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Moulettes rear up in preparation for The Bear’s Revenge…

Moulettes release the first single from forthcoming album The Bear’s Revenge on May 28th. on Balling The Jack Records. The band have chosen live favourite, ’Sing Unto Me’ as the A-side and have included a bumper package of B-sides and remixes, totalling over half an hour of entrancing Moulettes music. Illustrious former Moulette, Ted Dwane, now of Mumford & Sons, returned to play and sing on these recordings, and is “as pleased as Punch” with them!

The band handed esteemed Guardian critic Robin Denselow an unmastered copy at the Royal Festival Hall’s New Year’s Eve party, where they were playing, and he wrote effusively about the track a few days later.

“Quirky, gently chilling and upbeat in turn, Moulettes match fine female harmonies against cello, violin and bassoon. They were in excellent, unpredictable form at the Southbank.”

The melodic, haunting ‘Sing Unto Me’ has the makings of a modern folk-rock classic. The B-sides are the hypnotic ‘A Cappella’ with Ríoghnach Connolly on guest vocals and also features a Norwegian nyckelharpa. made by band leader Hannah Miller’s father, Alan, and played by her sister Esther. The epic, tragi-comic ‘Are You Going Away To Sea?’ follows. Then ‘Assault’ blows in – a fantastical, furious instrumental duet between virtuoso violinist Georgina Leach (who has recently recorded and performed with Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones) and cellist Miller. Miller has recently recorded with Adrian McNally of The Unthanks for his solo endeavour ‘The Boat Project’. A mind-blowing dub-step remix of ‘Sing…’ by Wax 22, (Ben Startup of Valley Studios in Winchester), and a cover by sometime Moulette, Sam Walker of The Muel, fill out this musical feast.

The band’s second album, The Bear’s Revenge  is due out on July 9th, 2012. As well as the aforementioned Ted  and Ríoghnach , other contributors include acclaimed folk-blues songstress, long-time friend and collaborator Liz Green and virtuoso banjo-ist, Matt Menefee of American bluegrass band Cadillac Sky.

Moulettes charismatic brand of folk incorporates elements of prog-rock, Classical and World music and has enthralled crowds at many festivals, including Larmer Tree, Glastonbury, Big Session and Latitude, where they played BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction stage. The following festivals have been confirmed for 2012 – End Of The Road, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, Knockengorroch – World Ceilidh, Rhythm, and Purbeck Folk. More to come! Much, much more to come…

 “…delicious music, played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique”  MOJO

“The best music I heard [at Latitude] was by Moulettes…” The Independent

“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” Time Out

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Woody Pines New Roots Music You Gotta Roll EP

Woody Pines taps into the rural backwoods of Americana. On this new EP, You Gotta Roll, you’ll hear backroads folk music of the very best kind, inspired by rough street jugbands, neighborhood BBQs, lost 78’s of old blues singers, dusty 45’s of forgotten rockabilly singles, a faint radio signal you can’t trace and can’t stop listening to; the kind of music you have to travel deep into the country to find.

On You Gotta Roll, Woody and his band rip through five traditional songs from diverse sources. The Dock Boggs classic “Red Rockin’ Chair” gets a somber makeover with acoustic banjo, Leadbelly’s “Ham & Eggs” gets a smooth rockabilly beat, and Hank Williams “Can’t Keep You Off My Mind” and “Treat You Right” from Washington Phillips/Casey Jones both keep the kind of harmonica-fueled swing that made Woody’s name as a street performer. The Woody Pines band includes Zack Pozebanchuck on Upright Bass, Lyon Graulty on Clarinet, Lead Guitar and Vocal Harmonies, Mike Gray on Drums, and Woody on Guitar, Harmonicaand Vocals. Throughout, Woody’s vintage vocals lead the band’s hot accompaniment, sounding at times like a reborn Bill Haley.

This is roots music done hard and fast, with a jump and jive sound you might have heard in the earliest days of rock ‘n roll.  It’s music that hasn’t forgotten its old dancehall roots; the kind of music you’d hear at a crowded rent party, as sweaty dancers crashed about a tiny room. On You Gotta Roll, Woody Pines has taken the music that inspired his wanderlust youth and turned it into a living vision of American roots music today.

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Maz Totterdell – Counting My Fingers from the album Sweep

Maz Totterdell’s remarkable debut Sweep depicts youthful talent at its most striking. Her sound, characterised by memorable melodies, folk musicianship and insightful poetic lyricism, has been likened to Vashti Bunyan, Thea Gilmore and Feist.

The teenage singer/songwriter’s debut single Counting My Fingers won 6 Music’s Rebel Playlist public vote following national radio plays on BBC Radio 2 (Sir Terry Wogan and Steve Lamacq) and 6 Music itself (Radcliffe & Maconie, Chris Hawkins, Shaun Keaveney and Steve Lamacq). It then went on to receive the highest score on Steve’s new releases review show, Roundtable.

Maz has been singing at open mic nights in her home county of Devon since she was 9, performed at London’s Hackney Empire in the final of UK Unsigned when she was 10, started teaching herself guitar and writing songs at the age of 11, and had played 8 of her own compositions at local venues and festivals by the time she turned 13 on Christmas Eve 2009.

2011 saw Maz play her first London shows, her ever changing set being selected from her catalogue of 40+ original songs, plus a different, one-performance-only cover version at each gig. Her solo girl-with-a guitar live performance is a thing of fragile, embryonic beauty. At her dates last year Maz managed to charm and entrance, silencing the usual in-gig chatter with her sensitive, intensely engaging performances.

Sweep combines confessional tales of complicated teen romance with cunning pop hooks and a confident sparkle. Maz’s songwriting and her pure, unaffected voice are not her only talents, as she ably arranged all of Sweep’s musical and vocal parts herself. This superior debut suggests a very bright future.

“Very bright and very promising…we’re looking forward to the album a LOT” – Steve Lamacq – BBC Radio 2

‘Charming’ – Sir Terry Wogan – BBC Radio 2

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Nicky Swann HOW DOES YOUR LAND LIE? album release…

Nicky Swann is one of the very best of a new generation of female singer-songwriters. A great storyteller and a passionate performer this powerful, original and versatile singer has achieved critical acclaim with sublime, narrative led songs that draw on contemporary folk, roots and country. Her first CD MATCHES AND DISPATCHES received ecstatic reviews in 2010 and now in 2012 Nicky is releasing her second album HOW DOES YOUR LAND LIE?

The new album is a collection of eleven songs inspired by the history of Nicky’s home town, Newton Abbot in South Devon. Stand out tracks include the superb opener New Found Lands, a song about the ships that sailed from Devon to Newfoundland to fish for cod. Many of the men involved in this lucrative but dangerous trade were recruited in the local inns. They sailed in spring to work throughout the summer months, returning home in the autumn, this is a song of sacrifice, longing and hope, told by those left behind. Sing, tells of Tuckers Maltings, one of only a handful of floor maltings still producing malt in the traditional manner. Diving, a tale of pure determination told through the plucky life of 1700’s diving engine inventor, John Lethbridge. The stunning Ropewalk wasinspired by a rope woven from human hair, from the Newton Abbot Museum collection. In the 1920s, Maude Albrighten lived next door to a firm of rope makers, and she would often watch them work. After having her hair cut one day, the rope makers offered to produce a rope using Maude’s hair. Her hair was so extraordinarily thick and strong, the rope was then used to make Maude her very own swing.

What strikes most about this album is Nicky’s ability to link her town’s past and make it relevant to all, no matter where you come from.

Nicky’s achievements to date include, winning “Best Acoustic Act” at South West Music Awards, recording with the top multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer (Show of Hands), winning the Artsbase singer-songwriter award and sharing the stage with many top UK artists including Clive Gregson, Reg Meuross, Roy Bailey and Megson as well as American artists Corrine West and Brooks Williams. She has headlined the acoustic stage at Transition Festival and supported Show Of Hands at Chagstock. Nicky has performed live many times for BBC Radio including an impromptu performance with award winning folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates.

HOW DOES YOUR LAND LIE? was recorded in just nine days at the Sawmills Studios with Nicky co-producing along with Tom Joyce. Musicians guesting on the album include Alan Cook, pedal steel and dobro, Katie Marie on Cajon, bass and drums, Paul Caddick on keyboards, Beth Porter on cello and Tim Trewin on violin and melodeon.

Nicky Swann has achieved a growing, well respected reputation in such a short space of time, singing from the heart and captivating audiences with her emotionally honest delivery. Constantly playing shows up and down the UK and beyond Nicky will be showcasing songs from the new album over the coming months.

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SHOW OF HANDS FRONTMAN KNIGHTLEY TO APPEAR ON MAJOR NEW BBC TV SERIES

Show of Hands’ inspired frontman and BBC award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley is to appear in a major new BBC 2 TV series starting next week.

Devon-based Knightley, who won the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Original Song title for his topical Arrogance Ignorance and Greed and who recently sold out the Royal Albert Hall for the fourth time with multi-instrumental bandmate Phil Beer, will be seen and heard in the new eight-part landmark series entitled The Great British Story.

Presented by historian Michael Wood, the series starts on Friday, May 25 at 9pmand will chart Britain’s chequered past from the perspective of ordinary people and local communities –from Viking invasions and the Norman Conquests through to the Industrial Revolution and two World Wars.

Made for the BBC by independent production company Maya Vision, it will include footage of Show of Hands playing Knightley’s anthemic song of Cornish miners Cousin Jack, as performed on May 15 at the Daphne du Maurier Festival in Fowey, Cornwall.

Director Rebecca Dobbs says: “We wanted Steve to contribute to our series as he has such a broad understanding of the British people’s history and wanted him to use songs of the period to help tell the story. He’s got a wonderful voice that would enhance any programme.”

Web links: www.showofhands.co.uk  – www.facebook.com/steveknightley                         www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00r12j3

Rachel Harrington and THE KNOCK OUTS

NEW ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE!

Imagine Loretta Lynn playing Otis Redding songs in a garage in Seattle – in 1963. That gets you somewhere near the new territory being scouted out by country soul sensation Rachel Harrington as she heads for the hills and honkytonks with her newest adventure.

Over the course of the past three striking albums, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington has proven an ability to conjure songs and stories that are real and resonant and timeless – whether she’s singing about yesterday’s heartache or tomorrow’s dreams. “Ancient sounding country noir” (Q – 4 Stars) with “songs that conjure the ghosts of old America” (Mojo – 4 Stars).

So what happens when a true original like Harrington gets a full band behind her? And what if that band is dedicated to excavating the very soul of American roots music, to mining the old school sounds and sentiments from Etta to Loretta? And let’s just say that band is comprised of some of the finest female musicians in the Northwest? That band would be called Rachel Harrington and the Knock Outs.

Asked to perform some songs at Seattle Theater Group’s annual Patsy Cline tribute concert, Harrington found herself talking backstage with a host of fellow girl singers and musicians. It didn’t take long for their shared love of honkytonk, classic country, early rock and the Bakersfield sound to become obvious. As the story goes, the Knock Outs were born backstage and christened with a few shots of whisky.

“It was a meant-to-be kind of moment. We were all women who all knew that Don Rich and Loretta Lynn and Ray Charles all started out here in Washington State. All I had to do was make us some new songs to sing.” Harrington then set to work on writing fresh material for the fledgling group.

The new album, simply titled Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs, was recorded at Avast! Studios in Seattle (Soundgarden, Fleet Foxes, Jesse Sykes) with Harrington’s long-time producer, Evan Brubaker, and features Alisa Milner on fiddle, Rebecca Young on bass, Moe Provencher on guitar, and Aimee Tubbs on drums. Special guests include Mark Erelli, steel player Tommy Hannum (Steve Earle) and guitarist Tim Carroll (Elizabeth Cook). Harrington and company circle the wagons on true-blue Americana from the wall-of-sound 60‘s soul rave-up of ‘He’s My Man’, to the women’s lib honkytonk of ‘Wedding Ring Vacation’, to the cry-in-your-beer gem ‘I’d Like To Take This Chance’.

A 2011 winner in Merlefest’s esteemed songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt), Rachel says her past few albums came largely of her study of the Old West and turn-of-the-century American musics, circa 1900-1930. “And the new record may sound a little different, but I’m still writing essentially the same stuff. I’m still lifting my skirts and letting my influences show. I’m still channeling the old writers and singers and storytellers I love.” She winks.“It’s just that I moved forward in time about 40 years.”

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