Over The Hill in Oxfordshire

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH LOU – Fair Lady London (Maiden Voyage)

Fair Lady LondonFair Lady London sees a reunion of sorts with Trevor and Hannah-Lou’s former Danny And The Champions Of The World bandmate Danny George Wilson in that they’re now signed to his and Del Day’s label, following the full studio heft of 2015’s Ethan Johns-produced Expatriot, the husband and wife duo have returned to the 4-track cassette recorder of their 2012 debut, recorded in an East Sussex castle.

Working with generally little more than a couple of acoustic guitars, it opens with the sprightly fingerpicked and harmonies of the swapping city for country title track (and some wheezing harmonium) with its echoes of the late 60s folk scene, Hannah then taking lead for the gently rippling seasons changing ‘When Spring Calls’ with its avian imagery.

One of the album’s particular highlights, Hannah-Lou harmonising on the chorus and with the occasional shake of a tambourine, the six-minute ‘We Should’ve Gone Dancing’ deals with reflective regret over moments not taken and words spoken in the heat of a moment, charting the end of a relationship as, having walked out following a fight, the man returns home to find she’s left him.

‘Minds On The Run’, another carpe diem song about missed opportunities on the back of Hannah-Lou’s soaring soprano, ‘Everything You Need’, a bouncy guitar and bass driven love song that co-mingles yearning and lack of self-confidence, and the stay forever young/lost future motorbike death song ‘Johnny The Lightning’ are all taken at a nimble skip, again harking back to those coffee shop harmony folk days of the 60s, but the pacing tends to be mostly melancholic and restrained.

Again coloured by harmonium, the pure-sung ‘All In Good Time’ is a particularly lovely, almost hymnal number with a simple cascading chords structure and optimistic lyric (“Fear will take its leave…shoots will break the earth”), ‘Tie My Ribbons’ introduces harmonica for a dimming of the day slow waltz song of devotion in time of trial and trouble which, with the opening lines, “When you’re down all but out/And heaven’s calling your name/And the baying crowd indifferent turn away/I will listen throughout and come the end of the day/I’ll be there hanging on every word that you say” can’t help but evoke thoughts of ‘You’ve Got A Friend’.

Given an almost music box feel with fingerpicked guitar and one-handed piano trills ‘I Could Break You’ has a dark lyric about control (“I could break you/But I don’t want to/I just need you to know that I could”), the album ending on musical upbeat note with the jaunty ‘The First Or The Last’ bringing back the tambourine for the album’s sole flirtation with politics as, surely a Brexit nod, they sing “It’s time to decide now man who you want to be/Yeah there’s a line drawn in the sand of history”, complete with a delayed ending designed to catch out unwary radio presenters.

In reference to the frequent Simon & Garfunkel comparisons, Hannah-Lou has joked that they might emulate them by making just five albums as a duo. Of course Paul and Art stopped working together because their personal and musical relationship broke down, Trevor and Hannah-Lou’s however, is firing on all cylinders, so I suspect they’ll be going dancing together for a good while yet.

Mike Davies

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