Dylan LeBlanc has announced the release of his highly anticipated new album, Renegade, out on 7th June on ATO Records.
Produced by Grammy Award winning Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton), the album features ten new songs and LeBlanc’s longtime band, The Pollies. Of the album LeBlanc says, “I wanted to write the same type of songs that matched the atmosphere the band and I were bringing live. So, I started with ‘Renegade,’ which was fitting since I felt myself going in a new, more intense direction with this record. In the studio, I let go almost absolutely and let Dave Cobb do his work. It was a different experience for me—how focused Cobb was and how quickly we would get live takes down. Mostly in one or two takes. Never more than three. It left me spinning at how quickly it all came together. Over the course of ten days Renegade was complete and ready for mastering. And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.”
Here is ‘Honor Among Thieves’ (Official Fame Studios Session version) from the new album.
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In celebration of the release, LeBlanc will embark on an extensive headline UK and European tour this summer, including shows at London’s Omeara, Paris’s Les Etoiles and Berlin’s Privatclub among others. See below for more info and a complete tour itinerary.
August 11—Venlo, NL—Zomerparkfeest
August 12—Hamburg, DE—Knust
August 16—Olso, NO—John Dee
August 17—Göteborg, SWE—Pustervik
August 20—Stockholm, SWE—Bryggarsalen
August 21—Copenhagen, DK—Vega
August 23—Oberhausen, DE—Zentrum Altenberg
August 24—Amsterdam, NL—Once In A Blue Moon
August 25—Charleville-Mézières, FR—Le Cabaret Vert
August 28—Paris, FR—Les Etoiles
August 29—Sint Niklaas, BE—Casino
August 30—Berlin, DE—Privatclub
August 31—Dresden, DE—Sound of Bronkow Festival
September 3—London, UK—Omeara
September 4—Leeds, UK—Brudenell Social Club
September 5—Manchester, UK—Night People
September 7—Enschede, NL—Tuckerville
One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor and Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour. The 2019 ‘Fire and Fleet’ Tour will take in 15 dates across the UK this Autumn, including shows at the majestic Union Chapel, Islington, Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, and more.
With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live. The majesty and control of June’s voice combined with the passion of John Jones’ singing and the dynamic drive of Oysterband to illuminate dark traditional ballads and contemporary classics alike – witness their moving duet version of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, widely regarded as the best-ever reinterpretation of that much-covered track. Songs from their seminal 1990 album ‘Freedom & Rain’ and their multi-award-winning 2011 follow-up ‘Ragged Kingdom’ will, of course, be featured, plus exciting new material.
Ian Telfer of Oysterband said, “We’re delighted to be touring once more with June – a good friend, a great singer of course, and an extraordinary interpreter of songs. (And we have a few new ones for you!)”. June Tabor herself said, “Strong songs, energy, tension, and a fierce, almost tribal audience response – Oysterband at its finest….and I get to stand at the front. Yes!”.
Rolling Stone magazine described this pairing as, “A marriage made in heaven”, whilst Elvis Costello said, “If you can’t appreciate June Tabor, you should just stop listening to music”. These live dates are indeed a rare chance for fans to check in with wonderful artists doing what they do best. Don’t miss them.
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THU 24 OCTOBER — NORWICH OPEN
FRI 25 OCTOBER — BRISTOL ST GEORGE’S
SAT 26 OCTOBER — SALISBURY CITY HALL
SUN 27 OCTOBER — LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL
WED 30 OCTOBER — CARDIFF TRAMSHED
THU 31 OCTOBER — SOUTHPORT ATKINSON
FRI 01 NOVEMBER — LEEDS TOWN HALL
SAT 02 NOVEMBER — THE GATESHEAD SAGE
SUN 03 NOVEMBER — WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
FRI 08 NOVEMBER — MANCHESTER RNCM
SAT 09 NOVEMBER — CLITHEROE GRAND
TUE 12 NOVEMBER — CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
WED 13 NOVEMBER — EXETER TOWN HALL
THU 14 NOVEMBER — ISLINGTON UNION CHAPEL
FRI 15 NOVEMBER — SEVENOAKS STAG THEATRE
Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach make music on the piano and fiddle. They are Scottish folk musicians, creating music filled with spontaneity, sensitivity and freedom. Inspiration comes from their past and surroundings, feeding music that’s rooted in tradition, whilst stretching its possibilities through improvisation and imagination.
Following the release of their debut album Waves Rise From Quiet Water, the duo reached the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Notable performances include a live BBC Radio 2 broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall, Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, as well as making music for theatre in Findhorn Bay Festival’s original production The Buke Of The Howlat.
Outwith their duo, Charlie and Joe are members of Tannara, The Iona Fyfe Band, Westward the Light.
Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach release Air Iomall (pronounced ‘air im-al’ and Scottish Gaelic for “On the Edge”) on August 9, a suite of new music born from a journey to now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic – some of Scotland’s most remote and remarkable places. The album will be available on all major streaming platforms, CD and vinyl.
Grey and Peach travelled aboard the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan with filmmaker Hamish MacLeod, who documented the trip for the accompanying Air Iomall film, and wrote music inspired by the histories, people, and landscapes of these mysterious, wild locations.
The film follows the duo on this once in a lifetime experience, providing a visually stunning, sensitive insight into these under-documented and enigmatic landscapes. It culminates with a concert of their new music on St Kilda – the most remote part of the UK, on the 88th anniversary of the evacuation of its native population. That live performance is captured in its entirety on the album.
ECC Records unveil ‘Instant Replay’, a stunning vinyl-only triple album featuring 32 brand new versions of songs originally recorded between 1971 and 1981. It follows on from 2017’s highly acclaimed compilation album Self Preservation Society that featured reworkings of songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like its predecessor, it has been personally curated by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush and passionate music fan, this time bringing together some of the finest funk, folk, pop and ballads of the time.
Compositions by artists as diverse as Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Sparks, The Clash, Vangelis, Mott the Hoople and Stevie Wonder, have been reinterpreted by a galaxy of established and rising stars including Teddy Thompson, Stealing Sheep, Eliza Carthy, Jackie Oates, Marry Waterson, Bash & Pop and Honeyfeet. The result is yet another, magnificently diverse, six-sided jewel of a record.
Mark Constantine says: “There’s a trend to use the phrase ‘curated by’, but in this case it’s never been more appropriate. For me, selecting outstanding tracks from that decade to be covered by such magnificent performers has been the ultimate luxury. Some selections are obscure and overlooked greats; others are some of the most popular of the era. As you’ll see, once we started we couldn’t stop – and the digital album has even more tracks! I hope you love it as much as I do.”
Once again, this triple vinyl presents a collection of songs which may sound unlikely on paper but in reality are truly stunning in their diversity and creativity. Side A opens with Honeyfeet’s cover of the 1971 Jethro Tull song Locomotive Breath featuring a magnificent, bluesy vocal from singer Rioghnach Connolly, also heard on the uplifting hands-in-the-air cover of Vangelis’s State of Independence from Afro Celt Sound System. Stealing Sheep tackle Peter Gabriel’s Excuse Me and rework Heart’s Barracuda into an artful slice of synthpop, while Marry Waterson provides a radical reimagining of the Cure’s 10:15 Saturday Night alongside Robert Palmer’s Johnny and Mary with cello accompaniment. Elsewhere we hear a beautiful reinterpretation of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On by Teddy Thompson who goes it alone with just vocal and ukulele on Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic, both juxtaposed by The Kenneth’s proggy version of Werewolves of London. With 37 tracks on this delectable collection, there is a new discovery on each listen.
ECC Records was founded by Mark Constantine, founder of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Simon Emmerson – record producer, guitarist, founder of Afro Celt Sound System and core founder of The Imagined Village (a collaborative work of many roots artists that includes Eliza Carthy) is its Musical Director. Read more at https://www.eccrecords.co.uk/about/
‘Instant Replay’ is released on 7 June 2019 as a triple-vinyl available from all Lush stores, selected vinyl outlets and from eccrecords.co.uk plus all the usual digital retailers (Cat # ECC100-014).
INSTANT REPLAY – Full Track Listing
Locomotive Breath – Honeyfeet
– originally appeared on Jethro Tull’s 1971 album Aqualung
– showcases Ríoghnach Connolly’s brilliant bluesy vocal and virtuoso flute playing
Tusk – The Kenneths
– title track of Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 album
The Hansbach – Gamesteacher
– taken from from Rick Wakeman’s 1974 prog rock epic, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Barracuda – Stealing Sheep
– a complete reworking of Heart’s soft-metal track into artful synthpop
This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us – Dream Themes featuring Piney Gir
– originally a number 1 hit for Sparks in 1974
– recorded by TV theme tribute band Dream Themes, formerly the backing group for Mancunian showbiz legend Frank Sidebottom
Down And Out – Eliza Carthy
– a version of a song from Paul Williams’ Oscar-winning 1976 soundtrack to the film Bugsy Malone
– performed by the multi-award winning Eliza Carthy MBE
All The Way From Memphis – Max Poscente
– originally a hit for Mott The Hoople in 1973
– blistering sax solo comes courtesy of PJ Harvey and Tindersticks collaborator Terry Edwards
What’s Going On – Teddy Thompson
– a beautiful reinterpretation of the Marvin Gaye protest song
– Teddy’s work, both solo and with his talented family (including Richard & Linda) is widely acclaimed
Lost In The Supermarket – Sheema Mukherjee
– first appeared on The Clash’s 1979 album, London Calling
– features Sheema Mukherjee’s sitar and distinctive vocal
Who By Fire – One eskimO
– classic Leonard Cohen track with a melody based on a Hebrew prayer
– a brand new recording by Kristian Leontiou’s One eskimO project
Tubular Bells (excerpt) – Rhodri Marsden
– an excerpt from Mike Oldfield’s magnum opus
– narration comes courtesy of Simon Heyworth, co-producer of the original album
The Belfast Hornpipe – Na Cliaraí
– tune originally popularised by The Dubliners
– a collaborative effort between Honeyfeet’s Connolly and producer Richard Evans
NOTHING IN THE WORLD LIKE…
State Of Independence – Afro Celt Sound System
– Written and recorded by Yes frontman Jon Anderson and Greek synth wizard Vangelis in 1981
– Subsequently and memorably covered by Donna Summer
– A huge number of musicians involved in this epic reworking by the Afro Celts
Nothing In The World Like Love – The Free French
– the opening track from Labi Siffre’s 1971 album The Singer And The Song
Tangled Man – Green Gartside
– A rare recording by Scritti Politti frontman Green Gartside
– taken from Anne Briggs’ 1971 album The Time Has Come
Liza Radley – Jackie Oates & Barney Morse Brown
– b-side to The Jam’s 1981 hit “Start!”
– reinterpreted with cello and violin courtesy of Oates and Morse Brown
Brass In Pocket – Honeyfeet
– the first number one single of the 1980s, originally recorded by The Pretenders
Overture~Cotton Avenue – Working Week with Julie Tippetts
– First appeared on Joni Mitchell’s 1977 album Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
– The first collaboration between Working Week and Julie Tippetts since 1989
Amsterdam – Ben Murray
– A cover of Al Stewart’s homage to the Dutch city from his 1972 album Orange
Dead Ringer – Si Nicholls
– a song from The Stranglers’ 1977 album No More Heroes
– performed by Lush’s very own father & daughter combo Simon and Libbi Nicholls
10:15 Saturday Night – Marry Waterson
– A radical reimagining of the original recording, which appeared on The Cure’s debut album, Three Imaginary Boys
– produced and arranged by solo artist Adem Ilhan, formerly of Fridge, now with Domino Records
The Kiss – Rosie Doonan
– a track from Judee Sill’s beautiful 1973 album, Heart Food
– features one of the UK’s leading harpists, Ruth Wall
Grace Darling – Atlas and The Pleiades
– features four vocalists: Rosie Doonan, Mira Manga, Jackie Oates and Angie Pollock
– the closing track of Strawbs’ 1975 album Ghosts
Still… You Turn Me On – Ben Murray
– a track from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s fourth album, Brain Salad Surgery
– performed by actor, folk musician and singer Ben Murray
Emotional Rescue – Honeyfeet
– a version of The Rolling Stones’ falsetto single from 1979
If It’s Magic – Teddy Thompson
– Teddy goes completely solo, with just vocal and ukulele
– a song from Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life album (1976)
Johnny And Mary – Marry Waterson
– Robert Palmer’s 1980 song about the shallowness of male politicians and the boredom of their wives
– accompanied by Barney Morse Brown on cello
Werewolves Of London – The Kenneths
– the original is best known for its appearance in the Tom Cruise film TheColor Of Money
– recorded by Warren Zevon in 1977 with Fleetwood Mac’s rhythm section
Pulstar – Gamesteacher
– The 1976 synthesiser masterpiece by Vangelis reworked with a full band
– The current drummer of prog legends Gong provides the rhythm track for this version
Mandolin Wind – Bash & Pop
– featuring Tommy Stinson, former bassist with The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses
– original track released by Rod Stewart in 1971
You’ve Got A Friend – Martha Tilston
– One of Carole King’s best known songs, appears on her Tapestry album
– performed by singer and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Martha Tilston
Instant Replay – Wattle & Daub
– Dan Hartman’s disco classic reworked by multi-instrumentalist Rob Smoughton (Hot Chip, Scritti Politti, Black Peaches) and his bandmate Rhodri Marsden
Excuse Me – Stealing Sheep
– A track from Peter Gabriel’s 1977 debut album
Water Bearer – Beagle & Amalthea
– The title track from the 1978 album by Sally Oldfield, sister of Mike Oldfield
Grease – Nuala Davies
– The title track of one of the highest-grossing musical films of all time
– solo violin courtesy of Jennymay Logan of The Elysian Quartet
Back To Nature – Palm Skin Productions featuring Kate Berney
– the original, an early electronica classic by Fad Gadget, was the second ever release on Mute Records
You’re So Vain – Beagle & Amalthea
– a Ronettes-style reworking of Carly Simon’s biggest hit
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RETURNS FOR ITS 6th YEAR IN 2019
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Back by popular demand – ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST FESTIVAL – returns for its much anticipated 6th annual outing in Summer 2019.
Formed in late 2012 from the ashes of Cheshire based renowned Celtic punk folk band Tower Struck Down and Staffordshire acoustic folk-punk band, Jugopunch, Headsticks have developed their own brand of what they themselves describe as ‘revolutionary punk roots rock’n’roll’. Through constant gigging, touring, recording and general hard graft Headsticks have seen their profile continually rise.
Their latest album, Kept In The Dark, demonstrates their superb eclectic abilities. Headsticks are a potent mix capable of the controlled madness of Jello Biafra-like vocals one minute and a Cramps-tinged frenetic riff the next. They offera potent slice of mutant punk reggae, adding a smidgen of political pop-punk. Headsticks never rest on their laurels or go through the motions. The mutant-skank of the agit-pop protest punk of ‘Mr I’m Alright Jack’, despite its serious subject matter, is like the Membranes on decent drugs. And from the 60s style folk-rock of ‘It’s A Matter Of Time’, the hard rock riffarama of ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ and the anarchy punk a la Zounds/The Mob of ‘What If They’re Right?’ they encompass elements of 80s angry protest.
A host of support slots with bands as varied as The Wildhearts, Lindisfarne, Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks and Ferocious Dog amongst many others have seen their music cross genre barriers which have been received with the same enthusiasm and fervour as their live shows.
Their previous two albums, and two EPs and live album, have all received glowing reviews across the board and are now joined by their new CD and double vinyl album. Kept In The Dark is their first release on STP Records, the much respected punk (and beyond) label and also the first studio release since signing a publishing deal with Wipe Out Music.
Headsticks continues its crusade to tell it like it is and was delighted to be one of just a handful of bands asked to play two sets at 2018’s Rebellion Punk Rock Festival, playing full electric and acoustic sets to fantastic reception! This year they return for their fourth consecutive appearance there, again playing two sets, and with their Bearded Theory debut ahead of them this summer. With numerous other festival appearances already confirmed, the band is determined to ensure the continuation of its profile and popularity.
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