Katie Melua releases her Ultimate Collection on vinyl

As Katie Melua embarks on her European tour, BMG announce the release of Ultimate Collection on vinyl. Compiled by Katie, this vinyl edition features 23 songs from Katie’s 7 studio albums from 2003’s Call Off The Search to 2016’s In Winter. Katie’s cover of ‘Fields Of Gold’ (the Children In Need 2017 single) and 2 brand new recordings – ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ – complete the set.

‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was recorded earlier this year with The Gori Women’s Choir and the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli, and was produced by Katie and Adam ‘Cecil’ Bartlett.

‘Diamonds Are Forever’, which Katie first performed live at the Don Black Songbook concert at London’s The Royal Festival Hall, is produced by legendary American record producer and musician, T Bone Burnett. Katie is the sole performer on the track – on vocals and acoustic guitar – which was recorded at T Bone’s home studio in Los Angeles, on vintage gear and to tape.

It is Katie’s extraordinary voice, and the ability to truly inhabit a song, that has been the constant since the young 19 year-old first appeared in 2003 with her debut single ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’. One of the UK’s highest-selling female recording artists of all time, Katie has released 7 top-10 studio albums: ‘Call Off The Search’, ‘Piece By Piece’, ‘Pictures’, ‘The House’, ‘Secret Symphony’, ‘Ketevan’ and, most recently, 2016’s self-produced and hugely acclaimed ‘In Winter’.

Ultimate Collection celebrates the singer, the songwriter, the musician and the collaborator while paying tribute to the musicians, arrangers, producers and songwriters with whom Katie has worked. The songs are musical landmarks – in both Katie’s life and those of her fans; classic songs that stand the test of time, chosen for this collection for their musicianship, the quality of the writing and the pure emotions they elicit.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all of those that I’ve had the great pleasure of working with, even the ones I don’t see very often. You have coloured and filled these recordings with brilliance. May our work together last for many years in the hearts of anyone needing to hear a classic song.”

Katie is now on an extensive autumn/winter European tour 2018, including 13 UK dates, in which she will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of The Gori Women’s Choir. The show will open with a set from up-and-coming Irish-Jordanian artist Keeva.

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

‘Fields Of Gold’ – official video:

UK Tour Dates – December

02 Salford, Lowry
03 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
04 Guildford, G Live
06 Brighton, Dome
07 Bath, Forum
08 London, Central Hall Westminster
10 Liverpool, Philharmonic
11 Gateshead, Sage
12 York, Barbican
13 Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms SOLD OUT

Siobhan Miller announces new album and tour dates

Siobhan Miller

Born in Penicuik, Scotland, Siobhan Miller grew up in the folk scene singing at festivals she attended with her parents. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song won her the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and Scots Singer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards (2011, 2013, 2017), whilst her first two solo albums received wide critical acclaim.

Growing up in a musical family in Penicuik, Siobhan made her singing debut at the Auchtermuchty Festival when she was 13 years old, winning both the children’s and women’s competitions. Continuing to sing, learn songs and develop her music, she formed a strong partnership with Orcadian musician Jeana Leslie. Together they won the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and more accolades the following year.

After two albums in partnership with Jeana (2008’s In A Bleeze and 2010’s Shadows Tall) and graduating from Glasgow’s RSAMD with a 1st Class Honours BA in 2009, Siobhan joined Salt House, a group with the finely matched abilities of Lauren MacColl, Ewan MacPherson and Euan Burton. Their album Lay Your Dark Low was released in 2014 heralded as “seamless” by The Guardian.

Siobhan’s first two solo releases, Flight Of Time (2015) and Strata (2017) were nominated for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards, highlighting her extensive range through traditional, contemporary and self-penned material, as well as her “delicate, nourishing vocals and lyrically rich compositions” (The List). Following her well-received debut, produced by James Grant of Love And Money, her hotly-anticipated follow-up Strata featured eleven carefully chosen songs Miller grew up listening to and performing in her youth and showcased the many influences on her formative musical years. Songs passed down by Scotland’s source and revival singers, such as ‘The Unquiet Grave’ and ‘False, False’, were included alongside titles from contemporary writers including Bob Dylan’s ‘One Too Many Mornings’ and ‘Pound A Week Rise’, penned by Ed Pickford.

Siobhan’s unique vocal style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians and traditional bearers, leading to extensive tours fronting her own band, as well as guest appearances with the National Theatre of Scotland, a season on Broadway in New York, and on US/UK TV drama Outlander.

Mercury is the third solo album from Siobhan and her first album of entirely original material. Recorded in Glasgow with many of her frequent collaborators, including producer Euan Burton, it also features co-writes with Lau’s Kris Drever and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott.

Winner of 2018 BBC Folk Award for ‘Best Traditional Track’, at which she was also nominated for Best Singer, Miller is the only ever three-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year, and widely regarded as one of the foremost vocalists in Scotland. She creates music with detail and rich melodies that combine indie and alternative sounds with her upbringing in Scotland’s folk music scene. The album release will be accompanied by an extensive UK tour.

One of the themes of the album is memory: what we take with us over the years as the ‘important moments’, the precious nature of those memories and the curious process of our brain deciding what it will filter out without us really having control over it. Many of the songs see Miller looking at what we leave behind us in various chapters of our own lives and where we are headed, individually and as a society.

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‘The Sun Shines High’ – live:

UK Tour Dates

NOVEMBER 

1 – NEW MILTON – Forest Arts Centre
2 – LONDON – Kings Place
3 – BERKHAMSTEAD – The Vyne Theatre
4 – WHITSTABLE – St Mary’s Hall
5 – COLCHESTER – Colchester Arts Centre
8 – PEEBLES – Eastgate Arts Centre
12 – NETTLEBED – Nettlebed Village Club
13 – FROME – Cooper Hall
14 – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
15 – MELLOR BROOK – Community Centre
17 – HORSHAM – The Capitol
18 – MILTON KEYNES – The Stables
19 – YORK – National Centre for Early Music
20 – LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall
23 – INVERNESS – Eden Court
24 – KIRKWALL – The Sound Archive
25 – WICK – Lyth Arts Centre

Artist’s website: www.siobhanmiller.com

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.

Cara Dillon announces winter tour dates

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon, possessed of one of the most celebrated folk voices to have come out of Ireland, will be touring her Christmas show Upon A Winter’s Night for a third year running this December. The overwhelming success of previous tours has cemented this magical and memorable festive experience as a firm tradition.

Cara and her band will once again capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern providing a welcome reminder that the festive season is about more than commercialism.

There is another side to Christmas – far away from Bing crooning, Noddy screaming and a world apart from ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Baby’ – it’s a place where the story of Jesus’ birth is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions as her live show and album prove.

Cara will be joined by her wonderful band who weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while Cara holds the darkness at bay with the renowned purity of her voice. Husband Sam Lakeman (piano, guitar) will be joined by Toby Shaer on fiddle and whistles, Ed Boyd on guitar and Luke Daniels on accordion.

With seventeen dates on sale in England, Ireland and Scotland there’s plenty of opportunity for people to catch this uplifting and moving concert, on a tour starting in her native Derry and ending at Suffolk’s celebrated Snape Maltings.

As modest and down to earth as they come, Cara admits to being taken aback by the success of her Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night when it reached Number 1 in the Indie Album Charts not once, but twice in 2016.

Throughout an enviable career which has seen her explore opportunities to tread many different paths – from releasing folk crossover albums on indie label Rough Trade to recording a Disney soundtrack and collaborating with leading UK dance DJ/producers – Cara has always chosen to plant herself firmly within the landscape of her cultural heritage.

Holding a position at the very top of the Irish Folk genre, this extraordinary singer has been captivating audiences, winning awards and achieving exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

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Artist’s website: www.caradillon.co.uk

‘The Wexford Carol’:

Tour Dates

30 November DERRY Millennium Forum 028 7126 4455 /https://www.millenniumforum.co.uk/

01 December DÚN LAOGHAIRE Pavilion Theatre 01 231 2929 / https://www.paviliontheatre.ie/events

02 December BELFAST The Ulster Hall 028 9033 4400 / https://www.ulsterhall.co.uk

06 December  SHEFFIELD Firth Hall https://www.wegottickets.com/event/437108

07 December GATESHEAD Sage 0191 443 461 / http://www.sagegateshead.com

08 December EDINBURGH The Queens Hall 0131 668 2019/ https://www.thequeenshall.net

09 December MANCHESTER Stoller Hall 0333 130 0967 / https://stollerhall.com/whats-on/

12 December BROMSGROVE Atrix 01527 577330/ https://www.artrix.co.uk/whats-on/

13 December MILTON KEYNES The Stables 01908 280800/ https://stables.org/

14 December LONDON Union Chapel – See Tickets 0871 220 0260/ https://www.unionchapel.org.uk/

15 December SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims 023 8059 5151/ https://www.turnersims.co.uk/

16 December FROME Cheese & Grain 01373 455420/ http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/

18 December MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm Arts 01628 788997/ https://norden.farm/

19 December  BRISTOL St Georges Hall 0845 4024 001 / https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/

20 December BASINGSTOKE Haymarket Theatre 01256 844244/ http://www.anvilarts.org.uk

21 December CANTERBURY Gulbenkian Theatre 01227 769075/ https://thegulbenkian.co.uk

22 December SNAPE Maltings Concert Hall 01728 687110/ https://snapemaltings.co.uk/

 

Shred Kelly – new album and UK tour dates

Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly will be releasing their most ambitious project yet in their fourth albumArchipelago, on October 19th 2018 via DevilDuck Records, followed immediately by a tour in the UK.

The new record was produced by Howard Redekopp (The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara), and Josh Rob Gwilliam (Cowpuncher, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald), as well as co-production by Colin Stewart (Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan) on the track, Don’t Ever Look Back.

German label, DevilDuck Records (established in 2004), is now going international, opening offices in Canada and the USA, with Shred Kelly as their first worldwide signing.

“We are very proud to release Shred Kelly’s 4th album, Archipelago, worldwide and that this great band is putting a lot faith in us being the first band on our new worldwide approach,” comments DevilDuck owner, Jörg Tresp.

The label has already released a number of Canadian artists and bands, such as The Dead South, Rah Rah, The Provincial Archive, and Two Bears North.

The collaborative songwriting of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert and Ty West pulled inspiration through individual experiences and musical influences. The result is a dynamic and cohesive collection of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs dipped in themes of relationships and the world in the modern age. Using traditional instrumentation at the base of the songwriting, the album explodes into a symphony of sounds incorporating banjos, ukuleles, synthesizers, guitar hooks, harmonies and pulsing beats.

Having so many artistic ideas and influences to draw from allowed Shred Kelly to continue developing their unique sound while compiling a large body of work. The group chose from over twenty songs and decided on eleven for the final pressing of the album.

“We’ll never put a song on the album that we don’t all agree on. With all of us gravitating towards different styles of music, it’s difficult at times to all agree on what we like most. So if we all love it, it’s a definite yes for the album”, says McBride. “We worked hard to create an album that captured the energy of our live show, which can be a challenge in the studio. Thankfully, our producers Howard Redekopp, Josh Rob Gwilliam and Colin Stewart really succeeded at getting dynamic performances, and challenged us while keeping the process a lot of fun. We are very proud and excited to put it out into the world.”

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

‘Archipelago’ – official video:

Tour Dates

Thursday 25 October The Star Inn Guildford

Friday  26 October  Palladium  Bideford

Saturday  27 October  Exeter Phoenix  Exeter

Sunday 28 October The Junction  Plymouth

Monday 29 October Crofters Rights  Bristol

Tuesday 30 October  The Islington       London

Wednesday 31 October Talking Heads      Southampton

Thursday 1 November  Marrs Bar Worcester

Friday 2 November  The Eagle  Manchester

Saturday 3 November   Nice N’ Sleazy     Glasgow

Andy White tours reissued Rave On

Rave On Andy White

“Andy White, Belfast born and Belfast bred, first picked up a guitar when he was thirteen. It was blocking up the hallway. He started strumming it in a beatnik basement belonging to a big bastard called Bobby.”

So started the 1986 press release for Andy’s debut album, reissued by Vinyl 180 on October 26th.

The eighties folk revival led by The Pogues, The Waterboys and Hothouse Flowers cut an authentic, soulful swathe through the music culture of the MTV generation. On Rave On, Andy’s voice and lyrics told the story of a boy growing up in the political and social chaos of Northern Ireland and making his way to Thatcher’s Britain with an acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of poetry books, Clash cassettes and Bob Dylan albums.

Originally recorded in a field in County Antrim, this year’s reissue is a limited edition in white 180g vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. It still sounds fresh, raw and urgent today and is complemented by latest album, The Guilty & The Innocent, Andy’s reaction to the current news cycle. Grenfell, Trump, Corbyn, (in)equality and justice are its themes. The six minute title track stunned audiences on his UK tour last year. You’ve got to hear it.

Along the line connecting these two albums, Andy has collaborated with the likes of Tim Finn and Liam O Maonlai (as ALT), written with Peter Gabriel, recorded with Sinead O’Connor and toured with Van Morrison. But Andy’s voice, trademark lyrical wit and the magic he can conjure up with musicians in a studio remains a constant. Along with a stellar career in music he’s always kept a firm grip on the “have guitar, will travel” folksinger ethos on display in the back of a Beetle, one West London afternoon in 1986.

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

‘This Is Not A Television Show’ – official video:

Tour Dates

Saturday Nov 17 TREDEGAR, Nag’s Head Tel: 01495 722867

Sunday Nov 18 LEEDS, Northern Guitars Tel: 0121 443 4725

Monday Nov 19 BIRMINGHAM, Kitchen Garden Café Tel: 0121 443 4725 Tickets

Wednesday Nov 21 LEYTONSTONE, What’s Cookin’ Tel: 01273 680734

Friday Nov 23 HASTINGS, The Fountain Tel: 01424 424455

Saturday Nov 24 BURY, The Met Tel: 020 8780 9383 Tickets

Sunday Nov 25 BATH, Chapel Arts Centre Tel: 01225 461700 Tickets

Monday Nov 26 BRIGHTON, The Greys Tel: 01273 680734

Tuesday Nov 27 LEICESTER, The Musician Tel: 0116 251 0080

Thursday Nov 29 LONDON, Half Moon Putney Tel: 020 8780 9383 Tickets

Friday Nov 30 BELPER, Queen’s Head Tel: 01773 825525

Saturday Dec 1 EDINBURGH, Leith Depot Tel: 0131 555 4738 Tickets

Sunday Dec 2 GLASGOW, Sounds In The Suburbs, The Doublet Tel: 0794 435 4459 Tickets

Monday Dec 3 HAWICK, Heart of Hawick Tel: 01450 360 668

Wednesday Dec 6 BELFAST, The American Bar Tel: 028 9074 7494 Tickets

Sunday Dec 9 DUBLIN, DC Music Club Tel: 087 682 5306