Bennett, Wilson, Poole, St Barnabus Church, Oxford, 31st May 2018

What a night. Torrential rain. Flooding in and out of the venue. A support act using the Oedipal curse repeatedly during the final song of their set despite being in a very beautiful house dedicated to a higher power. Was there going to be divine retribution? In a word, no. This was a brilliant, brilliant … Continue reading “Bennett, Wilson, Poole, St Barnabus Church, Oxford, 31st May 2018”

Robyn Hitchcock, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 24th May 2018

I don’t know if Brian Ferry’s ears were burning the other night but if so it was probably because he received several mentions from Robyn Hitchcock in his fantastical  and  extremely funny in between song patter at Glasgow’s Oran Mor. Ferry was but one thread in Hitchcock’s surrealistic tapestry of tales as he let his … Continue reading “Robyn Hitchcock, Oran Mor, Glasgow, 24th May 2018”

Vickers Vimy “Atlas Of Hearts” (Vickers Vimy Music, 2018)

For the record, the Vickers Vimy was a First World War bomber originally manufactured in County Mayo, Ireland and was the first aircraft to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. It’s also the name of this band of Galway alt-Celtic freewheelers, adopted to drive the patriotic point home. It wasn’t necessary. This collection of bittersweet jigs … Continue reading “Vickers Vimy “Atlas Of Hearts” (Vickers Vimy Music, 2018)”

Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes head to UK for ripper dates

Aussie alt-country/Americana outfit Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have announced their return to the UK next month including an appearance at Maverick Festival; along with the European release of their fourth album ‘Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music’ on June 29th. The album opens with the band’s semi-political brand new single ‘I Hope That I’m Wrong’ which you can hear below.

Ray Davies continues his journey through Americana

The quintessential English songwriter Ray Davies has had a long fascination with America, and the USA in particular.  His 2013 autobiography was entitled “Americana,” and he went on to release an album of the same name about the country that has fascinated him, that was the dangled jewel swung before the eyes of British bands … Continue reading “Ray Davies continues his journey through Americana”

Bennett Wilson Poole, Betsey Trotwood, London, 22nd March 2018

Much has been written about “the power of three.” Apparently it’s something to do with the evolution of the brain and how much easier it is for humans to grasp the concept of ‘threes.’  This notion certainly endures in storytelling, whether it’s in The Three Musketeers, The Three Amigos, or The Three Stooges. Whilst there’s … Continue reading “Bennett Wilson Poole, Betsey Trotwood, London, 22nd March 2018”

Interview: Lilly Hiatt

On ‘Trinity Lane’ her third and most visceral album to date, East Nashville’s Lilly Hiatt pulls no punches. Written mostly from a wooden chair looking out at the trees that surround her house on Trinity Lane, the album embodies both a kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll spirit – which Hiatt has in bucketloads – with a deeper, personal … Continue reading “Interview: Lilly Hiatt”

Tom Robinson, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 1st March 2018

Tom Robinson’s headline mid-week concert was presented as part of the ongoing City Roots Festival, an offshoot of the Cambridge Folk Festival which is presented at several venues across the city in late February and early March. It’s only in the second year of running but has again had an excellent set of gigs lined … Continue reading “Tom Robinson, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 1st March 2018”

Interview: William Bell

As the Americana world expands almost daily in terms of what its defining characteristics are, we are seeing musicians and artists from the likes of the blues and soul arenas crossing over more and more. William Bell, practically a household name in that world produced 2017’s Grammy-winning Americana Album Of The Year with his excellent ‘This is … Continue reading “Interview: William Bell”

Susto “& I’m Fine Today” (Rootsy Nu, 2017)

Charleston, South Carolina-based Susto embrace numerous genres as their music and lyrics dive headlong into the mind of the listener, their new album “I’m Fine Today” following their 2014 self-titled debut. Possessing an addictive draw, the band are fronted by lead vocalist Justin Osborne and guitarist, and songwriter Johnny Delaware, and are aided by Corey Campbell … Continue reading “Susto “& I’m Fine Today” (Rootsy Nu, 2017)”