Bellowhead reveal video for new single ‘Roll The Woodpile Down’

Bellowhead Broadside Fresh from their victory as winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Album, 11-piece folk super-group Bellowhead reveal their new video for their already incredibly successful single, Roll The Woodpile Down. It’s no secret that Bellowhead are one of the best live bands around (as their 5 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Band will attest) and this brand new video showcases the band in their element – live at a sell-out show in Glasgow.

Roll The Woodpile Down is the second single to be taken from the band’s new, Top 20, album Broadside. Vocalist, and arranger, Jon Boden explains a little more about the track: Continue reading Bellowhead reveal video for new single ‘Roll The Woodpile Down’

LADY MAISERY RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2013

LADY MAISERY RELEASE CHARITY SINGLEThis March, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated band Lady Maisery are releasing a charity download single to celebrate International Women’s Day 2013. The trio will be releasing their own version of Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work, with all profits going to support the work of the End Violence Against Women Coalition. The song will also celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, which begins on International Women’s Day (March 8th), and will be available to download online from Monday 4th March. Continue reading LADY MAISERY RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2013

Annabelle Chvostek Ensemble – Rise

Annabelle Chvostek RiseRise, is a rousing celebration of recent grassroots uprisings in Canada and around the world – complete with casseroles, a “peoples’ chorus” and a cover of Peter Tosh’s ‘Equal Rights’.

Annabelle Chvostek is a Montreal artist, who went on to write chart-topping roots songs and play New York’s Town Hall as a member of the Wailin’ Jennys. , Chvostek now shows off a whole other side of her musical personality on Rise as compared to 2008’s Resilience – the album that introduced her fearless innovation and beguiling indie folk sound to a massive, post-Jennys audience. Continue reading Annabelle Chvostek Ensemble – Rise

Lindi Ortega brings Cigarettes & Truckstops to Europe

Lindi2012JulieMoe2-1The first time I spoke to Lindi Ortega, she was calling from her kitchen, having just finished washing some dishes. She was ready to talk about why she named her then-new release Little Red Boots.

“I went to Nashville on a songwriting trip and I always had it in my head I wanted red boots,” said Ortega at the time. “I am a Wonder Woman fan and I was always picturing myself in red boots. The very first store we walked in had red cowboy boots, and I could literally hear a chorus of angels singing. It happened to be my birthday, and my manager bought them for me! What a sweetheart!” Continue reading Lindi Ortega brings Cigarettes & Truckstops to Europe

JACKIE OATES – Lullabies (ECC Records ECC009)

JACKIE OATES LullabiesCovertly perhaps the ‘folk music’ world has taken out shares in Mothercare but then again, maybe it’s just had a case of the ‘January Blues’ as every self-respecting artist appears to have recently kidnapped lullabies and children’s songs with which to regale their listeners. Megson, Pauline Vallance and now Jackie Oates amongst others have decided that the art of the lullaby to gently coerce the ‘ahh’ factor from its audience is what is required to take our minds off the latest monumental government cock-up. On a selection which (quite rightly in my opinion) settles on lesser known poems etc introduces the seductive string tones of Continue reading JACKIE OATES – Lullabies (ECC Records ECC009)

ROSE’S PAWN SHOP set to release DANCING ON THE GALLOWS

Rose’s Pawn Shop dancing on the gallowsSinger-songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the disparate array of popular musical styles any late 20th century kid did. And in that mishmash of rock, punk, country, pop, rap, and all the rest, it was American Folk and Bluegrass music that rooted deepest, transforming him and his songs. Having played in various rock bands since early high school, in 2004 Paul decided it was time to take his growing batch of old style/new school folk songs, and build them into something greater, more ferocious. The songs were there, volatile, almost flammable, but if they were to attain their potential greatness, he was going to need help.

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