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Pete Molinari- Theosophy / UK Dates

Pete Molinari - Theosophy

Release day for Pete’s fourth album Theosophy which is out on Cherry Red Records. The title is inspired by The Theosophical Society – an organisation formed in 1875 “to promote an understanding of the Esoteric Teachings” and whose interest spans science, mysticism, religion and the arts.

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UK Dates:
7th June – Red Rooster Festival, Euston
26th July – Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
9th September – The Lexington, London
13th September – The Maze, Nottingham
14th September – Louisiana, Bristol
15th September – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17th September – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
19th September -Sound Control, Manchester


Brigitte DeMeyer – Savannah Road

Brigitte DeMeyer - 'Savannah Road' - cover

Album number six from Brigitte DeMeyer see’s the singer-songwriter self producing her work for the first time fittingly as the majority of the album was recorded in her own home studio, Savannah Road is a pretty stripped back affair – the lyrics brought to life by Brigitte’s emotive vocal with acoustic steel and slide guitar creating the soundscape for the country blues numbers that were mostly written by her and collaborator – the go-to Americana guitar for hire Will Kimbrough, additional contributions include Brady Blade on drums, Jimmy Wallace on keys, Guthrie Trapp on guitar/mandolin and bassist Chris Donohue.

The title track inspired by Gregg Allman’s book My Cross to Bear a biography that touched and inspired Brigitte – the daughter of Belgian and German immigrants, she was born in the Midwest but spent her formative years in Southern California, then in 2010 she relocated to Nashville quickly building her place in the local musical community, she describes the album as ‘acoustic soul’ and it certainly has plenty of both with Brigitte’s gospel imbued vocals oozing southern charm.

Savannah Road by Brigitte DeMeyer

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Pete Molinari – Theosophy

Pete Molinari - Theosophy

Looking forward to June with the news that Pete Molinari’s new album ‘Theosophy’ will be released on Cherry Red Records on the 2nd – prior to this there is a limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusive Record Store Day single.

The new album features guest appearances by Dan Auerbach & Barrie Cadogan and includes production and mixes by Andrew Weatherall & Tchad Blake. You can pre-order the new album on CD now.

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Malcolm Holcombe · Ireland & UK Tour · April 2014


Beat Surrender favourite singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe is touring in the UK and Ireland in April in support of his 2012 album Down The River and at the same time he’ll also be previewing songs from his upcoming tenth album Pitiful Blues, which is scheduled for release on August 4.

Mon 7 Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Mick Murphy’s Bar
Wed 9 Magherafelt, Co. Derry, Bryson’s Bar
Thu 10 Belfast, The Errigle Inn
Fri 11 Dublin, Whelan’s
Sat 12 Crusheen, Co. Clare, The Highway Bar
Sun 13 Glasgow ,The Admiral
Tue 15 York ,The Basement
Wed 16 Saltaire, nr. Shipley, The Live Room
Thu 17 Plymouth ,The B-Bar
Fri 18 Winchester, The Railway
Sat 19 Barry, nr. Cardiff, West End Club
Sun 20 Basingstoke, Private House Concert
Mon 21 Bristol,The Alma Tavern & Theatre
Tue 22 Brighton, The Palmeira
Wed 23 London, Green Note

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What’s Kickin’ – Volume 5


The What’s Kickin’ series of CD’s reached number five last year and the quintet are all in my collection, they are wonderful representation of the music collectively called Americana and the eclectic compilations feature music performed by artists associated with the What’s Kickin’ club nights that have been at the forefront of the UK roots music scene in London for a number of years, the CD’s were produced to act as an companion to the live show that have now being re-established at The Crown in Leytonstone, not only are there some great tracks (often exclusives) from familiar and favorite artists but also some fantastic below-the-radar ones too which always get me digging around to find out more and invariably making a purchase or three.

The events themselves have established a reputation for hosting early gigs for a number of well-known acts including Pete Molinari, Damien Jurado, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Smoke Fairies, The Broken Family Band, John Murray and She Keeps Bees as well as a number of Beat Surrender favourites including The Lucky Strikes, Cusack, Leeroy Stagger, Redlands Palomino Co, Cam Penner, Old Lost John and Quiet Loner amongst others.

Volume 5 of the series has being re-launched to coincide with the return of What’s Cookin’ to the London music scene and acts as a great introduction to what you can expect at the live shows and will open-the-door to some great new music for the discerning listener.

1. Phillious Williams – Old Black Bell
2. Society – Fools End
3. Benjamin Folke Thomas – Another Day Of Being Lonesome (Another Day Of Being Blue)
03 Another Day Of Being Lonesome (Another Day Of Being Blue)
4. The Singing Adams – Brothers And Sisters
5. Treetop Flyers – Long Cold Winter
6. Hightown Crows – Stumbledown Stairs
7. Charlie Parr – Mastodon
8. Yngve & The Innocent – Pretending I Had Faith
9. Darrell Bath – Clinging On
10. The Nightingales – Ghost
11. Molly’s Daggers – Turn To Stone
11 Molly’s Daggers
12. Cowbell – All In Good Time
13. Lucas Renney – She Gives Me The Chills
14. Ian Thomas – Before The Sun Goes Down
15. The Whispering Pines – The Branches!
16. Lowlands – Gotta Be (Something Out There)
17. Otis Gibbs – Cross Country
18. The Lucky Strikes – Blood On The Estuary
19. Los Chicos – What’s Cookin’

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Session Americana – UK Tour


Featured a great album from Laura Cortese on Beat Surrender a little while back and I’m very pleased to see that she’s touring the UK as part of the Session Americana collective, check out the dates below – here’s a taster for you.

For those of you who saw Jeffrey Foucault earlier this year you will have remembered the wonderful Ry Cavanaugh who accompanied him on those shows. Ry’s charm and wit, not to mention endless supply of great songs (both his and other people’s) was there for everyone to see and provided a real different approach to the standard singer-songwriter live show. We are therefore delighted to announce that Cavanaugh is back in the UK and Ireland at the end of September with his truly special musical collective, Session Americana, who also feature the incredible talents on Jefferson Hamer, Laura Cortese, Billy Beard, Dinty Child and Kimon Kirk amongst a revolving cast.

Session Americana are a band/collective from Boston (USA) that thrive on spontaneity and relish the live arena. The format of the show is roughly based on the traditional Irish Session and the band carries its own microphone adapted table, a suitcase drum kit and an assortment of quirky instruments. The repertoire is primarily based around original material by all the band’s writers and singers, but the group blends in songs from across the spectrum of pop music from American Country to Irish Folk to straight Pop – It is not a “hay-bale and suspenders” group and the sound, though rooted very deeply in Americana, is artful and contemporary. Session Americana’s latest album, “Love and Dirt” is being released by Continental Records Services on October 1st after already garnering amazing reviews in the US where the band have developed both a loyal and hugely supportive fan base. The Boston Globe says “(Love and Dirt is) a contemplative soul searcher boasting a contemporary edge cut with rustic twang; Session Americana comes up with some gems, full of folk’s honesty and rock’s urgency.” Boston Business Journal named “Love and Dirt” one of Boston’s top 40 pop/rock albums ever.”

October 1st – The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, England
2 October – Press Day, London, England
3 October – The Green Note, London, England
4 October – Band on the Wall, Manchester, England
5 October – The Guitar Bar, Nottingham, England
6 October – Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar, Scotland (Afternoon show)
6 October – Candlelit Concert, Peebles, Scotland (Evening)
8 October – Douglas Studio, Edinburgh, Scotland
9 October – Red Room, Cookstown, Northern Ireland
10 October – Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
11 October – Wexford Arts Center, Wexford, Ireland
12 October – Monroe’s, Galway, Ireland
13 October – Dolans, Limerick, Ireland

Benjamin Folke Thomas – Too Close to Here

Benjamin Folke Thomas Too Close To Here

Swedish singer-songwriter Benjamin Folke Thomas re-located from his Stockholm home to London in 2008 and quickly established himself on the live folk scene in the capital which led to the release of his debut self-titled EP on Bucket Full of Brains in 2010, having appeared at several high-profile festivals including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, No Direction Home and Green Man he garnered the support of music charity Strummerville who aided the release of a ‘showcase’ live album Equinox – Live at the Hawley Arms the prelude to his debut full length studio release Too Close To Here which is to be released Sept 23rd on Bucket Full of Brains.

The album opens with the track Someday that has an immediate familiarity and the guitar work had me looking at the album credits for a mention of Mark Knopfler – there are tinges of post Dire Straits Knopfler elsewhere on the album but they are diluted and the album is awash with a wider range of influences but tempers the pitfalls of imitation with bags of originality, fluidity and quality writing.

Thomas’ vocal timbre sounds far more seasoned than his years and indeed the album has a watermark of quality that suggests a veteran operator at work the songs are beautifully constructed and produced – particularly the trio of tracks that occupy positions 4,5 and 6 on the album which are standout for me, one can only help that Thomas gets the wider recognition his work deserves.

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