Beat Surrender 2015 best of everything else, tour specials, singles clubs, books, box-sets, re-issues……..

Gill Sandell & Chris T-T – Walk Away, Walk Away

Lovely covers album from  Gill Sandell and Chris TT

The Delines – Scenic Sessions

More delights from The Delines, releases as a tour only CD there was a limited release later in the year and you can get the dl at Bandcamp now too,

Ian Levine’s – Solid Stax Sensations


Another classy release on the wonderful Kent label

wiaiwya-7777777 seven inch singles club

The Late Great Townes Van Zandt


CD / Vinyl

Growing Up…. With The Jam



Drive-by Truckers – It’s Great To Be Alive


Epic live box set on vinyl………

Neko Case – Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule


Early Xmas present to self, stunning vinyl box set including 8 vinyl remasters (from the original analog tape) + a limited edition 80-page full colour photo-book and vinyl slip mat all presented in a collectors box.

Gill Sandell & Chris T-T – Walk Away, Walk Away

I’ve always being a big fan of cover versions and when this album from a two artists well known to me for their other musical endeavours popped up on my Bandcamp feed I was clicking the buy button without hesitation, luckily for me the pre-order has turned up a few weeks earlier than expected and I’ve being able to revel in the ten interpretations over this last weekend, personally the mark of a great cover version is the way in which it opens up a familiar song giving the listener a different perspective and fresh appreciation – Walk Away, Walk Away manages to do achieve this over and over again.

There’s a lovely backstory to this collaboration that puts the album and the song choices into perspective;

“Our friendship is older than our adulthood; we were teenagers when we met.We’ve played on each-other’s records; hung out on tour; argued, advised and commiserated about books and politics – but never made music as a two.

We started searching out trad songs for an imagined folk duo, for an imagined gap in our schedules. We went so far as to dig around at Cecil Sharp House and pay daft money for an 1860s ballad collection in a Buxton antique shop. Quietly the idea pickled.

Then in Autumn 2013 for two months we travelled together on a tour bus, up and down the backbone of Britain, playing cards, running into service stations for chocolate at 4am while everyone slept. There we found something tangible to hang it on – a thread running through that meant we could grab songs from anywhere; not just an arbitrary folk repertoire.

The following Spring, one night we sat in Digger Barnes’ beautiful Hamburg apartment drinking his Venezuelan rum and it all fitted – we just had to get it on tape.

So we present WALK AWAY, WALK AWAY. Other people’s songs, old and new. Loyalty and loss. People coming apart. Wild spaces. Loneliness versus solitude.A long drive alone through a thunderstorm. And today’s nomadic life – hi tech, yet old fashioned.”

Alongside the the reimagined versions of songs from artists ranging from the Kaiser Chiefs to Joni Mitchell there is an original track from Gill Sandell too, for a detailed run down of the tracks there’s an excellent review by Helen Gregory over at Folk Radio, as well as vocals Gill contributes accordion, acoustic guitar, drums, flute, organ and piano parts with Chris playing guitar and piano, my personal highlights from the album are Cactus Tree (Joni Mitchell) and I Walk The Earth (Brad Nack), commended and highly recommended.

Gill Sandell / Chris TT

Emily Barker / Gill Sandell / Chris T-T

Here’s a promo video from Emily Barker / Gill Sandell featuring the title track from last years album by Emily Barker and Red Clay Halo, the pair are joint headlining some dates in Germany and The Netherlands during May, along with another Beat Surrender favourite Chris T-T.

Tues May 13th – Studio 672, Köln (DE) w Chris T-T
Weds May 14th – Kellerklub, Stuttgart (DE) w Chris T-T
Thurs May 15th – Nachtleben, Frankfurt (DE) w Chris T-T
Fri May 16th – Milla, München (DE) w Chris T-T
Sat May 17th – Cafe Wagner, Jena (DE)**
Sun May 18th – Grüner Salon, Berlin (DE) w Chris T-T and John Allen
Mon May 19th – Fabrik, Hamburg (DE) w Christ T-T and John Allen
Tues May 20th – kunst- und kulturverein spedition e.V., Bremen (DE)**
Weds May 21st – Burgerweeshuis café, Deventer (NL) w Chris T-T
Thurs May 23rd – Patronaat Café, Haarlem (NL)**
**without Chris T-T

Gill Sandell / Chris T-T / Emily Barker

Though the RSD 2014 release has sold out you can get your hands on the digital release of Songs Beneath the River from Emily Barker and Red Clay Halo through Bandcamp, the four-track EP was recorded live to vinyl and features covers of Patti Smith, Brice Springsteen, Tom Waits and Aretha Franklin tunes.

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