Using the name Holmes, singer/songwriter/producer Roy Shakked released an unmissable covers album – the appropriately titled ‘Covers’ – back in 2011. The following years found him disappearing into a busy schedule of work: a full length album of originals appeared in 2012 and following his relocating to Israel, by 2015, he was became a member of a new band The Bright Wild. Roy’s music continued to be hidden in plain sight over the next couple of years with his compositions appearing on numerous TV shows and adverts in the US and his need to create new sounds eventually yielded a new solo EP in December 2017. Continue reading
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has a new album out at the end of April. Recorded in collaboration with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, ‘Fever Breaks’ is one of his finest records to date. Taking in a couple of rockers, a track heavily indebted to moody Springsteen and a whole world of Ritter’s own alt-country charm, it’s a record we think fans will love.
When Kristin Hersh and Fred Abong visited Ramsgate in 2018 it almost felt like being in the presence of visiting musical royalty. The very intimate Music Hall was packed to the rafters for two nights; the attendant crowds was mostly made up of people who’d followed Kristin and Fred since the 90s – whether as members of Throwing Muses, Belly or solo artists – making those gigs truly ones to remember. It seemed unlikely that the Kent provinces would host these great musicians in such intimate settings again, but they both made a return visit – this time to the slightly larger Quarterhouse in Folkestone – almost exactly nine months on from those hot Ramsgate nights.
As confirmed in February, award winning singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan will release a live album in May 2019. Recorded with contemporary classical orchestra Stargaze, ‘Live In Dublin’ is set to showcase a few of Hannigan’s career highlights with a new slant.
In 2018, singer songwriter Roo Panes released his album ‘Quiet Man’ to critical acclaim. A performer often likened to Nick Drake, he promoted the album with an extensive run of live dates including a sold out show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
A year on, ‘Quiet Man’ is to receive a deluxe reissue. The new edition includes three previously unreleased studio tracks – including the new single ‘Commentator’ (listen below) and six live tracks recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush gig.