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)”

Joan Osborne to release new Dylan covers album

Joan Osborne of philosophical musings about higher being fame has announced the release of her ninth studio album “Songs of Bob Dylan” for September 1st, her own interpretation of Dylan’s catalogue from his 60s and 70s standards through to his later releases that she spent time crafting as part of the “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob … Continue reading “Joan Osborne to release new Dylan covers album”

North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates

Those sons of the infamous Southern behemoth that was James Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars have announced several UK dates in support of their latest album, Prayer For Peace. Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the Allstars have forged a reputation for combining true Southern grit with … Continue reading “North Mississippi Allstars new album and tour dates”

Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten will release her new album “When The Bloom Falls From The Rose” tomorrow which includes the new bluesy-rockabilly single Bang Bang that we previewed last week.  Observant and outspoken, the new album shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of Scouten’s life as a songwriter, scholar … Continue reading “Sarah Jane Scouten heads to UK for dates”