The last time John Murry came to Newcastle he and his band had were all laid low with the flu, a fact that Murry reminded us of at the start of his solo appearance tonight. Nevertheless the band soldiered on to deliver an understated but heartfelt performance; that belied their dilapidated states and possibly even added poignancy to the songs about addiction, loss and betrayal. Tonight Murry had come alone; simply a songwriter and his guitar for an ‘intimate’ evening among…Continue
Posted on March 2, 2014 at 10:00am
Classic Rock songs get an unplugged and feisty makeover
For whatever reason 2014 appears to be the year of the ‘covers album’ with the great and the good releasing their own versions of other people’s songs. Some I’ve heard have obviously been contract fillers but a couple have merited more than two listens; and in the case of The Covers Collection by Sandi Thom; it just might be the album that changes her career for the better.
‘Covers albums’ are…Continue
Posted on February 22, 2014 at 8:00am
Lyrically astute singer-songwriter serves notice on his Peers
This is Robby Hecht’s third album and just goes to show what can be achieved by serving an apprenticeship and learning your craft; as every one of the 12 songs here tells its own story and when combined create an album that will end the year on many critic’s Best Of lists.
Opening with the upbeat but maudlin (if such a thing exists) I Don’t Believe It Hecht narrates a harsh break-up in a…Continue
Posted on February 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment
Subtle, Nu-Folk that owes a debt to the bedsit writers of the 70’s
Folk Music; and in particular English Folk Music, generally leaves me unmoved and a bit bored; so it takes something special to hold my attention, and Carrie Tree has managed that with ease.
The press release that accompanied the CD lists the usual suspects that Carrie was ‘influenced’ by but, if my memory serves me correctly she owes a lot more to Judee Sill and Sandy Denny than Ray…Continue
Posted on February 15, 2014 at 1:30pm