’s favourite Radio 2 moment…

The Radio 2 Folk Awards are chosen and voted for by a panel of professionals (broadcasters, promoters, festival organisers and record companies) who all work in the world of folk, acoustic and roots music. These people (now in their hundreds) are asked to nominate and vote for the people that they consider to have produced and performed the most outstanding work during the past 12 months. Continue reading’s favourite Radio 2 moment…


Artist – Walter Strauss
Label – Redstone Records

“Glorious playing!” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 

“The man is class” fRoots magazine

2011 will see US guitarist and songwriter Walter Strauss releasing PLANET SOLITAIRE, a collection of ambitious solo recordings inspired by a diverse world of influences. There are multilayered instrumentals for the kora, a twenty-one stringed West African harp, rendered fluidly on the guitar, this shown perfectly on the track Djimbaseh. Continue reading Walter Strauss PLANET SOLITAIRE

Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye – THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC

Honouring the legend of the late great Ronnie Lane, in the only way he knew how, roots-rocker Des Horsfall and his band Kuschty Rye embarked on a journey. It was a journey which resulted in the superbly packaged album you have in your hands today, entitled THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC.

Recorded at Valve Studios with producer Andy Bell at the helm, the release takes in folk, country, blues, rock and pop influences, reminiscent of Ronnie Lane’s own post Faces work with the legendary Slim Chance. To create a truly fitting tribute to the legend, Des enlisted the help of many of Ronnie’s contemporaries to fully evoke the feel of the Travelling Show that Slim Chance was famously known for. The album has a laid back 1970s feel to it, evident in Lane’s output from his Slim Chance period and the release is given a seal of authenticity by including guest appearances from original Slim Chance members Continue reading Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye – THE GOOD GENTLEMAN’S TONIC

Marybeth D’Amico – Releases THE LIGHT INSIDE

Artist – Marybeth D’Amico
Label – LongMan Records LongMan 057CD
Distribution- Proper Distribution
Release date-June 13 2011

“Very good indeed…just wonderful.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, UK

Marybeth D’Amico is known for telling dark stories with her music. But the release of her second album finds the American singer-songwriter taking a more personal look at the forces of darkness and light.  The twelve songs on THE LIGHT INSIDE demonstrate not only a step forward in her song writing, but a willingness to explore her own struggles to connect with the audience.  “A good song needs to go beyond navel-gazing, enabling listeners to bring their own experience to the subject matter,” says Marybeth.  “But it also needs a great melody!” Continue reading Marybeth D’Amico – Releases THE LIGHT INSIDE

The Lorelei – Due to release their stunning new album… "FACES" May 16

The Lorelei formed in 1990 in a garage in Dyce with Jonny and Beefy being original members along with Martin Watson, the original singer. Over the next 2 years The Lorelei settled on a line up which apart from John S Martin, The Lorelei’s new front man, remains to this day. The Lorelei went on to record two albums HEADSTRONG and PROGRESSION. The Lorelei spent seven years touring from Lerwick to London doing more than 100 gigs a year. Gigs ranged from playing in small bars to a few locals to playing to a huge crowd at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections. They built up a solid fan base across the country, becoming regular features in venues throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Touring was constant and The Lorelei way of life was based around travelling, playing, drinking and generally having a good time, and this still holds true today. Fans of the Lorelei are loyal, known as the Clangers, and The Lorelei continue sell the first two albums all over the world. Continue reading The Lorelei – Due to release their stunning new album… "FACES" May 16


Proper Records have recently announced a partnership with Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Surfdog Records for the release of an exciting new album project from Artist/ Producer/ Director and Eurythmics co-founder, Dave Stewart.  His new album, The Blackbird Diaries is set to be released in Britain on Monday, June 27th 2011.  Recently completed in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave Stewart and Mike Bradford and was recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio.   The Blackbird Diaries is set to feature all new material including a co-write with Bob Dylan as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and features The Secret Sisters. Dave is backed throughout the album by a stellar assortment of musicians on the album including guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.  As an integral part of Stevie Nicks new album, ‘In Your Dreams’, (he was co-producer, co-writer, photographer, performer and movie director) Dave was invited by Stevie as her special guest to perform at Webster Hall in New York City on May 4th.

“This was my favorite time ever in the studio, I wrote most of the songs on the spot and recorded all of them in one incredible session lasting 5 days and nights!,”  explains Dave Stewart.  I made an unusual film of the process that not only features all the musicians and performers but also gives away some of my writing secrets which involves both a well known fortune teller and hypnotist who allowed themselves to be filmed in session with me.”

Dave Stewart’s The Blackbird Diaries is unlike anything he has embarked on during his illustrious 30 year music career both with Eurythmics and as a solo artist. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, the album is in the vein of recent releases by Bob Dylan and Neil Young – masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics.  The Blackbird Diaries showcases a very different type of songwriting for Stewart with more story-driven autobiographical lyrics, which is a departure from the pop/rock sounds which have made him one of the most successful and revered songwriters/collaborators of all time. Tales of loves conquered and loves lost, Dave gets intimate, personal with words while he allows his music to rock free on an album that might just prove to be this artist’s second, and perhaps finest, act.

A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the entertainment industry today.  His career spans more than 30 years and more than 100 million album sales, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award with Eurythmics partner Annie Lennox. With Lennox, Stewart delivered ingenious pop/rock hits such as ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, ‘Would I Lie To You’, ‘Missionary Man’, and ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’.  One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Dave has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Tom Petty, and Gwen Stefani (to name a few) and has shared the stage with everybody from BB King, U2, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Stewart has won Best British Producer four times and Best British Songwriter five times, as well as numerous Grammy, MTV, and European awards.  A highly-regarded artist and filmmaker, Stewart has scored and penned the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years, including the Mick Jagger collaboration for the film Alfie, which won the pair a Golden Globe. He produced the award-winning documentary Deep Blues, and his feature directorial debut Honest premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Stewart and songwriter/producer Glen Ballard recently wrote a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, which opens in London’s West End in June this year. This Year Stewart also co-wrote and co-produced Joss Stone’s new album as well as Stevie Nicks’ new album ‘In Your Dreams’ which marks the first occasion Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo album.

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