If you like your ‘folk’ edgy, turning traditional songs on their head, swerving into rock territory or nudging the mainstream, Sam Kelly’s your man.
At just 24, the ‘pushing the envelope’ singer songwriter has had no trouble setting the roots world alight. Just three years after releasing his first EP, Norfolk-born, Bristol-based Kelly scooped the coveted 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Horizon” title, which recognises the best emerging talent.
Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis are proven winners at the Ram Club, having played in a trio and as The Changing Room – two fabulous performances. Sam is a hugely talented and hard-working young musician with a memorable voice and Jamie one of the best banjo players you will ever see. This dynamic duo will set the party alight with their mix of old and new. Adding to the frivolities will be a table laden with festive fayre – plus a spectacular gallery of unusual raffle prizes. Huge fun guaranteed.
Friday December 15, 7.30pm (music begins at 8.30). At the Old Cranleighan Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0HB.
NB: This will be a ticketed event – details to follow – please see the website. All welcome.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman continue touring October through to December in support of their new 8 track EP entitled SAVED FOR A RAINY DAY.
“Over the last few years there have been several cover songs we have performed live and never got round to recording. Along with a couple of our own originals that didn’t ‘fit’ with our previous releases. These have often been requested on CD and, subsequently, ‘Saved For A Rainy Day’ has become a limited edition of rarities.”Continue reading “Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman Tour and EP”
Introducing ‘Foskett’s Folk Factory’ – Foskett’s Folk Factory is the brainchild of musician, awarded songwriter and veteran (multi genre) music producer Charley Foskett – www.foskettsfolkfactory.com is a new music and video production company – dedicated to providing creative services and a platform to promote acoustic, folk and roots based music.
After many decades in the music business as a successful record producer, arranger and touring session musician, Charley Foskett was forced to take time out – five years to be precise to battle two lots of bowel and rectal cancer – after a string of massive invasive surgeries and several body parts lighter he decided to return to music as a bit of a distraction – this wonderful distraction culminated into a rather exciting project indeed – here is his website introduction :-
Celebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. Richard will play Cropredy Festival in August, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fairport Convention and tour the UK in October.
On the heels of the success of Acoustic Classics in 2014, Acoustic Classics Vol. II will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.
1. She Twists The Knife Again – 2:49
2. The Ghost Of You Walks – 4:41
3. Genesis Hall – 3:30
4. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair – 2:29
5. A Heart Needs A Home – 3:27
6. Pharaoh – 4:26
7. Gethsemane – 5:13
8. Devonside – 3:06
9. Meet On The Ledge – 3:06
10. Keep Your Distance – 3:35
11. Bathsheba Smiles – 3:33
12. Crazy Man Michael – 4:24
13. Guns Are The Tongues – 6:06
14. Why Must I Plead? – 4:09
A hugely popular live performer, Thompson will tour the UK in October 2017, including the very first concert at the newly-established London Bridge Theatre, which is now sold out and a second London show at Cadogan Hall.
Tour Dates are as follows:
Serious and UTA present: RICHARD THOMPSON Plus support Josienne Clarke + Ben Walker
Wed 11 October Brighton Dome
Thu 12 October Guildford G-Live
Fri 13 October Poole Lighthouse
Sat 14 October Bristol Colston Hall
Sun 15 October Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
Tue 17 October Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wed 18 October Gateshead Sage
Thu 19 October Salford Lowry
Sat 21 October Saffron Walden Saffron Hall
Sun 22 October Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Mon 23 October London Cadogan Hall *EXTRA DATE on sale Friday
Wed 25 October Sheffield City Hall
Thu 26 October Leicester de Montfort Hall
Fri 27 October Basingstoke Anvil
Sat 28 October Norwich Theatre Royal
Mon 30 October London Bridge Theatre SOLD OUT
Ground-breaking group Fairport Convention, co-founded by Thompson as a teenager in the ‘60s, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Richard will play Fairport’s annual Cropredy Festival, which takes place August 10-12, to mark the occasion.
Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received multiple awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards and the US and UK Americana Music Association Awards, as well as Mojo’s Les Paul Award and an Ivor Novello Award for song writing. Thompson was appointed OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his songs
The last twelve months of Darling West’s musical career can’t be described as anything other than fantastic. Since the release of their second album, “Vinyl and a Heartache”, they have played concerts all over the world, been playlisted on the biggest radio stations in Norway, appeared on the Top 100 Country charts in the US, amassed more than 2.5 million plays on Spotify, been booked for the biggest festivals in Norway, Americanafest in Nashville, and won a Norwegian Grammy.
Despite all this, the band have no plans of resting on their laurels, and now they’re releasing two songs from a new album they plan to release in early 2018. “While I Was Asleep” and “After My Time” were recorded with Bård Ingebrigtsen in Amper Tone Studios, Oslo, and were mixed by Marcus Forsgren (Jaga Jazzist).
This is the sound of a new and revitalised Darling West. The band are still playing their sweet Americana / country / folk, but there’s a lot more drive in the music and the melodies are catchier than before.
The band said: “While I Was Asleep” was begun in Brooklyn and finished in the Ål mountains. A song where Mari’s pop sense created the lovely chorus, with elements of light country-psychedelia in the rest of the song. “After My Time” is one of the few songs we have written in our apartment in Oslo. It does something to you when you read about human destinies and experiences you hardly can imagine. It’s difficult to take in, but at the same time it’s important to not shut it out.”
Listen to “While I Was Asleep” and “After My Time”
Teesside trio The Young’uns have always had the human touch. In the space of little more than a decade – and just three years after giving up their day jobs – they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts.
Stockton Folk Club’s star graduates clinched the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’ title two years running (2015 and 2016) and last year saw them spreading the net, taking their unique act and instant audience rapport to Canada, America and Australia.
With their strong songs, spellbinding harmonies and rapid fire humour, they have achieved one of the trickiest balancing acts – an ability to truly ‘make them laugh and make them cry’, while cutting straight to the heart of some of our most topical issues.
On September 29 they will unveil their fourth studio album Strangers – playing their strongest suit to date. Bold, profound and resonant it showcases the growing talents of Sean Cooney, fast becoming one of folk’s finest songwriters.
Together with Michael Hughes and David Eagle, Cooney has come up with a collection of folk songs for our time, all sensitively arranged by the 30-something trio – looking back at wartime heroes here, offering a news report for the 21st century there, turning the spotlight on injustice and ultimately celebrating the indomitable human spirit.
Setting the scene with a cover of Maggie Holland’s A Place Called England (Best Song at 2000 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) , the remaining songs on the 10-track album all come from the prolific pen of Cooney who manages to combine unflinching, sharply observed but compassionate, heartfelt lyrics.
With its ocean blue cover, Strangers looks at the stories of those that have crossed the seas to British shores and soldiers that have voyaged from here to the warfields of Europe. Paeans for the underdog have been inspired by the courage of Syrian refugees, have-a-go heroes and Gay Rights campaigners which sit seamlessly alongside narrative songs of First World War soldiers, Caribbean and Jewish immigrants, including the founder of one of our best known British High Street stores.
Not forgetting their native North East heroes, The Young’uns inspiration also comes from further afield – the banks of Spain’s River Ebro (Bob Cooney’s Miracle) and the Thalys train terrorist attack in France. (Carriage 12). There are constant changes of tempo and mood, from the jaunty sing-a-long Ghafoor’s Bus, celebrating their fellow Teessider who reached out to refugees across Europe to the slow, soaring beauty of Lapwings (as performed on BBC-tv’s Springwatch), inspired by a First World War diary entry from a soldier homesick for English fields and skies and the sublime, poetic Dark Water where they are backed by Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Radio 3’s Mary Ann Kennedy on harp.
Stand-out song Be The Man was inspired by the incredibly moving story of Matthew Ogston and his fiancé Nazim Mahmood – its poignancy elevated by ex Bellowhead musician Rachael McShane on cello and fiddle and Chumbawamba’s Jude Abbott on melancholic flugelhorn. Matthew reacted to Sean’s lyrics saying: “I do not have the right words to even begin to explain how your words have touched my soul and heart”.
Sean’s songs have reached some of the people who inspired them including Syrian refugee Hesham Modamani, now living in Germany and Paris-based American-Frenchman Mark Moogalian, injured in the Thalys train attack, who heard Carriage 12 and wrote to say: “Many thanks for this wonderful song – the only thing that has ever brought tears to my eyes regarding what happened that day.”
These are powerful songs prompted by remarkable stories – making for an ultimately upbeat album full of hope, echoing the lyric from Ghafoor’s Bus: “There’s a friendly face, a better place and a future for us all”
Striking a chord wherever they go, the emphatic Strangers marks a milestone chapter in The Young’uns brilliant story.
Recorded at The Chairworks in Castleford and Loft Studios in Newcastle, Strangers is produced by Neil Ferguson, released on Hereteu Records label and distributed by Proper Music.
Strangers will be showcased on an extensive UK tour (October 4-27) including a debut at London’s Union Chapel and dates at Sage Gateshead (Hall 1), Glasgow’s Oran Mor and The Sugar Club in Dublin – their first headline gig in Ireland. Support for most dates comes from The Hut People, with singer songwriter Greg Russell opening for the trio in Nottingham and Lincoln.
The Young’uns Strangers album tour – October 2017
4 LANCASTER Dukes Theatre
5 SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)
6 GLASGOW Oran Mor
7 SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
8 OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre
9 COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
12 LONDON Union Chapel
13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
14 LINCOLN Drill Hall
15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog
18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson
19 LEEDS City Varieties
20 MANCHESTER Home – Folk Festival
21 BIRMINGHAM Mac
22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge
24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
27 GATESHEAD Sage 1
FINDLAY NAPIER – his new album ‘Glasgow’ is due for release in September
As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP:Very Interesting Persons (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter (and sometime stand-up comic) Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status.
Co-written and produced by revered UK songsmith Boo Hewerdine, VIP’s ten biographical tracks, invoking real-life sources from Hedy Lamarr to a cave-dwelling Scottish tramp, marked another career high for Napier, building on plaudits and awards for his previous line-ups Back of the Moon, Queen Anne’s Revenge and The Bar Room Mountaineers.
He now turns those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on VIP’s hotly anticipated follow-up, Glasgow.
Continuing his collaboration with Hewerdine, the new album combines freshly-penned originals with classics and rarities from Glasgow’s vast and colourful ballad canon, by authors as diverse as Hamish Imlach and The Blue Nile. Together, they form an extended musical love-letter to Scotland’s metropolis, celebrating 20 years since Napier first arrived as a student, swapping his idyllic Highland childhood home for the 14th floor of the city’s notorious (and since demolished) Red Road flats.
In 2016, too, Napier launched the Glasgow Songwriting Festival, a weekend of workshops and performances which completely sold out its inaugural outing, and returns in 2017: featured artists to date include Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock, the aforementioned Abbott and Stanley Odd MC Dave Hook. In between putting the finishing touches to Glasgow, Napier also toured in spring 2017 with acclaimed contemporary protest-song showcase Shake the Chains.__
Despite these ecumenical enthusiasms, Napier himself remains happy to identify as a folk singer – even if he does enjoy stretching the term’s already elastic parameters. It’s also a definition true to Napier’s earliest inspirations. He grew up in a musical family (brother Hamish is also a leading musician), and while early piano lessons proved a non-starter, singing was part and parcel of everyday life.
As with many of Scotland’s under-40 generation of folk-based artists, these nascent passions were brought fully to life by Napier’s involvement, from age 12, in the Highlands’ Fèis network of youth music festivals, whose tutors quickly spotted and encouraged his vocal talent, meanwhile steering him to learn guitar. A particular mentor was the great Highland singer-songwriter Jim Hunter, at whose urging Napier successfully applied for the new Scottish Music degree course at the then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), moving to Glasgow to join its inaugural intake.
While his chosen running routes around Glasgow have further deepened his acquaintance with the city, directly inspiring several songs on the new album, another recent addition to Napier’s creative armoury is his burgeoning comedy career. A longtime fan of the funnyman’s art, he signed up for some beginners’ workshops a couple of years back, after reading Stewart Lee’s analytical account of his craft, How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian. Dauntlessly taking the plunge into the local comedy circuit, Napier has since progressed rapidly from five-minute open slots to a gig at 2017’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival.
“Part of what blew my mind about the Stewart Lee book,” he explains, “was seeing the similarities about holding an audience, structuring a set, how you make people laugh – and realising the amount of thought he puts into these things. And they’re totally transferable skills: doing the comedy has been a massive help for me playing solo, a massive confidence-builder. Hopefully, it’s made my patter a bit funnier, too.”
In this context, as well as calling himself a folk singer, Napier simultaneously aspires to another, likewise timeless role: “I do love that old-fashioned, all-round idea of an ‘entertainer’ – I think it’s a brilliant thing,” he says. “But then that’s totally what the best folk singers are; they’ll have you in absolute hysterics, in between punching you in the gut – people like Loudon Wainwright, John Prine, Michael Marra: that’s the absolute pinnacle, as far as I’m concerned.”
July 28th sees the release of this lavish Fairport Convention CD box set, Come All Ye – The First 10 Years. Compiled by Andrew Batt, the curator of the very successful show, ‘The Lady – A Tribute To Sandy Denny’, which toured the UK in 2012, this collection celebrates Fairport’s first 10 years, beginning with their eponymous debut for Polydor in 1968, through all of their seminal albums for Island Records and finishing with tracks from their two albums for Vertigo, The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Tippers Tales.
Of the 121 tracks featured here, 55 are previously unreleased. Highlights include key tracks from all of their classic albums, single B-sides, BBC Radio Sessions, 5 songs from the French TV programme, ‘Pop 2’ (December 1970), 5 songs from the Television show, ‘The Man They Couldn’t Hang’ (1971) and the audio for an entire concert at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon (December 16th 1973) plus 2 songs recorded live for the Scottish Television programme, ‘Anne Lorne Gillies – The World of Music’ (1976). The set comes complete with liner notes by respected English writer, Patrick Humphries, author of many highly regarded books including, ‘Nick Drake – The Biography’ ( Bloomsbury 1998 ), ‘Richard Thompson – The Biography’ ( Music Sales Ltd 1997 ) and ‘The Many Lives of Tom Waites’ (Omnibus Press 1989).
Since 1979 the band have been hosting their very own yearly festival, Cropredy, the annual highlight of which is the Saturday night headlining performance by the current incarnation of Fairport Convention plus past members and guests. This year’s festival promises to be very special as it marks the band 50th anniversary. http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/cropredy/2017/
Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention are the hardy perennials of the British Folk scene and are credited with inventing the genre known as Folk Rock on the release of their influential album Liege and Lief in 1969. Over the years they have enjoyed a shifting line-up, which has helped to launch the successful solo careers of founder members Richard Thompson, Judy Dyble, Ashely Hutchings and Simon Nicol and subsequently the careers of Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg.
01: Time Will Show The Wiser ( 3:05 ) from Fairport Convention
02: Decameron ( 3:42 ) from Fairport Convention
03: Jack O’ Diamonds ( 3:30 ) from Fairport Convention
04: One Sure Thing ( 2:53 ) from Fairport Convention
05: I Don’t Know Where I Stand ( 3:38 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 2/6/1968
06: You Never Wanted Me ( 3:15 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 2/6/1968
07: Fotheringay ( 3:04 ) from What We Did On Our Holidays
08: I’ll Keep It With Mine ( 5:53 ) from What We Did On Our Holidays
09: Mr Lacey ( Sandy on Vocals ) ( 2:55 ) from the Sandy Denny box set
10: Eastern Rain ( Sandy on Vocals ) ( 3:48 ) – Previously Unreleased
11: Nottamun Town – A Capella version ( 1:48 ) – Previously Unreleased
12: Meet On The Ledge ( 2:50 ) from What We Did On Our Holidays
13: Throwaway Street Puzzle ( 3:27 ) – B Side on What We Did On Our Holidays remastered
14: Reno Nevada ( 2:23 ) from the David Symonds radio show 6/1/1969
15: Suzanne ( 5:25 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 1/9/1968
16: A Sailors Wife ( without Swarb ) ( 11:23 ) from the Sandy Denny box set
17: Genesis Hall ( 3:35 ) from Unhalfbricking
18: Autopsy – Alt Take ( 4:33 ) – Previously Unreleased
19: Who Knows Where The Time Goes ? – Alt Take ( 5:19 ) – Previously Unreleased
01: Dear Landlord ( 4:08 ) from Unhalfbricking
02: Si Tu Doir Partir ( 2:25 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 6/4/1969
03: Percy’s Song ( 5:28 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 1/9/1968
04: Ballad of Easy Rider ( 4:54 ) – Guitar Vocal
05: The Deserter – Rehearsal version ( 4:40 ) – Previously Unreleased
06: Come All Ye – Alt Take ( 5:27 ) from the Sandy Denny box set
07: Reynardine ( 4:31 ) from Liege and Lief
08: Matty Groves – Alt Take ( 7:43 ) from the Sandy Denny box set
09: Farewell Farewell ( 2:38 ) from Liege and Lief
10: Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood – Take 1 edit ( 6:42 ) from Liege & Lief Deluxe Edition
11: Tam Lin ( 7:46 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 27/9/1969
12: Sir Patrick Spens ( 3:44 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear programme 27/9/1969
13: The Lark In The Morning medley ( 4:12 ) from John Peel’s Top Gear 27/9/1969
14: Bonny Bunch Of Roses ( 10:48 ) – Full House Out-Take
01: Walk Awhile ( 3:51 ) – Live in Concert on Pop2 – 5/12/1970 – Previously Unreleased
02: Dirty Linen ( 3:55) – Live in Concert on Pop2 – 5/12/1970 – Previously Unreleased
03: Sloth ( 12:17 ) – Live in Concert on Pop2 – 5/12/1970 – Previously Unreleased
04: Journeyman’s Grace ( 4:47 ) – Live on Pop2 – 5/12/1970 – Previously Unreleased
05: Sir B.McKenzie ( 4:29) – Live in Concert on Pop2 – 5/12/1970 – Previously Unreleased
06: Flatback Caper – Live 1970 ( 5:57 ) – Previously Unreleased
07: Doctor of Physick – Live 1970 ( 3:52 ) – Previously Unreleased
08: Poor Will and The Jolly Hangman (5:34 ) from Guitar, Vocal
09: Bonnie Black Hare – Alt Take ( 3:04 ) – Previously Unreleased
10: Lord Marlborough ( 3:24 ) from Angel Delight
11: Banks of the Sweet Primroses ( 4:11 ) from Angel Delight
12: Breakfast In Mayfair ( 3:07 ) from Babbacombe Lee
13: Little Did I Think ( 1:52 ) from The Man They Could Not Hang – Previously Unreleased
14: John Lee ( 1:48 ) from The Man They Could Not Hang – Previously Unreleased
15: Cell Song ( 4:27 ) from The Man They Could Not Hang – Previously Unreleased
16: Time Is Near ( 2:49 ) from The Man They Could Not Hang – Previously Unreleased
17: Dream Song ( 4:14 ) from The Man They Could Not Hang – Previously Unreleased
18: Farewell To A Poor Man’s Son ( 5:16 ) from The Man They Could Not Hang
01: Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller – Live at the LA Troubadour ( 3:55 ) from Guitar Vocal
02: That’ll Be The Day ( 2:02 ) from The Bunch
03: Think It Over – Sandy Denny rehearsal version ( 2:31 ) – Previously Unreleased
04: Maverick Child ( 4:03 ) Previously Unreleased
05: Sad Song aka As Long As It Is Mine ( 5:06 ) Previously Unreleased
06: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John ( 3:05 ) Previously Unreleased
07: Rattle Trap ( 2:05 ) Previously Unreleased
08: Sheep In The Meadow ( 4:10 ) Previously Unreleased
09: Rosie ( 3:34 ) Previously Unreleased
10: Country Judy Jane ( 2:36 ) Previously Unreleased
11: Me With You ( 3:23 ) Previously Unreleased
12: My Girl ( 4:05 ) Previously Unreleased
13: To Althea from Prison ( 2:25 ) Previously Unreleased
14: Knights Of The Road ( 3:52 ) from Rosie
15: The Plainsman ( 3:19 ) from Rosie
16: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John from the Old Grey Whistle Test ( 3:44 ) Previously Unreleased
17: Brilliancy medley from the Old Grey Whistle Test ( 3:55 ) Previously Unreleased
18: Polly On The Shore ( 4:53 ) from Nine
19: Fiddlestix (The Devil In The Kitchen) without orchestra ( 2:49 ) Previously Unreleased
20: Possibly Parsons Green ( 3:41 ) – OZ 7” single mix Previously Unreleased
21: Bring Em Down ( 5:55 ) from Nine
01: Sloth – Live in Sydney ( 11:31 ) from Live Convention
02: John The Gun ( 5:05 ) – John Peel session 6/8/1974
03: Down In The Flood ( 3:27 ) – John Peel session 6/8/1974
04: Rising For The Moon ( 4:18 ) – John Peel session 6/8/1974
05: After Halloween ( 2:54 ) Byfield Demo – Alt Take Previously Unreleased
06: Restless ( 3:59 ) from Rising For The Moon
07: White Dress ( 3:24 ) Live on LWT (on Rising for the Moon deluxe edition)
08: Stranger To Himself ( 2:52 ) from Rising For The Moon
09: Dawn – Alt version ( 4:09 ) from the Sandy Denny box set
10: One More Chance – Alt Take ( 7:52 ) Previously Unreleased
11: All Along The Watchtower – Live in Oslo in 1975 ( 4:22 )
12: When First Into This Country ( 2:28 ) from Gottle O’ Geer
13: Sandy’s Song aka Take Away The Load ( 3:34 ) from Gottle O’Geer
14: Royal Seleccion No 13 ( 4:24 ) from A World of Music: Anne Lorne Gillies 26/11/1976 Previously Unreleased
15: Adieu Adieu ( 2:35 ) from A World of Music: Anne Lorne Gillies 26/11/1976 Previously Unreleased
16: Reynard The Fox ( 2:59 ) from Tipplers Tales
17: Poor Ditching Boy ( 3:46 ) from In Concert – STV 1976 Previously Unreleased
18: Flowers Of The Forest ( 3:50 ) from In Concert – STV 1976 Previously Unreleased
DISC SIX – Live at Fairfield Hall 16/12/1973
01: Polly On The Shore ( 5:12 ) Previously Unreleased
02: Furs and Feathers ( 5:11 ) Previously Unreleased
03: Tokyo ( 3:09 ) Previously Unreleased
04: Cell Song ( 5:05 ) Previously Unreleased
05: The Claw ( 3:01 ) Previously Unreleased
06: Far From Me ( Old Broken Bottle ) ( 3:47 ) Previously Unreleased
07: Brilliancy medley / Cherokee Shuffle ( 4:14 ) Previously Unreleased
08: Days of 49 ( 6:20 ) Previously Unreleased
09: Fiddlestix (The Devil In The Kitchen) ( 3:07 ) Previously Unreleased
10: Dirty Linen ( 4:33 ) Previously Unreleased
11: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John ( 6:34 ) Previously Unreleased
12: Possibly Parsons Green ( 3:39 ) Previously Unreleased
13: Sir B. McKenzie ( 6:21 ) Previously Unreleased
14: Down In The Flood – Full version ( 3:45 ) Previously Unreleased
15: Something You’ve Got- Full version ( 3:00 ) Previously Unreleased
DISC SEVEN – Live at the LA Troubadour 1/2/1974
01: Down In The Flood ( 3:13 )
02: The Ballad Of Ned Kelly ( 3:59 )
03: Solo ( 5:34 )
04: It’ll Take A Long Time ( 5:35 )
05: She Moves Through The Fair ( 4:15 )
06: The Hens March Through The Midden & The Four Poster Bed ( 3:17 )
07: The Hexamshire Lass ( 2:44 )
08: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ( 4:33 )
09: Six Days On The Road ( 3:44 )
10: Like An Old Fashioned Waltz ( 4:20 )
11: John The Gun ( 5:10 )
12: Down Where The Drunkards Roll – Alt Take ( 4:30 ) Previously Unreleased
13: Crazy Lady Blues ( 4:02 )
14: Who Knows Where The Time Goes ( 6:54 )
15: Matty Groves ( 7:05 )
16: That’ll Be The Day ( 3:23 )
Emily Maguire, the beguiling British-born singer-songwriter whose remarkable personal journey fast-tracked her from the Australian bush to the Albert Hall, releases her first album in more than three years – A Bit Of Blue
With her earlier album Believer hailed as a ‘masterpiece’ (Maverick Magazine), anticipation is building around this, her fifth release, recorded at opposite ends of the globe, in Queensland and Ross-on-Wye.
The 11-track album is more stripped back and raw than her last release, Bird Inside A Cage. By turns haunting and elegiac, hopeful and reflective it always retains her trademarks – emotive, imagery-rich songs, elegant instrumentation and crystalline vocals. The poetic original songs range from the understated to the unflinching, all underpinned with producer Nigel Butler’s sparse, exquisite piano and guitar arrangements.
But bringing the album to fruition has been something of a roller-coaster ride for London-born Emily, who now lives in Bath.
The classically trained musician who has bipolar disorder was out of action for two years, suffering chronic tendinitis in her arms which left her unable to play her instruments and triggering a lengthy depressive episode.
Says Emily: “This record came out of a dark time in my life. But as so often happens something good came out of something bad.”
Recorded in Australia by Pix Vane Mason, the original engineer on Emily’s first two albums, A Bit Of Blue is produced by Nigel Butler who also produced Emily’s last album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’. The X Factor producer has worked with artists ranging from k.d.lang and Tom Jones to Will Young and Robbie Williams and many other top pop acts.
Putting his stamp on the album from his Herefordshire studio, Butler has transformed Emily’s soulful songs into ethereal landscapes of skilfully crafted sound which emphasise her thought-provoking ‘laid bare’ lyrics and expressive vocals. Says Emily: “We knew we wanted to call this record ‘A Bit Of Blue’ and we knew we wanted it stripped bare, haunting and as beautiful as it could possibly be.”