Category Archives: Acoustic

Emily Barker – The Toerag Session

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A Beat Surrender favourite Emily Barker has a new solo acoustic recording out later this year with funding through Pledge music, there’s a nice selection of choices including vinyl, for which I have of course already got my order in, for more info on the project and details of goodies click here.

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March tour dates with Red Clay Halo collaborator Gill Sandell.


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Justin Townes Earle – Radio Songs

Re-up by request.

Justin Townes Earle – 1 – Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving

Justin Townes Earle – 2 – Who Am I To Say

Justin Townes Earle – 3 – Lone Pine

Justin Townes Earle – 4 – They Killed John Henry

Justin Townes Earle – 5 – Mama’s Eyes

Justin Townes Earle – 6 – I’m Leaving You This Lonesome Song

Justin Townes Earle – 7 – Down in the Valley

Justin Townes Earle – 8 – Lone Pine Hill

Justin Townes Earle – 9 – Hard Livin’

Justin Townes Earle – 10 – Who Am I to Say

Justin Townes Earle – 11 – I Don’t Care

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra – Talk About The Weather – UK Spring / Summer 2014

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Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are releasing their album entitled Talk About The Weather at the perfect time given the British preoccupation with all things meteorological particularly as the odd day of sunshine is on the horizon with summer allegedly about to burst forth, and even if ‘it’ fails to deliver then this album has the verve to lift the clouds and let the rays shine to light up up your mood.

Following on a trio of very successful tours of the UK and Ireland, the band have developed there music style to include a veritable selection box of material, including ragtime, country, mambo and a good old croon, alongside the weather there’s a bunch of more topical issues including coffee, HS2, arcade gambling and rogue landlords. The Newcastle-upon-Tyne band will be taking their self coined “North Eastern Swing” on a jaunt across the UK including a host of festival dates June through to September and into Euroland later in the year.

The album is out on the 7th of July and available on CD, vinyl & download, here’s your teaser track Junk on the Radio

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra - (2014 - b&w #2- Spurious Nonsense Art Photography)

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Fri 6 Newcastle upon Tyne Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop
Fri 13 Hartley Wintney, Hants. Hartley Wintney Cricket Club
Fri 27 Cardiff The Moon Club GLASNOST FESTIVAL
Sun 29 Newcastle upon Tyne Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop,
Fri 11 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny Album Launch
Fri 18 Retford, Notts. St. John’s Hall
Mon 21 Cardiff St. David’s Hall WELSH PROMS
Mon 21 Liverpool The Caledonia,
Tues 22 Edinburgh Venue TBC,
Fri 25 Châteauneuf-du-Faou, France FEST JAZZ
Mon 28 Worth Matravers, nr. Swanage The Square & Compass
Fri 8 London Green Note
Sat 9 Charlbury,WILDERNESS FESTIVAL, Cornbury Park
Sun 10 Winchester BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl
Mon 11 Broadstairs, Kent The Pavilion,
Fri 15 Scholar Green, Cheshire JUST SO FESTIVAL
Fri 5 London The Harrison Bar, King’s Cross
Sun 7 Downend, Isle of Wight BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park
Fri 26 Preston Ashlar House, Swingaroo Vintage Dancehall

Nels Andrew – UK Tour Dates 2014


Nels Andrew who’s excellent album Scrimshaw appeared on Beat Surrender back in 2012, and was one of my personal favourites that year, is touring in the UK during May and June.

Nels Andrews has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs, and singing them all over the globe, sharing them around campfires, coffee shops, clubs, festivals, and living room floors. Modern Folk.

Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2’s legendary DJ Bob Harris (The Old Grey Whistle Test) recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the Top 5 of the year in the Americana UK charts, as well as KRO Dutch National Radio, Alt-Country NL, Ctrl Alt Country (Belgium), and the Euro Americana Chart. Nels’ premiere album Sunday Shoes continued to find itself in Top Ten albums of the year lists, almost always as the only independent release. His second album, Off Track Betting, received similar critical acclaim, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and national television broadcast from the legendary Bim Huis in Amsterdam.

Nels released Scrimshaw, his third studio album in 2012. Joining up once again with acclaimed producer Todd Sickafoose (Tiny Resistors, Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Yoko Ono), Scrimshaw features his touring band Jonathan Goldberger (Tiny Resistors) and Brandon Seabrook (Peter Evans, Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn) and wildly talented friends from all over the country. The record was recorded overlooking the Naval Yards in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and tells stories culled from a time off the road, working as a chauffer in Manhattan and watching his infant son grow into a toddler in his Brooklyn apartment.

Nels has shared stages across the US and Europe with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dick Gaughan, Slaid Cleaves, and The Tallest Man on Earth, and twice on the main stage at Holland’s TakeRoot Festival, The Big Big Country Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and The Orange/Vodaphone Evolution Festival in Newcastle, England.

Tue 20 Glasgow, The Admiral Bar
Wed 21 Inverness, Ig:LU
Fri 23 Belper, Derbyshire, Belper Rugby Club
Sat 24 High Wycombe, Private House Concert
Sun 25 London, Green Note
Wed 28 Plymouth, The B-Bar
Thu 29 Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
Fri 30 Newport,Pembs, Llys Meddig Restaurant
Sat 31 Nottingham, The Guitar Bar at Hotel Deux
Sun 1 Saltaire,nr. Shipley,The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club
Mon 2 Formby, Grateful Fred’s at The Cafe D’Art


Sound & Vision – Hatful of Rain

Old sound / new vision from Hatful of Rain

These Streets is the first single from the bands upcoming album The Morning Key, which is set for release on Union Music Store on the 26th of May, the single is available now at iTunes.

UK Dates 2014
3rd May Magnificent Motors Festival, Eastbourne
6th May Dartford Folk Club, Dartford, DA1 2AU
6/7th June Southwell Folk Festival, Nottinghamshire
7th June Wychwood Folk Club, Oxfordshire
8th June Reading University, Reading
10th June The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham
11th June The Musician, Leicester
12th June Garstang Unplugged, Lancashire
13th June The Chattery, Swansea
14th June The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
15th June Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury
21st June Chichester Festival, Chichester, West Sussex
28th June Union Music Store, Lewes (In Store)
30th June Queens Head, Islington, London – times etc tbc
25th July The Berry, Deal, Kent – details tbc
15-17th August Folk East Festival – Glenham Hall, Suffolk
507th Sept Gower Bluegrass Festival, Park Mill, Gower Peninsular
11th Oct Lewes Con Club, Lewes, East Sussex
10th Nov Croydon Folk Club, Croydon, Surrey
5th Dec Ram Folk Club, Kingston Upon Thames

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