Carter Sampson Announces Run Of April/May Dates In UK & Eire

Oklahoma’s Carter Sampson returns to the UK in April and May for a short run of dates that include two shows at the much-loved Kilkenny Roots Festival.

Sampson’s latest album ‘Wilder Side’ has been picking up wonderful reviews in the press and picking up plays on national radio. Bob Harris at Radio 2 described the album as ‘impeccable’, Maverick raved with a 5***** review, while she has picked up plays and sessions on BBC Ulster, BBC London, BBC Scotland, Resonance FM and all the major roots shows.

29th – Kilkenny Roots Festival
30th – Kilkenny Roots Festival
May 1st – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
May 3rd – The Admiral, Glasgow
May 5th – The Hut, Corby
May 6th – Little Rabbit Barn, Chelmsford (House Concert)
May 10th – The Musician, Leicest
May 11th – Union @The Con Club, Lewes
May 12th – The Forge, Anvil Arts Centre, Basingstoke
May 13th – Hoodoos, Croydon

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K. Anderson – Bitter Wind

A song about family and acceptance, Anderson wrote ‘Bitter Wind’ after a nostalgic trip with his parents to Blackpool, the seaside town they holidayed in during his childhood.

‘I came out when I was 12, and my parents never seemed to have an issue with it. But, during this trip, they wanted to introduce me to members of my family that I had never met, and they asked me to keep my sexuality a secret – to go back in the closet. A seemingly small request, but it threw up a lot of questions about their acceptance of who I am and who they may want me to be’.

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Neil McSweeny – A Coat Worth Wearing

A Coat Worth Wearing is the fourth release from singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney, the album marks a new approach and a departure from his previous work that I’m personally familiar with, including his second release Shoreline which was one of my early purchases from, the then emerging, Bandcamp platform in 2009.

The album was produced by Andy Bell with whom McSweeney collaborated on his more recent EP and album releases and is the second release for Hudson Records, the songs were recorded together, largely in full-band live-takes at a studio deep in the Welsh countryside.

Given the recording location the songs have a more industrial feel to them then one would expect, a steel and resonance creating a mood that shrouds the lyrics giving them a sharper bladed edge; it’s a record Jason Molina may have made had he come from Sheffield and one that’s both affecting and rewarding to the listener – highly recommend it.

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