Jon Boden announces new solo album and tour dates

Jon Boden

Jon Boden, former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, has announced details of his new solo album Afterglow, set for release via Hudson Records on October 6th. Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling an end to Bellowhead, a twelve-year project that culminated in a quarter of a million album sales and worldwide sell-out shows including the Royal Albert Hall. Boden will return to the stage at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival (July 27th-30th), where he will debut Afterglow as part of his guest curation.

Afterglow follows on from Boden’s 2009 solo concept-album Songs From The Floodplain which lead him to be named as Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards. Whereas Floodplain largely dealt with the rural setting, Afterglow looks to juxtapose this and immerse the listener within a post-apocalyptic street carnival – a location of decaying buildings, burning oil drums and homemade fireworks, in which Boden tells the story of two lovers trying to find one another. Speaking about the album concept, Boden says:

“Like my previous album Songs From The Floodplain, Afterglow imagines a near-future world where the luxuries and comfort of 21st century life have become scarce, and a harder, simpler existence now prevails. Afterglow is the story of a couple who are trying to find each other in the middle of a bonfire-night street carnival in a crumbling, derelict city. I had a wonderful time recording it in Sheffield with the help of my band the Remnant Kings and Andy Bell in the producer’s chair.”

Across his career Boden has been awarded a record-breaking 12 BBC Folk Awards, earned through his work with Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden. Now touring as both a solo artist and with his band The Remnant Kings, Jon will perform in both incarnations again this autumn. Commencing with his solo tour at Pocklington’s Arts Centre on November 6th, Jon will perform at intimate venues across the UK before ending at Ludlow’s Assembly Rooms on November 14th. From here Boden will tour with The Remnant Kings, beginning at Gateshead’s Sage on November 17 and taking in a date at London’s Scala on November 22nd.

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 Jon Boden – Afterglow link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.



Artist’s website:

‘Moths In The Gas Light’ – all we get so far:

Tour Dates

Solo – November

Monday 6th Pocklington Arts Centre
Tuesday 7th The Core at Corby Cube
Wednesday 8th OPEN, Norwich
Thursday 9th Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Friday 10th Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Sunday 12th Theatre Royal Winchester
Monday 13th Number 8, Pershore
Tuesday 14th Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings – November

Friday 17th Sage Gateshead
Saturday 18th The Leadmill, Sheffield
Sunday 19th Victoria Hall, Settle
Monday 20th Haverhill Arts Centre
Tuesday 21st St. Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings
Wednesday 22nd The Scala, London
Thursday 23rd The Lighthouse, Poole
Friday 24th The Globe, Cardiff
Saturday 25th The Cheese & Grain, Frome
Sunday 26th Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Keith James tours The Songs Of Nick Drake

Nick Drake songs

A haunting and immaculately crafted concert

This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick DrakeRichard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch.

Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.

Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book, Remembered For A While has been recently released, written by his elder sister Gabrielle Drake. This volume throws light on almost everything attributed to Nick’s brief career as a songwriter and recording artist as well as on many corners of mystery and supposition.

A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs Of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’  Acoustic Magazine

Artist’s website:

Nick Drake

‘Place To Be’ live:

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Jarrod Dickenson announces new album, single and tour dates

Jarrod Dickenson
Photograph by Marianne McCourt

Jarrod Dickenson announces the release date for his long awaited album Ready The Horses as September 29th 2017 and reveals new single ‘California’.

Storytelling is something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and singer-songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them. Hailing from Waco, now based in Nashville, Jarrod spends most of his time on the road bringing his own particular brand of soulful Americana to a wide variety of music loving audiences around the globe.

Jarrod’s critically acclaimed album The Lonesome Traveler and his subsequent EP Songs From Willow St paved the way for him to tour the UK, Ireland and Europe extensively over the last several years. Breakout performances at Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festival, along with recent tours supporting legendary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean, The Waterboys and Jools Holland have earned Jarrod a formidable and loyal fan base across the globe, including BBC radio hosts Dermot O’Leary, Cerys Matthews, Huey Morgan, Janice Long, Robert Elms and Alex Lester.

The past few months have been quite a ride for Jarrod. With Ready The Horses originally due for a March 2017 release, early reviews from a substantial spread of music magazines had proved the album a critical success. Jarrod was all set to reveal the fruits of his labours to the public when, after his fifth headline UK tour, he caught the attention of Decca Records and Ready The Horses was picked up by the label.

Jarrod said of the news, “I think we’ve found a great home for the new album with Decca Records. It’s an honour to be working with such an iconic label, and to be a part of their rich musical history. I’m very proud of Ready The Horses, and I am excited to send it out into the world.”

With such mature songwriting, it’s hard to believe this is only album two for the sharp dressing and skillful pickin’ singer-guitarist. Jarrod embodies the originality and style of a bygone era with vintage-inspired-hats and traditional southern sensibilities. The laid back writing found throughout Ready The Horses is reminiscent of Gram Parsons, and Jarrod’s vocal flair has been compared to both a young Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.

All tracks on the album were recorded with the core band live onto 2” tape, with Jarrod recalling, “I’ve found that getting a group of musicians all together in the same room, and playing the songs live allows you to capture the energy and feel of a live performance, because it’s just that; a performance. You feed off each other, and create a much more honest and meaningful thing in my opinion. Recording to tape produces that warm sound we all love, but also affords you less room for error. I think it forces you to give each take your all.”

Cutting his teeth for 10 years on the Texas and New York circuits, Jarrod has recently enjoyed supported slots with The White Buffalo, The Stylistics and Jools Holland on UK tours. Following spots at Harvest Festival and Bestival over the summer, this October he will embark on a UK headline tour celebrating the release of Ready The Horses.

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 Jarrod Dickenson – Ready The Horses link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.


Artist’s website:

‘Little Black Dress’ live:

Tour Dates


26th August – Harvest Festival (Westport)

27th August – Harvest Festival (Enniskillen)


9th September Bestival

OCTOBER 2017 – UK Headline tour

3rd October – SOFAR SOUNDS, Leeds

4th October – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

5th October – Leadmill-Steel Yard, Sheffield

6th October – CCA, Glasgow

8th October – Upstairs at Paradiso, Amsterdam

10th October – The Club, Norwich

11th October – Cluny, Newcastle

12th October – Soundhouse, Leicester

13th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester

14th October – Esquires, Bedford

15th October – Louisiana, Bristol

17th October – Latest Music Bar, Brighton

18th October – St Pancras Old Church, London

The Routes Quartet announce their debut album

The Routes Quartet

The Routes Quartet is an exquisite blend of the folk and classical traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions. The Routes Quartet is made up of the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson), and two fiddles (Gràinne Brady and Tricia Mullan). The sound is a charming concoction of classical, Scottish, Irish and English traditional music as well as their own deftness for the art of composing. The string quartet instrumentation is well established in other genres but is entirely new to the British folk scene. Routes set out to arrange and explore the vast textures, tones and intimate musical qualities that are characteristic of the string quartet, but with a folky, rootsy accent.

Their debut album, Windrose, was recorded live by Keir Long at St. Columba’s Chapel, Drimnin Estate on the Morven Penninsula and was produced by The Routes Quartet and highly acclaimed fiddle player Patsy Reid. It was mixed by Keir Long at Carrier Waves Studio and mastered by Gordon Gunn in Caithness Mix Room. All photos, artwork and design by Somhairle MacDonald. The Routes Quartet is named so due to the combination of Scottish, Irish and English members. Consequently the title Windrose stands for the cardinal points of a compass which represents the band’s mixture of geographical heritage and musical influences.

The Routes Quartet would like to express their deep gratitude to Louise and Derek Lewis and everyone at Drimnin Estate for their generosity and hospitality throughout the recording. Special thanks to Patsy and Keir for their energy and creativity. Also to Somhairle for the stunning artwork and photos. Thank you to Greg Lawson, Charlie Stewart, Chris Stout, Marc Clement, Charlie Webster, Ross Couper and Jenn Butterworth for all your help and the latter for the living room rehearsal space! Thank you to Kevin, Mike, Adam, Yaffa and our families for their continuous support. Finally, thank you to Creative Scotland for making this recording possible.

Artists’ website:

‘Night Mouse’ – live:

Live Dates


23rd: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, National Museum of Scotland (Live Music Now Scotland)


9th: Creagan Inn, Appin
10th: Abriachan Village Hall, Abriachan
16th: Shawfest, Glasgow


22nd: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
24th: Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar

Sarah Jane Scouten releases new album and announces UK tour dates

Sarah Jane Scouten

Two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten released new full-length album When The Bloom Falls From The Rose on June 16th via Light Organ Records.

Observant, outspoken, and at the top of her craft, the new album is an luminous body of work; one that shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of Scouten’s life as a gifted songwriter, scholar of roots music history, and travelling musician. With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, Sarah Jane’s songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition, but often spill over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.

Following 2016’s EP (produced by Andy Bishop) as part one of Vancouver label Light Organ Records’ The Railtown Sessions; Sarah Jane teamed up with the label to produce full length record When The Bloom Falls From The Rose, recording in Toronto with veteran Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Jill Barber).

First single taken from the album, ‘Every Song I Sing’ (released in 2016), exposes the classic country soul of Sarah Jane, equally deeply personal and written for the listener, an anthem for when you’re sad, every sad song becomes about you. New single ‘Bang Bang’ scales up the beat combining the retro feel of country-folk with bluesy rockabilly; bombastic, irreverent and smutty behind a thin veneer, ‘Bang Bang’ may not make sense, but it plays in the lyrical freedom that comes with the blues.

Sarah Jane has already received support in the UK including plays on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Shropshire; and has performed throughout Canada and Europe. 2017 brings further UK tour dates in support of the Paperboys, plus headline shows in Berlin, Frankfurt, Luxemburg and Cologne.

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 Sarah Jane Scouten – When The Bloom Falls From The Rose link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on 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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‘Bang Bang’ – live in the studio:

Tour Dates

Tuesday 3rd October
Cramlington Folk Club, Cramlington

Wednesday 4th October
Woodend Creative, Scarborough

Thursday 5th October
Black Swan Folk Club, York

Saturday 7th October
Music @ Craigie Folk Club, Scotland

Wednesday 11th October
Running Horse, Nottingham

Thursday 12th October
Crail Folk Club, Fife

Saturday 14th October
Wychwood Folk Club, Oxon

Sunday 15th October
Nest Collective, London

Tuesday 17th October
Leith Folk Club, Leith

Saturday 21st October
Cellar Bar, Cardigan





Richard Thompson to release Acoustic Classics II

Richard Thompson

Celebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. Richard will play Cropredy Festival in August, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fairport Convention and tour the UK in October.

On the heels of the success of Acoustic Classics in 2014, Acoustic Classics Vol. II will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.

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 Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics II link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.


Track Listing

  1. She Twists The Knife Again – 2:49
  2. The Ghost Of You Walks – 4:41
  3. Genesis Hall – 3:30
  4. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair – 2:29
  5. A Heart Needs A Home – 3:27
  6. Pharaoh – 4:26
  7. Gethsemane – 5:13
  8. Devonside – 3:06
  9. Meet On The Ledge – 3:06
  10. Keep Your Distance – 3:35
  11. Bathsheba Smiles – 3:33
  12. Crazy Man Michael – 4:24
  13. Guns Are The Tongues – 6:06
  14. Why Must I Plead? – 4:09

Special three-disc vinyl LP and double CD versions of both albums together will be released exclusively via Pledge Music:

‘Gethsemane’ – live on TV:

A hugely popular live performer, Thompson will tour the UK in October 2017, including the very first concert at the newly-established London Bridge Theatre, which is now sold out and a second London show at Cadogan Hall. Dates are as follows:

RICHARD THOMPSON Plus support Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Wednesday 11 October Brighton Dome
Thursday 12 October Guildford G-Live
Friday 13 October Poole Lighthouse
Saturday 14 October Bristol Colston Hall
Sunday 15 October Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
Tuesday 17 October Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wednesday 18 October Gateshead Sage
Thursday 19 October Salford Lowry
Saturday 21 October Saffron Walden Saffron Hall
Sunday 22 October Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Monday 23 October London Cadogan Hall  *EXTRA DATE on sale Friday
Wednesday 25 October Sheffield City Hall
Thursday 26 October Leicester de Mondaytfort Hall
Friday 27 October Basingstoke Anvil
Saturday 28 October Norwich Theatre Royal
Monday 30 October London Bridge Theatre  SOLD OUT