Vera Van Heeringen “Won’t Be Broken” (Wood & Steel, 2020)

Look, there are a lot of acoustic-based female singer-songwriters out there who are recording and performing in the same arena as Vera Van Heeringen; no need to name them here as this review is part of VVH’s 15 minutes, not about them. Just check out the album reviews on AUK for 2020 so far if any confirmation is required. That Van Heeringen has made it to album number three must therefore count for something. ‘Won’t Be Broken’ has reached us via her birthplace and childhood home of the Netherlands, her current home in the English and Welsh borderlands and recording studios of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It was produced and engineered by Dearne Valley legend Andy Seward, emphasising its zeitgeisty Northern Powerhouse credentials.
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Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018

While there are several “specialist” Americana festivals like Maverick and Ramblin’ Roots, for the Americana fan Cambridge Folk Festival has for many years always had much to offer.  It rightly prides itself on its eclecticism – both Joe Strummer and Nick Cave have played there in the past – and interpreting “folk” very broadly and this year was no different with Patti Smith, Songhoy Blues and St Paul & The Broken Bones all performing. Continue reading “Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, 2nd-5th August 2018”