Music / American Foursquare – Denison Witmer

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Denison Witmer

Quite why some musicians attract a large audience and others continually produce music of great worth without its justified reward is a mystery. One, sadly, not always corrected by critical acclaim in public like this. Some years ago, Denison Witmer was recommended to me by Gretchen Peters and she was not wrong with this musical… Read more »

Music / Sam Carter Launches Fourth Album During Lockdown

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In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances.  Renowned as “the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation” (Jon Boden), Sam made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012 and… Read more »

Music / Travelling with Thomas Folk Musical by Laurel Swift – four back-to-back Performances Online

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Travelling With Thomas, the emergent folk musical from the combined creative forces of musician/composer Laurel Swift and designer Lizzie Watts, enters its second year of development with a series of interactive, online showcases. Telling the legendary tale of Thomas the Rhymer, these online showcases are the result of weeks of socially-distanced virtual collaboration between folk… Read more »

Music / Laura Marling at the Union Chapel – virtual gig 6 June 2020

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LAURA MARLING will be performing a special live solo concert from Union Chapel in London on Saturday 6th June for fans in the UK and Europe. Filmed with multiple cameras in Ultra HD and with the highest quality audio, this iconic venue will be transformed into a beautiful setting for this special live event. Laura… Read more »

Music / Bad Touch new album and rescheduled tour dates

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Classic rock blues flavoured Bad Touch release  their upcoming studio album ‘Kiss The Sky’ via Marshall Records on Friday 19th June 2020. ‘Kiss The Sky’ will be supported by a rescheduled nationwide 13-date UK headline tour that kicks off at The Waterfront in Norwich on Friday September 18th. All UK tour dates will feature Piston… Read more »

Music / Rebel Moon Blues – Sass Jordan

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Over one million album sales. A duet with Joe Cocker on the mega selling ‘Bodyguard’ soundtrack. A world tour with the David Bowie alumni lead by Mike Garson. Yet outside of her native Canada Sass seems to have been unfairly overlooked. With raspy chops that hint at Janis Joplin and Maggie Bell her later albums… Read more »

Music / Goodbye Booze – Jake Leg Jug Band

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One look at the dishevelled individuals in the mugshots on the front brings to mind Horslips ‘Aliens,’ LP cover, but unlike the Irish Celtic rock wizards there’s something spooked and hard bitten about the JLJB. It’s like they’ve been on a three day bender around the Irish bars of Chicago, they’ll regret it all in… Read more »

Music / Review roundup of other releases from May 2020

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Ebb & Flow – Moonrakers. Oxfordshire based ensemble with a fifth set of niftily played trad, three girls and one bloke. The highlights here are the nimble playing of the harp which weaves well with guitar and bouzouki and then some really strong female vocals. The jigs and instrumentals are light on their feet which… Read more »

Music / Say Somethin’- David Clayton-Thomas

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The distinctive voice behind the Jazz Rock pioneers Blood Sweat & Tears, Clayton-Thomas made a meteoric rise to the top in the late 1960’s via some of the most memorable hits of the era. ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’, ‘And When I Die’ and his self-penned ‘Spinning Wheel’ all hit the Top 10 and… Read more »