Mighy Mekon, songwriter, artist, and poet Jon Langford is back with his band Skull Orchard, they have a new 7″ titled Days & Nights lined up for Record Store Day on April 19th and their album Here Be Monsters is released on April 1st, in the interim you can get your hands on a Free EP from Noisetrade that includes demo tracks from both releases and the studio version of the first single from Here Be Monsters, Mars.
Jon on Drone Warfare, Alternative Astronomy and Honky Tonk at Vice
US Tour Dates:
3/13: Austin, TX – Gingerman (SXSW)
3/15: Austin, TX – Yard Dog Gallery (SXSW)
3/21: Madison, WI – Kiki’s House of Righteous Music
3/22: Carbondale, IL – The Old Feedstore
3/23: Chicago, IL – The Hideout (Hometown Record Release Party)
4/3: Cambridge, MA – Atwoods Tavern
4/4: Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House
4/5: Rehoboth Beach, DE – Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats
4/6: Arlington, VA – IOTA Club & Cafe
4/7: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
4/8: Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird
4/9: Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
4/14: Berwyn, IL – FitzGerald’s w/ Dave Alvin
4/15-17: Chicago, IL to Portland, OR – Roots on the Rails Train Trip w/ Dave Alvin
4/18: Portland, OR – White Eagle co-headline w/ David Olney
4/19: Seattle, WA – The Stables
4/20: Vashon Island, WA – Free Acoustic show with Art at The Cone Gallery
4/21: Port Townshend, WA – The Cellar Door
5/1: New Orleans, LA – Free show at Le Mieux Gallery, Julia Street
5/17: Portland, ME – Last Church on the Left
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David Berkeley is touring in Europe and the UK this summer as part of the The New American Troubadours Tour with Peter Bradley Adams and Robby Hecht which culminates with an appearance at the Maverick Festival (though more dates are to be announced as I write) and includes a local show at Henry Tudor House. Originaly from New Jersey the singer-songwriter has spent the last decade living in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Berkeley and Corsica before arriving with his wife and two young sons in Santa Fe, the new environment providing some of the creative inspiration for his current album – which is released in the UK on March 17th. The Fire in My Head is Berkeley’s fifth studio album and was recorded recorded in two days at The Kitchen Sink recording studio in the Sangre de Christo mountains just north of Santa Fe, the songs were performed live by Berkeley (vocals, guitar, percussion and bass) with studio support from Bill Titus (guitar, keys, organ, drums) and Jordan Katz (trumpet and banjo), the resulting album is presents a thoughtful collection of songs with a suffused melancholia running through the themes that see Berkeley explore the human condition, mortality and the resilience and redemptive powers of love.
One of the albums highlights is Shelter, a track written by Berkeley at the request of New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben which he has been using for the international promotional campaign for his book, saving the best to last though is my pick of tracks the closing number Song for the Road.
Berkeley has toured extensively in the US and overseas and supported luminaries including the all conquering Adele and Mumford and Sons, as well as Don McLean, Ray LaMontagne, Billy Bragg, Nickel Creek and Rhett Miller, the album is available on vinyl too – direct from the man himself with a more than reasonable UK shipping charge.
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
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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
Jason Isbell is in the UK for a short series of dates in May.
If you’re not acquainted with his album Southeastern yet then waste not a moment more.
17th Glasgow, Oran Mor
19th Newcastle, The Cluny
20th Leeds, The Brudenell
21st Manchester, Gorilla
22nd The Electric Ballroom, London
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