Glen Hansard – new album and European tour dates

Glen Hansard
Photograph by Stephan Vanfleteren

Those who have followed Glen Hansard’s career since his Academy Award winning turn in the film Once will have witnessed one artistic arc: the journey of a Dublin busker who cut his teeth on the greats – Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen – and followed the path of the troubadour to great effect. But there is another thread running through Hansard’s musicianship; in his decades as lead singer of Irish stalwarts The Frames, rock and folk ambitions coexisted with moments of strangeness, intimacy, and stillness.

Today, Hansard announces This Wild Willing, his fourth full-length album and a collection of songs that follows this second path, where he marries the sonic inventiveness of the best of his work in The Frames with the discipline he’s found as a songwriter and lyricist in his solo career.

Lead track ‘I’ll Be You, Be Me’ finds Hansard weighing the risks of such vulnerability, his restrained vocal masking the fury of the underlying instrumental’s building storm, and to which Hansard advises “on first listen, please turn it up loud in your head phones!”

“I’ll be you, be me and I’ll be you/I’ll take your truth, your lies, your secrets,” he sings, negotiating the consuming potential of desire. There is danger here, but it is without rancor or ill-will – the danger of a hare with its belly exposed. There is also a duality in the invitation: the audience is drawn in just as surely as the song’s object to the immersive world conjured by the album.

This Wild Willing was conceived in Paris and recorded at the French Black Box studios with producer David Odlum and a core group of musicians that includes classically-trained Iranian musicians the Khoshravesh brothers, long-time Hansard associates Joe Doyle (bass) and ROMY (piano, vocals, string arrangements), and Dublin electronic musicians Deasy and Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal). The album is grounded in a spirit of openness to invention and experimentation.

“This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads. Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder.” – Glen Hansard, 2019

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Artist’s website: http://glenhansard.com/

‘I’ll Be You, Be Me’:

Tour Dates

7th March – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré SOLD OUT
8th March – Hamburg, Germany – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg SOLD OUT
9th April – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
10th April – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
12th April – Derry, United Kingdom – St. Columb’s Hall
13th April – Derry, United Kingdom – St. Columb’s Hall SOLD OUT
15th April – London, United Kingdom – Barbican Centre
16th April – London, United Kingdom – Barbican Centre
27th April – Paris, France – Casino de Paris
29th April – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré
30th April – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Koninklijk Theater Carré
2nd May – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio / BETA
4th May – Stockholm, Sweden – Skandiascenen
6th May – Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal
8th May – Cologne, Germany – Kőlner Philharmonie
9th May – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany – Alte Oper
11th May – Brno-žabovřesky, Czech Republic – 5th Anniversary of SONO Centrum
13th May – Warszawa, Poland – Palladium
14th May – Warszawa, Poland – Palladium
16th May – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
17th May – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
19th May – Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast

Sound Of The Sirens release new single and announce tour dates

Sound Of The Sirens
Photograph courtesy of Rust Magazine

West Country folk-rock duo, Sound Of The Sirens, have shared ‘The Yellow Road’, the latest track to be taken from their upcoming album This Time, out January 25th via DMF Records.

Showcasing the duo’s virtuosic capability for rousing songwriting and mesmerising harmonies, ‘The Yellow Road’ is a touching and heartfelt track, flowing from beautifully subtle verses to choruses that swell in both intensity and emotion. The track follows the release of ‘Troubles’ at the end of 2018, the first single to be taken from the album.

This Time – the follow-up to their debut album, For All Our Sins, which was released in 2017 to widespread praise – continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies over 15 heartfelt tracks.

This Time is a collection of moments, emotions, challenges and stories,” say the duo. “We’ve collected lyrics, melodies and ideas from the past couple of years for this project. We created this album last winter in an isolated barn in Wales with only guitars, a piano, wine and the dogs for company. The themes of time, love, loss, perseverance, hope and clarity are intertwined in these songs.”

Throughout the album, Sound Of The Sirens – duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood – blend intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals to create a seamless collection of captivating tracks.

The album will be available digitally, on CD and black heavyweight vinyl, with signed copies available to pre-order now from Sound Of The Sirens’ online store ‘Troubles’ is available as an instant grat with all album pre-orders.

Sound Of The Sirens will embark on a 20-date UK tour this month, including dates in Exeter, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester, and a date at London’s St Pancras Church.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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Artists’ website: https://www.soundofthesirens.net/

‘The Yellow Road’:

TOUR DATES

25/01 – Paignton, Palace Theatre
26/01 – Exeter, Phoenix
27/01 – Winchester, Railway Inn
28/01 – London, St Pancras Church
29/01 – Hull, Adelphi
31/01 – Milton Keynes, Stable Room 2

14/02 – Bath, Komedia Café
15/02 – Leeds, Mill Hill Chapel
16/02 – Southport, The Atkinson
17/02 – Oxford, Bullingdon

14/03 – Barnstaple, Plough @ St Anne’s
15/03 – South Molton, Plough @ The George
16/03 – Great Torrington, The Plough
21/03 – Colchester, 3 Wise Monkeys
22/03 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
23/03 – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
28/03 – Manchester, Band On The Wall
30/03 – Chester, Storyhouse

05/04 – Hastings, White Rock Theatre
06/04 – Bedford, Esquires

Lleuwen announces a tour of Welsh chapels

Lleuwen

Following the release of her latest album in November last year the singer/songwriter from Rhiwlas, now living in Brittany, is pleased to announce that she’ll be performing a series of acoustic gigs in chapels across Wales. Lleuwen will perform solo and invite a different guest for performance or talk every night.

Twisting ancient hymns to her own compositions, Gwn Glân Beibl Budr (Clean Gun Dirty Bible) takes the Welsh hymn book and throws it into the Age of Misinformation.  Live, raw and often improvised, Lleuwen brought an extremely varied mix of musicians together to create her most rooted and experimental album to date.   Musically and lyrically, Gwn Glân Beibl Budr explores polar opposites: addiction and spirituality; violent guitar strumming with angelic vocals; disconnection in the era of connectivity; historical amnesia.  Crashing drums play the role of a beast of prey with the harp playing the role of a young seedling.  Songs about urbanism and shrinking rural areas; road traffic, phone traffic, mind traffic.

Gwn Glân Beibl Budr is Lleuwen’s fourth studio album, it follows on from Tân, Penmon and Duw A Wyr/God only knows.

To coincide with the tour announcement Lleuwen will also release a video of the opening track of her latest album – ‘Myn Mair’(By Mary) – it’s a song of prayer that dates before the 16th century protestant reformation.  Collected by Robin Gwyndaf who heard it by Myra Evans of Ceinewydd. She was born in 1883 and had learned the song by her great-grandfather.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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

‘Myn Mair’:

Tour dates

14/02  Capel Goffa Williams Pantycelyn, LLANYMDDYFRI with Eddie Ladd

16/02 Capel Salem Canton CARDIFF with Carol Hardy

17/02 Capel y Morfa ABERYSTWYTH with Hywel Griffiths

18/02 Capel y Groes PENYGROES with Karen Owen

To order tickets for the tour please visit : www.seetickets.com/tour/lleuwen 
or purchase tickets on the door at each venue.

Gwn Glân Beibl Budr is released on Sain Records and available now on CD and all digital download/streaming platforms.

Harp And A Monkey announce spring dates

Harp And A Monkey

2019 is a big year for folking award winners Harp And A Monkey, with the planned release of album number four, and the band are excited to be playing some new venues and meeting new fans of their brand of experimental folk music.

Artists’ website: http://www.harpandamonkey.com/

Here’s a trailer for the chaps’ second War Stories album:

March   

14th: Bulkington Community & Conference Centre, Warwickshire CV12 9JB
http://www.bulkingtoncommunityandconferencing.co.uk/

15th: All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5BP
https://allhallows-ladybay.weebly.com/

16th: Ingham & Cammeringham Village Hall, Ingham, Lincolnshire, LN12XT
https://sites.google.com/site/inghamvillagehall//home

17th: Ordsall Parish Hall, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7TU
http://www.ordsallparish.plus.com

22nd: Swanton Novers Village Hall, 45 St Giles Rd, Melton Constable NR24 2RB
http://www.swantonnoversvillagehall.org

30th: Music In Ulpha, The Browfoot Room, Ulpha, Cumbria, LA20 6DZ
http://www.musicinulpha.org.uk/

April   

19th: Chettle Music Nights, Chettle Village Hall, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8DB
http://chettlemusic.co.uk/home/

27th: Pakefield Acoustic Festival, Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Suffolk, NR33 0JH
http://www.theseagull.co.uk/events/

May   

3rd: Roots Music Club, Ukrainian Centre, Doncaster, Yorks DN2 4AD
http://www.rootsmusicclub.co.uk/

18th: Village Folk, The Lawns Hotel, High Street, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 6TB
http://www.villagefolk.org/

June   

8th: Holywell Music and Folk Holywell Music Rooms, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD
http://holywellmusicandfolk.co.uk/

22nd: The Bury Met, Market St, Bury BL9 0BW
https://themet.org.uk/

July

7th: Readifolk, Community Hall at Watlington House, 44 Watlington
Street, Reading RG1 4RJ
https://www.readifolk.org.uk/

20th: Westfield War Memorial Village, (WW1 show), 30 West Rd, Lancaster LA1 5PE
https://www.westfieldmemorialvillage.co.uk

Charlie Dore tours Dark Matter in the new year

Charlie Dore

Charlie Dore will be doing some two-timing this spring when she alternates between two different musical partners, her long-time school friend and collaborator, the multi-instrumental Julian Littman, and the virtuoso double bass player Gareth Huw Davies.

They will be sharing legendary singer-songwriter Charlie’s double award-winning album Dark Matter with a series of a multi-instrumental evenings of ‘intriguingly other’ eclectic folk, bursting with earworms and crunchy lyrics.  They’ll dip into favourites from Charlie’s past albums as well as sharing stories and original acoustic versions of hits she has written for others, including George Harrison and Jimmy Nail. Charlie has written platinum selling hits for other artists but she still keeps the best songs for herself. And there’s always a possibility of a new angle on her own song, ‘Pilot Of The Airwaves’, still a national radio favourite.

Julian, who’s ‘other band’ is Steeleye Span, has worked with Charlie since they were 16 years old. They’ve written hundreds of songs together and co-produced eight of Charlie’s albums.  Charlie says “After all this time there’s definitely a shorthand between us and although both of us work with other people all the time, we enjoy being able to easily pick up where we left off. We like to mix things up a bit though, so often we’ll re-arrange songs to keep them fresh – and as I’ve been making a new album roughly every couple of years  for the past 12 years or so there are lots of songs that feel new – because actually they are new! We both swap instruments all the time during lives shows, so there’s never been a point where it has felt like we’re doing the same show – it changes every night.”

With Gareth Huw Davies it’ll be a very different show, but as Charlie explains, “he’s a multi-instrumentalist too, but with more emphasis on bowed instruments and piano, so working with him as a duo gives us both the chance to experiment with arrangements. I’m really looking forward to it enormously!”  Charlie has worked with Gareth since he guested with her band at the Wexford Festival in 2005. Since then, in between playing with everyone from Chrissie Hynde to Sir Willard White, Gareth has contributed his five string double-bass playing and singing to many of Charlie’s larger gigs, including Celtic Connections, Edinburgh and FolkEast festivals. Charlie’s latest album, the double award-winning Dark Matter features Gareth on most tracks and once she discovered his other considerable talents on  piano, cello and vocals she made a mental note to experiment with some new arrangements in a live context. Charlie says “It’s been very inspiring to take songs I’m used to playing one way, turn them upside down and start from the bass end, basically from the bottom up. And with a five-string bass, that’s one big bottom!”

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

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Artist’s website: charliedore.com for ticket details

Live album taster:

TOUR DATES

January 18th St Edith Folk, Kent with Julian Littman

January 24th Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham with Gareth Huw-Davies

January 25th Otley Courthouse with Gareth Huw-Davies

January 26th Kardomah 94, Hull with Gareth Huw-Davies

January 30th Green Note, Camden with Gareth Huw-Davies

February 24th TwickFolk, Twickenham with Julian Littman

March 14th Olympic Sessions, London with Julian Littman

March 17th Old Cinema Launderette, Durham with Gareth Huw-Davies

March 18th Barnoldswick Music & Arts with Gareth Huw-Davies

March 23rd St Mary’s Bottesford, Leics with Gareth Huw-Davies

The Young’uns and The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff

Three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre.

The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff is the story of one man’s adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street. It’s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s. With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour the Teesside trio bring together sixteen specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.

To find out more about the story, watch the promo here:

After an overwhelming response to the show earlier in 2018, the twelve date tour in 2019 will see the show visit some of the most iconic venues across the UK and Ireland including the Southbank Centre in London.

Tour Dates

January

28th – HULL Middleton Hall
29th – MANCHESTER Stoller Hall
30th – DUN LAOGHAIRE Pavillion Theatre
31st – BELFAST The Strand

February

1st – GLASGOW Tron Theatre
2nd – GLASGOW Tron Theatre
3rd – SHEFFIELD City Hall Ballroom
4th – BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
6th – WAVENDON The Stables
7th – YEOVIL The Octagon
8th – MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall
9th – LONDON Southbank Centre (Purcell Room)

All tickets on sale now and links are available from www.theyounguns.co.uk

To find out more about Johnny’s story, you can access a specially designed app called Johnny’s Journey. This can be accessed via the following link:

http://theyounguns.co.uk/johnnylongstaff

A new album comprising the songs from the show will be released on Friday 7th December 2018, with pre-ordering beginning in November.