First news of this year’s Tønder Festival

Tønder FestivalFor 44 years now the European folk, country and Americana scene has been meeting in Tønder – a tranquil Danish city just a few kilometres behind the German border. In these 44 years, the originally small folk festival has become one of the biggest genre events in Europe. Year after year, about 70 acts mainly from America, Canada, Ireland, England and Scandinavia define the status quo of the folk, Americana country and traditional music scene. An average of 10,000 visitors attend the festival every year.

“70 percent of our guests are regulars. They come back every year,” says Maria Theessink, responsible for press relations and the programme at the Tønder Festival. Besides the quality of the musical contributions, it’s the fantastic ambience of the festival which keeps the crowds returning year on year. We do everything we can to make our visitors feel at home with us,” she says,” we don’t let stress and hectic pace arise. We want to celebrate a relaxed festival feeling with beautiful music and idyllic surroundings. We seem to be succeeding.”

This mix of high-quality acts, relaxed atmosphere and good sea air – the North Sea is only a few kilometres away – makes Tønder unique in the annual festival calendar. No wonder that the FlightNetwork website ranked the traditional event among the 34 best music festivals in Europe (one of two folk festivals in the cross-genre list).

On the four festival days from 23 to 26 August, Tønder visitors can look forward to a programme that is as varied as it is top-class. Among the most sonorous names that have already been confirmed are the following:

David Ramirez (the upcoming Americana star from Austin, Texas)

The Secret Sisters (Grammy-nominated Folk-Duo from Alabama)

Tyler Childers (the country musician/singer-songwriter from Kentucky is about to make a big breakthrough)

Oysterband (legendary folk band from GB)

Sharon Shannon (Ireland’s folk queen)

Guests with a special interest for British festival-goers include Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Skipinnish and Allan Taylor.

More details at the festival website: www.tf.dk

David Ramirez Announces January 2018 UK Tour

David Ramirez has announced details of a January 2018 headline tour, taking into account eight different cities across the UK with a London date at St Pancras Old Church on January 12, 2018. The tour comes in support of David’s critically acclaimed album We’re Not Going Anywhere, out this week via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, September 15 via http://www.davidramirezmusic.com/

Produced by Sam Kassirer following his previous work on albums by Lake Street Dive and Josh Ritter, We’re Not Going Anywhere is described by Uncut as: “If Springsteen made a record about living in Trump’s America, you’d hope it might sound something like ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’”. The album was recorded throughout January 2017 as Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer’s studio. The political turbulence that was gathering movement throughout 2017’s winter months inflicted frustration upon Ramirez, ultimately inching into the album’s psyche and leading for Q to laud the album as: “Politics seldom sound this heartfelt and honest”.

We’re Not Going Anywhere marks a departure for Ramirez who develops the rootsy sound of his early albums to create something new, bold and anchored in the present in both music and lyrics. “We’re Not Going Anywhere” – these are four simple words informed and driven by Ramirez’s own background which identifies a record of promise and protest at a time of socio-political agitation. With this ideological sentiment put as “a touching tribute to one of the most tragic events of the 21st century” by The Line Of Best Fit, Ramirez says: “So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family has raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I’ve seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.”

UK Tour
12 January | London, Old St Pancras Church
13 January | Brighton, Open Studios
14 January | Sheffield, The Greystones
15 January | Bristol, Louisiana
16 January | Nottingham, Bodega
17 January | Leicester, Duffy’s
18 January | Manchester, The Castle
19 January | Glasgow, Broadcast

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David Ramirez Streams new single

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK release via Thirty Tigers on September 8, 2017. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. The new album follows Ramirez’s 2015 album ‘Fables’, described by Q as ‘caked with the grit and dust of an entire lifetime’. Ramirez is now streaming the fourth track to be taken from the album, ‘Stone Age’ below.

Speaking about the nostalgic video for ‘Time’, Ramirez says: I went into the studio with plans to document our time there and by the second day, after recording most of the song “Time”, I knew I wanted it to be the backdrop for the film. It’s easily one of the dreamiest songs I’ve ever recorded, and framed against the black and white montage of memories from the studio, it comes across with more nostalgia than heartbreak.”

For the first time, Ramirez – who has always co-produced or self-produced – hired a producer in the form of Sam Kassirer (previously helmed Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Bhi Bhiman) to help evolve and change the recording process. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer’s studio. “It’s very secluded, which was part of the appeal. We were able to get out of our touring headspace and stay completely involved with the record and what we were doing. That allowed the band to concentrate on the music, to pursue ideas without distractions and misgivings, but it also removed them from the world during a momentous event.”

We’re Not Going Anywhere marks a departure for Ramirez who builds on the rootsy sound of his early albums to create something new, bold and anchored in the present in both music and lyrics taking influence from the sounds of his childhood, the likes of The Cars and Journey. “We’re Not Going Anywhere” – these are four simple words informed and driven by Ramirez’s own background which identifies a record of promise and protest at a timeof socio-political agitation, “so many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family has raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I’ve seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.”

If you would like to order a copy of the album (in CD or Vinyl), download it or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the David Ramirez – Not Going Anywhere 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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David Ramirez – new album

David Ramirez

Texas singer-songwriter David Ramirez is returning to the UK after the release of his new album Fables via Thirty Tigers (Jason Isbell, Trampled By Turtles). The video for ‘Rock And A Hard Place’, a track lifted from the new LP, is available now and stars actor Keir O’Donnell (Fargo, American Sniper). Fables, Ramirez’s third LP, has been a major breakthrough, debuting in the Top 10 of Billboard’s “Heatseekers” and receiving high praise and support across the likes of NPR, Spotify, The Wall Street Journal and Paste Magazine.

“I’ve learned a lot from being alone and isolated,” says Ramirez, who until recently toured completely by himself, without a band, manager or anyone else for company. You know, when you travel around alone for months at a time, the world revolves around you. There’s no one else in the equation. Everything was just about me. It’s a selfish way of living. And I’m ready to move on from that.” It’s taken three years since that realisation, but with his new album ‘Fables,’ Ramirez takes strides towards that personal growth both as a musician and as a man.

“I hit a dry spell for a couple of years after my last album. It was frustrating. I went into the studio two years ago planning to do a whole record, and it just wasn’t coming together. So I scrapped the whole thing and took some time away from it,” he says. The delay, it turns out, was for the best. “My focus wasn’t really on my music at that point,” he explains. “I was at a point in my relationship with my girlfriend where things were getting serious. The closer we got, the more I realised that I needed to be honest with myself and with her about where my life was heading. If I want to be in a meaningful relationship with someone, I have to be honest in everything I do.” The album’s title, Fables, was inspired by “Harder to Lie,” a song on the record that captures the moment Ramirez realised, as he puts it, “I couldn’t bullsh*t with her anymore. She knew me completely. It got me thinking about how much I bullsh*t in my life – exaggerating stories, faking a smile, or whatever. Just telling fables. When you don’t know who you really are you can end up hurting people.”

That newfound maturity and clarity translated into his approach in the studio, as Ramirez travelled to Seattle to work with his friend and musician Noah Gundersen, who produced the album. “My previous albums were a bit less personal. I always went in with a certain idea of what I wanted them to turn out like. I had never just walked in and said ‘let’s just see what happens.’ And that’s what we did this time. From the writing to the recording, it was just based on instincts.”

After years on the road touring as an opening act for artists like Noah Gundersen, Gregory Alan Isakov, Shakey Graves and Joe Pug, Ramirez is currently on his own tour, which will roll into the UK in 2016. As he has learned to open himself up to other people in his personal relationships and in the studio, Ramirez has also been focused on putting together a full-time band and letting other musicians become involved in the creative process. “I’m trying to build a family of people who create together, not just a backing band,” he says. “For the past five years travelling, I get off stage and I have no one to share it with. I’ve been lucky enough to ride along with some of the bands I’ve opened for. I watch them get ready for their set and have that sense of collaboration, and I’ll just be in the alley smoking a cigarette by myself. I’ve always had a little envy for that. I’m like every kid that grew up playing in a garage. I want a band. No one has dreams of playing the world alone.”

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‘Rock And A Hard Place’