Video: Catherine MacLellan & Tara MacLean “This Storm”

This piano-driven ballad is the title track from Catherine MacLellan & Tara MacLean’s newly-released EP.  Through the song, the pair aim to deliver hope in difficult circumstances.  In the video, the message of positivity and mutual support is reinforced by images of key workers, friends, family and fellow musicians.  Although ‘This Storm’ is a welcome response to the current isolation, this could be about any crisis, global or personal.  Enjoy.

Americana Music Fest, 28th – 29th January, Various Venues, Hackney

Americana Music Fest, organised by the Americana Music Association UK, is two glorious nights of artist showcases that take place from about 6PM until almost midnight in a half dozen venues.  That’s a lot of acts to catch, with a lot of choices to be made – here’s what David Chalfin selected. Continue reading “Americana Music Fest, 28th – 29th January, Various Venues, Hackney”

Catherine MacLellan “Emmet’s Song” – Listen

Catherine MacLellan has spent four years celebrating the work of her father Gene MacLellan through recordings and a stage show, but has returned with her own music on her sixth album ‘Coyote’ and ‘Emmet’s Song’ comes from that very album. Continue reading “Catherine MacLellan “Emmet’s Song” – Listen”

Catherine MacLellan “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan” (True North Records, 2017)

Gene MacLellan’s not a name this writer is familiar with but mention two of his songs, Snowbird (a hit for Anne Murray) and Put Your Hand In The Hand (covered by just about everyone including Elvis and Johnny Cash) and it’s a fair bet that most folk will have a memory of hearing these.  MacLellan was a Canadian who recorded four albums in the seventies but it was his writing skills that attracted the likes of Chet Atkins, Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby to record his songs. Continue reading “Catherine MacLellan “If It’s Alright With You – The Songs of Gene MacLellan” (True North Records, 2017)”