Incredibly it's been a full nine years since the last album of new original material from Little Feat. Admittedly they followed 2003's 'Kickin' at the Barn' with 'Join The Band' in 2008 but that was something of a stop gap being a trawl through their back catalogue with a host of guest vocalists and musicians. Now they've released 'Rooster Rag' which features mainly original songs and…Continue
Posted on August 21, 2012 at 10:30am
On Sunday 10th June I visited the intimate setting of Cluny 2 in Newcastle upon Tyne. After fine support from O’Hooley and Tidow, Anais Mitchell and her three piece Young Man Band took to the stage without any introduction and immediately began strumming the opening chords to 'Ships', the hauntingly beautiful closing song from 'Young Man In America'.
I firmly believe that her songs are strong enough to be performed solo with just acoustic guitar accompaniment but…Continue
Posted on June 11, 2012 at 3:00am
I am currently listening to the album 'Young Man in America' by Anais Mitchell the Vermont born singer songwriter who gained something of a cult following with her previous release, the folk-opera, 'Hadestown'.
First, I will get out of the way the subject of her voice which is fairly unique but to my ears falls somewhere between Joanna Newsom and Laura Viers with shades of Rickie Lee Jones. I admit that her voice will not be to everyone's taste BUT I implore you to stick with it.…Continue
Posted on May 28, 2012 at 8:30am
On Friday 13th April 2012 I took advantage of the rare opportunity to enjoy Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones at The Cluny, a small music venue on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne. I say a rare opportunity because Alvin is an infrequent visitor to these shores (his last visit was six years ago) and by his own admission he has never before performed in Newcastle.
Our evening started in the Cumberland in Byker with a couple of pints of Dognobbler, a Wylam ale we had…Continue
Posted on April 15, 2012 at 5:30am — 4 Comments