Aoife O’Donovan announces UK and Ireland dates

Aoife O’Donovan, the artist with probably the highest vowel-consonant ratio of any modern performer, has songs which Mojo describes as “frequently sun-kissed and feather-light, but [they] often develop a dark beauty.” Her most recent album “In the Magic Hour” which was released last year has garnered some rather impressive reviews and she’s now announced a … Continue reading “Aoife O’Donovan announces UK and Ireland dates”

Bob Wooton reflects on legendary Cash gig with RS Country

RS Country reports on another recent death by way of a chat they recently had with legendary Guitarist Bob Wootton who joined Johnny Cash’s band in 1968, “the only man who could fill the shoes of the late Luther Perkins. Within less than a year, he was accompanying the Man in Black at one of … Continue reading “Bob Wooton reflects on legendary Cash gig with RS Country”

The Stands main man strikes out on his own

Howie Payne, formerly of Liverpool band The Stands has announced his first solo tour with his live outfit The Band of The Sun and the release of ‘The Stands, Recordings 2003-2005’, a boxset collection of rarities, B sides and demos, gathered on heavyweight coloured vinyl in June. With fans including Noel Gallagher and Bill Ryder-Jones The Stands … Continue reading “The Stands main man strikes out on his own”

Bronwynne Brent, Ritz Acoustic, Burnham on Sea, 16th March 2017

How an unassuming and talented artist from the Mississippi Delta ends up playing at venues such as the cosy and intimate Ritz Acoustic Club in Burnham on Sea is one of the great joys of the music business and a real treat for us music lovers.  Appearing with Johnny Sangster (Guitar), the Seattle based producer … Continue reading “Bronwynne Brent, Ritz Acoustic, Burnham on Sea, 16th March 2017”

Carter Sampson announces UK dates

Oklahoma’s Carter Sampson returns to the UK in April and May for a short run of dates that include two shows at the Kilkenny Roots Festival.  She’s not long been out of the UK so she must quite like us. Sampson’s latest album ‘Wilder Side’ has been picking up some rather nice reviews in the … Continue reading “Carter Sampson announces UK dates”

Shirley Collins, The Barbican, London, 18th February 2017

Shirley Collins holds a unique place in the pantheon of English folk music – her 1959 song collecting journey in the USA, assisting Alan Lomax, is legendary enough but she also shook up the folk scene with collaborations with Davey Graham and her recordings with her sister Dolly which brought new arrangements to old songs … Continue reading “Shirley Collins, The Barbican, London, 18th February 2017”

Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef “Shardows and Light” (Independent, 2017)

The question of authenticity is something of a bother from time to time – particularly when it comes to music. That age old, folk club-endorsed argument of whether it’s okay for an Englishman to affect an American accent in song is at once as frustrating as it is trivial. If you’re the kind of person … Continue reading “Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef “Shardows and Light” (Independent, 2017)”

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys @Celtic Connections with Louise Bichan. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow: 21st January 2017

Perhaps due to their previous encounter with Celtic music culture via their attendance at The Shetland Island Folk Festival in 2015 Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys approached their first Celtic Connections with some fervour. Their sold out show on the third night of this year’s festival was actually their third appearance having performed at Thursday’s … Continue reading “Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys @Celtic Connections with Louise Bichan. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow: 21st January 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney Rose has announced the release of new EP South Texas Suite.  The six song EP follows Rose’s 2015 critically acclaimed record “Heartbreaker of the Year”, produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks; which was awarded Country Recording Of The Year in 2016 at the East Coast Music Awards in Canada. The … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Whitney Rose”

Interview – The Cactus Blossoms

Though steeped in sounds of the past The Cactus Blossoms simultaneously bring a refreshing infectious energy to today’s Americana music scene. Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum learnt their trade playing local small bars and gigs performing songs thirty years or more older than themselves. Ranging from classic country to traditional folk ballads by way … Continue reading “Interview – The Cactus Blossoms”