Category Archives: Singer-Songwriter

Emily Barker – The Toerag Session

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A Beat Surrender favourite Emily Barker has a new solo acoustic recording out later this year with funding through Pledge music, there’s a nice selection of choices including vinyl, for which I have of course already got my order in, for more info on the project and details of goodies click here.

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March tour dates with Red Clay Halo collaborator Gill Sandell.


Emily Barker / Facebook / Twitter

Sound & Vision – Sharon Van Etten ‘I Don’t Want to Let You Down’ + Euro Dates

Euro Dates
Thu. April 16 – Liege, BE @ The Reflektor
Fri. April 17 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique – Orangerie
Sat. April 18 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal
Sun. April 19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord (Tolhuistuin)
Tue. April 21 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Thu. April 23 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
Sat. April 25 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club SOLD OUT
Sun. April 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Mon. April 27 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage
Wed. April 29 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Sharon van Etten / Facebook / Twitter

Nat Johnson – Neighbour Of The Year

Sheffield singer-songwriter Nat Johnson has released her debut album, well mini-album or EP is more accurate as the recording is but seven tracks long, seven tracks of the highest quality – writing, playing and production coming together to create a rather wonderful offering of understated melodic melancholia.

Sometimes albums seem to perfectly to their release dates, from a purely personally perspective this one fits that modus operandi dropping into that transitional time, as the days ebb towards the winter solstice my thoughts and feelings err towards introspection and this is the kind of album that I can happily spend the evening with in thoughtful contemplation, the words and music encouraging the process, definitely Nat’s best work to date and highly recommended – take a trip over to the Mouth Magazine to hear all about the album in Nat’s own words.

You can get the album digitally through Bandcamp and on CD – though I’d recommended you pick up a copy of the limited edition 10″ clear vinyl of course – available from Cargo, Norman and Piccadilly.

Nat Johnson / Facebook / Twitter

Jan 29th Manchester, Takk
Jan 30th Nottingham, Lee Rosy’s Tea Shop
Feb 3rd Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe
Feb 4th Cardiff, Gwdihw
Feb 5th London, The Finsbury
Feb 6th Sheffield, The Greystones



Annie Keating – Make Believing (competition)

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Annie Keating will release her latest album Make Believing in mid-January, as a fan of Annie’s own brand of Americana for a number of years I signed-up for the Pledge pre-order some time ago and have being enjoying the recording for a few weeks now and thought it time I shared a few thoughts about the release with you.

Make Believing is album number six for Annie who’s body of work has grown stronger with each release and the latest collection of eleven original songs showcases her ability to craft songs of depth and beauty with a timeless element that flow so easily into the sub-conscious, planting thoughts and feelings that stay with the listener – perhaps exemplified by the albums closing track and arguably best one If You Want To Fly .

Primarily an acoustic one the album was recorded at Atomic Sound a studio housed in a Fire House in Red Hook, Brooklyn located just a few miles away from Annie’s home. The larger part of the album was recorded over a long weekend with support from Trina Hamlin (harmonica, vocals & percussion), Chris Tarrow (guitars & pedal steel), Chris Benelli (drums) and Jason Mercer (bass & banjo), then completed with a short studio session featuring guests the Abrams Brothers adding some extra roots to the mix with mandolin / fiddle, and Matt Keating playing organ / piano on a trio of tracks to complete the album.

I have an extra copy of the album on CD in my possession that I’d like to give away to a lucky reader, for a chance to win drop up an email using this link and answer this question – name the iconic location featured in the albums cover artwork, will keep it open for a couple of weeks and mail out the winning entry selected at random and get it to you in time (hopefully) for Christmas – competition only open to UK / Europe entries – apologies to the ROW.

Annie Keating / Facebook / Twitter