Top Five Folk Blues Acts To See In South Wales In Autumn 2016

Andy Howells checks out some of the best folk blues acts visiting South Wales this autumn. The Saw Doctors (Cardiff Tramshed, November 28)Headed by chief songwriters Davy Carton and Leo Moran, The Saw Doctors have built up a reputation as an unmissable live band with countless sold out tours to an abundance of festival appearances. Continue reading “Top Five Folk Blues Acts To See In South Wales In Autumn 2016”

While & Matthews Tour Tenth Album

TWENTY TWO years of musical partnership gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, Chris While and Julie Matthews have recently reaffirmed their place as one of the finest duos in acoustic music with the release of their tenth studio album released on September 16 on Fat Cat Records. Shoulder to Shoulder featuresContinue reading “While & Matthews Tour Tenth Album”

Barron’s Date at Lyceum Folk Club

Folk artist SI Barron plays Newport’s Lyceum Folk Club on September 15. Si has been performing for 15 years, first as one half of the duo Barron Brady and more recently as a solo performer. “As a self-taught guitarist I try to keep the accompaniment out of the way of the words and melody, it’sContinue reading “Barron’s Date at Lyceum Folk Club”

Quebec Folk Trio To Play Abergavenny

De Temps Antan from Quebec when the band make a return visit to Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre on Thursday September 8.   One of the leading names in Québecois folk music, the group were formed by three members of the band, La Bottine Souriante. Eric Beaudry, Andre Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performingContinue reading “Quebec Folk Trio To Play Abergavenny”

Beans On Toast Back On Tour For 2016 Shows

Cult folk legend Beans on Toast will be back on the road at the end of this year in support of his forthcoming album A Spanner in the Works. The singer, storyteller and guitar player is known for his self-deprecating quality is that usually breaks down the barrier between himself and his audience, creating aContinue reading “Beans On Toast Back On Tour For 2016 Shows”

Legendary Saw Doctors To Play Cardiff Show

Irish folk-rockers The Saw Doctors will be playing Cardiff  this November as part of their UK tour. Starting out playing in local pubs, The Saw Doctors were invited out on tour with Mike Scott of The Waterboys, back in 1989. Success followed when their single I Useta Lover and their best-selling album If This Is Rock AndContinue reading “Legendary Saw Doctors To Play Cardiff Show”

Meet Bel Blue

Bel Blue will release her debut album Our Places on August 1. Bel describes the album as “a journey of her songs, many of which are anchored in the rivers, and landscapes of South and West Wales.” The recording began last autumn, with an outside recording of the title track on the banks of theContinue reading “Meet Bel Blue”

NEWiD For Allan Yn Y Fan On Sixth Album

Welsh folk band Allan Yn Y Fan will release their new album entitled NEWiD on September 16 through Steam Pie Records. Newid is the Welsh word for change, whilst in English the title could be represented as new identity, apt for an album reflecting the band’s new six piece line-up and, coincidentally Allan Yn YContinue reading “NEWiD For Allan Yn Y Fan On Sixth Album”

Quiet Loner reschedules Battle of the Ballot at Newport’s Cwtsh Arts Centre

A performance at Newport’s Cwtsh Arts Centre that will feature slides and images from the People’s History Museum’s collection and highlighting significant historical events that led to the right to vote has now been rescheduled for September 8. People’s History Museum ‘Songwriter in Residence’ Matt Hill whose work as ‘Quiet Loner’ has garnered rave reviewsContinue reading “Quiet Loner reschedules Battle of the Ballot at Newport’s Cwtsh Arts Centre”

Meet The Artist: Hattie Briggs

Hattie Briggs is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2014. The 22 year-old quit Oxford University in the 2nd year of her Russian degree to concentrate on her musical career in January 2014. Since then, her music has been played on TV, on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6MusicContinue reading “Meet The Artist: Hattie Briggs”

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