Old Postcard the latest album from Amelia White and was recorded and released with the help of a successful fan funded venture through Kickstarter
Now based in East Nashville Amelia’s musical journey has not being an easy one, at the age of eighteen she left home in pursuit of her dreams and to escape the pressure and expectations of her parents with whom she had a fractious relationship, “I was the youngest child,” she says. “And the much awaited first girl, but being artistic, gay and strong-willed was not what they had planned on. I found myself retreating into songs, stories and drawings, and realised I had to get out of there.”
Amelia made her way to Boston carrying with her a 1968 Martin D-18 she still uses to this day, an instrument she had saved up her allowance to buy and has owned from the age of ten, a guitar her elder brother had brought home with him during his service in the Navy, Amelia settled quickly into her new home, playing clubs and busking the subways in a thriving folk scene from which Mary Gauthier and Lori McKenna emerged, she formed an ‘arty’ rock band that picked up a Boston Music award and continued ti write, play and tour before finding the funds to record her debut album.
Arriving in Nashville twelve years past Amelia continued to record and play finding inspiration amongst “friends, outcasts,lovers and many musical partners” leading to her playing outside of the US on the Euro circuit and sharing the stage with some of her heroes including Rosie Flores, Asleep At The Wheel, Slaid Cleaves and Tim O’Brien.
Of late Amelia’s relationship with her parents has mellowed, with age and time for reflection bridges have being built, Amelia’s experiences good and bad reflecting in her writing, providing the inspiration and impetuous for her latest album Old Postcard a fine collection of well executed folk rock songs from an artist with a story to tell.
Canada has an impressive track record when it comes to female roots bands and the Vancouver Island based trio Sweet Lowdown continue that tradition admirably, with a solid touring background in their homeland and the US over the past couple of years they are now bringing their talents to the UK with a tour running from mid-April to, appropriately, May which is the title of the bands second studio release behind which they are touring, the twelve track release features ten original compositions and two traditional songs and follow on from their eponymous release in 2011.
The Sweet Lowdown – Please Take Me Home
All three band members contribute vocally and when they put their voices together the harmonies have a seamless purity that’s captivating and when combined with the trios adept playing the whole package is executed very nicely indeed, personally the fiddle playing was the stand-out for me though all the contributions are impressive, the The Sweet Lowdown are Amanda Blied (guitar), Shanti Bremer (banjo) and Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle) and you can catch them in the UK at one of these fine venues.
The Sweet Lowdown – Big Wave
Wednesday 16 Sarratt, Herts. The Cock Inn
Thursday 17 London Green Note, Camden
Friday 18 Chagford, Devon Ring O’ Bells
Saturday 19 Calstock, Cornwall The Old Chapel
Sunday 20 Bath The Bell NB. Lunchtime Show
Sunday 20 Bristol Kingsdown Wine Vaults
Monday 21 Worth Matravers, nr. Swanage The Square & Compass
Tuesday 22 Birmingham Kitchen Garden Café
Wednesday 23 Towersey, Oxfordshire The Three Horseshoes
Thursday 24 Winchester The Railway
Friday 25 Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SpArC Theatre
Saturday 26 Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway The Buccleuch Centre
Sunday 27 Stranraer The Grapes
Monday 28 Liverpool The Caledonia
Tuesday 29 Nottingham Malt Cross
Wednesday 30 Menai Bridge, Anglesey The Victoria Hotel
Thursday 1 Newcastle The Cluny 2
Friday 2 Wath-Upon-Dearne, South Yorks. Wath Festival
Dar Williams returns to the UK to play ten shows in March 2014, including a local one in Shropshire at Henry Tudor House on the 6th.
TUESDAY 4TH: BRIGHTON KOMEDIA (STUDIO)
WEDNESDAY 5th: LONDON BUSH HALL THEATRE
THURSDAY 6th: SHREWSBURY HENRY TUDOR HOUSE
FRIDAY 7th: LIVERPOOL THE RODEWALD SUITE AT THE PHILHARMONIC HALL
SUNDAY 9th SHEFFIELD THE GREYSTONE
MONDAY 10th: YORK FIBBERS
WEDNESDAY 12Th: MANCHESTER THE RUBY LOUNGE
THURSDAY 13th: EDINBURGH THE VOODOO ROOMS
FRIDAY 14th: GLASGOW CCA