SEEKER LOVER KEEPER

Seeker Lover Keeper is the arresting meeting-of-minds of three of the finest female songwriters working today. Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby are all critically acclaimed, award-winning solo artists in their own right, and Seeker Lover Keeper is not just an album but a love token, a musical keepsake to cherish.

The seed for Seeker Lover Keeper was initially a way for the three long-term friends to tour together, singing each others’ songs every night. It was Sally who suggested instead that the three of them form a band, and Sally who came up with the name – “I just really love those three words together and how it suggested that one (of us) is the Seeker, one is the Lover and one is the Keeper.” Continue reading SEEKER LOVER KEEPER

KATIE MELUA ALBUM NEWS

Secret Symphony’, the brand new album by Katie Melua, will be released on March 5th, 2012. Katie Melua takes the stage in front of the Secret Symphony Orchestra, on this, her fifth album. Always happy to step away from people’s expectations, Katie delivers a superbly crafted set of tracks interpreting songs drawn from a wide spectrum of songwriters including herself and Mike Batt.

This album was going to be my ‘singer’s album‘ says Katie. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people’s songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn’t perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material. It stretches you. As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith (‘Gold In Them Hills‘) and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt (‘Too Long At The Fair’) plus some more well known ones likeKeeping The Dream Alive‘.” Continue reading KATIE MELUA ALBUM NEWS

One for Facebark!

Musician, Composer,Producer, Presenter and Raconteur Phil Cunningham has often brought a smile to our faces here at Folking.com. His legendary tale about Fergie MacDonald which we filmed a few years back at the Gostport and Fareham Easter Festival (http://www.eastfest.co.uk/) in his duo performance with Aly Bain had us in hysterics and has now had almost had 50,000 views (if you not seen it yet you can watch it by clicking on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUjJ_biMn8)

So this morning when I saw his latest video pop up in my facebook feed telling me about a lullaby he had written for Fergie I was intrigued…  I checked it out and BOL (Bark Out Loud) this Fergie is not Fergie MacDonald the extraordinary button accordion player and legendary ceilidh band leader but Phil’s dog who  decided to join the tune and provide the vocal part….. that is.. until he fell asleep!

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Steve Tilston – The Reckoning

The Reckoning has been nominated for Best original Song in this years BBC Folk Awards 2012. This eagerly awaited album is quintessential Steve Tilston featuring insightful lyrics reflecting an affinity with the landscape and the power of nature, a keen sense of history with a nod to the potential of the future, and a sharp eye for social satire.

Musically, Tilston shows us why he is one of the country’s most respected songwriters, continuing to create gorgeous melodies, in a series of musical contexts powerfully evocative of time and place. A true Reckoning for these times.

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BREABACH – Bann (Breabach Records BRE002CD)

This album reminds me of the first time I encountered The Tannahill Weavers in 1978 having just recruited the wild excesses of piper Alan MacLeod in a musty upstairs room at a pub in Hampstead. The reason I mention this is that at the time the pipes not only fascinated but excited me in much the same way it does on this recording by Breabach. If you haven’t heard the pipes at full throttle in a ‘folk band’ context then I suggest you purchase a copy of this recording at the earliest opportunity! The component parts of the band are; James Lindsay (double bass), Calum MacCrimmon (bagpipes), Ewan Robertson (guitar) and new members Continue reading BREABACH – Bann (Breabach Records BRE002CD)

MIRANDA SYKES & REX PRESTON – HANDS ON MUSIC HMCD035

Miranda and Rex play together in The Scoville Units, purveyors of Celtic bluegrass. Miranda is, of course, well known as the third member of Show Of Hands and Rex is a rising star in mandolin-playing circles, working with Cara Dillon and Brian Finnegan.

It’s clear from the start that their backgrounds have shaped their debut album together. The songs are mostly covers with one original instrumental and a traditional arrangement from Rex. The first two songs are by Kate Rusby and Karine Polwart – the latter being a gorgeous gently rocking version of ‘Only One Way’ – and from the first few notes you know that this is something rather special. The sound is incredibly rich and I searched in vain for a list of guest musicians. There is a guitar in there and I’m guessing that Rex plays it but top marks for production whoever it is. Continue reading MIRANDA SYKES & REX PRESTON – HANDS ON MUSIC HMCD035