Archive

Here are some shows I have promoted so far

Wednesday  26th April 2017

OH SUSANNA

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Tuesday 28th March 2017

BRIGETTE DEMEYER and WILL KIMBROUGH

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Saturday 25th March 2017

BRONWYNN BRENT TRIO

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Saturday 4th March 2017

LINDA WATKINS

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Sunday 12th February 2017 (6pm start)

JEFF FINLIN

CLIVE BARNES

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Monday 30th January 2017

CARTER SAMPSON

Support from

Atlantic Sons

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Saturday 3rd December 2016

MICHAEL McDERMOTT

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Wednesday 2nd November 2016

TIM EASTON

Saturday 29th October 2016

DEAN OWENS

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Sunday 28th August 2016

ROD PICOTT

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Friday 12th August 2016

ANNE McCUE

PHIL NELSON

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Sunday 29th May 2016

LEEROY STAGGER

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Friday 5th February 2015

JEFF FINLIN, PETER BRUNTNELL and CLIVE BARNES

Playing in the Round

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Tuesday 20th October 2015

MEGAN BURTT

AYO AWOSIKA

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Thursday 15th October 2015

STEPHEN SIMMONS and MOLLY JEWELL

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Tuesday 8th September 2015

JESS KLEIN and MIKE JUNE

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Monday 11th June 2015

JOHN STATZ

John Statz over in Europe for a month to promote the great new release “TULSA” produced by Jeffrey Foucault who said of John

” John writes songs you cant shake. they follow you around all day and run through your head at 3am. open hearted,horizon line songs”

A poignant album about the desolation and decay that like the bullet holes featured on the cover art, riddle the modern world”.

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Thursday 28th May 2015

HANS CHEW (Solo piano show)

Hans Chew 2010 debut album Tennessee & other stories received a four star review from rolling stone & uncut heralded it as one of the 25 must have albums of the year. 2014 saw the release of hans 2nd release life & love.

I’m hotly anticipating this solo tour of the UK in May wherein I’ll be playing songs both old and new on guitar and piano as they were originally conceived.  Come hear a few songs from my forthcoming album, as well as some old chestnuts, and get a glimpse into the nascent world of the material.

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Saturday 9th May 2015

BEN BEDFORD

Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives. With three albums to his credit, Bedford’s songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Often drawing upon history, Bedford’s songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative.

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Friday 8th May 2015

CALE TYSON

Cale Tyson is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound.

In 2013, Tyson released High On Lonesome, his debut EP, which features Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart) on electric guitar. The release was featured on CMT.com and in American Songwriter Magazine, as well as numerous other outlets. Tyson has recently been opening shows for Dwight Yoakam on the road, in addition to wrapping up a new record which heavily features Robert Ellis on guitar and vocals. In April 2014, Tyson was featured as one of PolicyMic’s “9 Real Country Music Stars of Our Generation.” In October 2014, Rolling Stone featured Tyson as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.”

“Old school, sad-bastard outlaw country for a new generation of excited country fans.”
-Rolling Stone

Each song is the work of a craftsman who knows his trade, and Tyson offers a glimpse into the future of country music classics.”
-PolicyMic

“Tyson channels all the woe and despair you could find in his native Texas on the album, crafting meandering and warbling ballads that harken back to the heartbreak songs of old country.”
-American Songwriter Magazine

boy, is his pleading, heart-on-sleeve emotionalism refreshing right about now.”
-Nashville Scene

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Saturday 7th March 2015

GOOD LUCK MOUNTAIN

Mike Ferrio began his musical journey in the 80s as a roadie for the likes of Bo Diddley and Butthole Surfers, before forming folk rock tour de force Tandy in the 90’s, managing a dozen years of exceptional productivity which included over 1,000 live shows and 8 albums.

From the ashes of Tandy, Good Luck Mountain first appeared with their eponymous debut album in 2011, with ‘Too’ being the perfect follow up. It’s a wondrous production – passionate, reflective, and transcendental, which musically recalls the likes of Sparklehorse, REM, Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’ and Talk Talk.

Recorded at Atomic Sound in New York by Merle Chornuk (Ryan Adams, Jesse Malin), the album features the wildly talented band of Malcolm Holcombe, Ana Egge, Canadian rocker Matt Mays, The Mastersons, (Eleanor Whitmore & Chris Masterson also of Steve Earle’s band) and Jason Mercer (of Ron Sexsmith’s band).

Already receiving rave reviews from critics and peers alike, legendary troubadour Steve Earle is an early and longtime supporter and Jim White continues to spread the word about his love for Mike and his music. There’s no doubt that ‘Too’ is another large step for Mike Ferrio as he continues to cement his reputation as one of the great American songwriters of our generation.

 

JACK HARRIS

The literate, compassionate songs of Jack Harris have won him much acclaim in songwriting circles. A South by Southwest showcasing artist at 17, Jack was also the first international act to win the New Folk songwriting competition at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas. Previous winners include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon Sproule.

Jack has also gigged frequently in the UK, USA and Europe, both as a support act and headline performer. He has made several appearances at The Green Man Festival, and opened for some of folk music’s biggest names, including Dick Gaughan, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, as well as contemporary songwriters like Anais Mitchell and Jeffrey Foucault.

Jack’s live show is a riveting mix of song-craft and story-telling, adorned by intricate fingerstyle guitar and smoky, soulful vocals. Drawing from the narrative traditions of folk and blues music, Jack brings both into the here and now; a “born poet”, whose songs are steeped in myth and mystery.

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Tuesday 14th April 2015

KRIS DELMHORST

Kris Delmhorst grew up in Brooklyn NY, but her musical home is in Boston MA where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. She has released six albums on respected indie label Signature Sounds. Delmhorst now lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, with whom she occasionally performs as part of the collective Redbird.

On May 13th, Delmhorst will release her seventh album, BLOOD TEST (Signature Sounds) – her first of original music since 2008′s critically acclaimed album SHOTGUN SINGER. A prolific writer and constant collaborator, Delmhorst continues to share her unique perspective in this new work. The album describes a moment of reckoning and centering in the songwriter’s life, and in society as a whole. In a collection of songs which move between triumph and heartbreak, restlessness and responsibility, Delmhorst acknowledges the weary work of an intentioned life – and the new American dream of presence and perspective in a frenetic time.

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Sunday 2nd November 2014

Greg Trooper

Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 11 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.

Trooper has made an impact on the music scenes in all the places he’s lived since leaving home after high school: Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics.Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky and Tom Russell.

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Saturday 1st November 2014

Stephen Simmons

It was exactly one year ago I invited Stephen to my house and I’m so pleased to welcome him back again

Simmons released his debut studio album, Last Call, in 2004. “Lay On The Tracks”, a standout track from Last Call, was a winner at the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Last Call was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, picked up and released by Rounder Europe Records, which were followed by three more Rounder Europe releases and extensive touring in Europe (including high profile shows at the Blue Highways, Rhythm and Blues, and Take Root Festivals in The Netherlands) as well as continued touring throughout the United States.

The past few years have seen Simmons continue to tour aggressively throughout the U.S. and Europe (doing multiple tours in 10 different countries) to promote 2011′s The Big Show: Which was released on Atlanta based Indie Lower 40 Records in the States, and Germany based Roots Rock label Blue Rose Records in Europe.

In the summer of 2012 Simmons partnered with the fan-funding platform Kickstarter for the second time to raise the funds for a new band project. Hearsay is set to be released on Lower 40 Records on July 19, 2013 in the U.S.

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Sunday 19th October 2014

Shelby Earl

With music described as “gritty and soulful, raucous and beautiful,” Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl was named by NPR/LA Times music critic Ann Powers as her “new favorite songwriter” (see below for full letter), and her solo debut album, Burn the Boats (produced by John Roderick of the Long Winters, out on Local 638 Records) was named the “#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed” by Amazon.com. She has since garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, NPR, KEXP, No Depression, American Songwriter and many more. Earl’s sophomore album Swift Arrows (produced by Damien Jurado), was released in late-2013 to further critical acclaim, and in the words of Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie/Postal Service) it “proves [Shelby] has the most heartbreakingly beautiful

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Saturday 11th October 2014

Christopher Rees  (This show has been postponed until a later date)

Christopher Rees is a solo artist, singer, song writer, multi instrumentalist, band leader, producer and record label director. He performs with a full band and in a solo capacity.

Christopher Rees released the much touted ‘Kiss Me Kill Me’ EP via FFvinyl in 2001, receiving a Welsh Music Award nomination for ‘Best Male Solo Act’ two years running in 2002 and 2003, and made history by becoming the first act in over a decade to support former Velvet Underground legend John Cale during a 2001 UK tour.

After embracing the spirit of empowered independence he establishing the Red Eye Music label with fellow musician Dave Stapleton in 2003 and released his debut album ‘The Sweetest Ache’ in October 2004. Building a seven piece band around him that included cello, violin, double bass, piano, guitars and drums, the album received widespread critical acclaim for its musical ambition and dramatic intensity.

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Saturday 4th October 2014

Jess Klein with Mike June

Jess Klein says of her new album Learning Faith.  “It’s edgy and brutal, but it was inspired by a genuine love for this world.”

Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” and a knack for writing songs that the Cape Cod Times has described as “fully realized, finely observed and deeply felt”—has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft.  As the New York Times noted, Klein is an artist who “has country roots, but who pushes her songs toward philosophical thoughts.”

She also became a beloved presence on her adopted hometown’s music scene, while collaborating with such fellow troubadours as Jon Dee Graham, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, Will Sexton, Ray Bonneville, Radney Foster, Randy Weeks, Matt the Electrician and John Fullbright.

“This can be a hard job, and it does require a certain amount of faith to continue doing it,” Klein observes, adding, “There have been several points where I’ve questioned my career choice.  But every time I’ve gotten close to feeling defeated, I’ve pulled myself back up and come out of it stronger.  And the more times I choose to keep doing it, the stronger I feel about it, and the stronger I feel about reaching a little deeper and putting everything out on the table.

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Saturday 13th September 2014

Paul McClure

Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland, England where he lives with his wife and daughters. He takes his inspiration from his world and the people in it.

“I suppose it all began in the back seat with The Beatles. Then it was Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Jonny Cash. My mum was a big Roy Orbison fan and I think John Denver and The Everly Brothers came via her too. By the time I made it into the front seat I was soaking up everything I could lay my ears on – I was into Bob Dylan, The Band and Leonard Cohen with a passion by then as well as the folk revival scene – which pretty much ruined my teenage years at school as it isn’t easy being the only 13 year old in your class with a Joan Baez tape in your bag.

McClure spent the best part of the last four and a half years playing with The Hi And Lo and put out an album in 2010 called ‘Ten Tracks’

“we recorded it in a day in one take with minimal overdubs; we wanted the live feel we created on stage to come through on the recordings, then set out playing everywhere that would have us, which became almost everywhere, from the London Americana club nights to The Sage, Gateshead and a lot of miles in between. It all slowed down early last year and by Christmas it was time to move on. I already had a notebook full of songs that I’d been working on for a couple of years; some we’d been fumbling through with the band and others I’d kept as not suitable at the time and I’ve added a few new ones since to form the basis of a solo album…

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Saturday 28th June 2014

Tim Grimm

Tim Grimm has toured and recorded with his friend,  Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, appeared with Harrison Ford in the film Clear and Present Danger, and has shared the stage with writer and poet Wendell Berry. His recording, The Back Fields was named Best Americana Album in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles (the largest and most diverse music awards in the world). Named 2000’s “BEST DISCOVERY in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times,  and “2004 MALE ARTIST of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs, his songs and performances have established him as a unique voice in Americana music.  Each of his past 5 recordings have reached the top of the Folk or American-roots charts. Grimm walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition.

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Saturday 24th May 2014

Nels Andrews

More details to follow

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Sunday 2nd March 2014

Chris Mills and the Distant Stars

[Mills’] hidden elegance lies in the twist of lovesick metaphor, the wistful chord, the revisionist take on the slamming door. – NME

It’s been 17 years since Chris Mills released his first EP, “Chris Mills Plays And Sings.” That record’s plainspoken title laid out the disarmingly simple tone for his career; the development of his craft since then has resulted in sharper songwriting, more musical ornamentation, and tours with the likes of Andrew Bird and Califone. Now, with ALEXANDRIA, Mills has increased his band’s numbers (bass player Ryan Hembrey, pianist Christer Knutsen, and drummer Konrad Meissener) and geographic scope—the Brooklyn-based troubadour’s sixth studio album was largely conceived in Scandinavia, and recorded at Chicago’s Wall To Wall Studios. (Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland mixed the album.) At once intensely personal and incredibly ambitious, ALEXANDRIA is a leap forward for Mills, yet it retains the wit and keen eye for human behavior that have defined his records up to this point.

ALEXANDRIA’s opening track “Wild Places” opens with Mills singing, simply, “I have wandered in the wild places/ and I’ve brought a message back for you”; that sentiment sets the tone for this expansive, exploratory album, which is full of heartfelt words set to indelible melodies.

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Monday 4th November 2013

TIM EASTON

Raised in Akron, OH, alt-country singer/songwriter Tim Easton was influenced by a combination of pop icons (the Beatles, Kiss) and bluegrass/folk legends (Doc Watson, John Prine). Kosher Spears, his college band from his days at Ohio State, performed their unique roots rock hybrid across the Midwest, and Easton eventually found himself busking in the streets of Paris, London, and Dublin. Returning to the States, his folk-based songwriting brought an earthy sound to the Haynes Boys (an existing rock band that recruited Easton in the mid-’90s) and they recorded one album, Guardian Angel, for New York-based Slab Records. The band subsequently split, with its members working in Gaunt and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, and Easton pursuing his solo career. In 1998, Easton recorded his first solo album, Special 20, with session musicians in Nashville, and released it on his own Heathen Records. After inking a deal with EMI Publishing in the fall of 1999, he relocated to Los Angeles to explore scoring films and pursue a record deal. His performances at songwriter hubs like Largo and McCabe’s brought about a recording contract with New West Records, and his first release for the label was 2001’s The Truth About Us. 2003 brought his solid follow-up for the label, Break Your Mother’s Heart. It was followed by Ammunition in 2006. A concert set, Live at Water Canyon, appeared in 2008, followed by Porcupine in 2009 and a pair of self-released albums, Beat the Band and Since 1966, Volume 1, both in 2011.

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Friday 1st November 2013

STEPHEN SIMMONS

Simmons released his debut studio album, Last Call, in 2004. “Lay On The Tracks”, a standout track from Last Call, was a winner at the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Last Call was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, picked up and released by Rounder Europe Records, which were followed by three more Rounder Europe releases and extensive touring in Europe (including high profile shows at the Blue Highways, Rhythm and Blues, and Take Root Festivals in The Netherlands) as well as continued touring throughout the United States.

The past few years have seen Simmons continue to tour aggressively throughout the U.S. and Europe (doing multiple tours in 10 different countries) to promote 2011′s The Big Show: Which was released on Atlanta based Indie Lower 40 Records in the States, and Germany based Roots Rock label Blue Rose Records in Europe.

In the summer of 2012 Simmons partnered with the fan-funding platform Kickstarter for the second time to raise the funds for a new band project. Hearsay is set to be released on Lower 40 Records on July 19, 2013 in the U.S.

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Sunday 6th October 2013

GREG TROOPER

Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 11 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.

Trooper has made an impact on the music scenes in all the places he’s lived since leaving home after high school: Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics.Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky and Tom Russell.

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Saturday 7th September 2013

KATY MOFFATT

The most memorable American roots music be it western, country, folk, rock or the blues is always informed by a simple fact of life: you live and you learn. Just ask Katy Moffatt. Or better yet, listen to her sing, be it a song from her own prolific pen or a choice cut from a favourite songwriter. It’s clear that Katy sings and writes with the voice of hard-won authority. “She doesn’t just hit the notes and get the words right, Moffatt evokes the emotions behind the tunes and meaning between the lines.”

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Saturday 27th April 2013

Ben Bedford

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Sunday 14th April 2013

Jess Klein