Enjoying Beth Bombara’s new album Map & No Direction which sees her drawing more on her pop & rock influences than her previous albums and the result is her best yet, mixing pop melodies, rock riffs and throwing in a little blues and soul for good measure, the eight track release is an easy but rewarding listen and manages to pack in a excellent Bob Dylan cover Blind Willy McTell alongside Beth’s original material which includes a personal response to the recent racial problems in her hometown, the album is out now and available in the UK via the good folks of At The Helm Records or the usual digital outlets, including Bandcamp.
The much-loved Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twentieth year from 28th April to May 1st, 2017 with a stellar line-up including country-noir favourites The Handsome Family, alt.country rockers Marah and the celebrated singer-songwriter Joan Shelley and Holly Macve
Also confirmed for 2017 are the legendary songwriter Chip Taylor, rising country singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, acclaimed Belfast-based band Arborist, and Yolo Carter, who is making giant strides both in the UK and the US with her brand of country soul.
Los Angeles’ The Americans make their European debut, so too emerging country gospel star Paul Cauthen, the ‘Queen Of Oklahoma’ Carter Sampson, Ireland’s own David Kitt and Western Centuries, a straight-ahead country band featuring Jim Miller (Donna The Buffalo) and Cahalen Morrison.
Scattered around a number of venues in the beautiful historical city of Kilkenny, situated an hour south of Dublin, the Kilkenny Roots Festival has been a staple on the roots circuit for a number of years and has attracted a loyal, hardcore following that makes the festival one of the ‘must attend’ events and most enjoyable on the calendar. Alongside the ticketed events there is a free Music Trail that gives the chance to a number of local bands to perform across the four days of the festival.
Tickets for the individual shows are available now here or in person from Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny.
Andrew Combs excellent new single Blood Hunters from his forthcoming album Canyons Of My Mind which is set for release on April 7th, 2017 via the mighty Loose in Europe.
Canyons Of My Mind will be available digitally, on CD and 180g vinyl on Loose, it’s available to pre-order now via PledgeMusic with a range of extras to tempt you.
April 29 & 30 – Kilkenny, Ireland Kilkenny Roots Festival
May 2 – Manchester, UK Night and Day Cafe
May 3 – Oxford, Bullingdon
May 4 – Birmingham, UK Glee Club
May 6 – Edinburgh, UK The Caves
May 7 – Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
May 8 – Nottingham, UK The Maze
May 9 – London, UK Borderline
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