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MAR 5 THU The Anchyra Arts Club Perth
MAR 6 FRI The Admiral Bar Glasgow
MAR 7 SAT WBBC Country 2 Country Music Festival
MAR 8 SUN Chapel Arts Centre Bath
MAR 9 MON The Greys Brighton,
MAR 10 TUE The New Twang Club Shrewsbury
MAR 11 WED The Forge Basingstoke
MAR 12 THU The Green Note London
MAR 13 FRI The Institute Kelvedon
MAR 15 SUN The Live Room at Caroline Social Club Shipley
MAR 19 THU Musemix at Soc. Engels The Hague, Netherlands
MAR 21 SAT In The Woods Lage-Vuursche, Netherlandss
MAR 24 TUE De Schalm Westwoud, Netherlands
Mary Caroline’s new album Life on Earth clocks in at a svelte twenty five minutes and features eight self-penned tunes, the Canadian singer-songwriter lives in a remote trapper’s cabin, 600km from the town of Yellowknife in the Northern Territories where her day job involves working on an Animal Planet/Discovery show Ice Lake Rebels.
The recording was made during the summer in Hamilton Ontario’s converted church studio Catherine North, and supported with funding from regional art grants earned from FACTOR and NWT Arts Council, when not working the day job or recording Mary is out on the road across Canada and has played numerous festivals and also supports local projects, paying back the grants in-kind by bringing her music to children in the remote communities of the Northern Territories and organising the Tseko Celebration of Women in Music in Yellowknife.
I asked Mary about the background to a few of the songs on the album and she was happy to oblige.
“I wrote Life on Earth sort of abstractly thinking about what might go on a recording sent into space about life on earth, but not some romantic interpretation of it, but more what is left as we grow into adults and loose the idealism of our youth. But than I set it to a kind of peppy simple guitar riff for a sense of irony.
Songs of Winter I wrote while in Yellowknife. Its a song about falling in love in the dead of winter, but its just so dam cold out that you can’t really do anything about it, so you just bundle up in your cabin and wait for the frost to come off the window and the wood pile to shrink, and spring to come so you can pursue your love.
Full Moon is also a song full of northern imagery. I was hired to do a youth music workshop in a remote First Nations community in early November. We had to cross the liard river by foot, because the ice wasn’t thick enough to drive on. In fact there were still spots on the river where steam was coming up from the open water. Then on the way back at night we had to bring a riffle because there were wolves hunting in the area. It was such an intense experience that I wrote a song rooted in the events of that day.”
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
Teaser track from Misty’s new EP Sweet Nothing which is out on
Relentless Records next month, and a rather nice stripped down video version to go with it.
Sat 21st Feb – Scholar Bar, Leicester
Sun 22nd Feb – The Golden Fleece, Nottingham
Wed 25th Feb – Oporto, Leeds
Fri 27th Feb – Riverside, Sheffield
Sun 1st Mar – Gullivers, Manchester
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The death of Townes Van Zandt in 1997 at the age of only fifty-two robbed the world of a troubled genius as well as one of America’s finest singer-songwriters. Whilst never a ‘best seller’, his reputation and popularity has grown greater by the year, inspiring books, a documentary and renewed interest from the media, passionately loyal fans and contemporaries such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris, who covered his songs to the upper reaches of the American charts.
In 1974, Townes Van Zandt recorded what would have been his seventh album, Seven Come Eleven. Business issues prevented its release until the recordings surfaced two decades later as The Nashville Sessions. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of Van Zandt’s turbulent musical career, and launch of a major catalogue reissue programme, Charly has restored and re-mastered The Nashville Sessions to present a stunning document of the folk-blues mater at his absolute peak.
• Restored and digitally re-mastered from producer and manager Kevin Eggers’ original tapes
• Deluxe gatefold sleevepac features original Milton Glaser portrait cover and new artwork
• 12-page fully illustrated CD booklet
• Detailed sleeve notes by Uncut magazine journalist Rob Hughes
• Part of Charly Records Townes Van Zandt 50th anniversary reissue programme
• All original Poppy and Tomato albums recorded at the peak of Van Zandt’s career will be newly re-mastered, restored and lavishly repackaged
At My Window / Rex’s Blues / No Place To Fall / Buckskin Stallion Blues / White Freight Liner Blues / Snake Song / Loretta / Two Girls / Spider Song / When She Don’t Need Me / Pueblo Waltz / Upon My Soul