Doghouse Roses – THIS BROKEN KEY

Artist – Doghouse Roses… Title – THIS BROKEN KEY… Label – Yellowroom Records… Distribution– Proper Distribution… Release Date – October 18th 2010

Paul Tasker and Iona Macdonald started playing music together soon after meeting in late 2005. Both have been composing and playing music for many years, Paul began playing the guitar after hearing legendary guitarist Bert Jansch in a Glasgow working mens club in the early 1990’s and Iona has built an acclaimed reputation as a singer and songwriter, often compared to the late, great Sandy Denny, her career leading up to her performing with Howe Gelb and the Pilgrim Road Orchestra on the Willard Grant Conspiracy Pilgrim Road tour of 2008. Paul and Iona had already formed Doghouse Roses in 2006, after one too many nights drinking red wine and listening to Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Gillian Welch records. They had started their own label, Yellowmoon Music, successfully releasing a single, two EPs and their critically acclaimed debut album HOW’VE YOU BEEN (ALL THIS TIME). Offering tales of redemption, desperation and hell-raising, Doghouse Roses inhabit the hinterland where blues, folk and Americana meet and this is shown to stunning effect on their new full length release. THIS BROKEN KEY was recorded in Glasgow in January 2010, the core Doghouse Roses duo of Paul Tasker and Iona Macdonald augmenting their take on folk/roots music with Craig Strain on bass, Skerryvore’s Fraser West on drums and Alan Scobie on piano and Hammond organ, also handling production duties.

From the ‘caravan-folk’ of album opener Atonement,  THIS BROKEN KEY pours a cool shower of guitar riffs onto matured songwriting about people and places carried along a road from Woodstock to the Highlands.  The album title is inspired by a broken key found on the streets of Cork during the Irish section of a European tour in September and October 2009, where most of the songs were written.

Constantly touring, the Doghouse Roses live show moves through the stark, poetic minimalism of Paul Tasker’s finger picked guitar combined with the potency of acoustic rock arrangements, the undulating landscapes are drawn together in the intensity and expression of Iona Macdonald’s voice.

THIS BROKEN KEY is a masterpiece in the making and when these songs are performed live the result is breathtaking.

“Tasker’s soundtrack mines the best of Scottish and American musical influences. Like the great Joni Mitchell they leave the listener simultaneously sated and devastated” Rock & Reel

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Iain Thomson – FIELDS OF DREAMS

Artist – Iain Thomson
Title – FIELDS OF DREAMS
Label – Self Released

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I first heard of Iain Thomson from a DJ friend of mine who pointed me in his direction. Frankly I was stunned when I heard what superb music and lyrics he produced. There is an honesty and pure ‘down home’ feel to his work that make it appeal to all fans of folk/Americana and roots music in general. As a shepherd on the Isle of Mull, Iain has a unique perspective on what surrounds him and when he puts down his thoughts and ideas inspired by the beautiful landscape and diverse wildlife where he resides the result is truly magical. Iain did have a spell living on the mainland and has also travelled the world, this all helping to build his rich storybook of songs, but the Isle of Mull had a strong pull and he’s back living on the island that he loves, continuing to shepherd and compose words and music. The album that you have in your hands is the fruit of his inspired life and travels.

FIELDS OF DREAMS is a superb collection of twelve songs all from the pen of Iain Thomson. One of the most heartfelt and emotional tracks on the album is The Old Country, inspired by an old lady that Iain met while having a spell sheep shearing in New Zealand, she relayed a tale of an ex pat from Scotland who married a New Zealand born girl but always had a longing to return to ‘the old country’, years later after his wife died he managed to make just one more visit to Scotland before he himself sadly passed away. Iain also spent time driving large trucks up and down the UK and the song The Southern Line is dedicated to truckers worldwide who keep the supplies moving.

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at the B&B Studios in Edinburgh with founder member of Capercaillie Marc Duff at the controls. Mark also plays on the album and other notable musicians lending their talents include fellow Capercaillie member Charlie McKerron, award winning Gaelic singer Maeve MacKinnon, Gordon Maclean who has worked with Michael Marra and Corrina Hewat and not forgetting one of Scotland’s finest accordion players Gregor Lowrey. A short UK tour is planned for later in 2010 including a possible appearance at the Tarbert Music Festival in Argyll and a longer tour of UK folk clubs is planned for the spring of 2011.

“The Singing Shepherd has grown up, in the Fields of Dreams.”

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Daniel Hertzov releases – BELIEVING

Artist – Daniel Hertzov
Title – BELIEVING
Label – Red Cat Productions

Daniel Hertzov is a singer songwriter and also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who has remained virtually unknown apart from in Glasgow where he and his family currently reside. Daniel was born in Moscow in 1975, the son of a dissident Jewish couple who moved to the USA when Daniel was two years old eventually settling in Boston. Daniel loved rock music from an early age but after university worked in finance in New York. Witnessing first hand 9/11 he quit his job and worked for a year as a Sautee cook, fell in love with a Polish girl and moved to London. Due to his skills in the finance industry he soon got a job in the city…only to then be trapped in a tube during the July 7th London bombings, time indeed for a life style change.

Daniel decided to move to Glasgow where he has chosen to continue his passion for performing and recording his music. He is a regular on the Glasgow acoustic scene and has produced a stunning debut album entitled BELIEVING, an album consisting of twelve original compositions covering Americana and folk along with a healthy dose of rock.
Daniel fuses Russian lyricism, American song-craft complete with British hooks to create a style all of his own. Stand out tracks include the stunning opening and title track Believing, a song that is the perfect fusion of styles reminiscent of one of my all time favourite bands, the Lilac Time, the track urging the listener to hit the repeat button. Following track Down At The Park is a perfect slice of Americana with a thoroughly West Coast feel and features the talents of Alan Scobie on Hammond organ and the superb slide guitar of Marcin Galazka, this track guaranteed to be a live favourite. Same can be said of the jaunty Tumbling Down And Away, here Daniel showing his prowess on the mandolin.

Apart from the afore mentioned Alan Scobie and Marcin Galazka other musicians on the album include Craig Strain on electric bass, Fraser West on drums and legendary Polish musician and performer Tymon Tymanski on double bass, guitar and inspired vocal on final track Jewish Bride.

Each track stands up for itself; there are certainly no fillers, all killers. This is one of those albums that once you have listened to it you will be hooked and with a string of UK dates on the horizon it certainly won’t be long before the name of Daniel Hertzov will become a household name within the UK roots/folk and Americana scene.

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Mark Chadwick (lead singer of the Levellers) speaks to Paul Johnson about his new solo album

Folking.com’s Paul Johnson in conversation with Mark Chadwick (lead singer of the Levellers) at Beautiful Days Festival in August 2010. Mark talks about the festival and his new solo album project “All the Pieces”.  For those not in the know, Mark is one of the UK’s most successful song-writers and has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 top 40 albums (including a number 1). “All the Pieces” is not a Levellers (the band he has fronted for the last 20 years) album but in my opinion each of the 12 autobiographical acoustic folk-pop songs have an early Levellers “wood smoke” spirit to them and hark back to an earlier late sixties/ early Seventies age. The album was produced by the award-winning Sean Lakeman and Mark is joined by a surprise all-star folk cast (which I won’t give away now as you hear about it in the interview below).

Folkmaster – September 2010

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JANET DOWD – 300 Miles (Blue Cow Records)

In much the same way that Mary Black and Maura O’Connell established themselves with their distinctive vocals the same could be said of Janet Dowd whom I first heard on Richard Digance’s Radio Devonfolk programme. Unlike Black and O’Connell however there are no American inflections, just the pure tone of Janet’s vocal that will enamour her to anyone who enjoys an unblemished but spirited performance. Starting with the gorgeous “Dingle Bay” accompanied by an arrangement that would I’m sure have been approved by The Furey’s in their “Sweet Sixteen” days she immediately establishes her credentials with an assured performance that will gain her a legion of octogenarian (for this read BBC Radio 2) fans. The track that originally made me take note of Dowd was the song “John Condon” who was thought to be the youngest soldier to die in the Great War of 1914-1918. Much like Eric Bogle’s epic “Green Fields Of France”, I’m sure this song will be accepted by the ‘folk’ music community in much the same way and it won’t be long before it is utilised by every major artist (maybe it already has) looking for another holy grail? This album showcases Dowd’s obvious talents leaning towards a good ballad including the Northumbrian “The Water Is Wide”, “Loving Hannah” (also covered on the debut album by the afore mentioned Mary Black) and the evocative “Both Sides The Tweed” penned by Dick Gaughan. Rounding things off with the Dixie-Land style brass arrangement on “Wayfaring Stranger” (which I haven’t heard since the heydays of The Seekers!) this lady should be required listening for those that enjoy a good songstress and a must have for festivals in 2011. PETE FYFE

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ROSIE CARSON & KEVIN DEMPSEY – The Salty Diamond (Own Label)

I was first introduced to Kevin Dempsey many years ago at the Hedgehog Pie festival in Newcastle (possibly 1976!) and I particularly remember his impressive guitar technique crossing jazz with folk. Of course, this was innovative at the time and I’m pleased to say he’s lost none of that technique which works as the perfect foil for his twinning with the teenage Stateside based fiddler/vocalist Rosie Carson. Now this is my kind of album, one that utilises songs I remember from my own ‘folk music’ upbringing. The duo’s repertoire includes classic songs such as the trials and tribulations Gospel tinged “I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, “Silver Dagger” and Richard Thompson’s “Waltzing’s For Dreamers” respectfully treated with a laid back country feel featuring Kevin on lead vocals. The instrumental sets likewise are from a vintage that I still cherish with enjoyable interpretations of “The Rolling Waves/Morrison’s Jig”, “Paddy Fahey’s/The Butterfly” and “Julia Delaney’s/Larry Redican’s” amongst them. Carson and Dempsey blend well together tonally and although this recording may not be seen by many as wildly innovative there are certainly many high points to raise it above albums of a similar disposition. Here’s looking forward to the next one!  PETE FYFE

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