The Band’s “Music From the Big Pink” gets 50th anniversary re-release

On July 1, 1968, The Band’s landmark debut album ‘Music from Big Pink’ seemed to spring from nowhere and everywhere. Drawing from the American roots music panoply of country, blues, R&B, gospel, soul, rockabilly, the honking tenor sax tradition, hymns, funeral dirges, brass band music, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, The Band forged a new … Continue reading “The Band’s “Music From the Big Pink” gets 50th anniversary re-release”

Michael Hurley + James Yorkston, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 17th June 2018

It’s been a while since Michael Hurley, occasionally known as Snock, has come to the UK and with him now in his 77th year, news of this tour was somewhat unexpected. Mind you it was only last year when he toured Australia for the first time so it’s perhaps somewhat ageist of us to presume … Continue reading “Michael Hurley + James Yorkston, Summerhall, Edinburgh, 17th June 2018”

Mandolin Jack “Phoenix In The Ashes” (Independent, 2018)

Prior to Mandolin Jack, Chris Tulloch had been making music and playing in bands ever since the early 1970s. He grew up in the sixties and he has absorbed a feast of varied tones that range from Lonnie Donegan to Jerry Lee Lewis by way of The Shadows, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Ventures, 1960’s … Continue reading “Mandolin Jack “Phoenix In The Ashes” (Independent, 2018)”

Dean Owens, The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, 3rd April 2018

Originally launched at the Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow back in February, Dean Owens’ new album, ‘Southern Wind’ has been described as “blowing up a storm” ever since. Unlike the launch night at Celtic Connections where Owens was backed by the Whisky Hearts, tonight’s performance at the Betsey Trotwood in London’s Clerkenwell is a … Continue reading “Dean Owens, The Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell, 3rd April 2018”

Ordinary Elephant “Before I Go” (Independent 2017)

Crystal Hariu and Peter Hanmore are the married couple that are Ordinary Elephant and this is a very considered and often stately work. The album seems to be surfing some sort of zeitgeist in Americana at the moment. Simple, folksy arrangements using guitar and banjo as a songwriting pairing without drifting too close to the … Continue reading “Ordinary Elephant “Before I Go” (Independent 2017)”

The Deslondes + Underhill Rose @Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 24th January 2018

Sometimes you just know when you have made the right choice and so it was that when The Deslondes struck up it was clear that the other attractions at tonight’s Celtic Connections would pale in comparison. From the very start this five piece New Orleans band transformed Oran Mor into a dusty American Roadhouse, the … Continue reading “The Deslondes + Underhill Rose @Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 24th January 2018”

Anjana Vasan “Too Dark For Country” (Folkroom Records 2018)

Anjana Vasan is an actress who now demonstrates a new side to her talents as a singer / songwriter with a really impressive four track debut EP ‘Too Dark for Country’. This is essentially an acoustic folk record with the essence of blues and country on show. Vasan has a strong and powerful voice which she … Continue reading “Anjana Vasan “Too Dark For Country” (Folkroom Records 2018)”

Van Life: Anthony D’Amato

New Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato is no stranger to the road, his insatiable desire to take his music all around the world inevitable means mile after mile on the byways and highways. Travelling alone brings its own problems, yet inevitably leaves him a lot of time to both reflect on life, take pictures and, of course, … Continue reading “Van Life: Anthony D’Amato”

The Glass Mountains, Folk Modern – Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, 5th October 2017

“If life were a hotel, then I’d be checking out right now,” sings young frontman Owen Davies. A little extreme for a 25 year old maybe, but All kinds of Trouble, written by one of the more senior members of the band, is delivered with credible sincerity by Davies. The Glass Mountains are slightly incongruous … Continue reading “The Glass Mountains, Folk Modern – Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, 5th October 2017”

Jade Jackson “Gilded” (Anti-, 2017)

What they say about Jade Jackson, and what’s borne out by her debut album Gilded, is that she’s old beyond her years. And what that means is that Jade Jackson can convey years of hard living that she hasn’t had time to accrue with a voice shot through with more bad luck and tough experiences … Continue reading “Jade Jackson “Gilded” (Anti-, 2017)”