Nick Ellis – spring tour dates

Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis is a Liverpool-based singer and guitarist who released his debut album Daylight Ghosts via Liverpool label Mellowtone Records in November 2016.

Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn”. On his songwriting Ellis says:

“I see my songs as chapters and scenes, my albums as movies and books. Except, in this film, these stories are true”. Ellis has a strong urge to give a voice to the voiceless,

“I try to write from the stance of the ignored, unloved, the defeated, those on the fringes of society who are isolated socially due to such challenging everyday issues like mental health, education, opportunity and confidence. Hence, the title of the album, Daylight Ghosts”.

Ellis is greatly inspired by masters of musical story telling such as Gil Scott-Heron and Townes Van Zandt, writers such as Kerouac and the Beats, and exemplary articulators of gritty social commentary directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach.

Daylight Ghosts was recorded in one six-hour stint on a cold, dark Sunday evening in January 2016. As Ellis explains “we wanted it to be as pure as possible in single takes. If anything, the room itself – Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall Crown Court Room – brought more to the songs than we could have possibly imagined. All that wood, stone and marble awoke a century’s worth of ghosts. Sounds danced with the room; characters came alive; streetscapes suddenly became three dimensional and words hung as heavy as the very hearts of those who had once stood in that room to be judged, condemned and even worse, sentenced to hang. In fact, the last British man to be sent to the gallows (21 year old Peter Anthony Allen – 13th August 1964, Walton Prison, Liverpool) was done so from that very court room. The weight of history in that room cannot be described, only felt and Daylight Ghosts is a document of that very essence. Times may change, but history never fades.”

This naked honesty and directness is felt in every note of the album, a testament to Ellis’ virtuosic talent as an instrumentalist and singer, as well as his incredible ability as a communicator.

Following the triumphant EP Grace & Danger in April 2016, Ellis now presents the final piece in the puzzle: “this music, these stories, have lived themselves into songs. Some are like discarded photographs, found upon the floor. Some like a strange encounter with a strange old face. Others, like those forgotten people who appear from out of nowhere and go straight back into it. Like Ghosts, Daylight Ghosts”.

Artist’s/Label website: http://mellowtonerecords.com

Tour Dates

LIVERPOOL 4th March – District. The Key Card Launch.

MANCHESTER 18th March, supporting Ian Prowse, with Ceremony Concerts
(Ian is formerly singer/songwriter with Pele, and also Amsterdam)

LIVERPOOL 1st April. Super Weird Happening at the Florrie.

LIVERPOOL – 22nd April – Jacaranda Records (Mellowtone Records Party, Record Store Day)

MANCHESTER – 22nd April – The Castle

Winter Mountain (Joe Francis) announces spring tour

Winter Mountain

Winter Mountain (Cornish-born Joe Francis) delivers heartfelt, self-penned songs in an extraordinary voice.

In spring 2017 Joe will be taking his full band on the road. Together they form a blistering, shimmering 4-piece, comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and reenergize the soulful, folk-rock songs from Winter Mountain‘s two acclaimed albums – the 2013 self-titled debut and its eagerly anticipated 2016 follow-up I Swear I Flew.

With Joe’s soaring vocals and acoustic guitars, the blazing telecasters, the pounding drums and echoes of many of the master singer-songwriters – Winter Mountain is a must-hear for anyone with a soft spot for great songs performed with burning passion.

Winter Mountain has toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland, opening for some of the world’s most talented and high profile artists, including legendary Seal, Guy Garvey, Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman, Richard Thompson, The Feeling, Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin and Ben Ottewell of Gomez.

Artist’s website: http://www.wintermountain.co.uk

TOUR DATES

MARCH

Friday 24        Newquay          Lusty Glaze Beach

Thursday 30      Winchester       The Railway

Friday 31        Stroud              The Prince Albert

APRIL

Saturday 1         Oxford              The Jericho

Sunday 2        Brighton           The Prince Albert

Tuesday 4        Sheffield           The Greystones

Wednesday 5       Birmingham      Kitchen Garden Café

Thursday 6        London             229 The Venue

Friday 7          Bristol              The Lantern, Colston Hall      co-headline with Brook Sharkey

Saturday 8         Plymouth          The Junction

Sunday 9        Exeter               The Voodoo Lounge

Ida Wenøe announces debut album and tour dates

Ida Wenøe

Danish Music Award nominee Ida Wenøe (pronounced EE-da ven-O) is excited to announce the UK release of her impressive debut solo album Time Of Ghosts on April 7th 2017 (Shellshock Distribution). Ida will be returning to the UK in April for a full UK tour, performing at Camden’s Green Note in London on April 18th.

Amongst a digital mountain range littered with accomplished folk–ish bands and singer songwriters, it is a rare miracle to come across a cave so rich in jewels as the one beneath Ida Wenøe’s ribcage.

When touring the UK last year Ida found support from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravescroft and Gideon Coe, whilst Clash Magazine described her sound as being “bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge…” and Paul Lester’s comments in The Guardian that she “sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies…” line the tape heads up nicely.

While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her sound is very definitely laced with more English undertones: the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had The Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village, while Sarah Lund scoured for clues in her jumper. Like the best of the Nordic Noir leaving the Danish mainland, the recordings are at once both sonically pure and grimy; there’s a shared loneliness that makes you feel that you’re not at all; and all the while there is an honesty to the songwriting that tugs at your sleeve.

While still fronting the much-feted Boho Dancer, 2014 brought a successful collaboration with Dangers of The Sea, a series of sold out supports in Denmark with Teitur, and a spate of tremendously well received shows both in London and at The Great Escape in Brighton.

Now, with a deep breath in her crystal lungs those two brilliant, oxidised copper green eyes are flickering across the mixing desk once more as she records her debut solo record Time Of Ghosts, reunited with producer Jonas Tranberg who recorded Boho’s first EP.

The music from her debut album has just been picked for Danish TV documentary De Smukke Piger and is the latest nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.

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 Ida Wenøe 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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Artist’s website: http://idawenoe.com/

A Boho Dancer track, ‘I Am On Your Side’:

Tour Dates

Thursday 6th April – The Soundlounge, Tooting

Friday 7th April – The Bank Eye, Suffolk

Saturday 8th April – The Old Cinema Launderette – Durham

Sunday 9th April – The Eagle, Salford

Monday 10th April – Oporto, Leeds

Wednesday 12th April – The Canteen, Bristol

Thursday 13th April – B-Bar, Plymouth

Friday 14th April – Acorn Theatre, Penzance

Sunday 16th April – Small World Theatre, Cardigan

Monday 17th April – Ten Feet Tall, Cardiff

Tuesday 18th April – Green Note, London

Wednesday 19th April – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone

Banjo wizard Dan Walsh announces UK tour dates

Dan Walsh

Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT). 2017 sees the release of highly anticipated new solo album Verging On The Perpendicular after the success of critically acclaimed album Incidents And Accidents which was lauded as ‘absolutely terrific’ by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2.

Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

As well as many tours of the UK, Dan also has recent successful trips to the USA, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound, he is now an extremely busy performer touring throughout the world both solo and as a member of the award-winning Urban Folk Quartet. There have also been recent guest appearances, on stage or in the studio, with the likes of Imelda May, Joss Stone, Seth Lakeman, the Levellers, Duane Eddy and Martin Simpson.

His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ. The latest is with fellow banjoist John Dowling, combining beautiful harmonies with red-hot picking. Other work has included tours with North East concertina legend Alistair Anderson, sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan, Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard and even London Sinfonia.  Dan also retains a passion for outreach work and through the prestigious Live Music Now scheme has performed throughout the UK in hospices, hospitals, special schools and care homes. He also teaches banjo both in person and over Skype and is the only international banjoist to be invited to teach at the Midwest Banjo Camp in the USA.

Artist’s website: http://www.danwalshbanjo.co.uk/

UK TOUR DATES

April

19 SITTINGBOURNE Dog Gone Roots
https://www.dancingdogsaloon.co.uk/

20 BURNHAM ON SEA Ritz Acoustic Club
https://sites.google.com/site/theritzacousticclub/

21 DEAL Folk Club
http://www.dealfolkclub.org.uk/

22 OXFORD Folk Weekend
http://www.folk-arts-oxford.co.uk/

23 NAILSEA Tithe Barn
http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/

27 STOURBRIDGE Katie Fitzgerald’s
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/378575

28 BURTON ON TRENT Brewtown Folk Club
https://www.brewtownfolkclub.co.uk/

29 BROMYARD Conquest Theatre
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJLHIH

30 MALDON The Sunny Sailor
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/390301

MAY

01 LONDON The Green Note
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/383191

02 NORWICH The Bicycle Shop
https://www.thebicycleshopcafe.com/

03 HALESWORTH Cut Arts Centre
http://newcut.org/

05 THAMES DITTON Ram Folk Club
http://www.theramclub.co.uk/

06 CROYDON Stanley Halls
http://www.stanleyhalls.org.uk/events/dan-walsh/

09 STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre
https://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/dan%20walsh%202017/info

10 SHREWSBURY The Hive
https://hiveonline.cloudvenue.co.uk/danwalsh

12 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/urban-folk-night

‘Time To Stay’:

Bob Fox – live dates in March

Bob Fox - live
Photograph by Rob Bridge

Monday 20th White Horse Folk Club, Conservative Club, Wylies Road, Beverley, E.Yorks. HU17 7AP tickets/info: 01430 810213 website

Tuesday 21st Dartford Folk Club Dartford WMC, Essex Road, Dartford, Essex. DA1 2AU tickets/info: 01322 277218 website

Wednesday 22nd Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury, Berks. tickets/info: 0845 5218218 website

Thursday 23rd Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hants. BH25 6DS tickets/info: 01425 612393 website

Friday 24th The Ram Club, Old Cranleighan Club, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey. KT7 0HB tickets/info: 0208 686 9421 website

Saturday 25th The Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper, Derbys. DE56 1BA tickets/info: 01773 853428 website

Wednesday 29th Irvine Folk Club, Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, Irvine, Ayrshire.KA12 0PS tickets/info: 01294 551047 website

Friday 31st Stonehaven Folk Club, Community Centre, Bath Street, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. AB39 2DH tickets/info: 01569 764202 website

Artist’s website: www.bobfoxmusic.com

‘The Galway Shawl’ – live:

Seafoam Green announces debut album, Topanga Mansion

Seafoam GreenThe genesis of Seafoam Green followed a chance meeting with Rich Robinson during recording sessions in Nashville. Dave O’Grady was invited by Robinson to open his US and European tour dates and soon the pair began writing and recording in earnest, leading to their collaboration on the stunning debut album.

Debut album Topanga Mansion was recorded at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, California and is a fine collection of melodic folk and rock jam Americana with an all round warm sound that invites the listener into its intricacies. Encompassing O’Grady’s varied influences from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Aslan and Christy Moore, the sounds of Nashville, Irish storytelling and more recently the sounds of Liverpool where O’Grady currently resides, it’s a mansion in itself of extravagant beautiful musical décor.

“The first time I heard John Fogerty sing I was like “what is that!!?? and how do I do it?” says O’Grady and in tracks like ‘Down The River’ we can hear footprints of CCR as the track explodes with a whiskey-soaked, gospel-harmony, truck-driving classic rock power that’s just plain awesome. More melodic moments like ‘Celtic Wonderings’ shows another side with its contemplative accomplished folk finger-picking stylings and beautiful backdrop of pedal steel and strings and O’Gradys’ hushed well-worn voice rising above in a haze of wondering.

“The thing I love about Irish folk music is the story telling, the poetic phrasing that passes through verses live waves over sand or stones, no two verses are the same as they are telling a different part of the story and project a different image”, adds O’Grady.

2017 is shaping up to be a year of playing, travelling and meeting people for Seafoam Green and with Topanga Mansion coming out on double vinyl on Liverpool’s Mellowtone Records, O’Grady is coming out of the shadows with a quality of songwriting and music that will no doubt place him at the top of the UK’s Americana, folk and indie scenes.

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 Seafoam Green – Topanga Mansion 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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Topanga Mansion has been supported by Merseyside Arts Foundation using funding from PRS for Music Foundation.

Artists’ website: http://seafoamgreenband.com/

Tour Dates

2 April  Threshold Festival – Liverpool

4 April  Blackheart – London *support Aaron Keylock solo

9 April  Castle Hotel – Manchester – *Ida Winoe support

22 April Record Store Day – vinyl release – Jacaranda Records, Liverpool

Seafoam Green performing “Celtic Wanderings” un-amplified (you’ll need to turn it up but it will be worth it)…