There’ll be an excellent, eclectic and truly international line-up at this summer’s 14th Gate To Southwell music festival (June 4th-7th). English roots stars Show Of Hands, the Galician piper-powered Anxo Lorenzo Band, Breton/Scots The Celtic Social Club and 2019 BBC folk award winners The Breath (featuring Rioghnach Connolly) are among the headline acts alongside three exceptional Scottish bands Imar, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Talisk, two Canadian duos in Madison Violet and Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres, and last summer’s Californian bluegrass stars AJ Lee & Blue Summit.
Now regarded as one of the UK’s best family festivals, set in beautiful rural surroundings near Southwell Racecourse, Nottinghamshire, Gate To Southwell all kicks off on Thursday June 4th with a classic Blues Night starring Dutch-based singer/guitarist Ian Siegal. Over four days of great music will also feature “the renaissance man of English folk”, Chris Wood, the increasingly-influential and charismatic BBC Horizon award-winner Blair Dunlop, master storyteller and emotional songwriter Reg Meuross, plus Texan-born troubadour and guitar virtuoso Rodney Branigan.
If all this wasn’t enough to whet appetites for this action-packed festival – which features music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, great children’s entertainment, a craft fair and fine food and drink stalls – GTSF 2020 also brings you the folk-meets-gypsy swing of Beaubowbelles, the French reggae of Simawe from Angiers, great Irish folk and harmonies from Donegal’s The Henry Girls, Italian country blues-meets-ragtime double act Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi and the highly-acclaimed, sweet-voiced multi-national Americana band Track Dogs.
Where to begin with the plethora of new videos that have arrived since last time? With Paul Mosley & The Red Meat Orchestra and the single ‘Build Your Fire’ from his new album. We hope to be reviewing You’re Going To Die! very soon before it actually happens.
Skinny Lister release ‘Second Amendment’ as a single from their album The Story Is… Do you think they have a point to make?
Belle Curves (great name, btw) are from new York City. Their new single, ‘Promise Of 95’ is about a road – to be precise, Interstate 95, which is now complete after more than 60 years. I guess you have to live in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to appreciate the significance.
The new album by Beans On Toast is called The Inevitable Train Wreck and will be available in early December. ‘World Gone Crazy’ is the first track to escape from the wreckage.
Radio 2 Folk Award nominees The Breath recorded ‘No You Keep it’ live. It’s really an advert for Stuart McCallum’s new guitar but what the heck?
Bruce Springsteen‘s movie Blinded By The Light is big news at the moment. Here’s a special lyric video for the song ‘I’ll Stand By You’.
Bluegrass veterans The Grascals release ‘Callin’ Your Name’ from their new album, Straighten The Curves.
Will Purdue is a an alt-country singer/songwriter. This video for ‘Call My Name’, the title track from his recent EP was filmed around the wild west of Wimbledon and Finsbury Park.
The Ghosts Of Helags are a new name to us. ‘The Santa Rosa Song’ is the Scandinavian duo’s new single.
Mipso are a quartet from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and mix together all the influences you’d expect. ‘People Change’ is from their album, Edges Run, and the band start their UK/Europe tour tomorrow.