Will Stratton blitzes England with November dates

18 of them to be precise. Following his sold–out show at the Slaughtered Lamb last week, in support of his new album “Rosewood Almanac”, Will Stratton has announced news of a busy autumn touring schedule. Stratton will first join The Weather Station for their 8–date European tour, before hooking up with John Smith for an extensive tour throughout November, and he’ll also play a headline show in Winchester. Mojo has compared him to Jackson Browne and Nick Drake, Louder Than War to Elliot Smith, Sufjan Stevens and also Nick Drake, which means he definitely sounds like Nick Drake at least.  Have a gander at the lovely animated video for his song “Some Ride” below, along with the tour dates. Continue reading “Will Stratton blitzes England with November dates”

Holly MacVe + Will Stratton, St John on Bethnal Green, London E2 – 6th April 2017

Holly MacVe is 21. She grew up in Ireland, Yorkshire and Brighton yet she creates lonesome country songs hewn from the bedrock of Hank, Emmylou, Joni, Tammy and KD along with that of Lana Del Rey. A few of the dates on her current tour are in churches, this one being a fine Sir John Soane Italianate example built in 1820 and still a place of worship. Americana music is rooted in the church, in gospel and blues and the country folk of the god-fearing Appalachians so musically everything is perfect here. Support act Will Stratton changed the lyric in one of his songs for the occasion. “When I wrote this I was a hard line atheist, but I’m not so sure now “, he says, and he leaves the song hanging, questioning. His voice evokes the soft longing of classic American folk and there are glimpses of Paul Simon, Nick Drake and James Taylor too.  Continue reading “Holly MacVe + Will Stratton, St John on Bethnal Green, London E2 – 6th April 2017”