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YOU HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE – ISSUE 434 - APRIL 2013
Hi Folks – Here are the latest offerings from the good ship Grapevine. Some wonderful music for the remainder of 2013 and some very special artists already lined up for 2014 including The Band of Heathens, Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin, Larkin Poe, Andy White and Rita Hosking. We can’t wait!
Bob, Claire & Jez
Sold out tours – Nels Andrews (April), The Kennedys (May/June), Cara Luft (June), Larkin Poe (July/August), Carrie Rodriguez (August), Chastity Brown (September).
Summer festival dates for Birds of Chicago and McGraw & Fer. Both these outstanding American bands toured this spring and both were immediately offered festival appearances in the UK this summer – so if you have any spare dates in early August please get in touch – you could get a rather special band for a very good deal.
I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. (US): trio. Avails: 5th July – just this date remaining.
“A superb ensemble with a serious pedigree in California's roots scene.” Uncut “One of California’s unique treasures” Dave Alvin
Living the hippie dream for their huge band of faithful followers ‘I See Hawks’ are back with an acoustic tour to promote their album ‘New Kind Of Lonely’. This is classic California folk and country rock - the early Hawks albums tweaked the genre, their later releases seem to redefine it. New CD ‘Mystery Drug’ coincides with tour.
BLAIR DUNLOP (UK): solo/trio. Summer festivals plus selected venues with trio. Avails:31st Oct to 3rd Nov & 27th Nov to 8th Dec.
“The British folk scene has produced a series of impressive dynasties and this looks like the start of yet another” The Guardian
“Quiet phenomenal". FRoots “ Staggering Guitar” Q ****
Astonishingly talented son of folk legend Ashley Hutchings who is being hailed as the new Richard Thompson. Debut album ‘Blight & Blossom’ just released and features ‘Seven Brothers’ written for him by Richard Thompson – Horizon Award winner at the 2013 BBC Folk Awards!!
THE CARRIVICK SISTERS (UK): duo/trio. Avails: Summer festivals plus September to November – new CD launch tour ('Over The Edge').
“Formidable multi-instrumental skills and songwriting, maturing at such a steep curve they’ll soon be orbiting far beyond anyone else” Q Magazine 5* review
Comparisons to Alsion Krauss & Union Station would not be out of place, for they are that good’ R2 4* review
One of the country’s leading folk/country duos regularly playing to packed houses throughout the UK, Canada and Europe and about to launch their new album in the autumn.
GILMORE & ROBERTS (UK): duo/trio. Avails:Summer festivals plus October & December
“Brilliant” R2 5* Review “Refreshingly different.” Mojo Review
Gilmore & Roberts combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound. Nominated for best Folk Duo in the 2013 BBC Folk Awards this is a duo that is clearly going places. Katriona’s song Doctor James won the 2012 UK Songwriting Contest and was also voted as Song of the Year in the Fatea awards while the CD was runner-up in the fRoots critic’s poll for Album of the Year.
PHILLIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN (UK): duo. Avails: Summer festivals plus September & November CD launch tour ('Mynd')
"I was completely knocked out by this duo..." - Mike Harding, BBC Radio Two
"Phil & Hannah play songs and tunes on Dobro, fiddle and harmonica that are textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating. Phillip is a master craftsman on the slide-guitar and harmonica ...he is one of the most extraordinary musicians around. Truly world class" Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands
A truly unique young duo, at the forefront of the new global folk movement. They will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity, their genre-bending material and their warm personalities. We guarantee you will re-book!
ANNIE KEATING (US): duo. Avail: 21st, 23rd & 25th September remaining
"One of the most refreshing female acts to come down in a long, long while ... Deep and provocative songs, a gorgeous and compelling folk rock-collection ...” Maverick Magazine
"Keating is a wise mix of Lucinda Williams song-writing, Gillian Welch guitar and a vocal all her own… a cross between Willie Nelson & John Prine and you don't get any better than that.” Village Voice
From New York City and touring in Europe to promote her 5th CD, ‘For Keeps’ released in Spring 2013, Annie Keating is a class act. A consummate performer with a highly engaging personality she never fails to deliver Annie Keating – ‘For The Taking’
ABC OF CANADIAN MUSIC (CANADA): trio. Avails: 12th or 13th October (& 22nd 25th 26th Ireland)
The first of what we hope will be an annual Grapevine songwriter tour features three of Canada’s top contemporary women musicians – Awna Teixeira (of Po’Girl), Brandy Zdan (of Twilight Hotel) and Cara Luft (of Wailin’ Jennys). Three award winning musicians performing together for the first time - Awna, Brandy and Cara will help redefine the breadth and beauty of Canadian music. Book now!
IAIN MATTHEWS (UK): solo. Avails: 19th to 27th October
Last year Iain reformed Matthews Southern Comfort for a highly successful short tour which featured several sold-out shows. Now he’s back with a solo acoustic tour so here is your chance to get up close and personal with one of the UK’s all time greats (founder member of Fairport, No1 around the world with Woodstock, several US top ten hits etc).
ROB LUTES & ROB MACDONALD (CANADA) duo. Avails: 23rd to 27th October
“I love The Bravest Birds even more than 2008’s Truth and Fiction, which I consider to be one of the top ten folk/roots albums of the last decade.” Julie Miller, CFLX
Rob Lutes is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal who has toured here 3 times, building a solid fan base for his collection of literate, moving meditations on life and love. His sixth album, The Bravest Birds, was recorded in an intimate studio in Montreal in April 2012 and features 12 original Lutes compositions and a cover of the Loudon Wainwright gem Natural Disaster. It shot straight to No1 on the Euro Americana chart! Now Rob is back with his long time partner Rob MacDonald, unquestionably one of the best guitarists in Canada – so expect an evening of superb songwriting, fingerstyle mastery and soulful vocals. Only 5 dates this time!
ROD PICOTT (US): trio. Avails: 23rd October to 6th November
"Beautiful and heartbreaking songs - one of the best on the Americana and folk scene" - Slaid Cleaves “I hope he sells a million copies." - Mary Gauthier
“Picott may have created the perfect singer songwriter album” - 5 stars Maverick Magazine
Originally from Maine but now living in Nashville, Rod is one of America’s real gems and it has to be said that if you're a fan of great songwriting then you're sure to be a fan of Rod Picott – all the best songwriters in the US think so anyway. Touring here with his trio to promote the release of his 7th album “Hard Luck Baby”
POLICE DOG HOGAN (UK): 7 piece band. Avails: A few dates in November & December
Police Dog Hogan are unique - a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; BBC Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.