Prosecco Socialist – new band, new Christmas single

Prosecco Socialist

‘This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life)’ is an attempt to truthfully answer the old John Lennon rhetorical question “and so this is Christmas, and what have we done?”.

The track reflects what David describes as “real Christmas”. It’s an existential Christmas song about living in the moment, where “the moment” is an endless stream of pubs and short-term assignations. Not that pubs or short-term assignations are a bad thing, (of course) they just don’t feature heavily enough in the Christmas repertoire for David Rotheray’s taste.

It’s also the first single from Prosecco Socialist, the new project from ex-Beautiful South’s David Rotheray. Released on December 8th, it precedes the upcoming album Songs From Behind Bars, due for release early next year on Gypsy Chicken Box Records.

Retiring from music four years ago, David didn’t see himself ever picking up a guitar again. However, idleness was not a comfortable state and, in 2016, he opened a pub in Hull (The People’s Republic). The stories and tales shared by the locals proved too rich a mine for such a narrative, observational songwriter to ignore, and so Songs From Behind Bars was born.

David has brought together two of his favourite musicians for this project. Irish singer and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, a long-term friend and collaborator of David’s, shares vocal duties with a Hull living legend, Mike Greaves. Mike is described by David as “a wonderful singer and writer in the country idiom, loved across Hull for decades but mostly unknown anywhere else. I hope this project might serve, in a small way, to help his voice – both literal and metaphorical – to be more widely heard.”

Eleanor also said of Mike, “This is my first time working with Mike. His voice is wonderfully lived in, it has a gravelly texture to it and is compellingly louche. When we recorded the vocal of ‘This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life)’, it just had a certain down, but not quite out, earthiness.”

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Artists’ website: https://www.facebook.com/proseccosocialist/

‘This Dog’s Just For Christmas (Not For Life) – official video:

The Tin Heart Troubadours announce their debut album

The Tin Heart Troubadours

The Tin Heart Troubadours are Nigel Orme (vocals/guitar), Steve Clark (vocals/Dobro) and Clare Pastorius (vocals/cello) They play American Parlour Folk music and their songs tell tall tales of low-life, long odds, high hopes and big deals… short stories of hot nights and cold lead in Heaven and Hell.

Collected Short Stories is their first album release and features thirteen original songs, including several collaborations with a string quartet, The Heartstrings.

Formed in 2015, the Tin Heart Troubadours have had a wealth of experience working with many other musicians in the past and have come together as old friends with a mutual love of English/Americana folk music

Artist’s website: www.facebook.com/thetinhearttroubadours

‘Wreck Of The Nancy Louise’ – live and acoustic:

Orphan Colours announce debut album

Orphan Colours

When UK alt.country outfit ahab went on indefinite hiatus, song-writer Steven Llewellyn decided to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight. Orphan Colours was born!

Being firmly a part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, formerly lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.

After a successful EP release the band focussed on building a live reputation on the festival circuit, playing the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival & Maverick, as well as headlining their own show at London’s iconic The Borderline.

Alongside all of this the band were busy writing and recording their debut album All On Red. Llewellyn explains:

“Most of the songs are about relationships of friends or lovers, breaking down or beginning. I had written my fair share of sensitive songs for ahab – about love and loss and all that, and there’s a few on here but I really wanted to bring a bit of rock n roll into the UK Americana scene and I feel like we’ve achieved a good balance on this record. I want it to excite people most of all.”

“I picked the name [All On Red] because of it’s meaning in gambling, which is essentially what all this music biz career is. At the end of 2013 both ahab and Noah & The Whale had been chewed up and spat out by the music business. We found ourselves out of a job despite both band’s upward trajectories. The toll of touring and hard graft was too much. Speaking for myself, I had a lot more to give and I wasn’t anywhere near done yet. I had a back log of songs that weren’t fit for ahab and I wanted to get them out into the world. So despite having failed with ahab and the financial pressures I was under, I put every penny I had into this project. I had an amazing band, we had a great producer guiding us (Rupert Christie – High Hopes EP) and a very experienced manager that believed in us. The odds, I thought were as good as they could be these days. Three years later here we are with our debut album, a record deal and a full UK tour booked. The bet has so far paid off.”

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 below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website.

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Artists’ website: https://www.orphancolours.com/

‘Goodnight California’:

Fairport Convention announce first names for Cropredy 2018

Cropredy 2018

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention music festival has announced the first acts booked for the 2018 event which takes place on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August. The line-up is not yet finalised and more acts will be announced in January.

Cropredy 2018 will feature two sets by host band Fairport Convention. They will open the festival on Thursday with a short acoustic set then take the stage again on Saturday to close the event with their traditional two-hour headline set.

Friday’s headline act will be Levellers who are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary year and making a welcome return to Cropredy. This legendary folkrock powerhouse, winners of the prestigious ‘Festival Feel-Good Act’ award, will play an exuberant set.

On Saturday, Cropredy will present Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart. Accompanying himself on guitar, Al’s stage show is characterized by fine musicianship, beautifully crafted songs and an intimate rapport with his audience.

Singer-songwriter Fish is making his second appearance at Cropredy. Well known as former frontman of Marillion, Fish is one of Scotland’s greatest rock voices.

Award-winning band Le Vent du Nord performs traditional Québécois music and contemporary material with infectious enthusiasm.

Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly is a talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and, after a year off, BAFTA nominee Richard Digance returns to his traditional Saturday slot to get the day off to a flying start.

As always Cropredy will present a set by the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner.

Cropredy tickets are on sale in time for Christmas; the box office opened on Monday 4 December 2017.

Three-day festival tickets cost £135. Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

The first 1,000 orders will receive a Christmas card signed by all five members of Fairport Convention and the first 2,000 will get a souvenir Cropredy car window sticker.

All tickets are exclusively available from Fairport Convention’s website: www.fairportconvention.com.

Maeve Mackinnon – new album and spring tour

Maeve Mackinnon

Contemporary Gaelic Singer Maeve Mackinnon releases her third studio album in February, 2018. Strì is a collection of songs in Gaelic and English, based on the themes of work, exile and struggle, from a woman’s perspective.

Strì means to strive or struggle in Gaelic. My original idea was to revisit the songs I love, particularly Gaelic Waulking songs. Waulking songs are work songs traditionally sung by women in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. They were hardy, tough women and they sang of battles, tragedies, breakups and romance. I realised midway through recording that nearly all the songs are from a female perspective, and the messages within them are so current today on many levels”.

The album is produced by multiple award-winning producer and bassist Duncan Lyall (producer of Scots Trad Music Awards’ Album of the Year 2015 for Treacherous Orchestra’s Grind along with many others!).

Strì features guest contributions from musical luminaries such as Kathleen MacInnes, Martin O’Neill, Patsy Reid, Ali Hutton, Duncan Lyall, and Jarlath Henderson alongside longtime collaborators Ross Martin and Brian McAlpine.

“The stories, melodies and rhythms convey so much. Whether you speak Gaelic or not, I think people can hear the power of feeling in these songs”.

Strì is launched on Sunday 4 February at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of  Celtic Connections 2018.

Artist’s website: https://www.maevemackinnon.com/

Tour Dates so far:

Sunday 4 February: Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Friday 23 March: Rutherglen Town Hall

Saturday 24 March: Milnathort Town Hall, Kinross

Tuesday 3 April: Aros Centre, Isle of Skye

Levellers – new acoustic album and tour

Levellers

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, Brighton folk-punk band Levellers will be releasing We The Collective on March 9th via the band’s own label, On The Fiddle Recordings.

Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, the Levellers have long been, and still are, one of the best live bands around but their impressive back catalogue of recorded music is often overlooked.

The band had more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the UK in the 1990s than any other British act. They’ve had seven Top 40 albums, including the number 1 album Zeitgeist and their platinum-selling 1991 album Levelling The Land, along with a string of Top 40 singles including ‘This Garden’, ‘Hope St’, ‘One Way Of Life’ and ‘What A Beautiful Day’.

Wanting to do something a bit different with their back catalogue, they brought in a string section and enlisted legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses) to help develop new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles including ‘Liberty’, ‘Hope Street’ and ‘One Way’ which they recorded straight to tape at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios.

They also recorded two brand new songs ‘Shame’ and ‘Drug Bust McGee’ and the result is the ten track album We The Collective. Lead singer Mark Chadwick says “The different musicians, producer and the studio combined to make something really special”.

As part of the celebrations, Levellers will head out on a full Acoustic Tour in the Spring where they will be playing the new arrangements with guest musicians, starting at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. They will play at the Roundhouse in London as part of the In The Round festival as well as a number of theatres and concert halls around the country. Support on the tour comes from Ginger Wildheart on all dates except Glasgow and London.

Despite only just being announced, the tickets for Preston, Milton Keynes and Winchester have already sold out.

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 below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website.

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Artists’ website: www.levellers.co.uk

Tour Dates

FEBRUARY

Thursday 1st – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow (Celtic Connections)
Friday 2nd – Wrexham, William Aston Hall
Saturday 3rd – Preston, Charter Theatre SOLD OUT
Sunday 4th – London, Roundhouse (In The Round Festival)

MARCH

Tuesday 13th – Buxton, Opera House
Wednesday 14th – Cheltenham, Town Hall
Thursday 15th – Yeovil, Westlands
Friday 16th – York, Barbican
Saturday 17th – Milton Keynes, The Stables SOLD OUT
Sunday 18th – Liverpool, Philharmonic
Tuesday 20th – Basingstoke, The Anvil
Wednesday 21st – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Thursday 22nd – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
Friday 23rd – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
Saturday 24th – Winchester, Cathedral SOLD OUT

The “Making Of” video: