Annie Keating – Dutch & UK Tour Dates

Annie Keating is back on this side of the pond in June and July for a series of dates in The Netherlands and the UK with some Italian dates also planned later, Annie will also be appearing at the Maverick Festival in July and will be dropping in on Bob Harris to record an Under The Apple Tree session too.

16th House Concert, Nootdorp NL
17th In the Woods, Utrecht NL
18th Lazy Sonnie, Son en Breugel NL
19th Podium Cafe, Steendham NL
20th Private Concert, Veendam NL
22th Garstang Unplugged, Garstang
23th Kelvingdale Bowling Club, Glasgow
24th Viking Club (w/Ags Connelly), Corby
25th City Screen w/Dan Webster, York
26th The Maze, Nottingham (w/Gallery 47)
27th Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, w/Danielle Cawdell)
28th The Pavilion w/Danni Nicholls Bedford
29th The Dorset Arms, East Grinstead
30th Square & Compass, Dorset
1&2 Maverick Festival Suffolk
3rd Greys, Brighton UK w/Porchlight Smoker
4th Under the Apple Tree Session (closed)
7th The Green Note, Camden UK
8th Little Rabbit Barn, Essex/Suffolk UK
9th The Prince Albert, Stroud UK

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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.

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Beat Surrender : Best of 2013

It’s that time of year again to try and break down this years favourites into some kind of order, truth be told the #1 choice was the easiest I’ve had to make in recent years, separating #2 through #5 was a little more difficult – they are all great albums, stylistically very different but all have outstanding songs, from #6 onwards the degree of separation reduces and to be honest if I sat down with the final list next week the order could shift significantly, in the tradition of never doing it exactly the same way year-on-year this time around I’ve gone for a more straight forward chart and the number 33 seemed an appropriate choice given the top ten all found their way into my collection on vinyl (no doubt this influenced the final choices). Having already seen a number of fellow bloggers best of’s it evident there are some big name Americana acts missing from the Beat Surrender run down, as ever too much music and not enough time.

1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

2. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

3. Danny & The Champions of the World – Stay True

4. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

5. Caitlin Rose – The Stand In

6. Lindi Ortega – Tin Star

7. Holly Williams – The Highway

8. Sturgill Simpson = High Top Mountain

9. My Darling Clementine – The Reconciliation

10. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

11. Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

12. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats – The Bear

13. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

14. John Moreland – In the Throes

15. Frankie & The Heartstrings – The Days Run Away

16. Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Dear River

17. Star Anna – Go To Hell

“For Anyone” by Star Anna (official music video) from Coalter Digital on Vimeo.

18. Thee Spivs – The Crowds & The Sounds

19. Doc Feldman & the LD50 – Sundowning At The Station

20. Israel Nash Gripka – Rain Plans

21. Shona Tucker – A Tell All

22. The Lucky Strikes – The Exile & The Sea

23. Laura Cantrell – No Way Here From There

24. Possessed by Paul James -There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

25. Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves

26. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

27. MG Boulter – The Water Or The Wave

28 Annie Keating – For Keeps

Annie Keating – All Gone

29. The Handsome Family – Wilderness

30. Paper Aeroplanes – Little Letters

31. Wynntown Marshalls – The Long Haul

32. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War

33. Lloyd Cole – Standards

Beat Surrender’s – Top Ten EP’s 2013

Salient Braves – Somewhere Sordid

Paul Orwell – Like I Did Before EP

Annie Dressner – East Twenties EP

Jeremiah Craig – The Commandeer EP

Gibson Bull – Skin & Bones EP

Lux Lisbon – The Get Some Scars EP


Charlie Big Time – Sale or Return EP

Marika Hackman – Sugar Blind

Southern – S/T EP

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