Iain Thomson – FIELDS OF DREAMS

Artist – Iain Thomson
Title – FIELDS OF DREAMS
Label – Self Released

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I first heard of Iain Thomson from a DJ friend of mine who pointed me in his direction. Frankly I was stunned when I heard what superb music and lyrics he produced. There is an honesty and pure ‘down home’ feel to his work that make it appeal to all fans of folk/Americana and roots music in general. As a shepherd on the Isle of Mull, Iain has a unique perspective on what surrounds him and when he puts down his thoughts and ideas inspired by the beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife where he resides the result is truly magical. Iain did have a spell living on the mainland and has also travelled the world, this all helping to build his rich storybook of songs, but the Isle of Mull had a strong pull and he’s back living on the island that he loves, continuing to shepherd and compose words and music. The album that you have in your hands is the fruit of his inspired life and travels.

FIELDS OF DREAMS is a superb collection of twelve songs all from the pen of Iain Thomson. One of the most heartfelt and emotional tracks on the album is The Old Country, inspired by an old lady that Iain met while having a spell sheep shearing in New Zealand, she relayed a tale of an ex pat from Scotland who married a New Zealand born girl but always had a longing to return to ‘the old country’, years later after his wife died he managed to make just one more visit to Scotland before he himself sadly passed away. Iain also spent time driving large trucks up and down the UK and the song The Southern Line is dedicated to truckers worldwide who keep the supplies moving.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at the B&B Studios in Edinburgh with founder member of Capercaillie Marc Duff at the controls. Mark also plays on the album and other notable musicians lending their talents include fellow Capercaillie member Charlie McKerron, award winning Gaelic singer Maeve MacKinnon, Gordon Maclean who has worked with Michael Marra and Corrina Hewat and not forgetting one of Scotland’s finest accordion players Gregor Lowrey. A short UK tour is planned for later in 2010 including a possible appearance at the Tarbert Music Festival in Argyll and a longer tour of UK folk clubs is planned for the spring of 2011.

“The Singing Shepherd has grown up, in the Fields of Dreams.”

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For more information and the latest tour news please visit www.iainthomsonband.co.uk

Daniel Hertzov releases – BELIEVING

Artist – Daniel Hertzov
Title – BELIEVING
Label – Red Cat Productions

Daniel Hertzov is a singer songwriter and also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who has remained virtually unknown apart from in Glasgow where he and his family currently reside. Daniel was born in Moscow in 1975, the son of a dissident Jewish couple who moved to the USA when Daniel was two years old eventually settling in Boston. Daniel loved rock music from an early age but after university worked in finance in New York. Witnessing first hand 9/11 he quit his job and worked for a year as a Sautee cook, fell in love with a Polish girl and moved to London. Due to his skills in the finance industry he soon got a job in the city…only to then be trapped in a tube during the July 7th London bombings, time indeed for a life style change.

Daniel decided to move to Glasgow where he has chosen to continue his passion for performing and recording his music. He is a regular on the Glasgow acoustic scene and has produced a stunning debut album entitled BELIEVING, an album consisting of twelve original compositions covering Americana and folk along with a healthy dose of rock.
Daniel fuses Russian lyricism, American song-craft complete with British hooks to create a style all of his own. Stand out tracks include the stunning opening and title track Believing, a song that is the perfect fusion of styles reminiscent of one of my all time favourite bands, the Lilac Time, the track urging the listener to hit the repeat button. Following track Down At The Park is a perfect slice of Americana with a thoroughly West Coast feel and features the talents of Alan Scobie on Hammond organ and the superb slide guitar of Marcin Galazka, this track guaranteed to be a live favourite. Same can be said of the jaunty Tumbling Down And Away, here Daniel showing his prowess on the mandolin.

Apart from the afore mentioned Alan Scobie and Marcin Galazka other musicians on the album include Craig Strain on electric bass, Fraser West on drums and legendary Polish musician and performer Tymon Tymanski on double bass, guitar and inspired vocal on final track Jewish Bride.

Each track stands up for itself; there are certainly no fillers, all killers. This is one of those albums that once you have listened to it you will be hooked and with a string of UK dates on the horizon it certainly won’t be long before the name of Daniel Hertzov will become a household name within the UK roots/folk and Americana scene.

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For more information and the latest tour news please visit www.danielhertzov.com

SALTFISHFORTY – Netherbow

Label: Cellar Records – Distribution: Gordon Duncan Distribution / www.saltfishforty.co.uk / Highlander – Cat No: SFF0310

‘Saltfishforty’ (Douglas Montgomery on fiddle / viola and Brian Cromarty on guitar, mandola and vocals) are a powerful and dynamic duo from Orkney who blend the traditional music of their native islands with contemporary songs – many of which are original band compositions.

Their reputation as a fresh and hugely exciting live act has seen them become well established on the UK festival circuit, while in addition they have also performed in Spain, France (including two trips to perform at the Cannes Film Festival), Ireland, Belgium, Norway, USA and Canada. A tour of Sweden will follow later this year. After a recording break of five years, Saltfishforty are now set to release their third album, ‘Netherbow’, recorded over two weeks at Stormsound Studios in Kirkwall. The title track is a strathspey by Rousay’s Jimmy Craigie. He was the local postie, and many of the great tunes he wrote in the 1950s are being rediscovered today. The Cock o Byam is a song based on a poem found in ‘An Anthology of Orkney Verse’. In it a farmhand is plagued by guilt after killing his pregnant lover. This is the first of four songs on the album, along with The Bride’s Lament, an old traditional song; Yellow and Blue, an original penned by the band and ‘A Ring on Her Hand’ which features new lyrics by Brian Cromarty set to an adaptation of a tune from Orkney’s famed ‘Balfour Collection.’ Svecia is a tune written on a viola comprised of wood from the wreck of the ship of the same name. Elsewhere on the album, on tracks such as ‘The Glassel Set’ and ‘Danielle’s’, the boys are joined by percussionist Erik Laughton, adding a new dimension to an already full sound. The sound is darker and heavier than Saltfish’s earlier albums, yet maintains the energy levels of those recordings. www.saltfishforty.co.uk

ROY SCHNEIDER – ERLEICHDA – ALBUM RELEASE AND UK TOUR

“Roy Schneider writes and plays smart American songs in a down-home style.”
David Gans, Songwriter, Host of the Grateful Dead Hour

“…had no idea [Roy] played so many instruments so well.”
Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Singer/Songwriter Roy Schneider’s third CD release, ERLEICHDA is a collection of lively and soulful Americana, inspired by a combination of his 2009 South-eastern US summer tour and recollections of a whirlwind childhood. The curious title (assumed pronunciation being “err-like-duh”) is a fictitious word borrowed from Tom Robbins’ novel Jitterbug Perfume, translating loosely to “lighten up”.

Special guests include Nashville harmonica legend Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen) and bassist David C. Johnson (Aaron Neville, Neville Brothers Band). Continue reading ROY SCHNEIDER – ERLEICHDA – ALBUM RELEASE AND UK TOUR

UNIVERSAL MUSIC SIGN MILLION POUND DEAL WITH TEN CORNISH FISHERMEN

INDEPENDENT RELEASE HALTED AS MAJOR LABEL DISCOVERS PORT ISAAC’S SHANTY SINGERS

London, Thursday 18 March 2010: Universal Music today announced that they have reeled in ten Cornish fisherman to join the label that is home to Lady Gaga, Take That and Amy Winehouse. Signing a massive million pound deal, Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends will be the first traditional shanty singers to be released through a major label.

Brought to the attention of Universal Music by record producer Rupert Christie, who spotted them whilst on a holiday in Port Isaac performing in the local pub, the label had to move swiftly to stop the record coming out on the Fisherman’s Friends’ own label, Marine Records.

‘Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends’ will be released on 26 April 2010 and is the eponymous album from these traditional shanty singers from the rugged, panoramic north coast of Cornwall.

The Fisherman’s Friends are shanty singers who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years. Down on the harbour front of the tiny fishing village of Port Isaac, the authentic sound of the shanty can be heard loud and clear via the mighty, brawny chorale of The Fisherman’s Friends. At around eight in the evening during the summer months, tourists and locals gather to hear this ten-man group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.

This unique group from Port Isaac are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) and they’ve known each other since childhood. Their regular portside concerts have become a much-loved local institution and visiting celebrities such as Chris Evans, Gloria Hunniford and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen have fallen under the spell of their Shanty singing.

Recorded in a 15th-century church in nearby St Kew, ‘Ports isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends’ features a rich haul of 14 songs from their Port Isaac repertoire, including the classic South Australia, the haunting Cornish robber ballad The Cadgwith Anthem and the beautiful Brightly Beams, their mesh of Chapel-inspired harmonies rising out of a big-band folk setting.

http://www.fishermansfriendsportisaac.co.uk/

SOCIETY… SONGS FROM THE BRICKHOUSE

“In my opinion this is the best Americana album to come out this year”… Darren Beech www.folking.com

Society are a three piece country rock band from West Sussex who specialise in gorgeous three part harmonies that set them apart from the current crop of Americana or West Coast rock wanabees in the UK. Society comprise of guitarist Matt Wise, bassist Ben Lancaster and on all things percussive F.Scott Kenny. Their recorded and live sound has echoes of C.S.N.Y, The Band, The Heartbreakers, The Jayhawks and the late great Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. Matt Wise composes most if not all of their material and when all three sing in harmony the result is simply stunning.

Since forming in 2004 Society have supported many great visiting artistes when they toured the UK, opening for notable musicians and performers such as Eve Selis, Deadstring Brothers, Corb Lund, Luke Doucet and The Wailin’ Jennys. Apart from their own UK headline shows, Society have completed two tours of Canada along with a string of dates in the American mid-west gaining a whole new legion of fans in the USA. This constant touring has honed both their musical and vocal chops and in the winter of 2008 Society left their disused stable that served as their rehearsal space and spent time at The Brickhouse Studios near Brighton recording their debut release entitled SONGS FROM THE BRICKHOUSE

The album is a collection of eleven original songs from the pen of Matt Wise and arranged by all three band members. Guest musicians helping out on the recording included Spencer Cullum, a member of the Deadstring Brothers who is one of the foremost young pedal steel players around today, Dave Berliner and James Batchelar on keyboards and the glorious violin of the classically trained musician Sarah Gonputh. The songs on the album echo their love of all things West Coast, Laurel Canyon and the great country rock music of the mid seventies yet bringing their sound right up to date with a distinct indie feel.

2010 will see Society broadening their horizons with live shows and festival appearances already booked in the UK and many new dates to be confirmed.

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