Jade Jackson to Play First Ever UK Show

Following the release earlier this year of her critically acclaimed debut “Gilded” on ANTI-, and an extensive US tour in support of Social Distortion, Jade Jackson will make her first trip to the UK with a headline show at The Slaughtered Lamb on November 13th.

“Gilded” is a powerful and persuasive introduction to the gifted young country-rock sensation from small town California already causing a stir with critics and fans alike.

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Deer Tick announce 2018 UK / EU live dates and share video for “Cocktail”

New albums “Vol.1” and “Vol.2” out now on Partisan Records

Last month, for the first time in four years, the acclaimed and beloved Providence, RI band Deer Tick released new music into the world in the shape of two new albums; Vol.1 and Vol.2. Riding a wave of support from media and fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the band can now announce that they’ll bring their exhilarating live show back to the UK / EU early next year, playing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, as well as what will be a huge headline set at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.

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Fosketts Folk Factory

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 :-

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Norwegian Grammy Award winners DARLING WEST share new single “While I Was Asleep”

Darling West

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”



Chris Country partner with Under The Apple Tree to present exclusive country session recordings, never before heard on radio

Chris Country listeners are set to enjoy exclusive country session recordings, never before heard on radio, thanks to a new partnership with Under The Apple Tree.

The new “Under The Apple Tree Radio” show will run for eight weeks from Sunday 28th May, and is presented by Miles Myerscough-Harris, son of legendary country radio presenter Bob Harris. The programmes contain sessions recorded at their famous studio in Oxfordshire.

Miles says: “We’ve been recording Under The Apple Tree sessions for three years now, and I’m delighted to be sharing highlights from our catalogue every week on Chris Country. From familiar songs performed by artists you love, to some really cool interpretations of tracks you’ll know from elsewhere, I can’t wait to share them with Chris Country’s listeners across the UK.”

Chris Country Programme Director Chris Stevens, added: “We’re committed to bringing exclusive and exciting country music to our listeners, and Under The Apple Tree’s live sessions are superb. We’re pleased to welcome Miles to the station.”

How to listen:

  • ONLINE | www.chriscountry.co.uk
  • ON DIGITAL & DAB | Re-tune to find Chris Country
  • ON MOBILE | Dowload the Chris Country mobile app

Under The Apple Tree Radio will be broadcast every Sunday at 5pm, repeated every Thursday at 8pm.

John Wort Hannam to play five UK dates

It’s a long, hard road – figuratively and literally – from being a school teacher on a southern Alberta First Nation’s reserve to a Juno-nominated roots music career with

performances at The Kennedy Centre, The Smithsonian, and Trafalgar Square, but he wouldn’t trade the journey for the world.

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Born in St Helier on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught Grade Nine on reserve for five years.

He decided he wanted to pursue a career in music after hearing Loudon Wainwright III in 1997.


Now a prize-winning songwriter and performer touring internationally, John Wort Hannam is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common folk through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and the vast landscape of Canada.


With a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this born storyteller shares the personal and the profound.

Thriving on live performance, John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience.


Since leaving his teaching job, he’s released five albums, performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and written official song for the 2011 Alberta Winter Games.


He won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award in 2007. He’s been nominated for three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards – winning the Contemporary Album of the Year in 2010.

He also earned a 2010 Juno nod for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year Solo, and he has won the Grand Prize in the Calgary Folk Festival Song Competition on three separate occasions.


June 2016


Wed 29. The Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN

Tel: 020 7485 9899 Tickets £10.00  — From 9:00 p.m.


Thurs 30. The Royal Oak 72 High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0HF

Tel: 01249 817034 Tickets £4.00 —  From 8:00 p.m.


July 2016


Fri 1. Maverick Festival Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0EQ

See Maverick Festival site for ticket details.


Sat 2. Maverick Festival Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0EQ

See Maverick Festival site for ticket details.


Sun 3. Doncaster Brewery, 7 Young Street, DN1 3EL, Doncaster DN1 3EL

Tel: 07770 958394 Tickets £7.00 — From 4:30 p.m.




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Whispering Bob Harris’ New Festival! – Under The Apple Tree Roots Festival

WBBC and WhisperingBobTV are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new music festival curated by legendary broadcaster ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris. This exciting two-day roots music festival will be held at Silverstone Woodlands over the May Spring bank holiday weekend 27th to 29th May and will bring together a plethora of different genres across four stages.

With names everyone will have heard of and many new up-coming artists to explore, one thing is certain – if you have enjoyed Bob’s radio shows you know you can trust him to guide you along familiar and unfamiliar roads knowing you will love what you hear and see.

Some of the artists appearing at the inaugural festival will include Sam Palladio, The Lake Poets and Ethan Johns on Friday, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Liam Bailey, Boo Hewerdine and Thea Gilmore on Saturday and Keston Cobblers’ Club, Judith Owen, Nell Bryden, Martyn Joseph and Ward Thomas on Sunday, with many more acts to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at 1pm on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Campsites will open at 2pm on Friday 27th May for weekend ticket holders and remain open until 12pm on Monday 30th May allowing all festival goers to take advantage of a leisurely departure.

The choice of site and the facilities on offer mean that the weather will have little chance to spoil the enjoyment. The audience can take in performances from major artists in the 5,000 capacity main stage marquee, or head to the smaller on site pub – ‘The Tree Stump Inn’ – to enjoy pints of Whispering Bob ale and acoustic performances supported by AMA-UK.

Fans will even be able to experience Nashville without leaving the festival site. Inspired by Music City’s renowned Bluebird Café, UTAT Roots will also host a special songwriters’ ‘In-The-Round’ stage, curated by Chris Difford where audiences can experience the techniques behind penning songs from some of the world’s greatest writers. “I’m thrilled to be asked to curate a writers stage at the festival” said Chris, “to feel part of this experience, the birth of something very special, is a deep honour.”

Crowds will certainly not go hungry either- esteemed chef Nigel Barden (as heard on the Simon Mayo show) will be providing his own artisan menu of delicious meals and snacks for all festival-goers. Speaking about the festival, Nigel said “I look forward to serving up a food & drink offering which will be as interesting, eclectic & artisan as the amazing line up of musicians they have gathered together for the inaugural festival.

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Hosted by ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris
27th-29th May, Silverstone Woodlands


Gretchen Peters – New 2xCD Collection + UK Tour Dates

the essential gretchen petersOn ‘The Essential Gretchen Peters,’ this very special Nashville-based singer-songwriter  combines career-defining tracks with rare outtakes, demos, and B-sides to provide a two-disc snapshot of her remarkable journey as a singularly fearless and creative talent.  The album is released to coincide with her latest UK tour.

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“I remember going on my first radio tour for my debut album and the guys at the radio stations would say, ‘So you’re a songwriter, and now you want to be an artist?'” remembers Gretchen Peters.

In hindsight, it’s a laughable distinction. Over the last three decades, Peters has proven to posses one of the most indelible voices in country and roots music in addition to wielding one the genres’ most enduring pens. But in 1996, as she crossed the invisible Music City barrier between writer and performer, few could have predicted what lay ahead.

Peters first arrived in Nashville in 1987 and quickly established herself as a songwriting force to be reckoned with and tracks recorded by some of the biggest names in country music. She landed her first #1 with George Strait’s rendition of her “Chill Of An Early Fall,” garnered her first GRAMMY Nomination and CMA Song of the Year win with Martina McBride’s recording of “Independence Day,” and penned hits for Patty Loveless, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy LaFave, and Etta James among others. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,'” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.”

All the while, though, she had bigger plans for herself.

“Performing my own material was always in my sights from the time I moved to Nashville,” Peters explains. “I didn’t separate the writing from the performing from the recording in my mind. I always saw myself as a singer-songwriter, and that was all part of the job.”

Riding the momentum from her remarkable success, Peters signed her first recording contract in 1996 with an independent label and released her debut album, ‘The Secret Of Life.’ While it fared well critically, Peters fell between the cracks of an industry hungry for easy-to-categorize products to feed the machine. Marketing a nuanced, mature storyteller—one who penned songs like the album’s bittersweet title track and the stirring “When You Are Old” (both of which appear on ‘The Essential’ Disc 1)—to mainstream country radio proved to be fruitless, and when the label later folded, Peters bought back the master recordings and vowed to maintain control for the rest of her days in the business, becoming an early adopter of the now-common process of self-releasing albums through licensing and distribution partnerships.

Despite the early commercial stumble in the US, though, Peters found a different appreciation for her songs in the UK, where she earned the admiration of early champions in radio and press, like the legendary BBC host Bob Harris.

“The first time I went over, I played four little gigs with no more than 40 or 50 people at any of them, maybe less,” she remembers. “But I immediately felt completely comfortable in my skin. I felt like those audiences didn’t expect or want me to be anything other than who I was. Everything that wasn’t working here in the States was working really well over there. It was like stepping through the looking glass.”

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Over the next twenty years, Peters would self-release seven more studio albums on both sides of the pond (including a collaboration with Tom Russell titled ‘One To The Heart, One To The Head’) and see her profile in the UK reach a new peak with 2015’s ‘Blackbirds,’ which debuted at #1 on UK Official Country Artists Albums Chart. Uncut hailed her as “one of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades,” while The Sun called the album “an Americana tour de force.” The record led to a sold-out UK tour, as well as spots on massive European festival stages from Glastonbury to Roskilde.

All the while, the US was catching up to what they’d been missing out on in their own backyard. NPR called her 2012 release ‘Hello Cruel World’ “the album of her career,” while Rolling Stone dubbed “Blackbirds” “one of the most affecting murder ballads since Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska,'” and in 2014, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

While ‘The Essential Gretchen Peters’ collects some of the most memorable moments from her inimitable catalogue, it also offers a unique window into Peters’ process. Highlights include rare recordings of her own takes on classics like “The Chill Of An Early Fall,” “On A Bus To St Cloud,” and “Independence Day,” as well as a previously unheard collaboration with Bryan Adams and unreleased demos and outtakes from throughout her career. Listeners can also trace the evolution of her work with keyboard player Barry Walsh, who began recording on Peters’ demos in 1990 and appears on every one of her albums (the two were married in 2010).

“The first real UK tour I did with Barry was in 2001, and when we started playing live together it really became apparent that we had this sympathetic way of playing music,” Peters explains. “We were always able to telegraph to each other what we were going to do. At this point now, 25 years since we first started recording together, it’s like we play with one brain, but even back then, I felt like we had some kind of language that we were speaking onstage.”

Though Peters is beloved as a songwriter of the highest calibre, she also uses the ‘The Essential’ collection as an opportunity to showcase her talent for interpreting the work of others that have influenced her, including a stunning cover of John Lennon’s “Love” and a gorgeous rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” performed by Wine, Women & Song, her touring group featuring fellow Nashville icons Suzy Bogguss and Matraca Berg.

“Once the idea for this collection came up, I took the title pretty seriously when I was deciding on what to include,” explains Peters. “Regardless of when, how, or if they were released, I wanted to choose tracks that really felt essential to who I am, the closest, absolute right-down-to-the-bone expressions of myself.”

Gretchen Peters is a songwriter and an artist. Both sides are essential to her identity, and one listen to this collection makes it clear that her extraordinary body of work is indeed essential listening for the rest of us.


Red Sky July & Beth Nielsen Chapman team up for Christmas single

‘Save Christmas Day For Me’

Single Release – December 11 2015
On Shadowbirds Records

Award-winning Americana trio Red Sky July are releasing an atmospheric, beautifully orchestrated single for Christmas featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman. To celebrate the release, the band will be playing a special one-off Christmas show at the Green Note in Camden on December 11.

“I picked up Ally’s new Buddy Holly guitar on a Saturday morning and it came out. Just came out! Easy….like Father Christmas had done it for me! I love Christmas and spending it with my family and, although everyone is busy with work and touring in the run up, I love knowing that we will all be home together for Christmas” explains Shelly.

Red Sky July are a London based trio comprised of husband and wife Ally McErlaine (guitarist from Texas) and Shelly Poole (Alisha’s Attic), with Charity Hair (The Alice Band and latterly The Ailerons, with Blur’s Dave Rowntree). Accomplished Nashville singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman contributes vocals to the recording to add another layer of delicate vocal harmony.

Their sound is a hazy blend of Americana and alt-country, a stripped back set-up of acoustic guitar and vocals allowing lush melodies and rich harmonies to come to the fore. The band have been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and have supported many prestigious artists such as Sheryl Crow, 10CC, Tom Jones and Jools Holland. Festivals they have performed at include T in the Park, Isle of Wight and Glastonbury.

2009’s self-titled debut garnered the praise of the critics including excellent reviews from Q Magazine, the Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph, with Q describing the album as “a timeless blend of vocals & intricate twang…. As atmospheric as it is emotional”.

2014’s ‘Shadowbirds’ came straight in at No. 3 in the UK Country Charts, with Maverick describing it as “a beautiful slice of alt-country showcasing sunny songs and gorgeous harmonies. 5/5”. The band’s achievements were recognised at the Scottish Music Awards where they were presented with a prestigious Tartan Clef award by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

Americana duo Balsamo Deighton announce the release of their debut album ‘Unfolding’

Americana duo Balsamo Deighton announce the release of their debut album ‘Unfolding’. Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton – both respected vocalists, musicians and songwriters in their own right – have joined forces to record a collection of ‘grown up songs on the human condition’.

Influenced by a wealth of classic writers and musicians – from Gram Parsons, Crowded House and Steve Earle to Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Balsamo Deighton’s songs pretty much nod and wink to them all. The duo are two close friends, simply making music that they love. “I love Rosalie’s ethereal voice and knew that although we are very different singers something magical was happening” says Steve. They instinctively knew what harmonies to sing, “Singing with Steve takes me to a happy place where even the best wine in the world can’t take me!” jokes Rosalie.

After meeting 10 years ago at Martin Terefe’s London recording studio – where they were working on their respective debut solo albums – they bonded over a love of 70s singer/songwriters, country music and cake and vowed to record together as they felt their voices blend together and give what Emmylou Harris calls ‘the rub’ – two harmonies melting into one.

Several times around the world in various musical guises, their paths crossed again when Rosalie – who grew up in the successful folk band The Deighton Family and is considered one of Britain’s finest female vocalists – supported Steve’s highly regarded band The Storys. Having returned from touring with the likes of Elton John, Santana, Celine Dion and Joe Cocker, The Storys asked Rosalie to collaborate with them.

When The Storys decided to call it a day, Steve and Rosalie took it as a sign that the time was right to make some music together. They called on friend and songwriter Julian Wilson of Grand Drive, and slowly and quietly kicked some ideas around at his South London studio. These initial sessions were inspiring, fun and very rewarding and all three realised that indeed they had found ‘the rub’. Recording began in earnest with producer and songwriter John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, The Indigo Girls and U2), tracking the first song ideas at his North London studio.

The PledgeMusic fan-funded album boasts an eclectic mix of stories inspired by their lives. Title track ‘Unfolding’ is about receiving the dreaded letter from the army as Steve explains, “The Storys were once contacted by a father who had lost his son in Afghanistan. They were both fans of the band and they sent a representative of his squadron to collect one of our songs the day before the funeral. It was incredibly moving to be a part of his story, and Unfolding is our reaction to it.” ‘The Dream Song’, an upbeat hopeful anthem, is inspired by a conversation between Steve and the late Jon Lord’s widow in which they both talked about meeting Jon in dreams and how, as in life, he reassured them to keep the dream alive.

Love is represented, of course: while atmospheric love song ‘Long Way Round’ was written after Rosalie discovered an affair, country style ballad ‘Run Back To Your Life’ tells a tale of falling in love with the right person at the wrong time. Meanwhile, ‘The Ghost Of Me And You’ is about two lovers trapped in a relationship that’s dead and, if you listen closely, the voice of a ghost (recorded by Steve at a paranormal investigation) can be heard whispering I kissed her.

Earlier this year the duo performed at Country 2 Country 2015 at the O2, cementing their place in the burgeoning Americana/Alt-Country scene in the UK, where the pair recorded an acoustic session on the Emirates Airline cable car at the event for The Telegraph. Balsamo Deighton are also looking forward to heading out on the road to support ‘Unfolding’ next year.

Drive On
Ride It
Sky Blue And Black
Long Way Round
Light In The Dark
The Dream Song
Run Back To Your Life
The Ghost Of Me And You
50 Foot Jesus
These Four Walls