Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th February 2020

In its 17th year with little change to the formula, how do the Transatlantic Sessions keep packing out some of the larger venues up and down the country? Quite simple; hosts and musical directors, respectively, the dobro and fiddle aces Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain, have pulled together a formidable “house band” of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic around whom they invite new guests each year. Douglas and Bain’s good humour and light touch is infectious. With minimal rehearsals they put on shows of such cohesion that all these musicians sound as if they’ve been together for years. Continue reading “Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th February 2020”

Tommy Emmanuel + Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Union Chapel London, 24th May 2018

Islington’s Union Chapel is perhaps the favourite venue of many of the musicians who perform in London. It seats around a thousand people (on very hard Church pews admittedly)  but the reward for the gig goer is an intimate atmosphere and wonderful acoustics.  There is a strict noise limit and a 10.30 curfew which suits the acoustic players perfectly. Continue reading “Tommy Emmanuel + Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, Union Chapel London, 24th May 2018”

Tommy Emmanuel discusses new collaboration with Jason Isbell

News this morning from our sticky friends over at Paste who hosted  Tommy Emmanuel in their midtown Manhattan studio last week.  They report: “Emmanuel performed three songs and discussed his new duets album, Accomplice One. The album features collaborations with artists such as Ricky Scaggs, Amanda Shires, Mark Knopfler and Jason Isbell, among many others. During his Paste session interview, Emmanuel specifically opened up about what it was like to work with Isbell. Continue reading “Tommy Emmanuel discusses new collaboration with Jason Isbell”