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.
Awna Teixeira / Twitter / Facebook
I’ve always being a big fan of cover versions and when this album from a two artists well known to me for their other musical endeavours popped up on my Bandcamp feed I was clicking the buy button without hesitation, luckily for me the pre-order has turned up a few weeks earlier than expected and I’ve being able to revel in the ten interpretations over this last weekend, personally the mark of a great cover version is the way in which it opens up a familiar song giving the listener a different perspective and fresh appreciation – Walk Away, Walk Away manages to do achieve this over and over again.
There’s a lovely backstory to this collaboration that puts the album and the song choices into perspective;
“Our friendship is older than our adulthood; we were teenagers when we met.We’ve played on each-other’s records; hung out on tour; argued, advised and commiserated about books and politics – but never made music as a two.
We started searching out trad songs for an imagined folk duo, for an imagined gap in our schedules. We went so far as to dig around at Cecil Sharp House and pay daft money for an 1860s ballad collection in a Buxton antique shop. Quietly the idea pickled.
Then in Autumn 2013 for two months we travelled together on a tour bus, up and down the backbone of Britain, playing cards, running into service stations for chocolate at 4am while everyone slept. There we found something tangible to hang it on – a thread running through that meant we could grab songs from anywhere; not just an arbitrary folk repertoire.
The following Spring, one night we sat in Digger Barnes’ beautiful Hamburg apartment drinking his Venezuelan rum and it all fitted – we just had to get it on tape.
So we present WALK AWAY, WALK AWAY. Other people’s songs, old and new. Loyalty and loss. People coming apart. Wild spaces. Loneliness versus solitude.A long drive alone through a thunderstorm. And today’s nomadic life – hi tech, yet old fashioned.”
Alongside the the reimagined versions of songs from artists ranging from the Kaiser Chiefs to Joni Mitchell there is an original track from Gill Sandell too, for a detailed run down of the tracks there’s an excellent review by Helen Gregory over at Folk Radio, as well as vocals Gill contributes accordion, acoustic guitar, drums, flute, organ and piano parts with Chris playing guitar and piano, my personal highlights from the album are Cactus Tree (Joni Mitchell) and I Walk The Earth (Brad Nack), commended and highly recommended.
Gill Sandell / Chris TT
Love this track from This Is Kit the music project of the Paris based English singer-songwriter Kate Stables, the track is from Kate’s forthcoming album that’s due on the 6th of April on Brassland and was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, there’s a tour in March with Rozi Plain who also has a new album coming out on Lost Map later this month,
Tickets for UK / Eire dates.
Tue Mar 03 Bristol
Wed Mar 04 100 Club, London
Thu Mar 05 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Fri Mar 06 The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Ireland
Sat Mar 07 The Hothouse, Morecambe
Sun Mar 08 The New Adelphi Club, Kingston upon Hull
Mon Mar 09 Glad Café, Glasgow,
Tue Mar 10 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Wed Mar 11 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
Thu Mar 12 The Green Door Store, Brighton
I’m still playing catch up with a number of albums released last year and have had to take a rather ruthless approach with press releases and music submissions in order to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff, not ideal but unfortunately necessary, one album that wasn’t a victim of the inbox cull and easily passed quality control was North Star, a rather delightful album of Gaelic-Americana from Kyle Carey who’s previous album Monongah I really enjoyed, North Star was recorded and released with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign late last year and available from the artists website.
There’s much to like on this album which gracefully tracks and traces its heritage with a verve and understanding that reveals the artists deep reverence for the genre, indeed it’s no surprise to discover that Kyle, once a full-time waitress in New York upped sticks and travelled to Cape Breton in Canada to take up a Fulbright Fellowship studying Scots Gaelic then moved to the Isle of Skye to study gaelic song and music.
The album features nine original songs, two songs in Scots Gaelic and a rather nice cover of Kate Wolf’s Across the Great Divide.
Across the Great Divide
Endearing and enduring folk – highly recommended.