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May Gig Picks

May already? This year’s going quick. We saw some great shows in April. Tours overlapping from last month include Chuck Prophet, Simone Felice and there are still Irish dates to come for Amanda Shires and Rod Picott. Those Irish dates lead up to and include what looks to be another wonderful Kilkenny Roots Festival over … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #27 Twilight Hotel

Twilight Hotel hail from Canada but are now based in Austin, Texas. They just finished a European tour and we caught the last show in Nottingham at The Maze (sharing a bill with Amanda Shires). Sounding a little like a gothic take on Whitehorse, the multi-instrumented duo proved to be darkly entertaining. When The Wolves … Continue reading

Quiet Loner to record live album on May 10th

Quiet Loner (aka singer/songwriter Matt Hill) is inviting the public to attend the live recording of his third album – a collection of self-penned protest songs entitled Greedy Magicians. The recording takes place at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Chapel on Thursday May 10th. All concert attendees will receive a free copy of the record once it … Continue reading

Levon Helm

Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest drummers and most influential musicians of all time, the great Levon Helm sadly passed away yesterday. Between The Band, his solo output and other projects we’re left with a wonderful musical legacy that we’re unlikely to see the like of again. Sleep well Levon.

New single from Killing Fields Of Ontario

Killing Fields Of Ontario are set to release brand new single Cloud on May 7th. Following on from their 2010 LP The Shock Of The Sparks which brought them national radio attention, the band have been back in the studio working on new material. Cloud will be the band’s first single and is backed with … Continue reading

Dolly Varden give away new album track

Dolly Varden have announced some details of their forthcoming new record. They have released a ‘sneak peak’ version of the track Saskatchewan to Chicago which is available for free download via their website: The track can also be streamed from there. In return for signing up to their mailing list the band promise further … Continue reading

Free song from The Payroll Union

Sheffield Americana three piece The Payroll Union are currently offering new song Mary Lamson for free download. You can grab your copy here. A tale typically steeped in American history, the song is taken from a session the band recently recorded for Exposed Magazine. You can watch videos from the session plus read an interview … Continue reading

Reviewed : In Fear Of Olive – Saluting Magpies

Saluting Magpies is the second EP release from South Yorkshire quartet In Fear Of Olive. Debut offering All We Can Do Is Wonder drew more than favourable praise and set the bar high for the follow up. Fortunately the band have delivered another four tracks (five if you buy the download version) that should once … Continue reading

April Gig Picks

Here we go then with another month of our live music highlights that lay ahead. Firstly overlapping from last month, you can still catch Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs who have a handful of dates remaining in Scotland. We had the pleasure of catching the tour in March. Highly recommended (look out for a … Continue reading

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