SKERRYVORE: new album, single and tour

SkerryvoreInspired by sun-filled summers spent on Tiree that were the springboard for the band forming, Chasing The Sun is the fifth and arguably most mature sounding album yet from multi award winning Skerryvore.

From the assured determination of ‘Can You Hear Us?’ and steadfast self-belief of ‘Here I Am’, to the life-is-short urgency of ‘We Can Run’ and wistful reflection of ‘You Were My Friend’, this is an album with all the hallmarks of a band that has lived, learned and played music together for close to 10 years now.

For the band’s loyal followers meanwhile, the rousing ‘You Don’t Know’, ‘Walk With Me’ and instrumentals ‘The Rut’ and ‘Moonraker’ are unmistakably Skerryvore in their ability to get heads nodding and toes tapping.

Written between Roddy Hart’s studio at Film City Glasgow and The Cottage in Loch Fyne, Chasing The Sun was recorded at Castlesound Studios in Edinburgh (Mark Knopfler, REM and The Proclaimers). There, Alec Dalglish (songwriter, vocals, guitars and mandolin), Martin Gillespie (bagpipes and whistles), Daniel Gillespie (accordion), Fraser West (drums and percussion), Craig Espie (fiddle) and new band member Jodie Bremaneson (bass) reunited with producer Alan Scobie (keyboards) to create the next chapter in the Skerryvore success story.

Also featured on Chasing The Sun is the band’s first international collaboration with platinum award winning producer Chris Kess (The Dave Matthews Band) on ‘Blown Away’ and ‘By Your Side’.

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Jenny Lysandser: debut EP and album

Jenny LysanderHailing from Stockholm, where between traveling and playing Jenny is studying Chinese philosophy, her music has an eerie other worldliness to it, her songs like the bare Nordic shores where she comes from.

In 2013 the English singer-songwriter Piers Faccini started up his own label Beating Drum. After releasing his fifth album Between Dogs & Wolves to critical acclaim, the artist run label, Beating Drum, is slowly but surely building a following for its lovingly produced music, design and artwork.

The recordings from Lighthouse, Jenny Lysander’s EP, bring together her beautifully crafted songs with Piers’s subtle and complimentary skills as an arranger and producer. More recording time has been booked this summer for Jenny’s debut full length album that will come out on Beating Drum at the end of 2014.
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SHARON CORR ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM

Prior to the September release of her new solo album ‘The Same Sun’, Sharon Corr announces a UK tour. Starting in Inverness on September 14th, the tour will visit Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Oxford and Birmingham before concluding in London on September 25th. The Grammy nominee/Brit Award winning, singer-songwriter/violinist and member of legendary Irish group The Corrs, Sharon Corr will be performing new songs from her second solo album ‘The Same Sun’ as well as a selection from her back catalogue.

“I’m really excited to be touring again in the UK. Music is magic, so come breathe it in!”

‘When The Corrs stopped, I knew I had so much more to do. I never wanted to stop singing, writing and performing, and achieving more as a musician. I was eager to pursue my own journey to find out what I would become musically on my own, because it’s a very different journey on your own – especially taking centre stage. But I love it up there. It’s like magic.’

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RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Classics (Beeswing BSW14)

richard_acousticcover__110133Whenever I hear Richard Thompson in solo concert I miss those long guitar solos. Of course, whenever I hear him with a band I miss the more intimate moments. Rarely does he mix the styles and the Electric tour was something of an exception. Even less often does he record a live acoustic show – the last was Small Town Romance and that was thirty years ago.

One can understand his point of view. Alone on stage there really is nowhere to hide, no glaring at the drummer when you play a wrong note and what may pass in the excitement of a gig may not bear constant repetition on a CD player. Of course, Acoustic Classics isn’t a live album. Richard has re-recorded fourteen songs with voice and acoustic guitar; some are obvious fan favourites and some are clearly his own choice.

His acoustic guitar playing is as complex and dynamic as his electric and there isn’t any space wasted in what are sometimes revamped arrangements. The inclusion of a Scottish melody in ‘Down Where The Drunkards Roll’ gives a different feel from the urban darkness of the original. He’s even made some small changes to ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning’, just enough to unsettle the listener who knows the song well and who therefore pays renewed attention. Three songs are taken from Shoot Out The Lights, an album that cries out for an acoustic reinterpretation but the less obvious ones are arguably the more interesting choices: ‘I Misunderstood’, ‘Valerie’, ‘When The Spell Is Broken’, ‘One Door Opens’. They all work but Richard hasn’t done anything radical apart from playing an impossible number of notes on one guitar, of course. Continue reading RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Classics (Beeswing BSW14)

Tim Grimm and the King of the Folksingers video

We are well folking hacked off as we missed this first time round and Tim Grimm was up up and away by the 4th of July having flown the UK before we got wind of the tour.

However, its worth telling the tale about Tim’s 2013 album Turning Point in case you missed it first time around together with and the brilliant video “King of the Folksingers“.

Tim Grimm walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition.  We hear the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, but we are also invited in to a bigger picture, as evident in so much of his work. Critics searching for comparisons most often cite Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and (Nebraska-era) Bruce Springsteen. Continue reading Tim Grimm and the King of the Folksingers video

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pitiful Blues is released on the 4 August

Malcolm Holcombe - 'Pitiful Blues' - cover (300dpi)Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is recognized as a folk/Americana performer of international stature, and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist about whom Rolling Stone said, “Haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk all meet [here].” Previewed during his recent European tour, his keenly awaited tenth album Pitiful Blues will be released on August 4. Continue reading Malcolm Holcombe’s Pitiful Blues is released on the 4 August