Ashley Noel Jones has spent her whole life singing other peoples songs, after owning a second hand guitar for about 10 years she finally decided to sit down and learn to play it, then came the songs and now after spending a few years playing them live in her current home of Brooklyn NY and around Manhattan Ashley has taken the next step and has raised funding through a successful IndieGoGo campaign to record and release her debut EP Les Reveries of Une Jeune Noire, here’s the background to the EP’s title in Ashley’s own words.
What a great album this is from St. Albans based trio Broken Boat, things kick-off with the wonderfully melodic title track with it’s self-affirming hook “And I’m alive” and a trumpet refrain the song is an instant ear-worm creating an immediate and positive impression on the listener before giving way to the restrained and reflective strains of the lap-steel tinged Pencil Memories which is a personal favourite, next up is Night Owls, lifting some of the lyrics from this track – “wax and wane” “ebb and flow” aptly describes how this album unravels to the listener stylistically – making use of the talents of multi-instrumentalist band members Brendan Kearney (guitar, banjo, lap-steel, electric and bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele) and Jess Hart (accordion, organ, piano, percussion bass guitar, glockenspiel and vocals) and bringing to live the songwriting skill of the bands lead-vocalist Daniel Bahrami who has written some wonderfully engaging vignettes.
Broken Boat was born in Plymouth as an acoustic folk pairing between Daniel and Brendan who built up a strong local following which grabbed the attention of several independent record labels leading to the release of their debut EP in 2012 Peace and Quiet which was picked up by the venerable Bob Harris for airplay on the BBC and the band were awarded track of the week by BBC Introducing team, the Small Defeats project started off as five songs originally home recorded for a demo but they worked so well capturing the sound and mood the band were looking for perfectly that they decided to record more tracks in the same manner and along with the help of Jerome Maree (drums, percussion, bass guitar, backing vocals) and Tim Winward on trumpet Small Defeats was created.
Highly recommended. Catch the band live over the summer if you can, the dates below are confirmed but check back to their website for additions.
Broken Boat – Pencil Memories
Wed 30 Norwich The Blueberry Music House
Thu 31 Poulton-le-Fylde The Old Town Hall, Gillespies Folk Club
Fri 1 Cardiff The Full Moon
Sat 2 Penryn, Cornwall Miss Peapod’s
Wed 6 Worth Matravers, nr. Swanage The Square & Compass
Thu 7 London Green Note
Sat 9 Winchester Boomtown Fair, Matterley Bowl
Mon 11 Bath The Bell
Thu 14 Bristol The Old Duke
Sat 16 Cheshire Just So Festival, Rode Hall Estate