Scottish trio Assynt announce their debut album and launch tour

Assynt

Assynt are one of Scotland’s newest, most exciting folk trios featuring award winning musicians Graham Mackenzie (fiddle), David Shedden (pipes/whistles) and Innes White (guitar/mandolin). Having performed together for many years, 2018 sees the official launch of Assynt and their debut album Road To The North. Predominantly comprising self-penned tunes, the album draws upon influences from traditional Scottish fiddle and pipe music, in particular the Highland and Gaelic traditions.

Over a year in the making and with the addition of BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year, Charlie Stewart on double bass and drummer, Scott Mackay, Road To The North was recorded and mixed by Scott Wood at Oak Ridge Studios and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studios in New York.

As a band, Assynt are keen to explore their own compositions with nine of the ten tracks written by members of the band. However, deeply rooted in traditional folk music, the final track of the album, an arrangement of three well known Scottish tunes, clearly shows where the band’s roots lie.

Beginning 2018 at Celtic Connections in the New Auditorium with a collaboration with Iranian piper, Mohsen Sharifian and the Lian Band, Assynt have continued to preview music from their debut album in a sell out concert in Inverness as well as gigs in Glencoe and Glasgow. August will be see them perform in Arisaig; The National Piping Centre in Glasgow as part of the Piping Live festival; Braemar, and in September they will perform as part of the Blas festival in Portmahomack and Invergarry.

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Artists’ website: www.assyntmusic.com

‘Aidan Jack Jigs’ – live:

Tour Dates

17th August Arisaig Hotel, Arisaig

18th August Piping Live! National Piping Centre, Glasgow LAUNCH

19th August Braemar Village Hall

10th September BLAS Carnegie Hall, Portmahomack

11th September BLAS Glengarry Village Hall, Invergarry

Charley Crockett tours UK this month

Charley Crockett

The wonderful Charley Crockett is coming back to the UK later this month.  With new album Lonesome As A Shadow out earlier this year he’ll be playing eight headline dates, including an appearance at The Borderline on June 24th.

Lonesome As A Shadow was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Zac Brown) and recorded at Sam Phillip’s Recording in Memphis, TN, and from it you can check out the video for the soulful ‘Ain’t Gotta Worry Child’:

The release of Lonesome As A Shadow culminates a series of breakthrough years for Crockett following the release of 2015’s A Stolen Jewel and 2016’s In The Night which received widespread critical acclaim and earned him a Dallas Observer Music Award for “Best Blues Act.” Following the releases, Rolling Stone included Crockett as one of their “10 Artists You Should Know” while Wide Open Country described him as, “A honky tonk hero for the modern era.” Most recently, in 2017, Crockett released a collection of his favorite honky tonk songs, entitled Charley Crockett presents Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee. The album features songs originally performed by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Roy Acuff, Webb Pierce and other great heroes of honky tonk.

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

‘Ain’t Gotta Worry Child’ – live:

UK Dates – July

17 – Manchester, Night People

18 – The Loco Klub, Bristol

19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

21 – Scarborough, Woodend

23 – Broadbast, Glasgow

24 – London, The Borderline

25 – Brighton, The Prince Albert

26 – Norwich, Arts Centre

Jake Morley – new recordings and tour dates

Jake Morley
Photograph by Danial Alexander Harris

Singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player Jake Morley is a firm believer in straight talking, direct songs.  His Spotify playlist, Tell It To Me Straight, a collection of some of his favorite examples by other artists, is a constant source of inspiration.

Now he’s recording a series of his own stripped-back songs featuring just voice and his extraordinary guitar playing. They will be released one by one over the coming months though Sandwich Emporium Records. In the autumn he performs at twenty of the UK’s most intimate venues from the Highlands to Devon, from Wales to East Anglia and releases an acoustic version of ‘Ghostess’ on July 20th via Sandwich Emporium Records.

At the heart of Jake’s music are tender, poetic, heartfelt lyrics that showcase his talent for putting a twist on the everyday, crystalizing what many may think but are unable to say.  Every emotion – whether dark feelings of obsession, fear, loss or inadequacy, or simply just feeling foolish or overwhelmingly happy without an obvious reason – are all fair game for Morley’s disarming honesty. Featuring his remarkable ability to make a guitar sound like a piano, drums or a harp, these immaculate new recordings (produced by Grammy nominated producer Calum MacColl) are as elemental and starkly beautiful as they come.

Jake says

“I like songs that treat you like an equal, that say exactly what they mean without over-complicating things.  It sounds simple, but it’s as demanding as any song writing – possibly more so. When you strip everything back you remove the barrier between the song and the listener so there’s nowhere for the artist to hide. It was the same principle when we picked the most up-close and intimate venues we could find for the tour. I want to minimize the divisions between the stage and the audience, so it’ll just be them, the songs and me.”

Jake has had airplay on Radio 2, 6 Music, numerous local and overseas radio stations. He’s played hundreds of gigs around the world and opened for Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Lucy Rose, The Hoosiers and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Overseas representation for management and live booking across North America mean Jake will be touring USA and Canada again in 2019.

Artist’s website: www.jakemorley.com

‘Ghostess’ – live:

Live Dates

5th August                     Dranouter Festival, Belgium
11th August                   Here Comes the Sun Festival, Reading
25th August                   Greenbelt Festival
14th September             Pipefest, Lancashire
28th September             London, Campfire Nest
24th October                Durham, Old Cinema Launderette
25th October                Aviemore, Old Bridge Inn
26th October                Howwood, Boarding House
27th October                Glasgow, Berits & Brown
28th October                Ayton, Hemelvaart
29th October                Hawick, Heart of Hawick
1st November               Bournemouth, Blue Line
2nd November              Bristol, Café Kino
3rd November               Cardiff, Snails
4th November               Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
9th November               Salford, Eagle
10th November             Liverpool, Music Room @ The Phil (supporting Hafdis Huld)
16th November             Totnes, Barrel House
17th November             Reading, Rising Sun
21st November             London, The Islington
28th November             Nottingham, Running Horse
29th November             Sheffield, Café #9
30th November             Ipswich, Smokehouse
1st December                Chesham, The Drawing Room

Landermason announce new album and tour dates

Landermason

Northumberland based song-writing duo Landermason are soon to release their 6th studio album on their own label Lama Records. The combined talents of Fiona Lander and Paul Mason are well known for their unique sound which combines traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles. Some of their previous recordings ‘Angel Of The North’, ‘The Reason’ and Tree Of Souls’ have gained national airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, BBC Radio Scotland and Wales, whilst their instrumental version of ‘Dance To Your Daddywas used to set the scene for an episode of the BBC’s Antiques Road Show!

The new release titled Stand Together, contains eight original songs by Landermason plus a brand-new jazz arrangement of the North East traditional song ‘The Water Of Tyne’ and their own rendition of the classic standard ‘In The Wee Small Hours’. All the vocal and instrumental parts on the album were arranged and recorded by the duo, with the exception of one track where a crowd of willing local volunteers are featured singing along!

The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by the duo in “the shed down the bottom of the garden”, their recording studio in Bellingham, Northumberland. The quirky album cover was designed by Paul.

Artists’ website: www.landermason.com

‘When The Boat Comes In:

Tour Dates

Friday 6th July – Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford WEST MIDLANDS

Wednesday 11th July – Dorking Folk Club SURREY

Thursday 12th July – The Corn Hall, Diss NORFOLK

Friday 13th July – St Lawrence’s Church, Little Waldingfield SUFFOLK

Tuesday 17th July – Great Knight Folk Club, Far Cotton NORTHAMPTON

Thursday 19th July – St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge NORTHUMBERLAND

Thursday 26th July – St James’ and St Basil’s Church, Fenham NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Saturday 4th August – Redefest, Rochester NORTHUMBERLAND

Friday 17th August – Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven CUMBRIA

Saturday 25th August – Twice Brewed Inn, Bardon Mill NORTHUMBERLAND

Thursday 6th September – Brownrigg Lodges, Bellingham NORTHUMBERLAND

Saturday 8th September – BAAFest, Bellingham NORTHUMBERLAND

Australian singer/songwriter Ben Salter to tour UK

Ben Salter

Acclaimed Australian songwriter and performer Ben Salter returns to Europe in 2018 to promote his new solo album Back Yourself (available now).

Back Yourself is Salter’s third solo album, following on from 2015’s Stars My Destination, 2011’s The Cat, and a number of EPs. Recorded in Salter’s new home of Tasmania (in the far south of Australia), Back Yourself is another eclectic collection of songs ranging from acoustic ballads to prog-metal work outs. Salter will tour Europe throughout the summer of 2018, performing songs from the new album plus his extensive back catalogue.

A 20 year veteran of the Australian music scene, Salter is regularly cited as one of the nation’s finest songwriters. He has won a number of songwriting awards as well as being nominated for three Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards. He has collaborated with some of the biggest and most respected names in the local music industry including Tim Rogers (You Am I), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Gareth Liddiard (The Drones, TFS), Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties, Anything), Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats), Marlon Williams, and producer Aaron Cupples (Kirin J Callinan, The Drones, J Spaceman). He has toured with acts including Cat Power, J Mascis, Gareth Liddiard, Counting Crows, Marlon Williams and most recently Built To Spill.

Salter has released more than 20 albums and EPs in a diverse array of styles through bands such as bluegrass super group and three-time ARIA award nominees The Wilson Pickers; nine piece folk country collective The Gin Club; heavy rockers Giants of Science; as well as numerous side projects including The Young Liberals, Megafauna, Anigozanthos, Immaculate CV and most recently post punk trio Hownowmer.

His idiosyncratic and literary style is reminiscent of the work of songwriters such as Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker and John Cale and he draws inspiration from the likes of The Velvet Underground, Roy Orbison, The Ink Spots and Low. His songs evoke a strong sense of longing, both personal and geographical, delivered with a distinct antipodean flavour.

Ben’s distinctive, emotive voice is regularly cited as the one of the best in Australia. His performances highlight his storytelling, humour and sincerity, while his recordings experiment with a diversity of styles from acoustic ballads to indie rock, avant garde soundscapes and instrumentals.

Salter returns to Europe in the summer of 2018, following extensive tours in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2008. He tours relentlessly, predominantly solo, but often with full band. On this trip he plans to do both. A seasoned performer, Salter tours endlessly. Over the past 18 months he has played more than 200 shows taking in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, and Mexico, and a sold out show at the National Gallery of Victoria. With his various bands he has entertained local festival audiences at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Dark Mofo, Queenscliff Music Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Livid, Big Day Out, Brunswick Music Festival, Riverboats Music Festival, Panama, Big Sound, Nannup Music Festival, Moomba, as well as abroad at The Great Escape (UK), Musexpo (USA) and for Australia’s Governor-General at the nation’s consulate in London.

Salter has written and performed for highly successful productions and events, with lauded contributions to the convict tales of Vandemonian Lags, collaborations for TEDx, and regular performances for national broadcasters including the ABC’s Radio National and Double J, and TV favourite RockWiz where he performed alongside pop superstar Kimbra.

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Artist’s website: https://www.bensalter.com.au/

‘Isolationism’ – official video:

UK Tour Dates

13 July -Bath, St. James Wine Vaults

14 July -London, Betsey Trotwood

17 July -London, The Finsbury

18 July -Nottingham, JT Soar

20 July -Glasgow, The Old Hairdresser’s

22 July -Edinburgh, The Voodoo Rooms

 

Jackie Oates: new album and tour dates

Jackie Oates
Photograph courtesy of The Oxford Times

We are proud to announce the release of the seventh studio album, The Joy Of Living, by Jackie Oates. It’s a record that covers an intensely personal period of her life, in which she celebrated the birth of her daughter Rosie and bid an emotional and loving farewell to her beloved father.

The Joy Of Living features songs made famous by folk greats including Ewan McColl, Lal Waterson and Davey Steele, as well as carefully picked songs from contemporary artists such as John Lennon and Darwin Deez – all interpreted in Jackie’s inimitable style.

Recorded at home in Jackie’s kitchen (with baby Rosie in attendance) she collaborated with fellow Imagined Village alumni and producer Simon Richmond to create this intimate, touching and uplifting collection. The album also features performances by friends from the world of folk including Mike Cosgrave, Barney Morse Brown, John Parker and Jack Rutter.

Born and raised on folk music, Jackie Oates started her career as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2003. Since then she has been nominated for twelve BBC Folk awards; at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards she scooped Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track on the same night.

Jackie will be performing at festivals throughout the summer and is on tour in November 2018 and February 2019.

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‘The Joy Of Living’ – live:

2018 Tour Dates

30th June 2018: Folk On The Quay, Poole

7th July 2018: Kimpton Folk Festival

23rd July 2018: Chichester Folk Song Club

7th August 2018: Sidmouth Folk Week

12th August 2018: Dartmoor Folk Festival

25th August 2018: Oxford Storytelling Festival

15th November 2018: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

16th November 2018: Pound Arts Centre, Fordham

17th November 2018: Tuppenny Barn, Emsworth

21st November 2018: The Greystones, Sheffield

24th November 2018: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth