ELBOW JANE – THE BOLDEST BLOOD

Now established as one of the finest live acoustic acts in the UK, Elbow Jane have just released their second CD with Fellside Records entitled The Boldest Blood. National press have described their music as “utterly infectious” and confirmed them as “one of the top acoustic acts in the country.” Hailing from Merseyside their unique blend of bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, keyboards and percussion is complemented by expressive vocals and stunning harmonies winning them national acclaim from top artists, festival organisers and radio across the country. This dynamic quintet bring energy, excitement and enthusiasm to their music – they’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry and continue to delight their audiences winning widespread friends & followers. The release of their latest album sees a string of live dates across the UK. Further gig information is available from the web-link below. Continue reading ELBOW JANE – THE BOLDEST BLOOD

The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats

‘An Appointment with Mr Yeats’ sees the words of W B Yeats, one of Ireland’s greatest literary sons, merged with the music of The Waterboys, one of Britain and Ireland’s greatest rock bands, in a truly unique and ambitious musical undertaking. The album features an extended Waterboys line-up including fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, new Irish singer Katie Kim, multi-instrumentalist Kate St. John, Flook flautist Sarah Allen and Catalan trombonist Blaise Margail. ‘An Appointment with Mr Years’ draws on fourteen of Yeats’ poems, spanning both famous and lesser known works, from the wry to the romantic, the political to the mythological, all invigorated with the energy and exuberance of The Waterboys.

The project has long been a passion for Waterboys vocalist Mike Scott, who first delivered a new dimension to Yeats’ poetry in 1988, when he wrote a musical accompaniment for the classic poem The Stolen Child, during the making of the Waterboys seminal album ‘Fisherman’s Blues’.

Five years later he set another Yeats poem to music, Love and Death, which appeared on their ‘Dream Harder’ album. Over the years, Scott has been quietly crafting a wealth of material similarly based on the writings of Yeats. A number of these were performed by him at the Abbey Theatre during the Yeats International Festival in 1991, but most have remained in Scott’s private songbook awaiting the right vehicle. An Appointment with Mr. Yeats is that long-awaited context.

Scott’s love of literature is firmly embedded throughout the work of The Waterboys. He has also put the writings of Robert Burns, James Stephens, Kenneth Grahame and George MacDonald to song. Speaking on his literary influences and loves, Scott explains: “I grew up in a house full of books so literature and language have always been important to me. Working with other peoples’ words is something that comes as natural to me as working with my own. In a way it’s even more immediate; I’ve always found writing music an easier process than the writing of lyrics, and setting words of the quality of Yeats’ to music is an enormous privilege and treat.”

An Appointment with Mr. Yeats is a unique and memorable opportunity for lovers of great music and great literature to celebrate the union of song and word in one spectacular record.

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David Ferrard releases ‘Journeyman’ on 03.10.2011

Scottish-American singer-songwriter and folk musician, David Ferrard, releases Journeyman, an album of finely-crafted original songs marked by a strong social conscience. Ferrard takes the listener on a musical journey in his most autobiographical album to date, from the elliptical opening song of reconciliation and hope (Bridges) to the haunting closing number (The War Carries On – Turn, Turn Turn), in which he interweaves folk legend Pete Seeger’s 1960s peace anthem with his own contemporary lyric.  Throughout Journeyman Ferrard explores personal issues of identity, childhood, relationship and family break-ups, as well as those affecting humanity in other areas of the world: genocide in Bosnia (Wildflowers), AIDS-ravaged Africa (The Father Says), and the legacy of war both at home and abroad (The War Carries On – Turn, Turn, Turn). Continue reading David Ferrard releases ‘Journeyman’ on 03.10.2011

JANIS IAN – ‘Best of Janis Ian’ CD/DVD

JANIS IAN, one of America’s most durable, thoughtful of singer-songwriters, makes a very rare visit to these shores in October 2011 for an extensive UK tour (details below). The tour is presaged by the release of a double CD plus a twelve track DVD (filmed in 1979 in Japan and Australia) Best of Janis Ian set on Edsel Records. This release is the first British career-spanning retrospective of this most gifted and perceptive of writers and performers – across its generous thirty-one tracks are her breakthrough hit, Society’s Child,  as well her remarkable 1975 classic, At Seventeen. Also included are such wonderful items as Jesse, Stars, and Fly Too High, her 1979 hit collaboration with Giorgio Moroder.

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Janis Ian is thought-provoking, humorous and charming – her underrated guitar-playing skills once even drew compliments from none other than the late Chet Atkins who was no mean string-bender himself!

RADICAL FACE – ‘The Family Tree: The Roots’

After four years milling over the concept and fifteen months recording alone in the tool shed behind his mother’s house in Jacksonville Florida, Ben Cooper, AKA Radical Face, is finally ready to release his sophomore album ‘The Family Tree: The Roots’ out October 4th on Bear Machine. It’s the follow-up to his 2007 debut indie triumph Ghost, and the first instalment of what will eventually be three stand alone records all tied to the theme of a Family Tree–once again separating himself from all things traditional.

Hauntingly beautiful, The Family Tree: The Roots has all the makings of an indie classic. Don’t be fooled by Ben’s understated voice and the simple beginnings. Each song builds in layers much like the depth of its characters. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,”eerily dark pieces like “Black Eyes” and “Kin” to warm enlightening gems like “Always Gold” and “Mountains,”the songs flow together with mindful artistic clarity, allowing you to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.

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Harp and a Monkey – The Soldier’s Song…

From the forthcoming album on Folk Police Recordings due out in September 2011. Memorably described as Elbow for seafarers and ramblers, the harp ‘n’ banjo driven electronica of Harp and a Monkey is imbued with a Deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of Northern life, love and remembrance. The trio of Martin Purdy, Andy Smith and Simon Jones channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors.

Ask them about their influences, and they will cite Ordnance Survey maps, The Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Delia Derbyshire, bee keepers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, the M62 motorway, Oliver Postgate, the BBC, the night bus home, Alan Turing, The Pennines, Elizabeth Gaskell, freshly brewed tea, Hylda Baker and A. A. Milne. They add, “We love everything from Beethoven to Bert Jansch and Boards of Canada.”  Harp and a Monkey were formed in late 2008 and have been building up a strong following around the north of England via the old fashioned practice of relentless gigging. Leftfield yet highly accessible, their hauntological folk-electronica is underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery.

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