Over The Hill in Oxfordshire

Over The Hlll

The beautiful Oxfordshire countryside is destined to become immersed in the world of Amerciana this Summer, at the first-ever Over the Hill festival. Proudly presented by local promoters, Glovebox Live, Over the Hill festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August at the picturesque Cogges Manor Farm. With plenty of opportunities to delve into the Americana experience with authentic American food and bars, Over the Hill festival will also be featuring intimate performances from some of the finest live Americana acts in the UK today, on two stages housed in beautiful tithe barns: Line up includes; Danny & The Champions of the World, William the Conqueror, Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds (The Men They Couldn’t Hang) with The Ramshackle Band, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, The Black Feathers, Paul McClure, Ags Connolly and The Niall Kelly Band.

The festival will be proudly sponsored by local, award-winning brewer Wychwood Brewery, who will be providing thirst-quenching beverages such as the refreshing Shipyard IPA. In addition, Over the Hill festival will feature authentic American food from vendors such as The Burn Out BBQ and Fat Lil’s who will be providing a selection of Mexican and vegetarian cuisine. There will also be the chance to discover the whole of the Cogges Museum site. The site is easy to access, family friendly and has lots of free parking.

About The Headliners 

Danny & the Champions of the World

Over The Hill

Winners of UK Artists of the Year, UK Album of the Year and UK song of the Year at the 2016 UK Americana Awards, Danny & The Champions of the World are one of the UK’s favourite Americana acts. They are fronted by Danny Wilson (formerly of Grand Drive) and have drawn comparisons to The Band and George Harrison from their distinct alt-country folk style.

William the Conqueror

Over The Hill

Having shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison and Ethan Johns, thumping Southern rock, Americana band William the Conqueror are a band of extraordinary musical diversity. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they made their mark by reaching #14 in the Independent Album Chart with their latest album, Bleeding on the Soundtrack. The trio and amplify their sonic power through their stunning performances.

The Black Feathers

Over The Hill

With their debut EP being listed as one of the best Folk albums of 2014 by The Telegraph, husband and wife duo, The Black Feathers, are another fantastic roots music act. Perfectly conjuring a fresh blend of folk and Americana, The Black Feathers have been able to perform alongside artists such as Ray Davies and Eddi Reader.

Read Darren Beech’s interview feature with Paul Simmonds and Naomi Bedford here.

About the Promoter

Glovebox Live http://www.gloveboxlive.uk/gig/over-the-hill/ are a West Oxfordshire-based music promotions company who have promoted many magical events that have featured the likes of Hunter & The Bear, Stone Foundation and Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze. Moreover, they have also curated the Hobgoblin Stage at Wychwood Festival, the Truck Store / Rapture stage at The Riverside Festival and started their own record label.

Over the Hill festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.

Tickets are available online via We Got Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/462974 and SEE Tickets as well as locally from Rapture in Witney and Truck Strore in Oxford for £30

 

 

Paul McClure announces his 5th solo album

Paul McClure

All the songs here were written during and inspired by Paul McClure’s time spent living in a small market town in the middle of rural England – but don’t expect cute tales of quaint England, these songs tell stories of love, loss, life and death, just as you’d expect from a seasoned and well travelled Country Folk singer. Songs of characters met and conversations shared, of loves and regrets and of memories past; some happy, some not so… Themes of love, family and fighting the demons of the past whilst containing the trials of the present. It talks about trying to escape and trying to find your way home.

Joel Payne, a producer in his own right, had been playing piano with McClure’s backing band, The Local Heroes, for a few years before mentioning he’d like to produce an EP for him.

With a new album already written and ready to go, McClure decided to shelve that and take a chance. What he found in Payne was a producer with a musical background and approach to recording different from anything McClure had worked with before. The excitement of this new sound soon had McClure posing the question of extending the project into a long player. They were then faced with the task of choosing songs that would complement the four they’d already recorded. This meant leaving out some songs previously earmarked for the album, delving into McClure’s back catalogue and even writing a few new ones.

So without losing the personality that has defined his recent albums, McClure and Payne managed to combine their individual styles and create something worthy of its place in the world…

The result is a new album, new songs, new sound.

“..It’s just a market town with nothing going down”

‘Market Town’.

“A recent conversation with a soldier in the British Army back from Afghanistan finally helped bring this song together.

A ‘don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ type thing. The idea of being in a very stressful environment away from home and family – I’d just want to be out of there and back in my little market town with nothing going down. It’s easy to forget how hard life can be for others, to the point that we moan, a lot, about nothing – having to wait in line, no parking spaces, the weather! Trivial shit. Whist meanwhile..”

“He’d sing his songs on a Saturday night. Sing to the stars and he’d make it alright…”

‘Sing To The Stars’

“This is about an old guy I met at a gig. We got talking about the life of a musician and what was important to each of us. What we value, how we escape. He’d worked his whole life since he was a teenager and he lamented the lack of time he’d had with his kids while they were growing up, the sacrifice he made.”

“Here, I wished myself here, here in this Market Town.”

“I’ve lived here since I was seven years old. I met my wife here, we had our children here. I was schooled here; I worked here, played here, loved here, lived here and lost here. I’ve left here many times, but always returned to here. Your ‘Here’ can be anywhere – it’s the people and events that shape and define your ‘Here’.

It’s not about the schools and it’s not about the house prices.”

Artist’s website: http://www.paulmccluremusic.com/

‘Daddy, Will You Hold My Hand’ – official video:

PAUL McCLURE – Songs For Anyone (Clubhouse CRUK0035CD)

Songs For AnyoneLess than two years on from the release of Smiling From The Floor Up, the warm-voiced Rutland troubadour (formerly frontman for The Hi and Lo) returns with an album he freely admits is not the one he set out to make. By this he means that he handed over the reins to Joe Bennett of The Dreaming Spires who both produces and contributes keyboards, lap steel, bass, violin, banjo, trumpet and vocals.

The result is much more of a band affair, albeit a band limited to Joe, drummer Mike Monaghan and himself on guitars, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica. Not to forget Hannah Elton-Wall from The Redlands Palomino Company on vocals (her hubbie Alex and Lola-Rose McClure also adding their voices to the mix). It’s also a more directly roots-country album, opening up with the brisk and breezy, pedal steel underpinned ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ setting the blueprint for songs “about love, trying to get it, trying to keep it, trying to understand it, and just getting on with it.”

Harmonica wails its way into ‘Unremarkable Me’, an up-tempo stomp that conjures thoughts of Guy Clark (and mentions doing the shopping) while, sounding like it was improvised in the studio, especially its line about Joe on banjo, ‘I Could Be A Happy Man’ (one of three songs revisited in slightly different shapes from the Hi and Lo album) as a drunken sway walking rhythm that reminded me of a slower ‘Battleship Chains’. A melancholic, fingerpicked acoustic ‘Don’t Take Me Under’ is the first ballad, designed for a honky tonk with the beers lined up in a row, the mood carried over into the raggedly reflective ‘Everyday Is Mine To Spend’, Hannah’s harmonies adding an extra layer of hurt.

Harmonica picks the pace up for the shuffling break up number ‘Holding A Ten Ton Load’, then it’s into waltz time for more goodbyes with Hannah duetting on ‘So Long’, following by the Dylanesque bustling ‘My Big Head Hat Of Dreams’ with its mariachi trumpets and a (unfortunately radio unfriendly) lyric about building walls against those who’d bring you down.

It’s finger-picking ballad time again with the vulnerable, catch me when I fall ‘Yesterday’s Lies’, the album hitting the final stretch with ‘My Little Ray Of Sunshine’ that surely tips the hat to the jug band side of The Lovin’ Spoonful and the slow, organ-backed six-minute ‘A Song For Anyone’ hymn to the power of song to bring friendship, comfort and healing, the melody of which, unlikely as it may seem, actually recalls Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’. I did say this was more roots-country, but, as with ‘Lola-Rose’ on ‘Smiling’, for the last track he drops in a whimsical vaudeville-esque ukulele retro pop number, tip-toeing through the tulips with Lady Flossington. McClure says these are songs for anyone, go ahead and help yourself.

Mike Davies

Please support us and order via our UK or US Storefront 


Click banner above to order featured CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD
Physical link for the UK Store is: https://folking.com/folking-store/


Click banner above to order featured CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD
Physical link to the US Storehttps://folking.com/folking-us-storefront/


Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

‘Holding A Ten Ton Load’ – live:

Paul McClure talks about his new album

Paul McClure talks about his new album

Songs For Anyone is the follow up to Smiling From The Floor Up McClure’s debut album release for UK Americana label Clubhouse Records in March 2013.

Well, here it is – The “difficult second debut”.

This is not the album I set out to make. It’s not the album I thought I’d have the opportunity to make this time around…. it is, however one that I’m very excited to be putting out into the world.

It’s the first time I’ve loosened my grip on an album and let anyone else drive. But when someone with the experience and passion for music that Joe Bennett has shows genuine excitement and a depth of ideas for your songs, you know it’s time. Joe is the thinking man’s trumpet, he is the best band I’ve ever written for. I’ve known Joe for a while; I’ve known his music for longer. We were talking on the phone one day and I was trying to decide between the four or five different ways I was thinking of doing this album when Joe said “I’ll do it. I’ll record it for you. Come on down to Truck, it’ll be great” and he hung up…

Joe brought Mike in to play drums; such a versatile drummer, he works fast and he works good! He takes decent photos too. We knew we needed a female voice to cut through between mine and Joe’s and as far as singers go, I couldn’t imagine making an album without Hannah. And that was it. Six sessions later and it was all done. It was important not to over think this album, I wanted it to happen naturally and on it’s own as much as possible. One of the good things about gigging a lot is you get to know your songs. The good thing about working with a multi-instrumentalist like Joe is that you don’t have to get too many people in the room all throwing ideas in, you can hold on to the identity of the songs. That’s not to say two of you can’t find things to ‘discuss’ after 12 hours in the studio – “let’s not over think the shaker part…” was one of Joe’s better bits of advice.

It’s an album of songs about love; trying to get it, trying to keep it, trying to understand it, and just getting on with it… all things I’m terrible at. And of course love of music. Which came first – the heartache or the music? I must have spent over half my waking hours listening to music, often with friends; talking about it, dreaming about it, wishing about it, wanting it. Often on my own. It’s been the one constant since my early childhood of learning songs for days locked away in my room, looking for a way out. I met my wife at a gig. I got through the death of my mother by writing songs about it. I ran away to the road, hid on the stage, told my secrets in code, sang my heart out. The most important thing for me is that i’m honest; honest to myself and honest to the people who Iisten to my songs. I imagine most songwriters, most artists, are in a way creating an autobiography of their lives through their work. So if my album is a chapter of my life then I think this one is an honest read.

It’s been a busy time for me since Smiling From The Floor Up came out. That album was ground zero in many ways; it heralded the start of me gigging on my own, learning to stand on my own two feet, the house concert thing, travelling the country finding new places to play, meeting new friends and the birth of The Rutland Troubadour! We had a lot of fun making this album, I really hope you enjoy listening to it.

So now it’s time for the continuing adventures of The Rutland Troubadour. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… Chapter 2 in which our intrepid hero decides to….”

Please support us and order via our UK or US Storefront 


Click banner above to order featured CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD
Physical link for the UK Store is: https://folking.com/folking-store/


Click banner above to order featured CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD
Physical link to the US Storehttps://folking.com/folking-us-storefront/


Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

‘My Little Ray Of Sunshine’ live:

PAUL McCLURE – Smiling From The Floor Up (Clubhouse CRUK0019CD)

PAUL McCLURE Smiling From The Floor UpAt first hearing Paul McClure hails from somewhere between New York and Texas. Then you hear certain inflections that are decidedly English in the midst of a style that suggests pre-electric Dylan, maybe around Another Side Of. There’s little to be gained from guesswork, however, we need the facts.

Paul is from Rutland and Smiling From The Floor Up is his third solo album. It was recorded with minimal support, just two backing singers (Hannah and Alex Elton-Wall) and a lap steel (Joe Bennett) on the title track. It’s not quite as live – Paul overdubs piano, accordion, drums and ukulele on his acoustic guitar – but the feel is right, as are the songs.

I take it that the opener, ‘Long Gone Out Of Here’, is about a deceased musician but Paul isn’t explicit. The mention of New York conjures images of night-shrouded alleys and iron fire escapes but the song is a simple hymn of praise to the un-named singer. The final track, ‘Moments Lost’, is initially on the “lonely in a crowd” theme but then Paul is singing about his baby daughter and you realise that the moments are ones that he has lost. Other top tracks are ‘Pollyanna’ – truck-stops, pickups and a girl who is no better than she ought to be – and ‘Any Number You Like (As Long As It’s 4)’ which is about …well actually I’m not quite sure but there is a touch of “everybody must get stoned” about it.

There you have it. A smashing album from a guy I’ve only just heard of. There is more music out there than I’ll ever get to listen to but I’m glad this came my way.

Dai Jeffries

Please support us and order via our UK or US Storefront 


Click banner above to order featured CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD
Physical link for the UK Store is: https://folking.com/folking-store/


Click banner above to order featured CD/ Vinyl/ Download/ Book/ DVD
Physical link to the US Storehttps://folking.com/folking-us-storefront/


Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

Song 6 from the album Smiling From The Floor Up: