Danish Music Award nominee Ida Wenøe (pronounced EE-da ven-O) is excited to announce the UK release of her impressive debut solo album Time Of Ghosts on April 7th 2017 (Shellshock Distribution). Ida will be returning to the UK in April for a full UK tour, performing at Camden’s Green Note in London on April 4th.
Amongst a digital mountain range littered with accomplished folk–ish bands and singer songwriters, it is a rare miracle to come across a cave so rich in jewels as the one beneath Ida Wenøe’s ribcage.
When touring the UK last year Ida found support from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravescroft and Gideon Coe, whilst Clash Magazine described her sound as being “bewitching acid folk withadeeplypersonaledge...” and Paul Lester’s comments in The Guardian that she “sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies...” line the tape heads up nicely.
While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her sound is very definitely laced with more English undertones: the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village, while Sarah Lund scoured for clues in her jumper. Like the best of the Nordic Noir leaving the Danish mainland, the recordings are at once both sonically pure and grimy; there’s a shared loneliness that makes you feel that you’re not at all; and all the while there is an honesty to the songwriting that tugs at your sleeve.
While still fronting the much-feted Boho Dancer, 2014 brought a successful collaboration with Dangers of The Sea, a series of sold outsupports inDenmark with Teitur, and a spate of tremendously well received shows both in London and at The Great Escape in Brighton. Now, with a deep breath in her crystal lungs thosetwo brilliant, oxidised copper green eyesareflickering across the mixing desk once more as she records her debut solo record Time Of Ghosts, reunited with producer Jonas Tranberg who recorded Boho’s first EP.
The music from her debut album has just been picked for Danish TV documentary “De Smukke Piger” andis the latest nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.
Canadian Juno award winning songwriter Amelia Curran reveals plans for new album Watershed, due for UK release on 21st April, through Six Shooter Records, following 2014’s critically acclaimed They Promised You Mercy.
Amelia Curran is a songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Curran’s music is distinguished by her intricate and elliptical lyrics, geologic in their resilience and oceanic in their depths. Over the course of a decade, Curran has built a shoreline of song, a place of radical, perpetual collision of matter and form. As she leads us to the ever-eroding lip of the abyss, Curran’s music helps us make sense of the heart’s imperceptible, relentless attrition.
In Canada, Curran has won or been nominated for JUNO Awards for three consecutive albums now and is firmly established as one of the country's preeminent poetic songwriters. Outside of Canada, Curran's work has made an impression; both the BBC's Bob Harris and Folk Alley's Linda Fahey, two influential engines of folk music discovery and appreciation, have recognized Curran's work. In spite of its small-scale international release, They Promised You Mercy, Curran's last album, mreceived 4 star reviews in The Telegraph, Mojo and Maverick Magazine. Curran has toured regularly in the UK and Europe, and her appearances in the USA have included showcases at Folk Alliance and AmericanaFest.
Watershed, Curran’s newest album, marks a threshold and a directional change. The tenor of this new album is openness (not to be confused with optimism), a reflection in part of Curran’s increasingly public efforts to battle the stigma of mental health issues in the arts. As a whole, the album calls for compassion and unification as a breakwater against the sea of cruelties we inflict upon each other, and upon ourselves.
NED ROBERTS is a hotly-tipped, London-based folk musician, who has drawn comparisons with the likes of Tim Hardin, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. With a timeless quality to his sound, a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, his songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era.
Lights On The River is the first single to be released from his new album, which was recorded in LA and produced by Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) who discovered Ned some years ago and has championed his music ever since. The highly anticipated new album Outside My Mind is due for release on March 24th on Aveline Records.
Outside My Mind felt a long time coming for Ned, with songs written over a period of three or four years. Largely an album of love-songs, both hopeful, devastated, and all things in between, the album was in a sense cathartic to record, a way to explore a moment and also to move beyond it.
The recording in LA was a much quicker process. They went into the studio with 15 acoustic guitar demos, and within 5 days came out with the finished record. “Recording to tape kept things tight explains Ned, we didn’t have endless reels, so couldn’t indulge in take after take. I enjoyed these practical limitations as they really focused the creative process, and kept everything fresh.”
His eponymous debut (2014) brought him to the attention to the UK media, with plays on BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe) BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan, Jo Whiley) as well as BBC Radio Scotland. The album also received outstanding reviews in the national press, including rave reviews in Guardian and Uncut magazine.
No stranger to the road, Ned has toured the UK extensively. He attained a much sought after support tour with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell, and has also supported the likes of Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines and Sarabeth Tucek.
He has also toured the West Coast of the US, embarked on a 14-date tour of Germany, as well as gigs in France, Spain and Italy.
Chastity Brown UK Tour:
Thursday 8th June: Menai Bridge, Wales
Friday 9th June: Music In The Hall @ St George's Hall, Bewdley
Saturday 10th June: Bare In The Woods Festival, Ireland
Sunday 11th June: Gullivers, Manchester
Tuesday 13th June: The Borderline, London
Wednesday 14th June: Bodega, Nottingham
Thursday 15th June: King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Friday 16th June: Jumpin Hot Club @The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Saturday 17th June: The Wee Gig @ Biggar Corn Exchange, South Lanarkshire
Sunday 18th June: The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Her insightful and occasionally lacerating lyrics, her tunefulness and her finger-picking guitar perhaps place her in a bracket with the very British Laura Marling – Fatea
Canadian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney has announced a UK tour this May 2017, including a headline show at The Islington in London on May 24th.
Following the release of critically acclaimed album In My Dreams in 2015, Kenney will be touring throughout the UK and Europe over the spring; showcasing the album plus brand new material from her upcoming new release to be announced soon, Kenney hints -
It’s been a while, but I’ve got a new record coming out. Took my time writing it and I’m excited to share it.
Renowned for her fearless lyrics, second album In My Dreams (produced by Joel Plaskett) presented an artist who has grown in every facet of her craft. Already recognised for her mix of folk and pop genres at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and East Coast Music Awards for her self-titled debut; In My Dreams took Kenney down a slightly rockier path.
UK TOUR DATES -
Sunday 21st May - Shepley Spring Festival
Tuesday 23rd May - The Castle, Manchester
Wednesday 24th May - The Islington, London
Friday 26th - Saturday 27th May - Ireby Festival, Cumbria
Wednesday 31st May - The Mash House, Edinburgh
Thursday 1st June - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Friday 2nd June - Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 3rd June - Acoustic Festival of Great Britain
NEW ALBUM // COPENHAGEN // MARCH 3RD
“stunning playing” Q Magazine
"Mr Folke Thomas' world has been full of such incongruities, yet his music has remained consistently stunning." Washington Times
Scandinavian-born singer Benjamin Folke Thomas is excited to announce the release of his impressive new album Copenhagen.
Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg Sweden; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up on a secluded island off the coast of, populated by mainly evangelical Christians. However, Ben never found God. He discovered grunge music instead, and at the age of 11 he was playing drums in a punk band before turning to Folk and Americana music after seeing Kurt Cobain’s performance of ‘In The Pines’ on Unplugged. Steeping himself in Leadbelly, Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, by the age of 20 he was an accomplished finger-picker, confident performer, and mature songwriter.
Copenhagen is Ben’s best work to date; an album full of Roots and rhythmic Blues, alongside the most beautiful descriptive storytelling, sung with his trademark baritone vocals and packed with anthemic choruses.
After living and playing in London for some years, where he proved to be one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the acoustic scene in years, he released his first studio album Too Close To Here in 2013. It was mainly recorded with Swedish musicians in the Rosa Huset (‘The Pink House’) outside Gothenburg. Follow up Rogue State of Mind, released in 2015, was recorded with his same Swedish band in their studio in an old warehouse, and focused in on the bands live nature with minimal rehearsal.
Folke Thomas’ live ability has attracted a dedicated fanbase and rave reviews, including Q Magazine describing his “stunning playing... his finger-picking is the best you will ever hear”, whilst the Guardian stated that he “stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting”.
MARCH UK + EUROPE TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
DEBUT ALBUM MAGNIFIED - March 31st
“…progressive rock combines with Folk, Jazz and Classical in the bands rich sound” JERRY EWING
When choosing a suitable name for their band this London based trio certainly gave themselves something to live up to. Beatrix, from the Latin Viatrix, is a name that in its various forms has been previously bestowed upon self-sacrificing martyrs and self-denying mystics, royal consorts and Holy Roman empresses, Balzac heroines and Tarantino assassins. No small irony then, that a name so often chosen by tragedians for their characters literally means "she who makes happy".
Beatrix Players are an all-female trio who make florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, singer-songwriter acoustica, prog and quasi-classical baroque chamber pop. The band are excited to announce the release of their debut album Magnified, on March 31st, 2017.
Through their enchantingly dark and evocative melodies, expansive arrangements and empowered orchestral sound BEATRIX PLAYERS tell stories of real life and fantasy. Citing influences as diverse as Michael Nyman and Regina Spektor and drawing comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush and Einaudi Ludovico. There are tempestuous passages in the bands music that you can imagine being delivered by traditional rock instrumentation but it is the very absence of guitars and drums that means there’s nobody out there quite like Beatrix Players.
In 2015 the band (Amy Birks, Jess Kennedy and Amanda Alvarez) took their unique sound – a beautiful combination of vocals, piano and cello – into the studio to record their self-produced debut album, which has been mixed by two-time BBC Folk Award winner, Jim Moray.
The baleful and bewitching songs on Magnified can be about anything: relationships, change, childhood events, adult affairs, and crisis moments. Album opener Rushlight is about finding strength after being pushed around by someone, whilst Roses uses a historical moment to express the love of a parent and how they would do anything for their child. Debut single Lady Of The Lake tells of disconnect, difference of opinion and the demise of a relationship, whilst Never Again, for all the references to the Bronte sisters, has a thoroughly modern application: “It’s basically about finding yourself in bit of a rubbish position and realising it and never wanting to go there again,” Jess explains They are unafraid to examine the less pleasant aspects of the human condition and experience: expect everything from sleep paralysis to female infertility to be dealt with on Magnified.
“It’s music to make you think and feel,” adds Jess. “There’s always someone who cries at our gigs,” notes Amy. “And it’s not always us! People get lost in the moment because they can relate to a song or the feelings in it. It triggers something in their brains and they’re, like, ‘Wow!’ That’s the power of music. It’s an art, to make people feel something.”
15 Apr 2017 Sheffield - Greystones
20 Apr 2017 London - Water Rats
21 Apr 2017 Exeter - The Phoenix
03 Jun 2017 London - Camden Rocks Festival
04 Jun 2017 Cheltenham - Wychwood Festival
TOP 40 FESTIVALS 2016 - THE SUNDAY TIMES
'Maverick is a Wild Western village in East Anglia where last year I was able to see many of the musicians that I usually see here in Nashville. And as Nashville residents, Emma Swift and I are now both qualified to play Maverick; it's twangy, and, amazingly, it's British. Plus it features goats, a vintage bus, and proper toilets: yaysville!' – Robyn Hitchcock
The Maverick Festival showcases the best in Americana and Roots music, from both sides of the Atlantic, across five stages, situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.
Maverick Festival 2016 line-up included performances from:
Sam Outlaw || Robyn Hitchcock || Jon Langford || Luke Winslow King || The Hackensaw Boys || Britt Gully || The Sultans Of String || Robert Vincent || Roamin’ Jasmin’ Barbara Nesbitt || Hymn & Her || Amelia White
The festival features a spacious camp site, bell tent meadow and tipi village, and a carefully selected range of delicious food stands catering to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike with pizza, paella and pasta, Mexican child, duck pancakes and crepes, hog-roast and hand-made hamburgers, cupcakes and gourmet milk shakes, all washed down with freshly squeezed lemonade and freshly ground coffee, local Suffolk cider and a selection of award-winning regional ales, wine and lager.
‘COSMIC COUNTRY BLUE’
OUT ON 7TH OCTOBER VIA AVELINE RECORDS
Tucked away amongst the wild hillside pines of North Wales, sits an old weather beaten, rust eaten showman’s wagon, gently swaying and creaking with the warm, low hum of sweet dreams and two four blues. THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preparing to take their show on the road with their brand new LP 'COSMIC COUNTRY BLUE' released on October 7, 2016, through Aveline Records.
The bands impressive second album was produced by Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers) at Doghouse Studios in London and mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
With just two old guitars, an upright bass and a bucket full of rich, aching harmony, the band preach foot-stomping country blues like you’ve never heard before. There’s a hint of Hank, a twist of Waylon and a little sprinkling of Gram in there too... it’s up and down, soft and loud and it swings that big ol’ country snake. Just three young bucks doing their own thing ... the only way they know how.
The band are renowned for their energetic and passionate live shows have become festival favourites around the UK, having performed at the Maverick Festival, as well as performing on Country to Country’s Saloon Stage, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Cambridge Folk Festival, and Boomtown’s District Wild West, to name a few. The band were also nominated for the Best UK Live Act Award by Spiral Earth, as well as receiving critical acclaim from Ian Dunlop himself.
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are young guys with old souls, writing real people songs; ‘Old Heartache’ sees them lamenting about hurt, lies, and self-doubt with no happy ending in sight – shot with a 'Morricone' cinematic backdrop of lonesome weeping lines by a man called 'Horse' back there on the Pedal-Steel. Then there’s the uplifting soul blues of ‘Don’t Believe In You’; feeling Bell-bottom broke and sipping from an empty basement glass, the blues keeps the tyres in the groove and the show on the road, trucking the day-dreams past skyscrapers and deep rivers of fixation, shooting dice and flipping tales in search of that next mile to salvation.
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2016 ON AVELINE RECORDS
LONDON SHOW - THE LEXINGTON - MAY 7TH
"Her tales leave you breathless" - MOJO ★★★★
"Songs so quirky and unexpected that it's impossible to imagine anyone else performing them, following none of the more conventional styles of songwriting. And it actually works" - GUARDIAN ★★★★
Known for her quirky, insightful, poetic lyrics and insidious melodies, RUTH THEODORE is excited to announce the release of her fourth solo album CACTACUS on September 23rd 2016 on Aveline Records.
The recording sessions saw Ruth crossing the Atlantic to collaborate with Todd Sickafoose, best known for his work with Ani DiFranco, as well as recently producing two award winning albums for Anais Mitchell.
Ruth travelled and performed her way through California and up into Oregon, to work alongside a stellar cast of musicians including organist Rob Burger (Tom Waits, Willie Nelson), percussionist Mathias Kunzli (Regina Spector, Lauryn Hill), and violinist Jenny Scheinman (Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed).
Ruth is so much more than a singer-songwriter. Her use of unconventional guitar techniques and unique tunings has thrilled listeners and dumbfounded peers since the release of her 2007 debut 'Worm Food'.
CACTACUS features Ruth's distinguishable songwriting style and honest lyricism at its core. Her voice, guitar and piano, cocooned in soulful male backing vocals contribute to a deliberate sexual tension, most prevalent in the abstract and moody 'The Carcass And The Pride'. Theodore's string and vocal arrangements are deliberate and dramatic, whilst Sickafoose softens the edges with depth and texture. Songs such as 'Everything is Temporary' and 'Loop Hole' refer back to Ruth's much loved patch of land in Hackney, whilst 'Scavengers' is a playful but fierce social comment on the rapid influx of privilege to the arts of East London. First single 'You Can't Help Who You Love' tells the story of a battle with cancer form the perspective of the carer (which was four years in the writing), where as 'Kissing in Traffic' and 'Wishbone', are out and out love songs.
Following the recording and release of the first of her three self-produced records through River Rat Records, Ruth moved on to a tiny narrow boat with no heating or electricity on the River Lea in East London. This has been her home for the last 10 years. The river and the land on which she moors have been a great source of inspiration, and keen to continue creating on the water Ruth has single-handedly converted a larger boat into a studio space which has become the base for her band and other local musicians and is now home to one of the most unique and truly intimate house concert music events in London.
Her albums have received critical acclaim from the UK media, with reviews running in The Guardian & The Observer, whilst also achieving national radio play on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music, alongside rave reviews in music magazines Mojo, Q, fRoots and more.
“Her low gospel tones and fearless approach also align her to Nina Simone, a key influence creatively and thematically” — Uncut
The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenomenon KAIA KATER couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec, KAIA KATER grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other, the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album touched on this divide, but her new album, ‘NINE PIN’ (set for release on September 2nd, through Proper), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of colour in North America every day. Her songs on the new album are fuelled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger. True to her roots in Appalachia, the title of the album comes from a traditional square dance formation in which a woman stands alone in the middle of a circle of people turning around her. As a double meaning, it’s also one of the pins in bowling that keeps getting knocked down. Surrounded yet alone, constantly in the line of fire, this album speaks beautifully to the seasons of a young woman’s life. As a new generation of artists like Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Dom Flemons are reclaiming the black roots of North American music, KAIA KATER steps into this dialogue with ‘NINE PIN’, bringing a powerful new voice to the conversation.
Recorded in just one day in Toronto, ‘NINE PIN’ was produced by both KAIA KATER and acclaimed Canadian artist Chris Bartos (The Barr Brothers, Jonathan Byrd), who also produced her last album, ‘Sorrow Bound’ (Kingswood Records). Few artists could pull off such a polished, cohesive album in one day, but KATER felt that this actually lent focus to the project. “This album was written to be something to listen to from start to finish,” KATER explains. As a concept album, ‘NINE PIN’ weaves between hard- hitting songs that touch on modern issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down,” “Paradise Fell”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). And while these larger stories are deftly crafted, this is really an album of moments. KATER’s acappella voice speaking to the loneliness of a city in “Harlem’s Little Blackbird” while solo dance steps echo in the background, the muted hesitancy of Caleb Hamilton’s trumpet breaking the trance of “Little Pink,” the smoke of electric guitar that cuts through “Saint Elizabeth,” the wave- like ebb and flow of piano behind the plaintive love poem “Viper’s Nest...” All of these moments point to an artist wise beyond her years.
If elements of Toni Morrison seem strong in KATER’s lyrics, that’s no accident. As KATER explains: “Toni Morrison once said: ‘If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.’ I tried to understand those words for a long time. I pored through her novels at 15, and again at 18 as I arrived in the steep hills of West Virginia. I read her novels at 20 on a series of small buses headed through the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Music and poetry are the languages I speak. Any time I travel, words come walking back with me. They have souls and histories. They create me and I create them.”
‘NINE PIN’ may be the opening chapter of KAIA KATER’s book, as Morrison would say, and in writing her own story, KATER speaks powerfully not only to her heritage, but to her vision of what this music can mean to a new generation.
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Singer/Songwriter/Feminist/Activist ANI DIFRANCO Returns with Compelling New Track ‘Play God’ out October 7
First New Music Since 2014
Reproductive Rights = Civil Rights
October 6th, 2016: DIY pioneer and feminist icon
Ani DiFranco continues to advocate for women as the November election looms. While on her current VOTE DAMMIT tour, DiFranco has been performing new song ‘Play God’, which reflects her beliefs in reproductive freedom.
‘Play God’ (from her forthcoming full-length release) is the first new Ani DiFranco music to be released since ‘Allergic to Water’ album in 2014, and will be available at all digital retailers on October 7th.
About the track, DiFranco claims: “‘Play God’ is a song that recognizes reproductive freedom as a civil rights issue. As a society, it is time to acknowledge that unless a woman is in control of her own reproduction, she is not free, and it is the responsibility of our American government to protect and ensure the freedom of all American citizens. It is time we get serious about addressing and achieving this great unfinished business of civil rights in America. The true emancipation and equality of women is dependent on it."
In light of the current political climate in the United States, DiFranco is using her 2016 VOTE DAMMIT tour and her music to encourage fans to vote on Election Day and have their voices be heard.
In a career that has spanned over 25 years, DiFranco has released more than 20 studio albums, as well as live albums, EPs, and collaborations. Many of her songs have been woven with her views on the issues she’s passionate about. ‘Trickle Down’ discusses the racism and gentrification, while ‘To The Teeth’ speaks about the need for gun control, and ‘In or Out’ questions society’s traditional sexuality labels.
In Europe, ‘Play God’ represents the first release from a joint venture between Aveline Records and Righteous Babe. Aveline Records is a recently established label created by long time Righteous Babe European representative Ian Blackaby, Lizzie Evans of Evans Above PR and Immy Doman co-founder of the legendary Green Note venue in London's Camden town.