HARROW FAIR – LAST REMAINING UK TOUR DATES

Toronto-based duo Harrow Fair; Miranda Mulholland (formerly Great Lake Swimmers) and Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players) are excited to announce their return to the UK this autumn with a string of live dates throughout October / November, concluding at London’s Green Note on Wednesday 8th November, 2017.

The band recently set up shop in Toronto’s Revolution Studio recording covers of iconic Chris Isaak song Wicked Game, released earlier this year, plus the new stunning cover of Memphis Minnie track When The Levee Breaks, also made famous by Led Zeppelin.

One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock ‘n’ roll, the other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. The duo released their debut full-length album Call To Arms in the summer of 2016, with tracks from their rapidly expanding collection of songs, including the kick-drum booming opener of Hangnail setting the tone for this soulful country album filled with guitar hooks and southern charm.

Read Mike Davies’ review if you missed it first time around: http://folking.com/harrow-fair-call-to-arms-roaring-girl-rgo14/

Rounding off their adventures of 2017 Harrow Fair perform at a host of festivals across the US and Canada, before returning to the UK for a headline tour.

HARROW FAIR 2017 – Remaining AUTUMN UK TOUR Dates…

Sunday 5th November Greystones, Sheffield www.mygreystones.co.uk

Tuesday 7th November The Tunnels, Bristol www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk

Wednesday 8th November Green Note, London www.greennote.co.uk

Artist web links:
www.harrowfair.ca
https://twitter.com/harrowfairmusic
https://www.facebook.com/HarrowFairMusic

KARINE POLWART Announces New Album – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart A Pocket Of Wind Resistance
Photo by Sandy Butler.

Karine Polwart – five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – will release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance via Hudson Records on November 17, 2017. Written in collaboration with the Scottish sound designer Pippa Murphy, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s critically acclaimed theatrical debut (“Poignant, unflinching and beautiful” ***** – The Telegraph). The production, which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, was written, musically directed and performed by Polwart, winning her the Best Music and Sound Award at the 2017 CATS. Alongside three other nominations, it also placed Polwart on the shortlist for the Best Actor ‘Scottish Oscar’ in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. In-line with the album’s announcement, Polwart is streaming the first single to emerge from the album, ‘Labouring and Resting’.

For Karine, the ‘Wind Resistance’ project took seed from a close hand view of the annual migration of over two thousand pink-footed geese to Fala Flow, a tiny peat bog close to Polwart’s home just south of Edinburgh. Watching the geese’s constantly shifting skeins – in which the birds take turns to create pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight – prompted Karine to consider the ways in which humans depend upon each other, whether or not we form skeins of our own. The airborne phenomena & its role in Fala Flow’s delicate ecology – explored in beautiful detail by Polwart on ‘Labouring and Resting’ – resonated particularly with Polwart’s own recent experience of becoming a mother and protecting a family of her own.

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the KARINE POLWART – A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

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Speaking about the album, Karine says;

“It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”

‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ – the follow-up to her 2012 Scottish Album of The Year-nominated ‘Traces’, produced by Chvrches’ Iain Cook – is the latest in a series of collaborative projects from Polwart which combine music and art with science, environment and politics. Following her BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning 2005 debut ‘Faultlines’, Polwart collaborated on the naturalist-inspired ‘The Darwin Song Project’ in 2009 and last year’s all-female ‘Songs Of Separation’ release with Eliza Carthy, alongside ‘Sea Change’ in 2013, written as a response to climate change. Karine has also collaborated with indie composer RM Hubbert, co-written with members of Portishead for Martin Green’s EIF/Barbican production ‘Flit’, and co-directed and worked on life novelist James Robertson’s ‘Pilgrimer’ production.

Following a run of shows through October, Polwart will be performing ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ as part of a residency at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh between November 3-11, 2017.

Remaining Tour Dates:

November 4, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 7, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 8, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 9, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 10, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | (Matinee) – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
November 11, 2017 | Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Artist Web Link: https://www.karinepolwart.com/

Edgelarks – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – New Album and Remaining Tour Dates

Edgelarks

We were recently treated to the hatching of Edgelarks (the new name for duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) at the Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis last Sunday evening. The name change also spearheads the launch of the new album by the same name that is released 6.10.17.

The definition of Edgelark is “to sing about or from the margins”.

So its no surprise that the album focus on transitional spaces, minimal places, people, refugees and times. It looks at boundaries and thresholds; crossroads and borderlands.  There is a travelling theme that runs through the new album which spans stories of transition from old to new, all documented in song and wonderful music to a backdrop of shades of early morning light contrasted with the last ebb of light at the end of the day.

Darren Beech

Edgelarks describe this further as:

The idea that, despite often being places of marginalisation, these are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That when social norms break down, when you are between two established worlds, there is a chance for new perspectives. That in the end, we have far more in common than things that divide us.

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Edgelarks link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

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The Edgelarks – Remaining 2017 Launch Tour Dates…

*with very special guest The Little Unsaid

**with very special guest Tobias ben Jacob


07/11   Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham**

Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea, W.Sussex, BN43 5EG

www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk / 01273 464440


08/11 Applegarth Farm, Headley Road, Grayshott, Hampshire, GU26 6JL

01428 725276 / stuart@handsontohealth.com

Tickets are £32, which includes a three course meal.


09/11   Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich**

7 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LJ

www.anterosfoundation.com / 01603 456 731


10/11   The Painswick Centre, Stroud**

Bisley Street, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucs. GL6 6QQ

www.painswickcentre.com / 07596 823 881


11/11   Somborne Sessions, Hampshire**

King’s Somborne Village Hall, off Romsey Road, Kings Somborne, Hants. SO20 6PP

www.sombornesessions.co.uk / 01794 388743


Artist Web links:

www.edgelarks.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/philliphenryandhannahmartin

The Shee Cancel Continuum Autumn 2017 Tour

Continuum
Photograph by Louise Bichan

We are very sorry to announce that our October tour will no longer be taking place. We were due to play at Nettlebed Village Club, Pitville Pump (Cheltenham), MAC Birmingham and ARC Stockton on Tees, but as two of our band members are currently dealing with serious health issues – Olivia is current undergoing chemotherapy, while Rachel is just out of surgery – we have decided not to go ahead on this occasion. Though we have looked at ways to continue with deps, we just don’t think we can do the gigs without two integral members of our team. We will be back on the road next year, and would like to thank the venues for being so understanding of the situation. For all those that had bought tickets, please do get in touch with the respective venue. With love, The Shee x

Described as ‘a sophisticated, unexpectedly emotional set’ (The Guardian), The Shee’s most recent album, Continuum, has captivated both critics and audiences alike since it was launched at Celtic Connections in January 2016.

The Shee is:

Lillias Kinsman-Blake: flute, graphics and visuals
Shona Mooney: fiddle
Rachel Newton: harp, vocals
Olivia Ross: fiddle, vocals
Laura-Beth Salter: mandolin, vocals
Amy Thatcher: accordion, clog dancer

If you haven’t got yourself a copy of the album yet, then click on the THE SHEE – Continuum link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

Continuum was conceived in order to celebrate The Shee’s tenth anniversary. Each member of the band commissioned a British folk musician hero to write an original piece specifically with the band in mind. The musicians chosen were: Andy Cutting, Brian Finnegan, Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson, Kathryn Tickell and Chris Wood, and the pieces given their world premiere at Celtic Connections 2016.

Rory Ellis – One Skin

Its hard to believe that the “Big Man”, RORY Ellis is now on his eighth album. The new album is called “One Skin” and celebrates a new chapter in his life with many of the songs inspired by the love for his partner.

“This is an album that I hope will awaken the spirits of the listener,” he said. “It is important to me as with all my albums, to have situations that will occur to other people. It may not always be apparent straight away, but when they listen to it, it becomes real to the point where the listener can often put themselves into the song.. The beauty of song writing is not to always hit somebody over the head with a message, it’s often about delicately filtering a message through the songs.”

Ellis takes listeners on an Americana journey that’s inter-woven with country, blues and folk and the ever-present chromatic harmonica.

“Americana doesn’t lock you into one genre; you’re not a blues or rock or country artist,” Ellis said. “I can take the styles I love; being country, blues and folk, and meld them all into one.”

Ellis wrote Livin’ The Dream about the farm he lives on with his partner and all the aspects that go with it.

“It’s about the things that can often go wrong and conversely the funny things that also happen all in one day sometimes,” he said. “It is an idyllic and honest lifestyle, but the song is about all the associated hardships, pests, machinery breakdowns, and all the things that come with living in an old farmhouse and having that kind of lifestyle, all new to me.”

Ellis wants to highlight serious issues that he’s witnessed, too. Who’s Your Daddy is a hard-hitting song that focuses on the effects that estranged fathers have on their partners and kids and the yearning from all to know why he isn’t there, and his realisation that he has been removed from their hearts, often by his own hand. He also tackles the issue of domestic violence.

“Another Woman Down is about the overwhelming presence of domestic violence in our communities, and the treatment of women in that situation. We see it in the news more and more and it’s one of those things that just shouldn’t happen. This is a song for the women who have been subjected to this.”

The North Coast Australian singer-songwriter has toured the world, playing festivals in Europe and the UK over many years, but has made his home on a farm near Kempsey, New South Wales, in Australia

For more information about Rory, visit his website HERE

Jon Boden shares new single ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’

Photo by David Angel

Jon Boden, former front-man of the progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out’, the new single to be taken from his forthcoming solo album Afterglow, set for release via Hudson Records on October 6, 2017. Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling an end to Bellowhead, a 12-year project that culminated in a quarter of a million album sales and worldwide sell-out shows including the Royal Albert Hall.

Afterglow follows on from Boden’s 2009 solo concept-album ‘Songs From The Floodplain’ which lead him to be named as Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards. Whereas Floodplain largely dealt with the rural setting, Afterglow looks to juxtapose this and immerse the listener within a post-apocalyptic, post peak-oil street carnival – a location of decaying buildings, burning oil drums and homemade fireworks, in which Boden tells the story of two lovers trying to find one another.

Speaking about ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out’, Boden says: “Without easy access to electric light and with a shortage of oil, our lives will again become bounded by the astronomical cycle of the universe, and our relationship with the stars will become closer, uninhibited by artificial light pollution. I wanted the stars to have a big presence in the album, particularly Orion who, as a ‘hunter’, is someone who our hero identifies with as he searches the city for a girl he knew once but hasn’t seen for many years.”

Across his career Boden has been awarded a record-breaking 12 BBC Folk Awards, earned through his work with Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden. Now touring as both a solo artist and with his band The Remnant Kings, Jon will perform in both incarnations again this autumn. Commencing with his solo tour at Pocklington’s Arts Centre on November 6, Jon will perform at intimate venues across the UK before ending at Ludlow’s Assembly Rooms on November 14. From here Boden will tour with The Remnant Kings, beginning at Gateshead’s Sage on November 17 and taking in a date at London’s Scala on November 22.

Full tour dates and further album details here: http://folking.com/jon-boden-announces-new-solo-album-tour-dates/