Category Archives: Americana

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Forthcoming live dates


Hurray for the Riff Raff have announced a string of low-key UK shows in January. The short tour will include the band’s first London show since 2014 and a hop across the channel to play the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

January 2017
Weds 18th London, Sebright Arms *SOLD OUT*
Thurs 19th Newcastle, Cluny 2
Fri 20th Glasgow, Celtic Connections at Drygate
Sat 21st Bristol, The Lantern
Tues 24th Amsterdam, Paradiso Upstairs

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Fuzz Queen – Zenia I


Brand new from FuzzQueen, part one of XENIA is available now at Bandcamp, please pay for it if you can in the spirit of the album title and because the music has real value.

XENIA, from the Greek meaning :

Generosity shown to those who are far from home. Kindness to the stranger.

FuzzQueen’s timely debut EP weaves threads of fear of the other, isolation, and yearning for connection into a dramatic and compelling set of songs. Kicking off with an intro that touches on the futility of gun violence, through graceful sonic key changes, the EP launches forth into a vintage 70’s prayer for guidance from a lone traveler, a mythological story of estranged brothers, and finally the epic psychedelic finale, “Younger Men”, a look at disintegrating relationships through the lens of jaded aging and decades lost to war. The moments of hopeful and beautiful harmony gleaming through heavy topics that become more pressing each day, make Xenia an EP to visit again and again. The threads will be tied together in Xenia II, scheduled to be released in spring of 2017. 

I had a Q&A with FuzzQueen back in August ahead of the release of the bands debut EP,  if you missed it you can catch up here.

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Courtney Marie Andrews – Put The Fire Out

Don’t miss Courtney opening for The Handsome Family on the following UK dates:
21 Feb – NORWICH, Arts Centre
23 Feb – GLASGOW, St Luke’s
24 Feb – EDINBURGH, The Caves
25 Feb – GATESHEAD, Sage 2
27 Feb – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
28 Feb – BRISTOL, St George’s
2 Mar – LONDON, Union Chapel
3 Mar – BRIGHTON, Concorde 2

“How Quickly Your Heart Mends” is out 20th January on Loose and available to pre-order now on 180g turquoise vinyl, CD & download.

Courtney Marie Andrews / Facebook / Twitter

Sarah MacDougall & Ben Kunder – UK & Ireland Tour Dates

Canada-based, Swedish-born singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall is justifiably recognized for her honest poetic songs, passionate performances and distinctive voice.  Garnering increasingly widespread international acclaim, Sarah MacDougall, a Western Canadian Music Award winning artist (Roots Solo Recording of the Year 2012 for The Greatest Ones Alive), was described by Rootstime in Belgium as “one of the greatest talents of this era”, and by Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden as “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.

Since the release of the award-winning The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has toured Canada and Europe extensively, while stealing as much time as possible between tours to write and demo new material. Last winter, she hunkered down under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse and put the final touches to her latest opus, the sonically rich album Grand Canyon.

Co-produced by Sarah and Caleb Stull (Field Study), Grand Canyon steps further beyond her previous folk and roots influences, flirting with sounds more reminiscent of The Postal Service or Kate Bush, and while Grand Canyon retains Sarah’s acoustic guitar, this time around she’s infused the arrangements with heavier drums, richly textured strings, synthesizers and keyboards.

The songs are about identity, love, fear, hope, growing up, rootlessness and forgiveness. They are written from the point of view of the hopeful outsider, trying to figure out their place and make sense of the world. Grand Canyon finds Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries, musically and sonically, and with the album having earned another WCMA nomination the future looks destined to gain Sarah even further recognition.

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Part-time carpenter and sometime actor, Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder has spent years honing his craft to become a full time musician, venturing closer to making this a reality with the release of his debut solo LP Golden. With his powerful voice at its heart, Ben imbues his nine stunning original songs with indelible melodies, delivering an album of lush expansive Canadiana.

Ben has been writing and producing his music independently for over seven years and following a chance meeting with John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle), the pair hunkered down to co-produce Golden, with a number of Canada’s finest musicians joining Ben for the album, including Brian Murphy (Alvvays) on guitar/piano/Wurlitzer, Rich Knox (Dustin Bentall, Danko Jones) on drums/vocals, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon) on bass/vocals, and Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel.

Ben has lived all across the beautiful country of Canada, from his solar powered cabin on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, where he spent his days chopping wood and chasing deer from the garden, to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, working at the Confederation Centre for the Arts, and now Ben is back to where he started his journey, in his hometown of Toronto.

Ben Kunder / Twitter / Facebook

Ireland & UK Tour
Sat 19 Roscommon, J.J. Harlow’s
Sun 20 Ballydehob, Co. Cork, Levis Corner House
Wed 23 Glasgow, Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club
Thu 24 Derby,The Maypole Theatre
Fri 25 Edinburgh, The Bluebird Cafe
Sat 26 York , House Concerts York
Sun 27 Clare, Suffolk, The Cock Inn
Mon 28 Norwich, The Bicycle Shop
Tue 29 Bedford,44 Harpur Street
Wed 30 London, Green Note
Thu 1 Colyford, Devon, The Wheelwright Inn
Sat 3 Tegryn, Pembrokeshire, Canolfan Clydau

Joana Serrat – Cloudy Heart feat. Neil Halstead (Video + Tour Info)

Spanish songstress Joana Serrat has revealed her new video for ‘Cloudy Heart’, directed by MANSON. The song, taken from Joana’s 2016 album Cross The Verge, is a shimmering pop-like duet with Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) and also features The Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner on guitar. Describing the inspiration behind the video, Joana explains:

“We wanted to capture the contrast of the song’s lyrics by matching them with the dark and the light in the video. I like the fact that we also shot some of it on the beach (it’s actually a really cool detail that links me to Neil [Halstead]’s home) and it’s beautiful the idea of singing to someone that you can’t see but you can feel. I love all the superimposed images that represent the chaos and doubts of the multiple people we can become when nothing’s clear. I love that dusky Lynch road. The heart’s paths are not clear and easy.”

09 Feb – AMSTERDAM, Bitterzoet (NL)*
10 Feb – HAMBURG, Knust (DE)*
11 Feb – BERLIN, Privat Club (DE)*
12 Feb – MUNICH, Ampere (DE)*
13 Feb – COLOGNE, Blue Shell (DE)*
15 Feb – BRUSSELS, Botanique (BE)*
16 Feb – PARIS, Divan Du Monde (FR)*
17 Feb – BREDA, Mezz (NL)
18 Feb – AMSTERDAM, Helemaal Melkweg (NL)
19 Feb – EINDHOVEN, Wilhelmina (NL)
10-19 Mar – AUSTIN, SXSW (US)
*with The Handsome Family

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Sound & Vision – Cale Tyson + UK Full Band Shows in November

Tyson, who released his debut full-length album, Careless Soul, on Clubhouse Records will be joined by a full band for what promises to be his third UK tour. The album, recorded at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was greeted with universal praise upon release. Mojo Magazine called Tyson “A Hank Williams for today”, The Observer heralded “A traditionalist for the future”, whilst Bob Harris – a huge supporter of Cale from day one – championed “This year’s major breakthrough act” at the AMA UK Awards show in London.

Tyson will be joined on the tour by label mates Erin Rae And The Meanwhiles.

November 2016
6th Borderline, LONDON
7th The Railway. WINCHESTER
8th Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS
10th Voodoo Rooms, EDINBURGH
12th Golf Club, STORNOWAY
14th The Blue Lamp, ABERDEEN

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