Multi-instrumentalist / singer Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Appalachian ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle are touring in the UK this month in support of their recently released self-titled second album, the recording is an inspiring collection and interpretation of sixteen traditional songs (available now from Free Dirt Records), recorded with a deep deference to the past but not wholly shackled by the need for pure authenticity the minimal arrangements focus the listener to the stories and intimate nuances between instrument and vocal.
“Each song has a story,” says Elizabeth LaPrelle of Anna & Elizabeth. “Sometimes it’s right there in the words. Sometimes it’s in who we heard it from and how they learned it. That story, the story of why the songs endure, feels important for us to tell.
Anna & Elizabeth – Little Black Train
By coincidence I have recently finished reading an excellent book (more on that in the future) that had a chapter on the field recording exploits of the John and Alan Lomax and whilst listening to this album it drove home the importance of the work they carried out in preserving the music of the past for future generations to enjoy, learn from and reinterpret, whilst doing some research for media to use with this post I came across a recent article about the Lomax recordings celebrating the centennial year of the folklorist Alan and connecting Anna & Elizabeth – you can read it here at the Huffington Post.
Thu 7 Guildford, Music Institute Folk Club,
Fri 8 London, Musical Traditions Club
Sat 9 Orwell Bluegrass Festival
Sun 10 Dorset, Square & Compass Pub
Mon 11 Todmorden, The Golden Lion
Tue 12 Liverpool, The Caledonia
Wed 13 Sheffield, Upstairs at The Shakespeare
Thu 14 Newcastle, Upstairs at the Bridge Hotel
Fri-Sat 15-16 Fife, Scotland, Fife Traditional Singing Weekend
Sun 17 Stockton on Tees, The Waiting Room
Mon 18 Edinburgh w/Foghorn Stringband, The Traverse
Tue 19 London, The Green Note
Wed 20 Kent, The Bowerhouse
Cuckoo is the first teaser track from Kathryn Williams new album Hypoxia a collection of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and it’s set for release via One Little Indian on the 15th of June, Kathryn has a series of tour dates lined up either side of the release. Cuckoo was co-written with Ed Harcourt who handled the production on the forthcoming release.
“This song is from the point of Esther’s mother (in The Bell Jar). Seeing a child go through what Esther goes through – the dread, the alienation. I find this hard to listen to. I admired Plath’s unnerving stare – it is this precise reason I have been so visceral with some of my lyrics.”
Wed 20th May JW3, London
Wed 10th June Leaf, Liverpool
Thu 11th June Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
Wed 17th June The Black Swan, York
Thu 18th June The Burgess Foundation, Manchester
Fri 19th June The Victoria Theatre (Green Room), Halifax
Sun 21st June The Voodoo Rooms (Speakeasy Bar), Edinburgh
Wed 1st July The Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
Thu 2nd July Octagon Chapel, Norwich
Fri 3rd July Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Sat 4th July The Folk House, Bristol
Wed 8th July The Green Note, London
Thur 9th July Cluny 2, Newcastle upon Tyne
From Jenny’s forthcoming debut album Northern Folk which is out on April the 27th via Beating Drum on DL, CD and Vinyl. Heartily recommend the Stockholm singer-songwriters debut EP which featured on Beat Surrender last year.
Bit late posting this, but Awna has a few dates lined up in the UK next week in support of her second solo album, Wild One is a self released recording by the former Po’ Girl singer and multi-instrumentalist which was fan-funded from a successful Kickstarter campaign and follows the excellent Where The Darkness Goes,.
Wild One features eleven new songs and Awna showing her impressive range of skills on guitars, bass, piano, banjo, ukulele, pump
organ, with help from Sly Juhas (drums & percussion), Ja Speed (electric guitar), Brian Kobayakawa (bass), Drew Lindsay (piano) and Suzie Ungerleider adding harmonies. The album is beautifully constructed, nuanced and I think best appreciated with headphones on.
Awna Teixeira – Yellow Moon
For the UK dates Awna will be accompanied by Ja Speed (guitar, banjo & backing vocals) and she will be donating partial proceeds of the tour to different mental health organizations in the countries she’s touring in to help raise mental health awareness, in the UK the Mental Health Foundation will benefit from her generosity, the tour has being named Blue Heart On Your Sleeve Tour, after a song from the album written for her grandmother’s life long struggle with mental illness, Awna will also be talking about these issues from stage and selling Blue Heart patches, 100% of the proceeds of which will also be donated.
Awna Teixeira – Blue Heart on Your Sleeve
Fri 20 The Queens pub, Barton-upon-Humber
Sat 21 Woodend Creative Gallery, Scarborough,
Sun 22 Ireby, Cumbria The Globe Hall
Weds 25 Hempstead, nr. Saffron Walden Hempstead Village Hall.
Thurs 26 Crawley The Hawth
Fri 27 Bristol St. George’s double bill with Kimmie Rhodes
Sat 28 Lewes The Elephant & Castle
Sun 29 London Green Note
Awna will also be a guest on Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday March 28.