THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY

The Doobie Brothers

‘ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE WILDLIFE CONCERT’
RETRO WORLD: FLOATD6309
RELEASED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th 2017

The Doobie Brothers, one of the most commercially-successful and best-loved rock bands of the last forty-odd years, have their superb double live album ‘ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE WILDLIFE CONCERT’ reissued on the Retroworld reissue division of the North London indie label Floating World Records on Friday, October 27th, 2017.

Recorded live at three concerts on May 5th , May 6th and May 11th 1996, Rockin’ Down The Highway is a superb showcase for some fine music. The band were unique for having distinct phases of their career, shifting musical gears radically in the mid-seventies when the superb blue-eyed soul voice and keyboards of Michael McDonald were added to their ranks.

The earlier, hard rock era of the band—when guitarists Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston is well-represented, with such classics as ‘China Grove’, ‘Black Water’, ‘Long Train Runnin’ and, of course, ‘Listen To The Music’ all feature, but the McDonald era is also represented, with ‘Minute By Minute’ and ‘What A Fool Believes’ included in the track listing. Guitarist John McFee also is in tremendous form throughout, and the whole double set positively bristles with superb vocal harmonies, incisive musicianship and a firm focus on delivering fine music for a Good Cause – the proceeds of the shows went to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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David Ramirez Streams new single

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK release via Thirty Tigers on September 8, 2017. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. The new album follows Ramirez’s 2015 album ‘Fables’, described by Q as ‘caked with the grit and dust of an entire lifetime’. Ramirez is now streaming the fourth track to be taken from the album, ‘Stone Age’ below.

Speaking about the nostalgic video for ‘Time’, Ramirez says: I went into the studio with plans to document our time there and by the second day, after recording most of the song “Time”, I knew I wanted it to be the backdrop for the film. It’s easily one of the dreamiest songs I’ve ever recorded, and framed against the black and white montage of memories from the studio, it comes across with more nostalgia than heartbreak.”

For the first time, Ramirez – who has always co-produced or self-produced – hired a producer in the form of Sam Kassirer (previously helmed Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Bhi Bhiman) to help evolve and change the recording process. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer’s studio. “It’s very secluded, which was part of the appeal. We were able to get out of our touring headspace and stay completely involved with the record and what we were doing. That allowed the band to concentrate on the music, to pursue ideas without distractions and misgivings, but it also removed them from the world during a momentous event.”

We’re Not Going Anywhere marks a departure for Ramirez who builds on the rootsy sound of his early albums to create something new, bold and anchored in the present in both music and lyrics taking influence from the sounds of his childhood, the likes of The Cars and Journey. “We’re Not Going Anywhere” – these are four simple words informed and driven by Ramirez’s own background which identifies a record of promise and protest at a timeof socio-political agitation, “so many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family has raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I’ve seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.”

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DAVE STEWART Nashville Sessions : The Duets

’Nashville Sessions : The Duets’ is a new collection that presents the best duets from the recording sessions at John McBride’s famed Blackbird Studio in Nashville that resulted in the album trilogy of ‘The Blackbird Diaries’, ‘The Ringmaster General’ and ‘Lucky Numbers’ released by Dave Stewart between 2011 and 2013. ‘Nashville Sessions : The Duets’ features striking vocal performances by Stevie Nicks, Alison Krauss, Colbie Caillat, Joss Stone, Martina McBride and more.

‘God Only Knows You Now’ (with Jessie Baylin)

Dave Stewart played two UK shows in September 2017 with his Nashville All Star Players to celebrate his 65th birthday, folking.com was there at the London gig and the other was in his birthplace of Sunderland.

Here are the photo’s from the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London show… click on the photo below to view the full set.

Dave Stewart's 65 Birthday Party

Support came from the London Gospel Community Choir and guests included:
– Bob Harris
– Holly Quin-Ankrah
– Martin Chambers (a founding member and drummer for the Pretenders)
– Candy Dulfer
– Diane Birch
– The other Doom Brother, Bob Geldof
– Jon Stevens (from Noiseworks)

Set list:
– So Long Ago.
– Beast Called Fame.
– Magic in the Blues.
– (Eurythmics) – Here Comes the Rain Again (with Holly Quin-Ankrah)
– Lily Was Here (with Candy Dulfer).
– Soul Years + This Little Town (with Martin Chambers).
– Jealousy.
– Heart of Stone.
– All Messed Up – (with Diane Birch) from Dave’s latest Nashville Sessions: The Duets project – http://wp.me/p5SuEn-9Ul
– (Eurythmics) – There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) – (with Diane Birch).
– This Is The World Calling (with Bob Geldof).
– Don’t Come Around Here No More (the song Dave wrote for Tom Petty) – (with Bob Geldof).
– Starlight – from the 2016 project with Jon Stevens (with Jon Stevens).
– (Eurythmics) – Missionary Man (with Jon Stevens and Holly Quin-Ankrah).
– (Eurythmics) – Thorn in My Side
– When the Day Goes Down (with London Gospel Community Choir).
– (Shakespears Sister) – Stay.
Encore:
– (Eurythmics) – Would I Lie to You?
– (Eurythmics) – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

Nashville Sessions : The Duets – Track-listing:

1  Drowning In The Blues (with Alison Krauss)
2  All Messed Up (with Martina McBride)
3  Just Another Fall (with Diane Birch)
4  God Only Knows You Now (with Jesse Baylin)
5  Bulletproof Vest (with Colbie Caillat)
6  Cheaper Than Free (with Stevie Nicks)
7  Picnic For Two (with Joss Stone)
8  One Way Ticket To The Moon (with The Secret Sisters)
9  Nashville Snow (with Karen Elson)
10  Every Single Night (with Martina McBride)
11  You And I (with Laura Michelle Kelly)

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 DAVE STEWART Nashville Sessions 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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‘One Way Ticket To The Moon’ (with Secret Sisters)

The Shee bid farewell to Continuum with autumn 2017 tour

Continuum
Photograph by Louise Bichan

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.

And this autumn, after rave reviews, two high profile tours and summer festivals, the six-piece is ready to wave it a fond farewell, with four celebratory gigs in October 2017:

9 October 2017: Nettlebed Village Club
nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk

10 October 2017: Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham 
cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/the-shee-186555

11 October 2017: MAC, Birmingham 
macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-shee-continuum

12 October 2017: ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees
arconline.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-shee

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.

ANNA COOGAN OCTOBER UK TOUR DATES

US singer-songwriter and former fisheries biologist, Anna Coogan, is excited to announce her return to the UK this October, following the release of her well received new record ‘The Lonely Cry of Space & Time’ in April. The live dates include a show at London’s Sound Lounge on Thursday October 19th.

The album, a virtual two-person effort which features Willie B (Brian Wilson) on drums and Moog bass, combines Coogan’s three-octave soprano vocals, electric guitar soundscapes and pointed social commentary into a fierce cohesive piece which combines the personal and the political, in a musical hybrid of rock, country, pop and classical opera into a unique whole. Her new direction was born from her series of performances in her adopted hometown of Ithaca, NY, in which Anna and Willie B created live musical accompaniments for vintage silent films.

Influenced by her classical opera training and her father’s protest albums by Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan, The Lonely Cry Of Space & Time is a stylistic breakthrough for Anna. Call it operatic rock, a genre previously explored by the likes of Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, LeneLovich, Yoko Ono and Freddie Mercury, among others; there have been many attempts at rock opera in the past, but The Lonely Cry of Space & Time is something different.

A distinct stylistic change from her previous solo work (The Nocturnal Among Us, 2010; The Wasted Ocean, 2012; and Birth of the Stars, 2014); Coogan explains her shift from the acoustic Americana of her past to the jangly, electronic buzz of the new album could be described as her “Judas moment.” As a guitarist, think of her rubbery, pneumatic, wah-wah sound like a combination of PJ Harvey, Courtney Barnett and her personal favourites, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot.

A true independent, Anna releases her own albums and books her own tours, which have taken her all over the world, including international festivals like the Blue Ball in Lucerne, Switzerland, Maverick in Suffolk, UK, as well as the Glasgow Americana Festival and Celtic Connections in Scotland. She has also played extensively in Germany and the Netherlands, and toured as a member of the Johnny Dowd Band.

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the ANNA COOGAN 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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ANNA COOGAN OCTOBER UK TOUR

Wednesday 18th October
Loves Cafe, Weston-Super-Mare
www.lovesweston.co.uk

Thursday 19th October
The Sound Lounge, London
www.thesoundlounge.org.uk

Friday 20th October
Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey
www.southdevonmusic.co.uk

Saturday 21st October
The Band Room, Farndale
www.thebandroom.co.uk

Sunday 22nd October
Tape Community Arts Center, Colwyn Bay
www.tapemusicandfilm.co.uk

Artist Web Link: www.annacoogan.com

Wickham 2017 Reviewed

Click on the photo below to see the full set…

Wickham 2017

‪Squelch… Wickham Festival finally kicked off to a great start with sets from ‪Low, Barker, Morris & Tunstall which sounds like a firm of solicitors instead of musical, dance and poetry partners in festival law; Andy Fairweather Low, Les Barker, the Wickham Morris Sides and KT Tunstall.

Now tell me… where are you going to get a “bend me, shake me, a sermon from the church of the holy undecided, a strip the willow and a black horse and a cherry tree all the the same place!

Here is the moment when the sun came out and everyone forgot about the thirteen days of rain that fell on the site the day before it opened which caused the “elf and safety” three hours delayed start.

The main Thursday night event on the All Time Grates Stage was 10CC, who played all their hits, which they performed as a masterclass in song-writing. They even offered us the following words of wisdom from their extensive mantra…

Life is a minestrone
Served up with parmesan cheese
Death is a cold Lasagne
Suspended in deep freeze …

Friday afternoon had a definite garden party feel that went off with a Wizz, bang and Spooky side-splitting Tickell. It all started with the legendary Wizz Jones who rolled out all his hits including ‘When I Leave Berlin’ which Bruce Springsteen covered.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale followed, the Antipodean Blue Mountain settlers, that worry local livestock to such a degree that the local farmers club together to pay for their international tours (so long as they agree to do reworked Abba and Bee Gees choral arrangements). Luckily, Kathryn Tickell was there to restore order, Northumbrian Pipe Style, who together with The Side brought Wickham back into the hear and now with evocative slow airs that could break your heart one minute and then fling you seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels the next.

In between Tickell and the Spookies (great idea for a band name!) I managed to dash across to the Hapi Stage to catch a bit of the fab Portsmouth based band Bemis. I also managed to grab a copy of their excellent new album A World of Difference that I encourage you all to go and check out for free here

There was barely enough time for a quick change over before it was pedal to metal down the West Country highway in search of Fishy Friends, Seth Lakeman and Show of Hands.  All three did the West Country proud and I think its was a great bit of programming to put Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, Seth Lakeman and Show of Hands all on the same stage and evening bill.

Here is my favourite moment of Friday night, when Show of Hands treated us to a slowed down version of the Don Henley classic “Boys of Summer” . Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Saturday opened with more Wickham Festival goodies… Alas, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie didn’t make it for the reunion but folk legends, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe turned up on the All Time Grates Stage in the afternoon. Then it was a quick hop and skip across to the Hapi Stage for a blistering set from Gilmore & Roberts with festival energy in a bakers bun-dance. Then back again to the All Time Grates Stage as master Dhol drummer, Johnny Kalsi fired up the furnaces of the drums of the mighty Dhol Foundation to create a high-energy, pulsating folking brilliant musical soundscape of Punjabi beat, rhythm and intensity. ‬

‪If that was not enough excitement for one day, there was a just enough time to sponge down before the main evening event of the big punk-folk-rock 3. I’m sure you will all know who they all are, as the Saturday evening, three in a row line-up, for many, was one of the dream festival programming highlights of this year (dreamt up by the mind of that festival organising genius, Mr Peter Chegwyn) which even included a returning Chopper as part of the Oysterband mix. For those who have not worked it out, it was of course The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Oysterband and The Levellers. I also legged it across to the Hapi Stage to see some of my old mates Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley set with the lovely Emily.

Time had flown by and before anyone knew it, it was “Sunday folk fun-day” and the fourth day of Wickham.

I’ll start with Ray “Chopper” Cooper who opened on the Hapi stage…

Fay Hield then blew in with the Hurricane Party on the All Time Grates Stage and Glasgow boys Imar followed and got the main stage dancing. Wickham festival favourite Duncan Chisholm followed with his Gathering before the afternoon slot was brought to a riotous close with Tankus The Henge (a great festival band).

LAU opened the Sunday evening slot which felt like a kaleidoscope of colour washing over the All Time Grates Stage. The power went off at one point so we even got a couple of un-amped numbers.

‪The finale for me was the crowned Queen of the Wickham Festival crowd, Eliza Carthy with Sam Sweeney & the rest of her merry Wayward Band.‬ Unfortunately, I had to leave early so missed the Peatbog Faeries set but Eliza said that they tore the place apart, so I have been lamenting the early departure ever since.

I was bitten by a Ferocious Dog on the way out and am looking forward to repeating the experience at one of their other gigs soon.

Darren Beech

Festival website: www.wickhamfestival.co.uk