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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Photographs from Cropredy 2017 courtesy of ViceVersaFotografia

A selection of photograph from Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Festival 2017. All photos were taken by and are copyright Robbi ViceversaFotografia

Friday Folk at the Village Pump Trowbridge – Autumn 2017

8 September – Charlie Dore & Julian Littman – support Feral Beryl £10
6 October – The Dovetail Trio – support Antoine Architeuthis £10
3 November – Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner – support Bernard Hoskins £8
1 December – Eddie Seaman & Luc McNally – support Steam Shed £10
Open mic nights 15 Sept, 20 Oct, 17 Nov and 15 Dec – all £3 on the door
The Village Pump at The Barn, back of the Lamb in, Mortimer St, Trowbridge BA14 8BN. Tel for booking 01225 865107

New Sarah Darling video released – see it here

Nashville based, singer-songwriter Sarah Darling shares the video for ‘Montmartre’. Taken from her acclaimed album ‘Dream Country’, ‘Montmartre’ is a musical tribute to Paris, a city that has influenced her life, love and music.

Sarah says “’Montmartre’ is one of my favourite songs on the album. The strings make this track absolutely come alive as though you are standing in a movie scene. I have an unending love affair with the city of Paris; ever since I was a little girl I dreamed about going. My [British] husband took me there when we were dating – we wandered the cobblestone streets without a plan or a sense of time. It was so magical. I fell in love, with the city and my husband!”

‘Dream Country’, out now on Be Darling Records, has received praise for its “cinematic and sweeping sound” and was described as ““an impressive body of work” and a “reintroduction of Darling and her magnetising charm” by Popdust. Produced by Nashville multi-instrumentalist-composer-arranger Larissa Maestro, ‘Dream Country’ showcases Sarah’s smooth, escapist song-writing style that crosses country, Americana and contemporary pop. As Sarah explains, “this has been an opportunity to make a record with everything I’ve ever imagined, top to bottom.”

 

Sarah first made her name in America in 2003 as a top-three finalist on E! Network reality show, The Entertainer. She went on to release two successful full-length US albums, ‘Every Monday Morning’ and ‘Something to Do With Your Hands.’

An experienced player in the Nashville scene, Sarah has also supported stadium fillers Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Gill and Tim McGraw, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 80 times. In 2016 she toured the UK with Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstrong, selling out each night. She returned in October supporting British chart-topping duo Ward Thomas and performed at Country To Country in London in March 2017. Sarah has just completed the “A Night In Nashville” UK tour with Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen bringing a true taste of the music city to the UK.

Critically acclaimed NEW ALBUM “DREAM COUNTRY” OUT NOW

https://lnk.to/DreamCountry

Jess Morgan to release limited run of handmade 7” records for Record Store Day

DIY singer/songwriter Jess Morgan takes the do-it-yourself concept to new levels creating handmade vinyl records in her Norwich home. Jess has made a limited run of 7” vinyl of the song ‘Still In Fashion’ (from her album ‘Edison Gloriette’) for release exclusively at Relevant Records in Cambridge for Record Store Day on April 22nd 2017. Jess will also perform an acoustic set at 12pm at Relevant Records.

This limited run of ‘Still In Fashion’ follows 2016’s run of ‘In Brooklyn’, released as part of the PledgeMusic campaign for ‘Edison Gloriette’ as featured on The 405 who called her “a true DIY artist in her element. Seriously, she does it all”. Jess talks about the process on her BLOG in which she says:

“It took a while to hit upon the right recipe – ratio of catalyst and silicone mix to pick up the grooves of a record while still holding its shape and not shrinking back. I also used paper / car / demo tape / duct tape and foil to build up texture in relief which would become the mould and transfer a raised design onto the resin. Eventually I used a thick kind of foil tape – which I think is used for insulation in plumbing – as I wanted to see if I could recreate the fine lines of a sketch in relief. Since working out how to successfully ‘clone’ a record, I spent almost a year – on days in-between touring and recording – experimenting with different ways to make the records special. In the early stages, I found colour mixing – within the resin really quite difficult. I experimented with dye, ink and paint to add a colour injection.”

The artwork for ‘Still In Fashion’ is designed by Jess, with a disc cut from the sleeve and trapped in the centre of each record.

‘Still In Fashion’ also appears on Jess’ album ‘Edison Gloriette’ which will receive a full commercial release on April 22nd 2017.

Jessmorgan.co.uk


Tour Dates

Thursday 23rd March – The Burston Crown

Friday 25th March – Portico, Lincoln

Thursday 30th March – Relevant Records, Cambridge

Friday 31st March – The Courthouse, Thirsk

Thursday 13th April – Loughton Folk Club

Saturday 22nd April – Record Store Day session – Relevant Records, Cambridge @ 12 noon

Saturday 22nd April – Elmslie House, Malvern

Sunday 23rd April – Nights at the Circus, Birmingham

Sunday 30th April – Big Session Festival, Buxton

Thursday 4th May – Cuffern Manor, Pembrokeshire

Saturday 13th May – Hebden Bridge Roots Festival

26th May & 27th May – Ireby Festival, Cumbria

Track Dogs Dates

Track Dogs are a Madrid-based acoustic-folk band with members from Ireland, England and the USA.

The band takes it’s name from the maintenance teams working the subway tracks in New York City.

March 2017

 

Track Dogs

Fri 17. The Troubadour London  263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9JA

Tel: 020 7341 6333 Tickets £10.00 (£8.00 Adv) — From 8:00 p.m.

 

Track Dogs

Sat 18. Edith May Barge Lower Halstow Dock, Lapwing Drive, Lower Halstow, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 7DZ

Tel: 01634 365 343 Tickets £14.00 Doors 7:00 p.m.

 

Track Dogs

Sun 19. Maidstone Music Room PizzaExpress, 32 Earl St, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS

Tel: 020 7439 4962 Tickets £14.00 – Doors 7:30 p.m. — Show 8:30 p.m.

 

April 2017

 

Track Dogs

Sat 29. Rochester Sweeps Festival  Rochester Town Centre, Kent ME1 1LX

 

Track Dogs

Sun 30 The Jenny Lind 69 High St, Hastings, E. Sussex TN34 3EW

Tel: 01424 421392 Doors 4:00 p.m.

 

May 2017

 

Track Dogs

Mon 1. Rochester Sweeps Festival Rochester Town Centre, Kent ME1 1LX

 

June 2017

 

Track Dogs

Thurs 1. The Harbour Bar 1-4 Dock Terrace, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 286 2274 Doors 9:30 p.m.

New single “Burnt Moth” from James McArthur ahead of new album

Album out Friday 20th January 2017 via Moorland Records

‘Burnt Moth’ is the second album from Welsh-born folk singer/songwriter James McArthur. Having acquired years of experience as Paul Weller’s stickman, he moved frontstage to create his debut album “Strange Readings From The Weather Station” which was met with much well-deserved attention from the likes of Uncut, Prog and Record Collector. Now comes ‘Burnt Moth’ assisted in the making of by Joel Magill from the brilliant, Syd Arthur.

James McArthur’s sincere yet tranquil vocals guide the wandering melodies of this album through the different folk scenes of the past, while the playful lyrics cast a contemporary feel onto a perhaps previously dusty setting. Songs as soft as sunlight trickling down through autumnal leaves are grounded by the sheer musical skill of McArthur and his intricate Jansch-like guitar plucking.

His previous release ‘Strange Readings From The Weather Station’, was showcased in the unique venue of a tiny caravan to audience members two at a time, now ‘Burnt Moth’ looks out on to a fresh site. Comforting and familiar yet with a perspective like no-one else’s, this collection of songs will grow with you from the moment you hear them.

Jon Boden goes solo, shares new track and announces UK tour

JON BODEN GOES SOLO
First ever solo tour announced for November 2016 plus brand new track All Hang Down

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Over the course of his career, Jon Boden has become one of the outstanding performers of traditional music of his generation. In one capacity or another, he has won eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Though widely respected for his role as a highly accomplished interpreter of traditional song, Jon Boden has a musical repertoire which extends far beyond the boundaries of just one genre. Now that the exuberant big band Bellowhead which Jon fronted has now come to a close, Jon has decided to explore a more simple, pared down sound.

View a video of Jon recording ‘All Hang Down’ live


In the summer of 2016 Jon will embark on some very special solo dates, followed by his first ever solo tour.

Jon Boden – Solo Festival Performances – Summer 2016

Thursday 28th July
Cambridge Folk Festival – 01223 357 851 / cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Monday 1st August
Snape Proms, Aldeburgh – 01728 687110 / aldeburgh.co.uk

Thursday 4th August
Sidmouth FolkWeek – 01395 577 952 / sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

View November 2016 tour dates here

Tina Refsnes unveils ‘Alaska’ video on The 405 / Album out now!

Tina Refsnes is pleased to unveil the beautiful new animated video for ‘Alaska’ on The 405 – taken from her debut album, No One Knows That You’re Lost (out now). 

Hailing from the Norwegian capital of Oslo, Tina Refsnes is a singer-songwriter concocting a potent mix of English new-folk and poignant Americana. Growing up in the small seaside town of Floro, (where an abundance of rain caused the salt from the sea spray to spread up to a mile from the coastline…) she always longed for the noise and life of a larger city. Despite this, her subconscious love for the open seascape and mountainous terrain followed her into her songwriting, where she cites elements of Neil Young, Laura Marling and Sufjan Stevens as influences in her work.

After Norway, she moved to Liverpool, studying and living there for four years. She loved the sprawling metropolis of urban possibilities, and spent all her time writing songs and playing music. But during her time there, she had a growing sensation of being unable to find the right expression for her writing, so she learned to take her time, saving up her songs so that one day she would be able to do it her way.

It wasn’t till years later, when Tina had moved back to Oslo that she found what she had been looking for in terms of her music. She heard an album recorded by producer Robbie Lackritz (Rilo Kiley, Feist, Bahamas, The Weather Station) which inspired her to take her songs and travel to Toronto, Canada to find him. Lackritz teamed her and long-time collaborater Eirik Stordrange up with Toronto musicians Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith) and Mike O’Brien (Zeus) and over the course of three weeks, the four of them recorded ‘No One Knows That You’re Lost’ in a single room.

Always fascinated with space in a recording, her favourite listening experiences were always when you could hear also the person behind the performance – breaths, creaks in floor boards, an out of place thud from strumming your guitar slightly wrong. Therefore, when recording the album, she wanted the listener to get a physical sense of the distance between him/her and an awareness of where the performer was situated within the room.

There is certainly no rush with Tina. No One Knows That You’re Lost is a collection of songs saved up and finally captured here in just the right way. They are songs about small things. Sometimes serious, sometimes observing the world with humour and sometimes told from a distorted, off-key perspective. Songs like ‘Told’ and ‘Upside Down Clouds’ (featured on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show) explore growth and discovery, while ‘Alaska’ longs for the familiar quietness of nature that she grew up with. Overall it is a record of optimism and tranquil beauty that is, only now, perfectly on time.

‘Alaska’ is out now. 

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No One Knows That You’re Lost is available now.

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Tina will embark on a small UK tour this April. Dates are as follows:

Thursday 14 April
Tina Refsnes
with The Worry Dolls
The Old Stables, Wiltshire

Friday 15 April
Tina Refsnes
The Louisiana, Bristol

Saturday 16 April
Tina Refsnes
Trove Cafe, Manchester

Sunday 17 April 
Tina Refsnes
Servant Jazz Quarters, London

Watch Emma King perform a one-take acoustic session of ‘Dive’ – from her upcoming debut album

Emma King

Debut Album Released May 27th 2016

www.emmakingmusic.com

The power of Emma’s voice has taken her from Kingston-Upon-Hull to touring the US and Europe, receiving 5-star reviews along the way. Now she’s back on home soil to release a debut album. Her sound is an idiosyncratic mix of pop, soul and roots, with a voice that brings comparisons to Joss Stone, Annie Lennox and Christina Aguilera.

Emma has previously worked with Grammy Award winning engineers including Chas Sandford (Stevie Nicks and Chicago), Milan Bogdan (KC and The Sunshine band, Shania Twain) and Aaron Swihart (Peter Frampton). Her debut album was independently produced, recorded at Snap Studios in London and mastered at Abbey Road.

Emma’s writing style is open and honest, touching upon themes such as anger and loss, but with a sense of optimism throughout. The experience of living abroad is a prominent theme; she describes album opener ‘Devil City’ as being “about feeling completely lost in unfamiliar territory; getting pulled back in every time you try to leave.”

Emma King’s career began in earnest when she received a scholarship from James Brown’s god-daughter Carleen Anderson (Brand New Heavies) to study at BIMM Brighton. She built up her musical chops performing in England and Germany and self-funded a move to the US for a five year period. This work paid off, leading to some incredible experiences such as playing in Sun Studios in Memphis using vintage tape machines, Elvis’s microphone and Jerry Lee Lewis’s piano.

She has appeared on the PBS network, BBC Radio 2, ITV, performed live for the prestigious WSM radio station and supported acts such as The Drifters.

Tracklist:

  1. Devil City
  2. All the Other Fools
  3. Keep it Coming
  4. Rollin’ In
  5. Baby You Don’t Mean Nothing
  6. You Lie Awake
  7. (Let’s Hope) Tomorrow is a Better Day
  8. The Lights
  9. Now We Get Away
  10. Over & Out