Larkin Poe announce debut album

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They say madness runs in the family. They say the same about creativity and passion. That’s good news for Larkin Poe’s sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe.

“We have a very colourful family history,” explains lead singer/ guitarist Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. “There were a lot of creative, hotheaded, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great, great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their crazy stories definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!” Megan, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, “As sisters, we just wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided to give a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe.” Continue reading Larkin Poe announce debut album

SOLD OUT 49th CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL HAILED AS HUGE SUCCESS

Cam Stage FoxThe 49th Cambridge Folk Festival ended in rousing style on Sunday night in what organisers Cambridge City Council have hailed as a ‘bumper year’.

The Festival was a complete sell out (14,000 total attendees) and included performances from The Mavericks, KT Tunstall, Levellers, The Waterboys, Amadou and Mariam, Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson and Capercaillie plus a range of folk, americana, blues and world music performances across the Festival’s four stages.

Performance highlights included: Bellowhead joining Levellers on stage for a run through the “Levs” The Recruiting Sgt; KT Tunstall performing versions of The White Stripe’s Seven Nation Army performed on a kazoo and a stirring version of Don Henley’s Boys of Summer; the eccentric and electric Bombay Royale performing on stage with a large inflatable elephant; a hilarious kids concert from UK comedic-poet John Hegley; landmark sets from Hertfordshire sisters The Staves who graduated to Stage 1 on their third appearance at the Festival; singer/songwriter Lucy Rose who headlined Thursday’s Stage 2 and US sisters Larkin Poe who’s two sets wowed the Festival audience over the weekend.

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Folking at Cambridge Folk Festival 2013 – Day 1

CamFF_FoxyA folking brilliant start to a truly stellar line-up at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival.

Now in its 49th Year, it remains a cornerstone event in the folk diary.

After finally getting the tent up, losing half my body weight in liquid from my newly erected sauna, I headed from Coldham’s Common campsite and caught the well organised and frequent bus to the main festival site.

The picture on the left really sums up the atmosphere of the place, a gathering of people of all ages who share a love of life, music and community.

I was really looking forward to seeing Jamie Smith’s Mabon opening the main event on the stage 2 and you will see from the video below that it was the perfect way to set the standard for the weekend.

Kat&SeanHusband-and-wife team, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman followed with performances from their superbly crafted album Hidden People. Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery and Sean’s masterly guitar arrangements wooed the Cambridge crowd as the sun beat down on folk town. The Ballard of Andy Jacobs was a particular highlight, made memorable by the solitary figure of Kathryn sitting on stage at her piano.

Rusty ShackleI then headed over to the club tent to catch Rusty Shackle. We’d featured them on folking last year so I was keen to see them in action.

Formed back in 2010 and with an infectious pulse and style, they are difficult to pigeon hole. That said, elements of folk, rock, bluegrass, Celtic rhythms and Delta blues are clearly present.

They are the sort of band that have even more fun than the audience and their rough and ready style grows on you, as you are left pondering, how a band can have the balls to bring two genuine Welsh lamps with them on stage.

Larkin Poe then brought the Thursday night club tent to a rocking climax. I was very much looking forward to seeing The Lovell Sisters in action as we had featured their album Thick as Thieves back in 2012 and this was the first chance I’d had to catch them since. A great end to a brilliant day.

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Larkin Poe and Thom Hell – THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN SOUND

Larkin Poe & Thom Hell (300dpi)Having toured internationally as The Lovell Sisters between 2005 and 2010, including performances at the Grand Ole Opry, Telluride and numerous other top venues and festivals, Rebecca and Megan relaunched themselves as Larkin Poe in January 2010, following the departure of eldest sister Jessica.

Still only in their early twenties, in just a little over two years as Larkin Poe, Rebecca and Megan have released five EPs and a live DVD and have performed with such luminaries as Elvis Costello, Fairport Convention and The Indigo Girls. During 2012 alone they have played headline shows at festivals across Europe including Beautiful Days, Celtic Connections, the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention where they broke the festival record for CD sales. Continue reading Larkin Poe and Thom Hell – THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN SOUND

LARKIN POE – Thick As Thieves is released tomorrow!

Thick as Thieves is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Larkin Poe release Band for all Seasons, the box set of 4 EPs the band recorded and released through the seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) of 2010.

On Thick as Thieves, Larkin Poe have taken a further leap into soul and R&B territory, while retaining some roots in their heritage of Bluegrass and country of their former band The Lovell Sisters.

Where Band for all Seasons was considered the band’s work of 2010, Thick as Thieves is what the band caught on tape in 2011 in between a hectic touring schedule in Europe and the USA.

All the songs on Thick As Thieves have been co-written by Rebecca and Megan Lovell. They also co-produced the CD with Marlon Patton, one of Atlanta’s most sought after drummers, who plays percussion on the album, with regular drummer Chad Melton again featuring, and on this release the band has now switched to Rick Lollar on guitars, while Todd Parks and Will Robertson guest on bass and keyboards respectively.

The first single ‘Play On’ fronts the release and has already been viewed over 70,000 times on YouTube since its US release earlier this year. This special edition of Thick As Thieves has a bonus DVD with two high quality music videos and 14 live concert tracks. The concert was recorded on the band’s last European tour in a small Norwegian wine cellar venue with room for just 36 people – a very intimate setting compared to the numerous sold out venues the band played on the same tour, either on their own or as support and band for their long-time fan Elvis Costello.

For this special concert recording, the band dressed up in medieval costumes for the night to complement the interior of the unique setting. Live From Stongfjorden includes songs from the new Thick As Thieves release as well as a several favourites from their previous releases.

Larkin Poe will be touring Europe extensively during the summer, including several major festival appearances in the UK.

“… these girls have the vocal and song writing prowess to make a success of whatever genre they turn their hand to.” Americana-UK

“…sublime vocal harmonies… the arrangements are inventive, varied and skilfully played… remarkably mature and accomplished.” Country Music People

“…the 20-year-old sisters’ dynamic story-songs open up new realms of cream-fresh Americana” The Independent

“…rootsy, melodic, and reflective, not to mention highly irresistible.” Maverick

 “With the Dixie Chicks on sabbatical, this could be Larkin Poe’s season in the sun.” The Observer

“…a delicious collision between influences of the storytelling tradition, Nashville commerciality and fine musicianship.” Taplas

“…already gifted as instrumentalists and, having a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony in their vocal blend, their songwriting has leapt forward and now surprises and delights in equal measure.” Elvis Costello

See the web link below for the latest tour dates: http://www.larkinpoe.com/tour/

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