On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. For the show, aptly billed as The Last Waltz, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers, including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others. The evening was captured on film by director Martin Scorsese. Released theatrically in April 1978 to critical acclaim, The Last Waltz is still considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made. Continue reading “The Band to Release 40th Anniversary Editions of “The Last Waltz””
New video by three of the nicest boys in music, hailing from North Wales, this is taken from their forthcoming album Cosmic Country Blue out on Aveline Records next week.
Wire & Wool are a lively 7-piece from Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2014 they combine elements of bluegrass, folk and country with energy akin to punk. As with their American counterparts, North Carolina band Chatham County Line , the well-structured unit may push back boundaries, but at the same time they respect the old values. Recorded up in Perth, members Mark Hand (mandolin, vocals), Alex Riach (fiddle, vocals), Jimmy Buchan Wright (banjo, vocals), Hazel Martin fiddle, vocals), Theo Barnard (guitar, vocals), James Hall (double bass, vocals) and Barry Nisbet (fiddle, vocals) are a fiddle-driven unit, and a handy clean set of players at that. Continue reading “Wire & Wool “Wire & Wool” (Independent, 2016)”
Edinburgh born trio Monticule can’t really be pinned down but if you were to say ‘soulful-bluesy-country-rock’ you wouldn’t be wrong. Their unique style has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Monticule”
While I am unsure why Caernarfon, North Wales based Sera feels the need to have an out of focus cover photo adorn the front of the CD cover, there is no shortage of focus regards the direction of her music. Due to the diverse, clever constant changing of musical arrangements and the varied tone of Sera vocals it ensures the listener is kept entertained. Continue reading “Sera “Little Girl” (Folkal Records, 2016)”
This new video is the third track to be released from Rachael’s forthcoming album, Tightrope Walker which is out via Thirty Tigers on November 11th. Directed by Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), it stars the Emmy Award winning Allison Janney (Masters Of Sex/The West Wing/10 Things I Hate About You) in an abstract short film.
Lena Laki is an indie folk singer-songwriter based in London. Her Debut EP Take Me With is out now and has received acclaim from media. Gigslutz made her the Discovery of the Week and hailing Lena as “One of those ultimately talented musicians it is essential to appreciate“, while Love is Pop declared Lena’s material as “nothing short of gorgeous.” Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lena Laki”
On tour in the UK from October 6th, this is from the Stray Birds fabulous new album.
One of the stars of the folk scene, Seth Lakeman remains for many synonymous with thumping beats, high volume and a driving, pin your ears back sound that lacks subtlety. But this is to do him a grave injustice. He may not be an obvious innovator like Jim Moray or possess as broad a brush as the one that Jon Boden wields but he is an explorer, a treader of paths that, if not exactly untrodden, are certainly not ruts. Continue reading “Seth Lakeman “Ballads Of The Broken Few” (Cooking Vinyl, 2016)”
Traversing oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again, the Co Kildare singer-songwriter Heidi Talbot, has so far gained plaudits from the likes of The Guardian and The Sunday Times (with the latter calling her ‘simply vocal heaven’) and is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on this fifth album, including husband John McCusker and Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow). Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Heidi Talbot”