Port Cities – Canadian band announce debut album and UK tour

Port Cities

Canadian band Port Cities are still bathing in the afterglow of November’s Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. In light of such accolades then, its only right that the band launch themselves back into the game with their trademark single ‘Back To The Bottom,’ a heart-racing stomper of a track that only partially disguises much deeper emotional undercurrents. As vocalist Breagh MacKinnon explains, “The song tells the story of a toxic relationship. It’s about being stuck in the cycle of coming back to something or someone that isn’t good for either person; yet you still can’t get out.”

Port Cities’ music is a perfect balance of Nashville (where much of it was recorded) and Nova Scotia (where the band reside); of the rustic and atmospheric, of indie intimacy and the sort of arena-pop anthems that betray Port Cities’ globe-trotting ambitions; 2018 sees the band embark upon their second cross European tour, including a timely stint here in the UK, where their following is building up nicely off the back of 2017’s visit, and the hugely successful #PostcardsFromPortCities series of videos.

A port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local bloodstream. Not entirely un-coincidentally, Port Cities the band is the musical equivalent; a melting pot of three of Canada’s most creative individual talents, drawn together to make an entity even more outstanding as a group than as its constituent parts.

As with any form of musical collaboration, the magic occurs in the blending of one element with another, but unlike most groups, Port Cities never started out to be a band. Comprised of trio of celebrated Nova Scotian musicians Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon, Port Cities were drawn together through songwriting as independent artists, with every intention of crafting new material, and then going their separate ways. Yet that is not quite how it panned out.

The first thing anyone observes when hearing Port Cities is that this band is tight. Seriously tight. Yet it begs the question; How to go about fusing divergent styles and experiences into such a singular rootsy Americana sound? From MacKinnon’s silky jazz-schooled timbre, allied to Guthro’s R&B influenced natural tendencies and Stone’s acoustic troubadour, the space in between the three is delightfully warm and resonant, yet entirely coherent across the course of their self-titled debut album, due for imminent release in 2018.

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Artists’ website: https://www.facebook.com/portcities/

‘Back To The Bottom’ – official video:

Tour dates:

24th March: Newcastle Cluny – tickets here:

25th March: Manchester Castle – tickets here: https://thecastlehotel.info

26th March: Glasgow King Tuts – tickets here: https://www.kingtuts.co.uk/whats-on#/march-2018

27th March: London Slaughtered Lamb – tickets here: http://slamb.glasswerk.co.uk

29th March: Bath Chapel Arts Centre – tickets here: https://chapelarts.org/events/port-cities/

30th March: Hull Kardomah 94 – tickets here: https://www.hullboxoffice.com/events/port-cities-play-roots94

31st March: York The Basement – tickets here: http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/port-cities


Molly Tuttle

From her history-making win for Guitarist of the Year at the 2017 IBMA Awards to 1M streams and counting on Spotify, all signs indicate that MOLLY TUTTLE is the next in a line of storied performers like Vince Gill and Alison Krauss who used their consummate musicianship to break boundaries in bluegrass music and blossom into mainstream performing artists, appealing to fans in country, Americana and pop.

On her debut solo EP RISE, Molly reveals the scope of her diverse influences. Produced by Kai Welch (Abigail Washburn, Bobby Bare, Jr., the Greencards), the seven-song collection builds a bridge from bluegrass to Americana as Molly breaks free without breaking ties, singing and exploring what her six-string acoustic guitar can do.

In some circles she is the poster child for what Spotify considers “Indie Bluegrass” as the dominant streaming platform chose to feature her on their popular playlist of the same name, but they also added her tracks “Save This Heart” and “Lightning in a Jar” to two influential mainstream Americana playlists: Acoustic Love and Afternoon Acoustic.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (in CD or Vinyl format), download one or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website.

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Having just performed at Celtic Connections, Molly will return to the UK in April for a co-headlining tour with Rachel Baiman.


4/27 – The Live Room, Saltaire, UK
4/28 – The Carlile Institute, Meltham, UK
4/29 – Thimblemill Library, Birmingham, UK
4/30 – Manorbier Youth Hostel, Manorbier, UK
5/01 – House Concert, Bristol, UK
5/02 – Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson, Southport, UK
5/03 – The Dukes, Presteigne, UK
5/04 – The Live Theatre (Studio), Newcastle, UK
5/05 – Crossover Festival, Congleton, UK
5/06 – JJ Harlows, Roscommon, IE
5/07 – Kilkenny Roots Festival, Kilkenny, IE
5/08 – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast, UK
5/10 – Green Note, London, UK

Don McLean – new album and British and Irish tour dates

Don McLean

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, Don McLean is one of America’s most beloved country artists. Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and first in eight years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date, as he puts it,

“The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.”

Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”

Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on a life well lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music”, resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.

Don proves his prowess at writing timeless sounding songs once again, as the album weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock in this release. In nearly 50 years on the scene, Don’s songs have become a staple in Americana music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Chet Atkins, Weird Al Yankovick, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran and his biggest hit ‘American Pie’ was recognised with high honours by being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

Don famously only uses Martin guitars. He has more than 40 Martin guitars and in the year 2000, the Martin Guitar Company honoured Don McLean with his own limited edition signature guitar, the D40DM.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (in CD or Vinyl format), download one or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website.

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Artist’s website: https://don-mclean.com/

There’s nothing from the new album yet but here’s a live version of the classic ‘American Pie’:

Tour Dates

APRIL 29              Southend Cliffs Pavilion

APRIL 30              York Barbican Centre

MAY 01                Victoria Theatre, Halifax

MAY 02                Sage Gateshead

MAY 04                De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill On Sea

MAY 06                Donald Gordon Theatre, Cardiff

MAY 07                The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

MAY 09                London Palladium

MAY 10                Symphony Hall, Birmingham

MAY 11                Colston Hall Bristol

MAY 13                Philharmonic Hall Liverpool

MAY 15                Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

MAY 16                Usher Hall Edinburgh

MAY 20-23          Vicar Street Dublin

MAY 25                Theatre Royal Castlebar

MAY 26                Millennium Theatre Derry

MAY 27                Aura Arena Letterkenny

MAY 29                Wexford Opera House

MAY 30                Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

JUNE 01-02           Theatre Limerick

JUNE 03                 Knocknarea Arena Sligo

JUNE 05                 Mullingar Park Hotel Co. Westmeath

JUNE 07                 Waterfront Hall Auditorium Belfast, Ireland

JUNE 08-09           Seapoint Galway

JUNE 11-12           Vicar Option Dublin

JUNE 14                The Marquee Cork


Son Of Town Hall – spring tour dates

Son Of Town Hall

Welcome to the world of Son Of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England,and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Son of Town Hall was born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration, and to recover squandered fortune. The two have sailed their ship back a century or so, and their song and story cycle follows the pair across the open waters and from town to town as they travel the frontier bouncing primarily from one failed endeavour to another. Though they fall for temptation and countless false promises, their belief in humanity and each other never flags.

Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter / producer / multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer / songwriter / author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs so pure that they beg you to sing along. But it’s their harmonies that truly sets them apart, a vocal blend and arrangements performed with a tenderness that wouldn’t be possible had the two not travelled so far together alone on the water. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theatre. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.

Since releasing their self-titled four-track EP, Son Of Town Hall have been out on the road touring packed out shows across America and Europe and are finally heading over to the UK for a string of live dates in March 2018.

Ben Parker became known on the UK circuit after forming singer-songwriter duo Ben & Jason creating four albums and signing to major label Universal in 1999; before moving into the world of writing and production with other artists, and composing for film and television. While he resides in the wilds of the American Southwest, David Berkeley has developed a cult following across the world, releasing six solo albums earning him a ASCAP Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award; as well as writing two books and recently being a guest on This American Life. David’s latest solo release combines a novella of intertwining short stories and an album entitled Cardboard Boat of accompanying songs.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (in CD or Vinyl format), download one or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click below 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.

Artists’ website: www.sonoftownhall.com

‘Honest Man’ – live:


Friday 2nd March
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham By Sea

Saturday 3rd March
The Stables 2, Wavendon

Sunday 4th March
The Greystones, Sheffield

Wednesday 7th March
Cecil Sharp House, London

Thursday 8th March
The Old Stables, Haydon Wick

Friday 9th March
The Met, Bury

Saturday 10th March
Grewelthorpe Village Hall, Ripon

Sunday 11th March
The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club, Shipley


Fairport Convention are on the road again

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention, still one of the busiest bands around, are proud to announce their 2018 UK Winter Tour.

The folk-rock legends follow a successful Golden Anniversary year in 2017 by doing what they do better than anyone else: getting back on the bus, covering the length of the UK over 28 dates and breathing new life into old and new material on the road.

Fifty years is a long time… but it passes quickly when littered with classic albums, legendary line-ups, critical acclaim and awards. The story of Fairport Convention is also chronicled in a major Sky Arts documentary as the group’s legacy continues to be celebrated.

Winners of the coveted ‘BBC Lifetime Achievement Award’, Fairport were also delighted to see their ground-breaking Leige & Lief record voted Radio 2’s ‘Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’ by listeners.

“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue,” declared The Guardian. “They still take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.”

“Vigorous and confident,” hailed The Mirror. “Their music still leaps around the room.”

This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent, critically-acclaimed, studio album 50:50@50. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by the wonderful singer/songwriter duo, Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

Artists’ website: http://www.fairportconvention.com/

Wintour dates:

18 Feb 2018
Theatre Royal
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01962 840440

20 Feb 2018
The Maltings
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01252 745444

21 Feb 2018
Corn Exchange
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01392 665866

22 Feb 2018
Tunbridge Wells
Assembly Hall Theatre
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01892 530613

23 Feb 2018
Bury St Edmunds
The Apex
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01284 758000

24 Feb 2018
St Albans
The Alban Arena
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01727 844488

25 Feb 2018
The Artrix
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01527 577330

Knight & Spiers UK Tour March 2018

Knight & Spiers

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival.

In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go….it was a genuinely spine tingling occasion. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”.

It came as no real surprise that the one-off special led to a more permanent arrangement, and with a studio album in the pipeline, Knight and Spiers undertake their first UK tour in March 2018.


26 Warwick Arts Centre
Special Double Bill with The Gigspanner Big Band (featuring Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin)


01 London: Cecil Sharp House

02 Alfriston: The Old Chapel

03 Ashford: Revelation St Mary’s

04 Hitchin: Folk Club @ The Sun Hotel

05 Colchester: Arts Centre

06 Cambridge: The Junction

08 Worcester: Huntingdon Hall

09 Leicester: Guildhall

10 Halesworth: The Cut, In Conjunction With FolkEast Festival

11 Lincoln: Performing Arts Centre

12 Sheffield: Greystones

14 Hexham: The Queen’s Hall

15 Leyland/Preston: Fox Lane Sports and Social Club

16 Settle: Victoria Hall

17 Liverpool: The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic

18 Bishop’s Castle: The Town Hall

19 Nettlebed Folk Club

21 Fareham: Ashcroft Arts Centre

22 Basingstoke: The Forge at the Anvil

23 Corsham: The Pound Arts Centre

24 Calstock: Arts Centre

25 Topsham: Matthews Hall

27 Bridgwater: Arts Centre

Live at FolkEast: