Loudon Wainwright III – new memoir, Liner Notes, published this month

Liner Notes

With a career spanning more than four decades and still going strong, Loudon Wainwright III has established himself as one of the most enduring singer songwriters of his generation. Few others have revealed their lives so intimately in songs about parents, grandparents, children, siblings, and wives. As Loudon himself says, “It’s taken so long to finally see / My songs about you are all about me” (Taken from ‘So Many Songs’). Loudon’s songs are funny, incisive and heartbreaking.

In his new memoir, Liner Notes On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay & A Few of My Other Favorite Things published on October 26th on Omnibus Press, Wainwright continues to emphasise the personal. In the book he details the family history his lyrics reference, and the fractured relationships in the Wainwright family throughout generations, including issues of alcoholism, infidelity, competitiveness, closeness, successes and joy. Wainwright also reflects on the experiences that have so clearly influenced his songwriting: boarding school, the music business, swimming, macrobiotics, sex, incarceration, and something he enigmatically calls the “Sir Walter Raleigh Syndrome”.

Very much about being a son – a status that dominates many of Wainwright’s songs – Liner Notes is also about being a parent, a brother, and a grandfather. Song lyrics are included throughout the book and amplify Wainwright’s prose while demonstrating the connections between his songs and real life. Also included are excerpts and selections from his father’s brilliant LIFE magazine columns, reinforcing him as a major essayist of his era.

A funny and insightful meditation on family, inspiration, and art, Liner Notes will captivate not only existing fans, but anyone who appreciates the intersection of music, relationships, life and love

Artist’s website: http://www.lw3.com/

Saskia Griffiths-Moore announces new album

Saskia

Having left school with not much more than a GCSE in Astronomy, Saskia went into alternative therapy and established a practice on Harley Street, London.

She then quit it all to travel and write music; to learn her craft on the streets while busking, gigging, crowdfunding and touring, gaining regular BBC radio play, festival performances, and arts council supported national tours.

Night And Day, featuring multi award winning musicians, Ciaran Algar, Lukas Drinkwater, Jack Cookson and Evan Carson, is Saskia’s third studio album, which she describes as Anglicana – a roots inspired alt-folk fusion of acoustic meets pop. It was produced by Gareth Young at Cube Recordings in Cornwall.

The whole album explores themes of light and dark, love and loss, and joy in defeat, and revolves around her title track, ‘Night And Day’, which expresses Saskia’s vision of unity between people through love.

This album was crowdfunded by Saskia’s fans, raising £8000 in total and achieving her goal of £3000 within 10 hours of launching. She has also teamed up with Word Forest to make this album carbon neutral by offsetting through planting trees.

Artist’s website: www.saskiagm.com

‘Write Me A Song’:

Seth Lakeman – album reissue with bonus tracks and tour dates

Seth

Seth Lakeman has re-released his Top 20 album Ballads Of The Broken Few, with five added bonus tracks via Cooking Vinyl. Recorded during the original album sessions, with producer Ethan Johns, the previously unreleased bonus tracks are: ‘Gambling Man’, ‘Everything’, ‘Days Are Longer’, ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Bury Me Deep’. The new album will be available on CD and digital.

This November, Seth will tour the UK as special guest with Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, where he will play as part of Robert’s band and also open the shows with his own set.

Looking forward to the dates, Seth commented: “‘I’m honoured to be touring and performing with such a fantastic band and one of the world’s greatest music legends.”

Widely-praised on its release last year, Ballads Of The Broken Few showcases Seth’s dynamic song writing and playing; his soaring vocals perfectly matched by the sublime harmonies of Wildwood Kin. An epic, soulful album of compelling songs, stripped back to their essence.

Since the Mercury Prize nominated Kitty Jay (recorded in his kitchen for £300), the follow-up gold selling Freedom Fields and his last, highly acclaimed offering, Word Of Mouth, a deft collection of mini musical biographies of colourful West Country characters, Seth Lakeman has relentlessly pushed his musical boundaries and those of folk and roots music. His innovative approach, ground-breaking albums and powerful live performances have put him at the forefront of the re-emergence of British folk and successfully steered it into the mainstream. With Ballads Of The Broken Few Seth demonstrated yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

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 Seth Lakeman – Ballads Of The Broken Few 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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Seth tours with Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters in November and December:

Thursday 16 Nov       PLYMOUTH  Pavilions

Friday 17 Nov           BRISTOL  Colston Hall

Monday 20 Nov       WOLVERHAMPTON  Civic Hall

Wednesday 22 Nov       LLANDUDNO  Venue Cymru

Friday 24 Nov            NEWCASTLE  City Hall

Saturday 25 Nov          LIVERPOOL  Olympia

Monday 27 Nov       GLASGOW  SEC Armadillo

Tuesday 28 Nov       PERTH  Concert Hall

Thursday 30 Nov       MANCHESTER  02 Apollo

Wednesday 06 Dec        SHEFFIELD  City Hall

Friday 08 Dec            LONDON  Royal Albert Hall

Monday 11 Dec        PORTSMOUTH  Guildhall

Tuesday 12 Dec        BIRMINGHAM  Symphony Hall

Tickets: http://gigst.rs/RP

Katie Melua to release double-CD version of In Winter

Katie Melua

In late 2016, Katie Melua and the Gori Women’s Choir released the now silver certified In Winter, an album (and associated live show), which received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike.  That artistic and touring journey resulted in many incredible experiences for them all, and this revised edition of the album, which includes an additional seventeen live recordings, further amplifies their statement of intent.

Recorded at Admiralspalast, Berlin, the second disc of previously unreleased recordings includes live renditions of the entire In Winter album, as well as new arrangements of hits such as ‘Closest Thing To Crazy’, ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ and ‘I Cried For You’ performed with the Gori Women’s Choir.

“I hope, through these live recordings in Berlin, you’ll hear and experience the journey that the choir and I took as though you were right there with us on that winter’s night in Berlin. It was from these treasured recordings that I have selected our proudest moments which appear on the second disc of this updated version of ‘In Winter’.” Katie Melua

Originally released in 2016 In Winter drew some of the finest reviews of Katie’s career with the Sunday Times describing it as “bewitching…ravishing…spellbinding” and the Independent as “exquisite…remarkable.”

“If you are looking for a winter listen, looking for a Christmas album…look no further really… beautiful choral moments….really beautiful Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

A seasonal winter-themed record on which Katie sings in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian, In Winter was recorded in a DIY studio in the town of Gori in her native Georgia where she was joined by the extraordinary polyphonic voices of Gori Women’s Choir. The album reflects Katie’s dual culture with original works inspired by her childhood in Georgia, as well as new interpretations of traditional carols, choral works and folk songs.

‘All Night Vigil–Nunc Dimittis’ (Rachmaninov) – sung in honour of her grandfather, an escapee from a Siberian labour camp – and the stunningly beautiful Ukrainian ‘The Little Swallow’ sit alongside an intimate cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ and the delicate beauty of the original song ‘Perfect World’. Warming and sparkling, yet haunting and ethereal, this remarkable record was co-produced by Katie with stunning vocal arrangements by Bob Chilcott. Released on October 14th 2016 the album broke into the UK Top 10 Album Chart landing Katie her 7th consecutive top 10 studio album.

Following the release of the album Katie and the Gori Women’s Choir embarked on an extensive European tour. The challenges that Katie had faced in the studio (what she now calls “one hell of an adventure”) were superseded by the complexities of bringing this record to life on stage as she explains:

“I discovered how intricately you have to work to design twenty five voices singing together on stage in different acoustics each night. There were technical challenges as well as the language barrier between the choir and crew, and then how to bring the style of In Winter and that of the songs from my previous albums together into one show. When I first heard the choir sing Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’ we were rehearsing in the August heat in Gori, Georgia. It sounded both chilling and beautiful, and the tenderness of their voices suggested that they were as grateful to be singing that song with me, as I was with them.”

This special edition of In Winter contains: a bonus disc of live recordings; a greeting card designed by the albums illustrator Niroot Puttapipat; as well as a 28 page booklet containing lyrics and never-before-seen photographs.

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 Katie Melua 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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Artist’s website: www.katiemelua.com

Albion Christmas Band announce their annual tour

Folk music fans can start their Christmas celebrations early with the help of the Albion Christmas Band when the band hits the road for its annual tour on Saturday 9 December.

The band’s annual foray into the musical joys of the winter festival has been described by many as the perfect start to Christmas. This popular show will start in Birmingham then visit fourteen venues around the country before finishing at Bury St Edmunds just a few days before Christmas itself.  The show features a mixture of seasonal carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance, enhanced by great musicianship and a wicked sense of humour. The band adds a modern twist to its arrangements of traditional tunes and showcases some newly written songs. The show reminds audiences of the simpler pleasures and values of a traditional Christmas and offers them a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of festive preparations.

This year the four band members will share their personal favourites from their extensive back catalogue that to each of them best signify the meaning of Christmas, as well as songs from their latest album Magic Touch. “We’ve spent many years spreading our take on Christmas around the country and have made so many friends on our travels” Simon Nicol explains. “Every night on the tour feels like a family celebration so we get to enjoy Christmas for the whole of December not just one or two days”.

The Albion Christmas Band has been kicking off the Christmas season for nearly twenty years, but it was the last incarnation of the Albion Band that originally created special seasonal shows. From an initial idea by melodeon player Simon Care, a previous Albion band member himself, the Albion Band founder Ashley ‘The Guv’nor’ Hutchings brought together two other previous Albion Band members to create an autonomous band to present a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Joining Care and Hutchings are Simon Nicol (founder member of Fairport Convention) on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Kellie While (Albion Band), acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion.

Full tour details can be found online at http://www.albionchristmas.co.uk

‘Mad World’ live at Under The Apple Tree:

The Lost Notes unveil their debut album

The Lost Notes
Photograph by Ben Mills

The Lost Notes are a five-piece folk band based in Moseley, Birmingham and they are releasing our first album of thirteen original folk/country tracks on December 2nd.

The Lost Notes write about things that matter. Like the perils of one night stands and plastic surgery, the plight of bankers, greaseballs, snakes, Greco-Roman health and safety failings, mules, mermaids and the downright miserable. They are a 5-piece band based in Moseley, Birmingham, UK, where politics, revelry, misery and glee abound. It makes for a great night out. They write songs for chin-strokers, foot-stompers, head-nodders and those who like to partake in the dark art of inarticulate dancing and hollering. It happens. And they love it. All delivered in glorious three part harmonies. All on “The Lost Notes: Run Free Right Now,” together with tales of Sheikhs, taxmen, dead men and caterwauls. They have built up a loyal fan base through performances at places such as Moseley Folk Festival, The Glee Club, Kitchen Garden Cafe, The Blue Piano, The Tower of Song, Ort Cafe, The Red Lion Folk Club and Bromsgrove Folk Club and Festival.

Over 15,000 views of their recent performance on The Narrowboat Sessions!.

https://www.facebook.com/thenarrowboatsessions/videos/1505299349555409/

“A highlight…were Moseley band The Lost Notes. They…drew a huge crowd for their fast-paced set that was high on fun and audience engagement.” (Moseley Folk Festival Review)

Artists’ website: https://www.thelostnotes.co.uk/

‘Run Free Right Now’ live: