The Woodbine and Ivy Band

The Woodbine & Ivy Band is a group of Manchester musicians who came together to arrange and perform traditional songs whilst channeling the hazy spirit of classic country rock.Spencer the Rover (the download single) features guest vocals by Fay Hield, a folk singer from Sheffield, who recently released the critically acclaimed album The Looking Glass. The arrangement features warm pedal steel guitar, Sally Army-inspired trumpet, piano, and a twelve-piece choir, which creates an expansive sound that reaching beyond that usually associated with traditional song. Although the musicians involved are not all from a folk background, there is a sly tipping of the cap towards the electric folk revival of the 1970s.

Amongst their influences, the Woodbine & Ivy Band cite the music of Sandy Denny, The Band, John Martyn, Pentangle, The Byrds, Crazy Horse and the drone rock of Spaceman 3. This album is also perhaps one for fans of Joe Boyd’s Witchseason Productions and much of the music released on the Harvest, Leader and Transatlantic record labels.

Spencer the Rover was released as a download single from Amazon on 14th November and is taken from the album The Woodbine and Ivy Band, and featuring guest vocalists including Jackie Oates, Nancy Wallace, Jim Causley, Pinkie Maclure and Olivia Chaney.

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Gavin Adam Wood – SOULS APART

Gavin Adam Wood is an up and coming singer-songwriter who was born in Leek on the edge of the Peak District, bought his first guitar at the age of 15, playing along to his musical hero David Gilmour. He formed his first band, the Pynewood Shoes, as a teenager and enjoyed local success until leaving for University in 1989.

The guitar remained a private pleasure for the majority of Gavin’s life at university in Wolverhampton where he would play for friends, the occasional Student Union event but mostly at a local folk club in an unusual pub called the “Little Dry Dock” in Netherton, which had a bar made from a canal barge. Lyrically, folk music held a fascination: the stories of past times and tales of missed loved ones, and lyrics drenched in all kinds of, what would otherwise be to most, private emotion.

In the early nineties, Gavin began to write his own songs and played in an acoustic band called Harmonic Brew, changing to Thrice Nay and, finally, Empty House before dissolving.

2009 saw a major turning point. After too many years of occasional gigging with more years off than on, Gavin took to the streets of Cambridge to busk in Cambridge’s 2nd annual Buskers and Street Performers’ festival. Over 50 or more local and national acts took part and Gavin was voted best performer in his debut competition!

This led to numerous appearances on local radio shows and also invitations to perform at larger open-air events. Gavin was asked to perform his debut single Light up the Streets (written to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, released on his Banania Records label) as the Cambridge Christmas lights were turned on in Market Square in 2009. Gavin also performed at Cambridge Party in the Park,  and he opened Cambridge ‘Race for Life’, performing on the big stage in front of around 20,000 runners, walkers and supporters. The highlight for 2009 was undoubtedly performing some of his songs at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Gavin took a three month break to work with the UN, coordinating aid agency information, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Gavin returned home in the summer of 2010 to start recording SOULS APART, with two new songs written in Haiti: Trust in the Universe and Gentle Moon, one of Gavin’s favourites, written for his sweetheart 4000 miles away in England. SOULS APART carries a theme of hopeless love; soul mates who can’t be together, longing for one another, dreaming of a time when they can be united, maybe not until another lifetime. Many of the songs reflect heartache, waiting, longing; a declaration of love into the universe in a hope for answers.

Before the summer of 2010 was over there was another humanitarian disaster, this time in Pakistan after unprecedented monsoon floods destroyed millions of homes and forced 30 million people to seek refuge in makeshift camps. Gavin spent the rest of 2010 in Pakistan with the UN.

Gavin finally finished recording the album in the summer of 2011. While the album was being printed Gavin set about performing gigs and busking again in the 4thCambridge Buskers’ Festival. To his delight he was voted best act yet again. During the making of the album, one of the songs was chosen by an Italian artistic movement, Immagine&Poesia, which is about poetry inspiring artwork and vice-versa. The movement requested the second track from the album, Until the Stars Fall to be their official song. A short video of the movement’s artwork is on YouTube accompanied by the song and is dedicated to the late Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of the poet Dylan Thomas. Before she sadly passed away, Aeronwy requested to have one of her own poems printed in the CD booklet.

“…a touch of magic. He was fabulous!” Heart FM

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Seth Lakeman Announces New Album ‘Tales from the Barrel House’

Celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman has just released details of his forthcoming sixth album ‘Tales From The Barrel House’.

Nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2005 for his ‘Kitty Jay’ album, ‘Tales from the Barrel House’ see’s seth returning to his Devon roots.  Recorded at Morwellham Quay mining port on the north bank of the River Tamar, tracks were recorded in workshops located in the quay.  One track even saw Seth descend into a disused West Country copper mine. Recorded with just one sound field microphone, Seth not only wrote all the songs, but played every musical contribution himself, as well as producing and mixing the album.

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New Country Rehab

Take one of Canada’s hottest country fiddle players, a guitarist that’s a cross between Tom Morello and Kevin Breit, a percussionist that plays saw blades and cookie sheets and one of the most versatile double-bass players in Canada and you get New Country Rehab. With their debut album release now available in the UK, the band are quickly making a name for themselves having been described in Canada as “a band to watch closely” by Exclaim! magazine. Since the Canadian release they have played many major Canadian music festivals and are showcasing at the Americana Music conference in Nashville, TN in Oct. 2011. They will be touring in Europe in January 2012 in support of their self-titled debut album.

Formed by John Showman, Ben Whiteley, James Robertson and Roman Tome, the band’s unique outlaw indie-country sound channels Hank Williams Sr. as much as Arcade Fire, creating exciting new music that’s winning a rabid and rapidly-growing fan base. As Tom Power, host of CBC Radio’s Deep Roots show explains, “They’re one of the few bands that the hardest of old-folkies and the hippest of hipsters can agree on. Combining virtuosity with taste, they’re poised to be the ‘next big thing’ in Canadian Music.”

The self-titled album, recorded by producer Chris Stringer (Ohbijou, Timber Timbre) highlights the group’s strong original compositions and deep musical palette. The song-writing is defined by themes of death, love and loss, written in the folk-country storytelling tradition. John Showman weaves songs together often based on real people he has encountered in his life. Bury Me is a dying man’s lament for a grave next to that of his true love. InCameo, the story of a woman who escaped Nazi Germany on skis parallels her granddaughter’s escape from love gone wrong. The Last Hand recounts a gambler’s final game as he crosses paths with “The Cowboy”, a colourful and notorious figure that Johncame to know in the Florida Keys. The band takes the listener on a boisterous journey, from the Queens-of-the-Stone-Age-meets-Doc-Watson original trackAngel of Death to the menacing State Trooper (an interpretation of the seminal Bruce Springsteen song, replete with police sirens and car crashes). New Country Rehab move with ease through Post-modern surf-rock in The Houses In This Town Are All Falling Down, dub reggae in a reinvention of Hank Williams Sr.’s Ramblin’ Man and disco-imbued instrumentals in the once old-time Appalachian tune, Train 45.

All of the band members are successful sidemen in their own right, having played with artists ranging from Amy Millan, Basia Bulat, the Creaking Tree String Quartet, Elvis Bossa Nova, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Justin Rutledge, Ken Whiteley and Brandi Disterheft.  Lead singer and fiddle player, John Showman won the 2011 Cliff Top Fiddle competition in West Virginia and honour only once before bestowed upon a Canadian.

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THE CARRIVICK SISTERS – FROM THE FIELDS

The Carrivick Sisters are twins Laura and Charlotte Carrivick from South Devon. Both are skilled multi-instrumentalists and between them they play a variety of bluegrass-associated instruments – guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and fiddle. Though just 21 years old, Laura and Charlotte are already accomplished songwriters, fine individual singers, and they harmonise hauntingly, as often only siblings can, their beguiling voices blending together irresistibly. Although their principle influence is bluegrass, their music also has a strong folk influence, with many of their original songs inspired by their local landscape and stories.

The Carrivick Sisters are experienced performers, having played all over the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. They have released three previous CDs – My Own Two Feet (2006), Better Than 6 Cakes (2007) and Jupiter’s Corner (2009) and have just completed their fourth album, From The Fields.

Produced and recorded by Joe Rusby (brother of Kate) at Pure Records Studio, From the Fields comprises eleven originals; ten songs and one instrumental, and one traditional song ‘Early, Early In The Spring’ and features contributions from guest musicians: John Breese (Banjo), BJ Cole (Pedal Steel), Eleanor Cross (Double Bass), Matt Crum (Melodeon) and David Kosky (Guitar),

The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, originally as buskers before starting to play more and more proper gigs, turning professional when they left school in 2007. As well as performing as ‘The Carrivick Sisters’, Laura and Charlotte have also played with a number of other bands – Blue South, Miles Apart, Banjo Accelerator; Kick Up the Grass and currently ‘Andsome and Some.

In 2007 they won the South West Busker’s and Street Entertainer’s Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America. More recently, The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010.

I am very impressed by The Carrivick Sisters, one of the best young duos I’ve heard. The girls sing and play as one and their work is characterised by great musicality. They are not only very talented instrumentalists and singers but they write really good songs as well.” Ralph McTell

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Seattle singer-songwriter, Anna Coogan … new album ‘The Wasted Ocean’

Beautifully crafted and oddly unsettling, Anna Coogan’s new release The Wasted Ocean places her incomparable voice front and centre. Driving banjos, soaring guitars, and swelling strings fuse Coogan’s indie-pop sensibilities with her Americana roots. Coogan’s most complex and engaging work to date, The Wasted Ocean is produced by Evan Brubaker (Rachel Harrington)and features Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell, Laura Veirs), Edie Carey, (Shawn Mullins) Darrin Watkins (Vicki Martinez), and Colby Sander (Rachel Harrington), as well as long time collaborators Eric Hastings, Brooks Miner, and Daniele Fiaschi.

The Wasted Ocean was inspired by a childhood immersed in the musical traditions of maritime New England, as well as years spent on water, first as a whitewater kayaker and then as a fisheries biologist. The evocative imagery woven throughout The Wasted Ocean alternates between joyous and melancholy: streamers lifting in the western wind, Spanish flags and conquistadors haunting the ocean floor, threadbare sails and nets forever left to dry, lust and longing so powerful it could turn the tide.

The Wasted Ocean was released on September 26 in the UK and Europe, almost ten years to the day that Coogan walked away from a promising career singing opera. By now not even a trace of classical training remains in her voice. What has emerged in the intervening years is wholly different – more fragile, plaintive, and pure – it is, in the words of  The Missoulian (Montana): “touched by twang, drenched in sunshine.” The sunshine certainly shines through on this powerful new collection of material.

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