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Essential Listening : #23 The Deadly Gentlemen

Starting out as an experimental spoken word bluegrass band, The Deadly Gentlemen developed to play what they call “epic folk and grasscore”, a punk mentality applied to bluegrass. Featuring Greg Liszt (of Crooked Still and Bruce Springsteen’s Seegar Sessions band) on banjo and vocals; Stash Wyslouch, guitar and vocals; Mike Barnett, fiddle and vocals; Dominick … Continue reading

March Gig Picks

Another great month of gigs lays ahead. Here’s our pick of what’s coming up this March. Crossing over from last month, Austin Lucas has 7 dates remaining of his UK tour beginning in Bristol and winding up in Brighton on the 7th. Another man who kicks off his tour on February 29th is Canada’s Matt … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash

The Man In Black would have been 80 years old today. The Drive-By Truckers said it best. “Dammit Elvis, don’t he know, he ain’t no Johnny Cash” Happy Birthday JC.

Interviewed : Nick Quantrill

Crime writer and Nowhere Town contributor Nick Quantrill is set to release his latest novel this spring. Combining two of his great loves, the afore-mentioned crime literature with music, The Late Greats sees ex-rugby league player turned private investigator Joe Geraghty embroiled in the attempted comeback of New Holland, Hull’s most successful band of the … Continue reading

Tramlines 2012

Official confirmation has been made today of the dates for Sheffield’s 2012 Tramlines festival. Launched in 2009, this will be the 4th year for the city wide free event that continues to go from strength to strength. Indeed 2011 saw Tramlines scoop the ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ gong at The UK Festival Awards, beating the likes … Continue reading

News : Last Winter Dance Party

Fresh out of Hull…Last Winter Dance Party are a sort of supergroup, drawing members and influences from a wide range of genres. It’s not easily nailed down to folk, American or indie – it’s just joyful life affirming music. “The Dawn Chorus” currently sits at number five in the Strummerville DIY download chart. Maybe the band … Continue reading

Reviewed : Greg Harrisburg – Newport Line

“it ain’t just country music gets me moving across this floor but it’s the only thing that made me cry and kept me coming back for more” That’s a line that just about sums up what this record is all about. Newport Line is the first release from Welsh singer/songwriter Greg Harrisburg. A stripped down, … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #22 Mat Wale

Wether it be as part of semi-legendary band Mat Wale & The Rackets, Mat Wale & Friends, or various other bands and side projects, Mat Wale has been writing and recording for almost ten years (though he barely seems old enough for it to be that long). The one constant through many guises is the … Continue reading

News : The Southsea Alternative Choir

What started out as epic drinking and busking sessions to celebrate Christmas 2011 saw a group of Portsmouth musicians, The Southsea Alternative Choir, raise £1,500 for local cerebral palsy charity, Samuel’s Fund. Comprising members from several groups in the city, including Jim Lines from ‘Ricky’, who enjoyed chart success with their sixties-inspired take on Britpop, … Continue reading

Reviewed : The Silver Darlings – Souls

The Silver Darlings are a transient collection of musicians, based around the mainstay of singer/songwriter Andy Whitehouse (much like the similarly aquatically titled Eels in a way). Described as downbeat romantics and helpless optimists, after several years of solo shows and band gigs in various configurations, with as near a settled line up as they … Continue reading

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