Mary has featured a few times before on Beat Surrender and the vinyl release of her album Dream Life is in my personal collection, the good news for music lovers on the other side of the pond is the album has now had a formal release in the US on Highline Records.
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Ben Bebbington was a much loved Shrewsbury musician and poet who died following an unprovoked attack in September 2012. Alone in the Crowd is a song written by Ben and using Ben’s original vocal performance, has been brought to life for this single release.
All proceeds will go to The Shrewsbury Ark, a drop in centre in Shrewsbury, and to help raise awareness for the homeless.
Available to buy at iTunes.
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Here’s the first teaser track from the forthcoming Danny & The Champions Of The World! album, and what better way to announce the release that the title track. This will be album number 5 from the band and is out on Loose on the 1st of June with a tour kicking of the week after.
Tue June 09 – CAMBRIDGE Junction
Wed June 10 – BRISTOL Louisiana
Thu June 11 – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
Fri June 12 – READING South Street Arts Centre
Sat June 13 – OXFORD Bullingdon
Tue June 16 – COLCHESTER Arts Centre
Wed June 17 – NORWICH Waterfront Studio
Thu June 18 – WAKEFIELD Hop
Fri June 19 – PRESTON Continental
Sat June 20 – GLASGOW Broadcast
Sun June 21 – NOTTINGHAM Maze
Fri June 26 – BRIGHTON Bleach
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Calexico, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Barr Brothers and Sons Of Bill and a songwriting circle of Aiofe O’Donovan, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz are just some of the acts been announced to play Kilkenny Roots Festival this year. The festival, now in its eighteenth year and held across a number of venues in the city between 1st – 4th May has always attracted the cream of the roots scene and this year is proving to be no exception. Also on the bill Ryan Boldt head honcho of Canada’s Deep Dark Woods, who will be playing a solo set, rising traditional country singer-songwriter Cale Tyson, country-folk pairing Kacy and Clayton, and a rare Irish date for the acclaimed US songwriter Eef Barzelay. Irish band I Draw Slow head up the homegrown acts, whilst US band Daddy Long Legs will close the festival on the Monday night with their unique brand of primitive rock n roll.
As ever there will be a number of free gigs around town all weekend as part of the Kilkenny Roots heritage trail.
Tickets and general information can be found here.
Here’s a selection of what’s on offer.