BabaJack is an acoustic blues/ folk band from Malvern that is fast becoming an established band on the Folk and Blues Festival circuits in the UK and into Europe: in the last year, they have played at Warwick, Bromyard, Bromsgrove and Shrewsbury Folk Festivals on main stages, Wychwood Festival (Big Top Stage), Blues in Wonderland, Upton, Skegness, Gloucester, Tenby, Buxton and Leamington Spa Blues Festivals on main stages and many more festivals are booked for 2012 and beyond. Continue reading Babajack ROOSTER
bR”>For nearly any singer/songwriter on the planet, the idea of collaborating with Mark Knopfler would be the stuff of fantasy. But for Bap Kennedy, it was just the latest in a long line of projects with high profile, and highly respected, musical legends. For a man who has worked with Steve Earle and Van Morrison, to name just two, an offer to record an album in the Dire Straits frontman’s own studio was another musical milestone. THE SAILOR’S REVENGE, the album that Kennedy wrote and Knopfler produced, features songwriting that grows stronger with every listen, assisted of course by Knopfler’s distinctive delicious guitar and tasteful widescreen production.
“The best singer songwriter I ever saw” Steve Earle
LEDFOOT a.k.a. Tim Scott McConnell was born in a trailer-park in Florida 1958. At the age of 15 he started to play biker bars around Florida and moved to New York when he was 17. He played all the famed underground clubs in NY such as legendary CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and the Mud club.
In 1979 he joined the band The Rockats and signed a deal with Island Records and toured around the USA for the next five years.
In 1989 he started The Havalinas with Smutty Smiff (Rockats, 13kats) and Chalo Quitana (Cruzados, Bob Dylan, Social Distortion). The band signed to Elektra after a bidding war between the major companies and released THE HAVALINAS in 1990. Continue reading Ledfoot Gothic Blues Volume One Released 26th of March
The Sun Goes On Rising is the first single from The Plum Tree and the Rose, the forthcoming third album by Sarah McQuaid, featuring two tracks from the album plus a bonus guitar instrumental. Sarah McQuaid is a gifted and captivating performer whose warm, haunting alto is delicately cradled by her “sparkling guitar” (Sing Out!). She is both song crafter and song collector, equally at home with traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads and 1930s jazz numbers.
Her musical output is a direct and unfolding reflection of her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and currently lives in rural England. While the genre, era and geographical location of her songs may change, at their core is a musician who has soaked it all in – and, luckily for us, is able to eloquently express the stories she’s gathered. Continue reading Sarah McQuaid The Sun Goes On Rising
Gloucestershire based ‘The Roving Crows’ have gained well-deserved international recognition by taking home 2 titles at the Irish Music Awards in Missouri on 28th January; The Roving Crows won ‘Top Celtic Rock Band’ and as if this coveted title was not enough, Caitlin Barrett also took home the prize of ‘Top Fiddle Player’.
This is like a dream come true for the hard-working band that have also been busy recording their highly anticipated 2nd album at the legendary Rockfield Studios, Monmouth with acclaimed producer Nick Brine (The Darkness, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen). Nick first heard the Crows unique sound at the Exposure Music Awards (Cheltenham) where he was immediately interested in getting in touch with the band to produce their next release.
Things are just going from strength to strength for The Roving Crows. Not forgetting their roots the album tour begins on the 17th March at Gloucester Guildhall with the Paddy’s Day Extravaganza and album launch party. Undoubtedly the biggest St Patrick’s Day party around; the Crows will showcase some new material, guaranteeing an incredible musical journey and foot-stomping night.
The entirely self- managed group write all their own songs and put an original vibe to traditional tunes, one of the best live acts around.
To find out more about The Roving Crows visit their websites on www.rovingcrows.com;
“The Proposition combine authentic old-timey Americana with a roughly hewn, melody rich acoustic roots.” R2
Some of the most exciting discoveries in ‘pop’ of recent years have come from the rootsier end of the spectrum. Acts like Seasick Steve and Fisherman’s Friends proved that authentic content and unfussy presentation can have broad appeal. And both acts proved that grizzled features are no barrier to success.
The Proposition’s debut album King Snake, Devil Shake is another reminder that no amount of processed pop can beat stirringly memorable songs and charismatic performance, by artists who have ‘lived a life’. Continue reading The Proposition KING SNAKE DEVIL SHAKE… Debut album