Laurie Lewis – One Evening in May


Singer-songwriter, fiddle and guitar player Laurie Lewis has recorded a new ‘live’ CD with long-time collaborators Tom Rozum (mandolin) and Nina Gerber (guitar) with special guests Tristan Clarridge (cello) and the The T Sisters (vocals), One Evening in May last year 2013 at the Freight and Salvage venue in Lewis’ hometown of Berkeley, CA. and captures the essence of the artists thirty year career in American roots music as a respected crafter of songs and live performer, the album features eleven Lewis originals most of which were written and a few months earlier, the playing is seamless and the translucent vocal fits wonderfully well with the narrative songs, including my favourite Barstow.

Laurie Lewis – Barstow

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both Hands (UK / Ireland Tour April – May 2014)


On their second album Our Lady of the Tall Trees the Seattle based bluegrass pairing of Cahalen Morrison (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, lap slide, vocals) and Eli West (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) were more than impressive creating an album of contemporary bluegrass music that was much revered by their peers and the press, their latest album more than lives up to their growing reputation and finds the pair on top form creating another top quality album.

Produced by Grammy-winning artist Tim O’Brien the album was in the Colorado Rockies at the Swingfingers Recording Studio and features supporting players including Ryan Drickey and Brittany Haas on fiddle and Erin Youngberg on bass with Tim O’Brien adding his not inconsiderable talents on mandolin and bouzouki too, together they’ve created an album that’s subtlety more uplifting than it’s predecessor; American roots music that manages to deftly combine acoustic bluegrass and Appalachian folk with both authenticity and originality.

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With an upcoming tour planned for Ireland and the UK there’s a great chance to go and see these guys in their element kicking of in Essex at the end of April there’s a local date at The Walker Theatre (Theatre Severn) in Shrewsbury on May 3rd.

Wed Apr 30: The Garret Sessions at Queens Head, Fyfield, Essex
Thur May 1: The Green Note, London
Fri May 2: The Workhouse, Presteigne, Powys, Mid Wales
Sat May 3: The Walker Theatre (Theatre Severn), Shrewsbury
Sun May 4: The Cross Inn, Haverfordwest, Pembs
Tues May 6: Red Rooms, Cookstown
Wed May 7: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
Thur May 8: Whelan’s, Dublin
Fri May 9: Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Co Cork, Ireland
Sun May 11: Jumpin Hot Club, The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Mon May 12: FREE
Tues May 13: House concert, Edinburgh
Wed May 14: House concert, Edinburgh
Thur May 15: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri May 16: Glenbuchat Village Hall, Aberdeenshire
Sat May 17: The CatStrand, New Galloway
Sun May 18: The Barrels Alehouse, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Cahalen Eli w Tim OBrien

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Steve Dawson – Rattlesnake Cage


Multi-talented Steve Dawson is always in demand, whether it’s taking the helm as a producer (his credits include albums with Jim Byrnes, Kelly Joe Phelps,Old Man Luedecke, The Sojourners and The Deep Dark Woods) or as a session player on numerous recordings let along running his Black Hen Music label it’s a wonder he finds the time for his own work, on Rattlesnake Cage, now resident in Nashville the Canadian from Vancouver a serial Juno award winner (seven and counting) has created a showcase for his amazing guitar playing.

This all instrumental recording was recorded with just Steve, his guitar and a single vintage tube microphone a magical piece of analogue kit that was rescued after decades of hanging from the ceiling of an old theatre in Detroit and that perfectly captures the bared intricacy and nuances of the guitar playing, Steve utilises a series of instruments both 6 and 12 string acoustics a fabled National steel guitar and a Weissenborn, as one who can barely create a decent chord from a guitar listening to Steve play is mesmerising and at times hypnotic.

Steve Dawson

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