Adrian Nation announces third solo album

Adrian Nation

The spring of 2014 saw the release of the third Adrian Nation album entitled Live At Crossroads which was recorded during his 2013 tour of the Netherlands. Toward the end of 2014 that album was picked up by Andy Donnelly of the CKUA Radio Network in Alberta, Canada and he immediately began playing tracks from the album on his hugely popular weekly show. Other presenters at the station were soon following suit and Adrian’s name quickly spread around the province. This led to the idea of putting together a tour of Alberta and such was the appetite for his music that November 2015 saw Adrian perform 17 shows in eighteen days from Edmonton down to Calgary, from Lloydminster on the Saskatchewan border across to Canmore and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. The success of this tour led to bookings at major roots and folk music festivals in the summer of 2016 in both Alberta and British Columbia and Adrian will return again this autumn for a further five week tour.

With ongoing tours in the UK and Europe as well as featuring on SkyArts series Guitar Star, it has been a busy and fruitful few years since that last album but the songs for the next began to come through and in early 2017 Adrian headed out to Sardinia with Chris West, producer of his second studio album Fall Or Fly, to Lake Studio to begin work on a new record.

The result is Anarchy And Love. An album which is instantly recognizable as being Adrian Nation yet it also displays not necessarily a change of direction but certainly a divergence of styles. For the first time Adrian has written and recorded songs on electric guitar yet with his clearly unique acoustic style, resulting in a new dynamic and a fresh exciting flavour. Guests on the album include additional guitar from Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago) who Adrian met and performed with in Canada last summer, as he did with Gino Mirizio (Pavlo) who plays drums on four tracks of the album. There is also a strong Scottish ingredient evident by a cover of Runrig’s ‘Rocket To The Moon’, a song that speaks of the migration of pioneering Scots to Canada, as well as ‘The Benderloch Stone’, an original song written on the shores of the tiny west coast Scottish village. So it was fitting for this track that fiddle was to be provided by Hannah Fisher (Roddy Woomble, Idlewild, Dougie Maclean).

With contributions also from Jonathan Potts on fiddle and Brad Lang (Barbara Dickson, ABC) on bass, both of whom have performed on Adrian’s previous two studio albums, as well as producer Chris West providing some more bass and piano, Anarchy and Love is very much about a group of fine musicians coming around the main focus of a solo performer and doing so with sensitivity and creativity.

Anarchy And Love is a blend of both politically charged protest, rolling road songs, high energy instrumentals as well as a moving tribute to the life of his father who passed away just before the release of the previous album and as Adrian explains in the sleeve notes, some of these songs are “the songs he left in me”, for a long time a strong contender for the title of the album.

Artist’s website: www.adriannation.com

‘The Benderloch Stone’ – live:

Singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin announces debut album

Jeremy Tuplin

I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut is the debut album of London-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin and follows two independently released EPs: Open Letters (2016) and Carry The Fire (2014).  His voice has a uniqueness expressing itself through the less commonly used, lower register and his song-writing extends beyond the conventions of the genre.  In the words of BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, his music is: “Unconventional, conversational and intimate.”  The Telegraph Culture Section described his music as, “Stunningly candid…A distinctive deep vocal that has hints of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan.”  Clash Music observed, “A cosmic gem…” with Tuplin “Cooking up something special.”

Recorded with long-time collaborator Mark Estall at Marketstall Studio, South Bermondsey with some recordings taking place in both Tuplin’s and Estall’s living rooms, the album combines electronic and synthesised sounds with acoustic and organic instruments for a ‘retro-futuristic feel’ branching into a genre which could be described as ‘space-folk’.

The theme that underpins this album is escapism, and with that, visions of the cosmos – a debut worthy of attention.

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Jeremy Tuplin link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

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Artist’s website: http://www.jeremytuplin.com/

ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Thursday 26 October 2017
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“Jeremy Tuplin may be the missing link between Nick Drake and ‘Space Oddity’-era Bowie. “I dreamt I was an Astronaut” is an engaging piece of work, blending excellent folk-based songwriting with creative and gently overarching production that fittingly frames Tuplin’s songs, taking them to a different and unexpected place.” – Folk Radio UK

‘Did We Lose The Fight?’ – live:

Gabriel Moreno And The Quivering Poets announce their new album

Gabriel Moreno

Gabriel Moreno and the Quivering Poets announce the follow up to 2017’s critically acclaimed record Love & Decadence with a full length album available on iTunes, Amazon, CD from 19th October 2017.

Gabriel Moreno is a poet and songwriter whose guitar playing style is rooted in his native Gibraltar whilst his songs have their foundations in British and American, modern musical structures. During the recording of his album, Love & Decadence Gabriel Moreno had gravitating towards him some of the most interesting musicians in the alternative folk scene of London and Barcelona to form what would be known as The Quivering Poets.

Heavily influenced by poetical lyricism of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan, the band’s Mediterranean rhythms fused with folk arpeggios have provided the basis for their increasing popularity on London’s Alternative Folk scene. Farewell Belief typifies Gabriel’s character-driven storytelling, set against crafted violin motifs and flowing Spanish guitar.

The album will be supported by a launch party at The Old Queen’s Head, Angel, London on the 19th October and with tour dates throughout September and October in the UK before moving on to dates in Barcelona and Moreno’s home town of Gibraltar.

“On his latest album, Farewell Belief, Gabriel Moreno’s gentle, poetic lyrics are enhanced by the accompanying instruments. The fiddle in particular soars above and around the words superbly. I can hear touches of Leonard Cohen in several of the tracks on the album.” – Jane Clayton, West Norfolk Radio

“Perceptive, passionate, prolific & Poignant. …solid and authentic sound that warms the heart and the soul.” – John Flannery, Art Speak, Soho Radio

Artists’ website: http://www.gabrielmoreno.co.uk/

‘Rosalind’ from Farewell Belief :

Findlay Napier announces his new album, Glasgow

Findlay Napier

Following huge acclaim for his 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons, Scotland’s Findlay Napier again unites superb songwriting, magpie-minded imagination and compellingly vivid vocals on his new album Glasgow. A characteristically wry yet lyrical, offbeat yet heartfelt paean to his adopted home town – marking 20 years since Napier arrived from his Highland birthplace – it features freshly-penned, instantly memorable originals alongside classic and contemporary gems from the city’s rich ballad canon. Continuing their fruitful collaboration on VIP, revered UK songsmith Boo Hewerdine reprises his roles as producer and co-writer.

From modern-day vignettes like opener ‘Young Goths In The Necropolis’ – its bittersweet emotional charge evoking a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright – to the tenderly imagined love-story of ‘The Locarno, Sauchiehall St 1928’, reminiscent of the late great Michael Marra (whose wonderfully whimsical ‘King Kong’s Visit to Glasgow’ is also covered), the album’s musical map spans shipyards and late-night chippies, wily street veterans and warring football fans, patron saints and musical icons.

Other covers include a terrifically gallus (Scots for ‘bold, mischievous, cheeky’ – ie quintessentially Glaswegian) version of Hamish Imlach’s ‘Cod Liver Oil And The Orange Juice’; a dreamily ardent rendering of The Blue Nile’s ‘A Walk Across The Rooftops’, and a gorgeous new ballad, ‘Marchtown’, by ex-Delgado Emma Pollock.

With accompaniment mostly distilled to artful acoustic guitar, plus occasional piano and Donna Maciocia’s delicate backing vocals, Napier’s remarkable voice – by turns burly, gritty, fierce and forlorn, bitingly acerbic and exquisitely nuanced – is rightfully foregrounded throughout, capturing scenes and characters as potently as the CD cover image by Pulitzer Prize-winning Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon.

Napier’s fast-growing stature as one of the UK’s most distinctively gifted contemporary folk artists builds on his previous band work with Back Of The Moon and The Bar Room Mountaineers, also reflecting his long-time immersion in the vibrant stylistic melting-pot of Glasgow’s world-famous music scene. As promoter of the decade-old Hazy Recollections concert series and founder of the Glasgow Songwriting Festival, he’s been particularly influential in fostering cross-fertilisation between the city’s folk and indie communities. Spring 2017 saw him touring with acclaimed contemporary protest-song showcase Shake the Chains, whose September album release is followed by more dates early next year.

While the sorrow and anger simmering through Glasgow track ‘There’s More To Building Ships’ (originally written for Shake the Chains) highlight Napier’s political leanings, humour is an equally vital element in his work, both recorded and live – as reflected in his recent sideline career as a stand-up comedic. Hence his readiness to embrace not only the oft-disparaged label of folk singer, but also another, likewise timeless role:

“I do love that old-fashioned, all-round idea of an ‘entertainer’,” he says. “But then that’s totally what the best folk singers are; they’ll have you in absolute hysterics, in between punching you in the gut – people like Loudon Wainwright, John Prine, Michael Marra: that’s the absolute pinnacle, as far as I’m concerned.”

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Findlay Napier – Glasgow link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

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Artist’s website: www.findlaynapier.com

‘Cod Liver Oil And The Orange Juice’ live:

Said The Maiden announce their second album and tour dates

Said The Maiden

Once in a while a group of young musicians get together that make you stop, look and listen… Said The Maiden is one such gathering……

The great news for folk fans, live music lovers and aspiring musicians across the country, is that this multi award-winning Hertfordshire based folk trio have embarked on a 22 date UK tour and are about to release their second studio album.

Said The Maiden was awarded Bristol Folk Festival’s prestigious Isambard Folk Award in 2015, and in the same year were voted ‘Best Act’ by the audience at the Great British Folk Festival’s Introducing Stage, securing an appearance on the festival’s main stage in 2016.

2017 has seen further recognition for Said The Maiden including winning the 2017 Folking Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize, and an NMG Award nomination for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act.

Where there is a good story to be told, Said The Maiden will seek it out and tell it through their music. Their eagerly awaited second studio album, Here’s A Health, is a stunning collection of such stories: tales of love and loss, myths and legends of the land and sea, and of the unforgettable characters who feature throughout the captivating and fantastical stories that folklore has to offer.

The album showcases the trio’s ever-developing yet distinctive and unique sound, featuring their trademark soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs. However this new release also displays a more diverse collection of material from the trio including a few covers of more modern folk songs, as well as original compositions inspired by their love of the folk tradition. Expect intricate three-part harmonies both acapella and interweaved with beautiful simplistic instrumentation.

Artists’ website: http://www.saidthemaiden.co.uk/

‘The Soldier And The Maid’ live:

Tour Dates

 

Cornish gypsy-punks Biere de Luxe announce their new album

Biere de Luxe

Rural gypsy-punks hailing from the worn-out edges of Cornwall’s glossy picture postcard mystique. Summoning the spirit of Baltic bohemianism and growled ol’ timey blues in equal measure, the bouzouki wielding, accordion toting wildcards create the sound of a shanty festival gone horribly wrong. Fast accumulating a cult following in their home county and beyond with their furious on-stage magnetism and high energy performances, the group have blazed a trail of jagged guitar riffs and breakneck drum-fills from Cornwall to as far as the Adriatic Sea. Having previously been described by promoters in such powerful ways as “The Rolling Stones of Gypsy-punk” and “The sound of the Iron Curtain re-sampled through heavy amphetamine abuse”, Biere de Luxe are in a class of their own – a force to be reckoned with!

Having formed in 2011, Biere de Luxe have been consistently playing venues and festivals up and down the UK and have recently finished recording a 12 track album Into The Thicket which is available through Bandcamp and to stream on Spotify and iTunes. Some previous shows played are listed below.

Artists’ website: http://www.facebook.com/bieredeluxe

‘Turbo Kicker’ live: