Category Archives: Folk

Sound & Vision – Ellie Ford






November 9th see’s the release of Ellie Ford’s single July, the first track to be taken from debut LP, The Other Sun. The single & album was recorded with Harvey Summers at Broadoak Studios earlier this year, and will be released in spring 2016 on Hidden Trail Records, the single launch show is 6th Nov at Marwoods in Brighton.

Download Ellie’s cover EP gratis at Bandcamp


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Ellie Ford / Facebook / Twitter / Hidden Trail Records

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – “Shapeless” + Nov 15 Euro Dates



From the album Cold Moon out now on Rusted Blue Records/Believe Recordings.



NOV 10 Brighton, GB Komedia, Brighton
NOV 11 London, GB Bush Hall
NOV 12 Canteleu, FR Espace Francois Mitterrand
NOV 13 Chelles, FR Les Cuizines
NOV 14 The Hague, NL Crossing Border Festival
NOV 15 Brussels, BE Botanique Orangerie
NOV 17 Caen, FR Big Band Cafe
NOV 18 Bordeaux, FR Rock School Barbey
NOV 19 Donostia-san Sebastián, ES Intxaurrondo K.E.
NOV 20 Madrid, ES El Sol
NOV 21 Barcelona, ES Festival Musique Sensibles
NOV 23 Aurillac, FR Theatre d’Aurillac
NOV 24 Paris, FR Theatre Des Bouffes Du Nord

Sound & Vision – Applewood Road





In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live to tape at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979.

The song’s nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album.

Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams.

The tapes were assembled at London’s most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Heaco lathe.

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Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.

Applewood Road / Facebook / Twitter

KATHRYN WILLIAMS – The Mind Has Its Own Place + Oct Tour Dates


Kathryn Williams releases a new single on 20th November. ‘The Mind Has Its Own Place’ taken from her hugely acclaimed ‘Hypoxia’ album – a collection of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

Says Kathryn of the song “This song was written for Dr. Nolan: She was the kind female doctor who seemed to care and show compassion to Esther. Previously to her Esther had had an arrogant self-serving male doctor who had performed electric shock treatment incorrectly. A trust forms between the characters and it is the gentle presence of Dr. Nolan that makes you believe a cure is possible.”

Kathryn has announced tour dates for October & November as below, including a number of co-headlines with The Magic Numbers Michelle Stodart* (who also performs in Kathryn’s band). Kathryn performs the album in full at Manchester Literary Festival, followed by a discussion about the project with The Observer’s Rachel Cooke. At the end of the run, Kathryn appears at the Barbican joining a band that includes Ed Harcourt, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds), Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Tom Herbert (Polar Bear) in tribute to Lee Hazlewood.

OCT 08 GLASGOW CCA
OCT 09 BELFAST THE BLACK BOX
OCT 10 DUBLIN THE WORKMANS CLUB
OCT 11 DUNDALK THE SPIRT STORE
OCT 16 ALDERLEY EDGE THE YARD
OCT 17 MANCHESTER HALLE ST PETERS MANCHESTER LITERARY FESTIVAL
OCT 21 COVENTY BIG COMFY BOOKSHOP
OCT 22 HEBDEN BRIDGE TRADES CLUB
OCT 25 LONDON BARBICAN “Love and Other Crimes: The Songs of Lee Hazlewood”

Kathryn Williams / Facebook / Twitter

 

Michael Rank And Stag – Horsehair

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Have featured all four of Michael Rank’s previous albums starting in 2012 on Beat Surrender and it’s a pleasure to write about his latest release Horsehair as the prolific songwriter continues to ride a rich vein of form – once again he has collaborated with a bunch of talented local musicians including John Teer (Chatham County Line on fiddle), John Howie Jr. (Two Dollar Pistols) and Nathan Golub (Mandolin Orange),  in-keeping with previous recent releases Rank partners with a female vocalist for the album to temper his own rough-hewn style and this time it’s Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah who’s contribution is central to the albums appeal providing the perfect foil for Rank’s compositions, at times it almost as if her voice is the thread that’s holding the songs together as the melancholy frays their edges and pulls at their seams. Highly recommended.

You can read a bit more about Michael’s music and creative process in a recent interview with IndyWeek here.

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Michael Rank & Stag / Facebook / Twitter

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