Seth Lakeman announces new album and tour

Seth Lakeman

Fresh from his whirlwind world tour with rock legend Robert Plant, charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman releases his stunning, ninth solo album The Well-Worn Path on October 26th via Cooking Vinyl. The first single will be stand-out, upbeat track ‘Divided We Will Fall’.

The Well-Worn Path was recorded in Seth’s garden studio on Dartmoor in January 2018 on a short break from touring with Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. It is a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg. Plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals.

Seth brought in top producer Ben Hillier (Elbow, Blur, Depeche Mode, Doves) and his brilliant, new four-piece band consists of long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls (upright and electric bass), new boys Kit Hawes (electric and acoustic guitar) and Evan Jenkins (drums) and one of the finest female folk voices, Kathryn Roberts (Seth’s sister-in-law).
Constantly exploring and moving forward musically,

Seth says “This ninth CD is quite different from my previous album, with more of a prog-rock approach. My last record was a deliberately understated Americana set, but this one is more rocking.”

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Artist’s website: https://www.sethlakeman.co.uk/

‘Divided We Will Fall’:

Tour Dates

Wednesday 14 November       GLOUCESTER Guildhall 
Thursday 15 November         WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Friday 16 November           LEEDS Brudenell Social Rooms
Saturday 17 November          HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome
Sunday 18 November         CARDIFF Tramshed
Monday 19 November       LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
Tuesday 20 November         PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 21 November       CAMBRIDGE Junction
Thursday 22 November         FROME Cheese & Grain
Friday 23 November           LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly
Saturday 24 November          FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion

Martin Stephenson re-records Gladsome, Humour And Blue

Martin Stephenson
Painting by Steve Carroll from photograph by Juan Fitzgerald

There is rarely a dull moment in conversation with Martin Stephenson, but that’s exactly what you’d hope for from someone who’s never stood still during thirty-five years in love with music. For him, it’s not a career, it’s a lifetime calling, and his restless troubadour spirit has now amassed an extraordinary catalogue of over forty albums.

The latest to join the collection is an album very close to Stephenson’s heart, and that is the re-recording of his critically acclaimed second album Gladsome, Humour & Blue, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is as pertinent and poignant as ever.

When in 1986 Martin released his debut album Boat To Bolivia he was recognized as one of the most perceptive songwriters of the day, with a thoughtful, layered sound in an age of excess. The NME said Stephenson “builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present”, which very much applies to his latest re-recording.

Stephenson realised it was a powerful album at the time, with a wide and far-reaching vision. Part of his genius is in producing songs that are timeless, with a message as powerful now as it was then. He inhabits this updated album’s message with the same degree of conviction and passion as ever, breathing beautiful new life into an established classic.

The original captured a special moment in time; the mellow maturity of this album shows it has stood the test and surpassed it. Recorded in Beetroot studios Airdrie, near Glasgow, with go-to engineer Stuart Macleod who guests on guitar and backing vocals on the album.

Martin did a limited initial run which was covered by purchases from loyal Martin Stephenson/Daintees fans, or ‘friends’ as he prefers to call them. These are a hard core of faithful followers whose support helps to fund and cycle his music and creativity. It is more organic than forms of ‘crowdfunding’ and works symbiotically in that it is mutually supportive and built on trust. Working with limited budgets can certainly force creativity and some of the best art is created that way!

The songs on this album are all gems in their own way, and Martin uses his music to bring to the forefront a number of social and political issues of the time such as ‘Wholly Humble Heart’, which took the world by storm in 1988. It sang of a gay man’s battle for love – to the backdrop of the hateful Clause 28 against homosexuality – and showed Stephenson’s singular defiance in the face of injustice. Never afraid to tackle controversial subjects, he remains a poetic champion of the underdog and oppressed.

‘Old Church’ was a strange song for a 24 year-old to take to a rock and roll band! It has a unique viewpoint in that it sings of the building itself, not religious attachments. For Stephenson, a deeply sensitive and empathetic soul, simplicity is the key to spirituality and to him love without control is the answer.

’Goodbye John’ is a unique stream of consciousness  which originally covered ten foolscap pages and ‘Get Get Gone’ is part of that same outpour. The chorus was subconsciously written to both John Martyn and John Steel. Stephenson finished touring with Martyn in 86 and John Steel left The Daintees the same year, so it was very symbolic…

Paul Samwell Smith had produced Cat Stevens 15 years earlier and the name Mathew became a special link between these two gifted musicians with the synchronicity of names in Steven’s ‘Mathew And Son’ and Stephenson’s ‘Me And Matthew’. Ironically, Samwell Smith is working with Cat Stevens again, just as the 30th anniversary celebrations take place.

As  Sounds magazine said of the original album, “ One of the finest and grossly underrated singer songwriters this country has given birth to has stood in the shadows too long “. It is time to change all that and Gladsome, Humour & Blue cements Stephenson in the annals as a truly great songwriter…

Gladsome Humour and Blue 30 will be out November 23rd on Barbaraville Records

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

‘There Comes A Time’ – live:

Tour Dates

October 18th– The Cavern – Liverpool

November 1st– Wardrobe – Leeds

November 2nd– The Met – Bury

November 3rd– Oran Mor – Glasgow

November 8th– Hare and Hounds – Birmingham

November 9th– The Venue – Derby

November 11th– Crookes Social Club – Sheffield

November 22nd– Rescue Rooms – Nottingham

November 28th– The Old Market – Brighton

November 29th – Thekla – Bristol

November 30th– Under The Bridge – London

December 1st– The Booking Hall – Dover

December 6th– Voodoo Rooms – Edinburgh

December 7th– Old Fire Station – Carlisle

December 8th– The Sage – Gateshead

December 9th– Eden Court – Inverness

 

Bruce Cockburn to visit UK in November

Bruce Cockburn
Photograph courtesy of the Canadian Encyclopedia

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Bruce Cockburn. Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums every couple of years. But that output suddenly ran dry in 2011 following the release of Small Source Of Comfort. There were good reasons for the drought. For one thing, Cockburn became a father again with the birth of his daughter Iona. Then there was the publication of his 2014 memoir Rumours of Glory. Continue reading Bruce Cockburn to visit UK in November

Baka Beyond: 25 years of Spirit Of The Forest

Baka Beyond

A full 25 years after the release of Baka Beyond’s groundbreaking debut album, Spirit Of The Forest, the band celebrate their beginnings with a series of UK dates, re-joined after a long absence by Paddy Le Mercier, a member of the original line-up.

And 25 years and eleven albums on, the band continues to pay homage to the captivating music of the Baka people, using it to explore their own African and Celtic roots.

The band’s conception is the stuff of legend. Borne out of an impulsive dash to Cameroon to meet indigenous Pygmies, the Baka, following the viewing of Phil Agland’s documentary, People Of The Rainforest, UK-based musicians Martin Cradick and Su Hart were captivated by the music they heard there.

Returning with field recordings and a clutch of newly learnt techniques – including a kind of yodelling called ‘yelli’ – Martin and Su worked with legendary producer, Joe Boyd, alongside fiddler Paddy Le Mercier and other friends and collaborators, to conceive Spirit of the Forest – which heralded a new, worldwide audience for the music of the Baka.

As the album made its mark, so, too, did the band, evolving explosive sets on the festival circuit and recording subsequent albums. And, in order to ensure that the Baka people remained as central to the project as was always intended, Martin and Su established Global Music Exchange (GME), a charity to raise funds and support the Baka in health, education, housing, development and human rights.

The band and the charity have since entertained audiences across the world and demonstrated the challenges the Baka face – environmentally and socially – through the Forest Voices film screenings. [Incidentally, Forest Voices will be shown at The Vale, Greater Manchester, as part of the October tour – see below] They have even taken Baka musicians on tour.

And in October 2018, Martin, Su and Paddy, along with the band’s current musicians, will be out on the road, celebrating where their story began – the songs, the sounds and the spirit of the forest.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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Artists’ website: www.bakabeyond.net

‘Spirit Of The Forest’:

2018 tour line-up

Martin Cradick, guitar
Su Hart, vocals
Paddy Le Mercier, violin, whistle
Ayodele Scott, percussion
Ellie Jamison, vocals
Kibisingo Douglas, bass
Clyde Kramer, drums

Tour Dates

Friday 12.10 John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
www.johnpeelcentre.com/event/baka-beyond/?instance_id=203 

Saturday 13.10 Fitzroy House, Lewes, East Sussex
www.zutopia.space/baka-beyond

Wednesday 17.10 The Chapel, Leeds
www.facebook.com/events/264554924120553/

Thursday 18.10 The Vale, Mossley, Greater Manchester
www.the-vale.co.uk/event/baka-beyond/ 

Friday 19.10 Musicport Festival, Whitby
www.musicportfestival.com/event/musicport-2018/ 

Thursday 25.10 Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London
www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/baka-beyond-25th-anniversary-tour 

Friday 26.10 The Marshall Rooms, Stroud
www.themarshallrooms.co.uk/events/2018/10/26/baka-beyond 

Saturday 27.10 The Assembly Rooms of Glastonbury
www.assemblyrooms.org.uk/event/baka-beyond/

Sunday 28.10 Komedia, Bath
www.komedia.co.uk/bath/music/baka-beyond-25th-anniversary-tour/

Wednesday 31.10 Junction 2, Cambridge
www.junction.co.uk/baka-beyond?spektrix_bounce=true

Friday 2.11 St Endellion Church, St Endellion, Cornwall
https://endelienta.org.uk/product/friday-2-november-baka-beyond/

Saturday 3.11 Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall
https://theacornpenzance.com/events/baka-beyond-25th-anniversary-tour/

Friday 9.11 Newport, West Wales
https://span-arts.ticketsolve.com/shows/873593605

Saturday 10.11 Isis Farmhouse, Oxford
www.theisisfarmhouse.co.uk/music-and-events

Jake Morley – new recordings and tour dates

Jake Morley
Photograph by Danial Alexander Harris

Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player Jake Morley is a firm believer in straight talking, direct songs.  His Spotify playlist, Tell It To Me Straight, a collection of some of his favorite examples by other artists, is a constant source of inspiration.

Now he’s recording a series of his own stripped-back songs featuring just voice and his extraordinary guitar playing. They will be released one by one over the coming months though Sandwich Emporium Records. In the autumn he performs at twenty of the UK’s most intimate venues from the Highlands to Devon, from Wales to East Anglia and releases an acoustic version of ‘Ghostess’ on July 20th via Sandwich Emporium Records.

At the heart of Jake’s music are tender, poetic, heartfelt lyrics that showcase his talent for putting a twist on the everyday, crystalizing what many may think but are unable to say.  Every emotion – whether dark feelings of obsession, fear, loss or inadequacy, or simply just feeling foolish or overwhelmingly happy without an obvious reason – are all fair game for Morley’s disarming honesty. Featuring his remarkable ability to make a guitar sound like a piano, drums or a harp, these immaculate new recordings (produced by Grammy nominated producer Calum MacColl) are as elemental and starkly beautiful as they come.

Jake says

“I like songs that treat you like an equal, that say exactly what they mean without over-complicating things.  It sounds simple, but it’s as demanding as any song writing – possibly more so. When you strip everything back you remove the barrier between the song and the listener so there’s nowhere for the artist to hide. It was the same principle when we picked the most up-close and intimate venues we could find for the tour. I want to minimize the divisions between the stage and the audience, so it’ll just be them, the songs and me.”

Jake has had airplay on Radio 2, 6 Music, numerous local and overseas radio stations. He’s played hundreds of gigs around the world and opened for Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Lucy Rose, The Hoosiers and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Overseas representation for management and live booking across North America mean Jake will be touring USA and Canada again in 2019.

Artist’s website: www.jakemorley.com

‘Ghostess’ – live:

Live Dates

24th October                Durham, Old Cinema Launderette
25th October                Aviemore, Old Bridge Inn
26th October                Howwood, Boarding House
27th October                Glasgow, Berits & Brown
28th October                Ayton, Hemelvaart
29th October                Hawick, Heart of Hawick
1st November               Bournemouth, Blue Line
2nd November              Bristol, Café Kino
3rd November               Cardiff, Snails
4th November               Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
9th November               Salford, Eagle
10th November             Liverpool, Music Room @ The Phil (supporting Hafdis Huld)
16th November             Totnes, Barrel House
17th November             Reading, Rising Sun
21st November             London, The Islington
28th November             Nottingham, Running Horse
29th November             Sheffield, Café #9
30th November             Ipswich, Smokehouse
1st December                Chesham, The Drawing Room

Jackie Oates: new album and tour dates

Jackie Oates
Photograph courtesy of The Oxford Times

We are proud to announce the release of the seventh studio album, The Joy Of Living, by Jackie Oates. It’s a record that covers an intensely personal period of her life, in which she celebrated the birth of her daughter Rosie and bid an emotional and loving farewell to her beloved father.

The Joy Of Living features songs made famous by folk greats including Ewan McColl, Lal Waterson and Davey Steele, as well as carefully picked songs from contemporary artists such as John Lennon and Darwin Deez – all interpreted in Jackie’s inimitable style.

Recorded at home in Jackie’s kitchen (with baby Rosie in attendance) she collaborated with fellow Imagined Village alumni and producer Simon Richmond to create this intimate, touching and uplifting collection. The album also features performances by friends from the world of folk including Mike Cosgrave, Barney Morse Brown, John Parker and Jack Rutter.

Born and raised on folk music, Jackie Oates started her career as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2003. Since then she has been nominated for twelve BBC Folk awards; at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards she scooped Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track on the same night.

Jackie will be performing at festivals throughout the summer and is on tour in November 2018 and February 2019.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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‘The Joy Of Living’ – live:

2018 Tour Dates

25th August 2018: Oxford Storytelling Festival

15th November 2018: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

16th November 2018: Pound Arts Centre, Fordham

17th November 2018: Tuppenny Barn, Emsworth

21st November 2018: The Greystones, Sheffield

24th November 2018: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth