Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Winter Storm is raging

Our latest seasonal special podcast - The Winter Storm - is available for download right now. 

It's a soundtrack for the darkest time of year, and will carry you, on wings of song, poetry and prose, from December through to the end of February.  However, just like Narnia under the White Witch, it is always Winter and never Christmas!

(Don't worry though. Our Festive Selection Box show will redress that balance when it is released in mid-December. It will be stuffed full of Christmas and Yuletide goodies!).

It's got quite a cast list, drawn from the worlds of folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter and roots musicGreen Diesel - The Imagined Village - The Young 'Uns - Peter Lacey - Reid Jamieson - Ninebarrow - Mark Ellis - Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar - KC Barber - George Boomsma - Stooshie - Rainbow Chasers - Miranda Sykes - Shine - Kyle Carey - Charlie Mosbrook - Duncan McCrone - Nigel Brown.

And on the literary side it ranges from Lord Byron to some bloke called Phil Widdows

Quotations by: Oliver Herford - James Carlos Blake - John Burrows - Thomas De Quincey - John Updyke - Lord Byron - Billy Connolly - Sinclair Lewis - Phil Widdows - Robert Byrne - JR Stockton.

Download the Winter Storm today, burn it to CD, put it on your MP3 player, add it to your iTunes… and enjoy a storming winter!

Link: FolkCast Winter Storm 2014

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Fraser thinks inside the Box

Fraser Anderson
Scottish singer-songwriter Fraser Anderson will play a solo acoustic showcase at the BBC Club in London on 26th November to celebrate the first full release of his album 'Little Glass Box'

The BBC Club is situated on the junction of Great Portland Street and Gildea Street next door to Western House in London W1A 1AA. Entry is free and Fraser will take to the stage at 7pm.

The following week, Fraser will perform with his full band at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh.

Shows in Glasgow on 24th and 31st January as part of Celtic Connections 2015 have also been finalised.
Recorded in France and initially manufactured by Fraser himself and sold at shows while living in that country, 'Little Glass Box' is 
reissued on Membran Records as the first release in a new partnership with the company.  
As a performer, Fraser throws himself into the spotlight in a way that is entirely his own, although his "sensitive yet sensual voice" and guitar playing style evocative of Joni Mitchell and John Martyn.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Unthanks take to the air with new album, tour

Mount The Air is the new album by The Unthanks, and the title track is the first single from it.

Written by Unthanks pianist and producer Adrian McNally, the single is based on the themes of a one-verse traditional ditty, found in a book of Dorset songs in Cecil Sharp House by Becky Unthank, who also co-wrote some of the new words alongside McNally. The video to the track is made by animator Nick Murray Willis.

The Unthanks
Two years in the making and recorded in their Northumberland studio, there is considerable anticipation for the new album. Having turned down continued offers from major record companies, Mount The Air is released on their own label, RabbleRouser Music, on 9th Feb 2015.

Mount The Air (Single Version) is released 8th Dec 2014.

Pre-0rder links, along with special offers, extra content, limited editions and vinyl options, can be found here: http://www.the-unthanks.com/

The Unthanks put Mount The Air on tour with a 10-piece ensemble in Feb/March 2015:

21 Feb Southampton Turner Sims
22 Feb Exeter Corn Exchange
24 Feb Yeovil Octagon Theatre
25 Feb Bristol Colston Hall
26 Feb Cardiff St George’s Hall
27 Feb Nottingham Albert Hall
28 Feb Sheffield City Hall
01 Mar Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
03 Mar Bury St Edmunds The Apex
04 Mar Brighton Dome
05 Mar Ashford Revelation St Marys
06 Mar Norwich Open
07 Mar London The Roundhouse
08 Mar Warwick Arts Centre
10 Mar Leeds Irish Centre
11 Mar Manchester The Ritz
12 Mar Dublin National Concert Hall
13 Mar Belfast Empire
14 Mar Newcastle City Hall
19 Mar Middlesbrough Town Hall
20 Mar Edinburgh Queens Hall