singer and writer. If it weren’t for his bio one would swear on listening to the EP that he’s escaped from Texas as soon as the opening song “Will You Love Me Again” is out of the trap. With his guitar and assured voice accompanied by Leanne Thorose’s mandolin and harmony vocals it’s a bitter sweet country styled slice of life, the singer pleading for his lover to give him one more chance as he recalls their good times. Played with a nimble dexterity it wouldn’t be out of place on a Steve Young album. Continue reading “Hubert Murray “Shorten The Road EP” (Independent, 2016)”

Gov’t Mule “The Tel-Star Sessions” (Provogue/Mascot, 2016)

govt-mule-2016The Tel-Star Sessions consists of the previously unreleased earliest recordings by the original line-up of Gov’t Mule. Gov’t Mule was formed, in 1994, as a side project by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody who at the time were playing with the Allman Brothers band – with some spare time between commitments to their day jobs they decided to record a low-budget album and play a few shows, roping in Matt Abts to be the drummer for the trio. The concept for the recordings was to play live and loud and capture the excitement of a quintessential power-trio, and it is fair to say that this was achieved. Continue reading “Gov’t Mule “The Tel-Star Sessions” (Provogue/Mascot, 2016)”

Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47

 

gallery-47-2016For the last 5 years, Nottingham’s Jack Peachey (AKA Gallery 47) has been crafting lyrical folk music from various apartments, studios and other large rooms in Nottingham. Influenced heavily by other artists, writers, and the inherited chaos of the Beat Generation, Gallery 47 writes songs about a radical range of topics, from skin pigment disorders to corporate finance. Here, he talks about his new album, “Clean”, and his reasons for writing it… Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Gallery 47”

Eve Selis “See Me with Your Heart” (Hippy Chick Twang, 2016)

eve-selis-2016In any other part of the world I’d expect the backstory to this album – Eve Selis’ ninth studio offering – to elicit the requisite sympathy. Eve Selis suffered a torn hamstring in 2014, that needed six months of rehabilitation and this affected her opportunities to make and record music – but also offered her some space to think about herself and write new material that meant a lot to her emotionally. Oh, did I mention that hamstring happened through a rollerblading accident? Continue reading “Eve Selis “See Me with Your Heart” (Hippy Chick Twang, 2016)”

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry “Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)

Bragg anbilly-bragg-joe-henryd Henry recorded these thirteen railway themed songs whilst travelling for 65 hours along the 2,728-mile rail journey from Chicago to LA. The songs were guerrilla recorded at station stops along the way – the railroad is present at all times in the subject of the songs or adding ambient sounds to the recordings. These boho hobos have found a way to celebrate the railroad as a cultural icon without a hint of a blush; the songs are performed with such sincerity, affection and joy it becomes infectious – the morning commute never seems so romantic.  Continue reading “Billy Bragg & Joe Henry “Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”