Mike Marlin ripped through 2011 being chosen as HMV ‘Next Big Thing’, releasing his debut album Nearly Man, touring the UK twice, singing disco with dwarves, smashing an office to pieces and vanishing for 3 months only to emerge triumphant with another 11 songs recorded in an undisclosed basement and mastered in Abbey Road.
Working with a new producer Catherine Marks (The Vaccines, Interpol, Foals and PJ Harvey) Steve McQueen was written during a session in Dublin with Eleanor McEvoy. Renowned for her virtuoso violin playing the plan was to lay strings over the new songs but Eleanor’s whirlwind of musical ideas and inappropriate stories led to this melancholy ode to the king of cool being committed to tape. Drawing early comparisons to Badly Drawn Boy and The National, the song pulls against the tempo, vocals stretch to breaking point and the instruments weave nostalgically around Mike’s baritone vocal. Continue reading Steve McQueen by Mike Marlin Released Today plus UK Tour with the Stranglers…
West Belfast’s Gráinne Holland bursts on to the scene with this impressive debut recording, boasting confident, avant-garde interpretations of largely traditional Gaelic songs, with a full-bodied voice that instils a rich vibrancy, and broad appeal.
Opening with the rhythmic cadence of “A Bhean Údaí Thall,” Gráinne’s perfectly poised vocal stamps a commanding authority on the melody, accompanied by sprightly guitar and uillean pipes, infused with contemporary nuances courtesy of a prominent rhythm section. The more measured “Slóite na bhFiann” follows, with a deliciously sultry, jazz-soaked makeover with piano, saxophone and cello combining to provide a sumptuous backdrop for Gráinne’s assured vocal. Continue reading Gráinne Holland – Teanga na nGael
bR”>For nearly any singer/songwriter on the planet, the idea of collaborating with Mark Knopfler would be the stuff of fantasy. But for Bap Kennedy, it was just the latest in a long line of projects with high profile, and highly respected, musical legends. For a man who has worked with Steve Earle and Van Morrison, to name just two, an offer to record an album in the Dire Straits frontman’s own studio was another musical milestone. THE SAILOR’S REVENGE, the album that Kennedy wrote and Knopfler produced, features songwriting that grows stronger with every listen, assisted of course by Knopfler’s distinctive delicious guitar and tasteful widescreen production.
“The best singer songwriter I ever saw” Steve Earle
Continue reading Bap Kennedy THE SAILORS REVENGE
LEDFOOT a.k.a. Tim Scott McConnell was born in a trailer-park in Florida 1958. At the age of 15 he started to play biker bars around Florida and moved to New York when he was 17. He played all the famed underground clubs in NY such as legendary CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and the Mud club.
In 1979 he joined the band The Rockats and signed a deal with Island Records and toured around the USA for the next five years.
In 1989 he started The Havalinas with Smutty Smiff (Rockats, 13kats) and Chalo Quitana (Cruzados, Bob Dylan, Social Distortion). The band signed to Elektra after a bidding war between the major companies and released THE HAVALINAS in 1990. Continue reading Ledfoot Gothic Blues Volume One Released 26th of March
Gloucestershire based ‘The Roving Crows’ have gained well-deserved international recognition by taking home 2 titles at the Irish Music Awards in Missouri on 28th January; The Roving Crows won ‘Top Celtic Rock Band’ and as if this coveted title was not enough, Caitlin Barrett also took home the prize of ‘Top Fiddle Player’.
This is like a dream come true for the hard-working band that have also been busy recording their highly anticipated 2nd album at the legendary Rockfield Studios, Monmouth with acclaimed producer Nick Brine (The Darkness, Oasis, Bruce Springsteen). Nick first heard the Crows unique sound at the Exposure Music Awards (Cheltenham) where he was immediately interested in getting in touch with the band to produce their next release.
Things are just going from strength to strength for The Roving Crows. Not forgetting their roots the album tour begins on the 17th March at Gloucester Guildhall with the Paddy’s Day Extravaganza and album launch party. Undoubtedly the biggest St Patrick’s Day party around; the Crows will showcase some new material, guaranteeing an incredible musical journey and foot-stomping night.
The entirely self- managed group write all their own songs and put an original vibe to traditional tunes, one of the best live acts around.
To find out more about The Roving Crows visit their websites on www.rovingcrows.com;
“The Proposition combine authentic old-timey Americana with a roughly hewn, melody rich acoustic roots.” R2
Some of the most exciting discoveries in ‘pop’ of recent years have come from the rootsier end of the spectrum. Acts like Seasick Steve and Fisherman’s Friends proved that authentic content and unfussy presentation can have broad appeal. And both acts proved that grizzled features are no barrier to success.
The Proposition’s debut album King Snake, Devil Shake is another reminder that no amount of processed pop can beat stirringly memorable songs and charismatic performance, by artists who have ‘lived a life’. Continue reading The Proposition KING SNAKE DEVIL SHAKE… Debut album