Legendary folk-rock outfit Fairport Convention will welcome the return of long-serving member Dave Pegg on bass guitar when the band hits the road this spring. Earlier in the year, his son Matt had to stand in as bassist when Pegg senior badly injured his hand in a kitchen accident.
"In January, I severed a tendon in the first finger of my left hand while I was emptying the dishwasher," Dave recalls. "The irony is I'd just spent two days chain-sawing firewood without…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment
The Oysterband is the coolest 40-something around.
Any doubters need only listen to Diamond's on the Water, due to be released Feb. 17. It'd be easy and understandable if four decades left the Oysters a bit stale. But John Jones, Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, Dil Davies and Al Scott (now on bass and mandolin) show they still have artistry to create songs that range from wistful ("A Clown's Song" "Lay Your Dreams Down Gently") to downright rocking ("No Ordinary Girl")…Continue
Posted on February 6, 2014 at 10:00am
On Debi Smith's latest album Hits & Holidays the vocalist with the three-octave range–– a member of the much loved U.S. folk group the Four Bitchin' Babes and The Smith Sisters––turns her gorgeous vocals to an array of songs celebrating everything from Christmas to Collector Car Appreciation Day (That's July 9th, by the way!).
The delight is that the diverse collection works beautifully. Although Smith has a voice that challenges…Continue
Posted on December 1, 2013 at 7:00pm
The remastered re-release of Ashley Hutchings' By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept is one of those rare albums that is so beautiful it can re-ignite a genre as it leads music lovers to rediscover an artist.
It's no overstatement to consider this album a true gift. Hutchings, the Gov'nor himself, has nothing left to prove in music. If he walked away today, he'd still be revered for creating more exceptional music––both under his own direction and through…Continue
Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment