Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Croston Old School

Gigs at Croston Old School near Leyland, Lancashire, UK.

Friday 15 October
Clive Carroll  - 1000 years of Guitar Music
(Sponsored by Spot on Rural Touring, Lancashire
With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly virtuosic guitarist on “a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings”.
Tickets: £8

Friday 12 November
Ashley Hutchings & Ken Nicol
Two of the best known faces in Folk, Folk/rock and acoustic music. Ashley is a founder member of Fairport Convention and FolkCast's own Ken is was a member of Steeleye Span and The Albion Band - not to be missed!
Tickets: £12.50

Friday 17 December
One Accord
This popular local quartet will get you in the mood for Christmas with songs, tunes and stories from living tradition mixed together with humour and seasonal treats.
Tickets: £7.50 adults, £3 children
(includes seasonal refreshments)

Tickets for all shows are available from:
Favourites, Town Road, Croston 01772 600142 or 07785 971951
Doors Open 7.30pm
Start 8pm

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Review - Roosevelt Bandwagon

Review submitted by Claudia Fitzgibbon

Roosevelt Bandwagon Live at The Troubadour, Earl’s Court, London, UK

I have been to The Troubadour many times before, seen all manner of artists and sat through a wide variety of performances; good and bad. However, I have never seen the venue as packed or as reverentially silent as it was last Thursday during a truly mesmerising set by London- based Roosevelt Bandwagon.

Roosevelt Bandwagon at the Maverick Festival
Many of the crowd that swelled the seams of the coffeehouse’s ancient basement were familiar with the Americana collective from last July’s Maverick Festival. A cult of sorts seems to be developing, spurred on by hushed, excited whispers in the alt country community and manifested in the excited hunt for autographs and fervent purchasing of copies of The Canyon Is On Fire that followed the performance.

At times Roosevelt Bandwagon’s soaring harmonies recall those of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris at their spell- binding best. At others their high lonesome sound goes further, turning into something more transcendental, perhaps best illustrated by ‘Crooked Scars,’ a magnificent co-write with Nashville legend Buddy Mondlock. Other stand-out tracks in an all-originals set were ‘Better Angels’ and ‘White Picket Fences.’

Growing fascination with Roosevelt Bandwagon appears to be fuelled by the mysterious (though clearly notable) backgrounds of members. There is evidence of real commitment to being a collective and, as their sole advertised future date headlining Twickenham Folk Club on 23rd January will testify, a tendency towards reclusiveness. The focus is entirely on the music and the music really is very, very good. These guys really mean their songs and they play them extraordinarily well with a genuineness and humility I have seldom seen on any music scene. 

Is this the Americana band that Britain has been waiting to produce? On the strength of the magic in the Troubadour’s murky basement – a resounding yes.

The Canyon Is On Fire available on Guerrilla Minstrel Records

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Friday, 24 September 2010

New album for 'Mary Jane' after Talking Elephant deal

Southampton-based folk-rock band Mary Jane, who opened FolkCast 045 for us, have signed a deal with the Talking Elephant label and will be releasing a new album in November.

Mary Jane

The band writes: "It is with delight that we announce that we have signed the record contract and the new album Eve will be out hopefully in November on Talking Elephant records, HURRAH!!!  After what seems like an eternity to make, with studio fires, band members accidents etc. at times we never thought it would happen, but our hard work has paid off in the end!"

The album is available to pre-order directly from the band's website, and they add:
"We promise to sign every cd pre ordered just to show you how much we appreciate the support and dedication you have shown us over the past few years.

"In the meatime, if you want to help us celebrate in the only way we know how which is to come dance and sing along at a local gig, here are a few to choose from."

Mary Jane Gigs 2010

·              Friday 24th September, The Hobbit, Bevois Valley, Southampton.

·              Saturday 2nd October, RMA Tavern, Cromwell road, Eastney, Southsea.
·              Friday 26th November, The Hobbit, Bevois Valley, Southampton
·              Saturday 4th December, RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney, Southsea.