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”

Billy Bragg to publish new book on skiffle

News from Uncut on americana’s resident poet laureate: “Billy Bragg has announced details of a new book, Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed The World. It’ll be published on June 1, 2017 by Faber. “Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the … Continue reading “Billy Bragg to publish new book on skiffle”

Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates

The Felice Brothers will release a limited edition 7-inch vinyl recording of “Country Ham” on 9th December  via Yep Roc Records. The holiday-themed single features a live version of  “Murder By Mistletoe” – recorded for Rolling Stone last year in NYC – on the B-side. Both tracks have never before been pressed on vinyl and … Continue reading “Felice Brothers to release 7 inch Christmas single – plus UK dates”

Uncle Lucius: Fat Lils, Witney. 1st November 2016

Fat Lil’s is a small club in Witney. Here were a hundred or so people prepared to sit, listen and applaud appropriately, knowingly and loudly. The supporting band Curse of Lono got the gig off to a perfect start. Here were an up and coming London band who had accompanied Uncle Lucius on a short … Continue reading “Uncle Lucius: Fat Lils, Witney. 1st November 2016”

Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews

Ady Johnson has announced an upcoming UK tour supporting Scott Matthews and his band.  His 2015 EP ‘Thank You For The Good Things’  was his second solo release since he fronted Colchester rock ‘n’ roll band FuzzFace; with his debut album ‘Tell The Worry Dolls’ receiving critical praise from UK media, as well as a recommendation … Continue reading “Ady Johnson to tour with Scott Matthews”

Lewis & Leigh Announce ‘Keep Your Ghost’ Tour for 2017

Lewis & Leigh – Al Lewis from Wales and Alva Leigh from Mississippi – released their debut album ‘Ghost’ on Celticana Records in August of this year to rather impressive reviews, The Observer describing it as featuring “songs and harmonies that carry as much sweetness as sorrow.”  Which makes for a nice change.  It’s the culmination of … Continue reading “Lewis & Leigh Announce ‘Keep Your Ghost’ Tour for 2017”

Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale

Recorded in Wiltshire, England, with his friends from acclaimed alt-country outfits The Snakes and The Redlands Palomino Company,  Tommy’s third record as a solo artist – draws on a wealth of musical styles, from gospel-tinged soul and country duetting to delicate pop balladry and driving rock ’n’ roll, while at its centre sits its author’s … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Tommy Hale”