Last week on Beat Surrender featured the latest album from David Berkeley and his part in the The New American Troubadours UK and Europe tour, this week it’s the turn of one of Berkeley’s collaborator on the tour Robby Hecht who is touring in support of this own eponymous release that’s released in the UK on March 24th.
One of American Songwriter’s “favorite Nashville artists,” Hecht – an East Tennessee native – began performing while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After living in Paris and San Francisco and fronting the pop band AllDay Radio, he returned to Nashville where he has won several prestigious awards for songwriting and shared the stage with acts like John Prine, Colin Meloy, Lucius, Amos Lee, Iron and Wine, Neko Case and Josh Ritter.
The twelve track album of original material is produced by Nashville musician Lex Price (Mindy Smith, k.d. Lang) and includes a track co-written with Amy Speace How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat.
Robby Hecht – New York City
Wednesday 18 Remscheid, Germany Saxo Bar *
Sunday 22 Breda, Netherlands Mezz *
Monday 23 Eindhoven, Netherlands Meneer Frits *
* David Berkeley & Robby Hecht only
Wednesday 25 London The Slaughtered Lamb
Thursday 26 Nottingham The Maze
Friday 27 York Private House Concert
Saturday 28 Leeds Seven Arts
Sunday 29 Kirton in Lindsey, Diamond Jubilee Town Hall
Monday 30 Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
Wednesday 2 Southport Grateful Fred’s @ The Atkinson
Thursday 3 Glencarse, nr. Perth The Byre at Inchyra
Saturday 5 Easton, Suffolk Maverick Festival 2014
Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From NPR’s Weekend Edition to Bob Harris’s BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice.
Rita will be accompanied by Sean Feder on dobro & banjo for a series of dates that includes a local one at Henry Tudor House on the 7th. The tour is in support of her mini-album Little Boat that was featured on Beat Surrender last year – recommend you check it out.
Wed 2 Southport The Atkinson, Studio Theatre
Fri 4 Haile, Cumbria, Haile Village Hall
Sat 5 Leeds, Seven Arts
Sun 6 Cottingham,nr. Hull, The Back Room
Mon 7 Shrewsbury, Tudor House
Tues 8 Basingstoke The Forge @ The Anvil
Weds 9 Penzance Admiral Benbow
Thurs 10 Plymouth The B-Bar
Fri 11 Torquay The Crown & Sceptre,St Marychurch
Sat 12 Ardley, Oxfordshire Private House Concert
Sun 13 London Walthamstow Folk Club, Ye Olde Rose & Crown
Nothing Left of Me
Canada has an impressive track record when it comes to female roots bands and the Vancouver Island based trio Sweet Lowdown continue that tradition admirably, with a solid touring background in their homeland and the US over the past couple of years they are now bringing their talents to the UK with a tour running from mid-April to, appropriately, May which is the title of the bands second studio release behind which they are touring, the twelve track release features ten original compositions and two traditional songs and follow on from their eponymous release in 2011.
The Sweet Lowdown – Please Take Me Home
All three band members contribute vocally and when they put their voices together the harmonies have a seamless purity that’s captivating and when combined with the trios adept playing the whole package is executed very nicely indeed, personally the fiddle playing was the stand-out for me though all the contributions are impressive, the The Sweet Lowdown are Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo) and Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle) and you can catch them in the UK at one of these fine venues.
The Sweet Lowdown – Big Wave
Wednesday 16 Sarratt, Herts. The Cock Inn
Thursday 17 London Green Note, Camden
Friday 18 Chagford, Devon Ring O’ Bells
Saturday 19 Calstock, Cornwall The Old Chapel
Sunday 20 Bath The Bell NB. Lunchtime Show
Sunday 20 Bristol Kingsdown Wine Vaults
Monday 21 Worth Matravers, nr. Swanage The Square & Compass
Tuesday 22 Birmingham Kitchen Garden Café
Wednesday 23 Towersey, Oxfordshire The Three Horseshoes
Thursday 24 Winchester The Railway
Friday 25 Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SpArC Theatre
Saturday 26 Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway The Buccleuch Centre
Sunday 27 Stranraer The Grapes
Monday 28 Liverpool The Caledonia
Tuesday 29 Nottingham Malt Cross
Wednesday 30 Menai Bridge, Anglesey The Victoria Hotel
Thursday 1 Newcastle The Cluny 2
Friday 2 Wath-Upon-Dearne, South Yorks. Wath Festival
Smiling From The Floor Up is the debut solo release from Rutland based singer-songwriter Paul McClure, set for release March 3rd on Clubhouse Records, the former frontman of The Hi and Lo enlisted the help of label mates Alex and Hannah Elton- Wall (The Redlands Palomino Company) and Joe Bennett (The Dreaming Spires) for the album which was recorded and produced at Leicester’s Tiny Studios.
Employing minimal overdubs a back-to-basics approach was taken by McClure where the songs were played ‘live’ a few times and one of the takes made the final cut for the album, the methodology employed perfectly representing the essence of McClure’s songs, songs borne of experience and deeply personal are exposed by the pared back recording and revealed free of pretence – there’s no hiding from the catharsis and introspection the performances convey.
In his own words.
“This album is a collection of songs recorded without the trappings of a band or orchestra, lightly textured layers with occasional touches of colour here and there; a harmony here, a piano there, a sympathetic slide guitar draped across the shoulders of another,” explains McClure. “I didn’t want anything to dilute the effect of the song in its most honest, most vulnerable form. Nothing to hide behind or run from.”
“These songs didn’t write themselves, as they sometimes seem to do, but I did want them to speak for themselves. These songs are all very personal, there’s no fiction here, even if I occasionally had to hide the truth in a made up name or a fantasy; (changing the names to protect the innocent in some cases, the guilty don’t deserve to be named in others.) These stories are moments from my life and though it can seem hard to accept sometimes, I don’t regret a single one; at the very least I got a song out of it.”
Paul McClure – Long Gone Out of Here