Meet Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

To win the Best Duo category at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards is quite an achievement at any stage of an artists’ career. But just two years prior to this accolade Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker were virtually unknown on the folk scene. So their success is quite remarkable. Now signed to Rough Trade Records, JosienneContinue reading “Meet Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker”

Balsamo Deighton Discuss Their Debut Release Unfolding

Americana duo Balsamo Deighton released their debut album Unfolding today. Swansea’s Steve Balsamo is perhaps best remembered for his work as solo recording artist as well fronting the Welsh band The Storys and before that, having a successful run in London’s West End playing the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar. Rosalie Deighton grew up inContinue reading “Balsamo Deighton Discuss Their Debut Release Unfolding”

In Concert: Donovan In Concert. New Theatre, Cardiff

Few artists can command an audience for two hours sitting on a rug and performing their greatest hits on an acoustic guitar. Yet this is clearly the natural habitat for Donovan who performed to a packed house at Cardiff’s New Theatre on Monday evening. The singer/songwriter who clocked up no less than eight Top 10Continue reading “In Concert: Donovan In Concert. New Theatre, Cardiff”

Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou To Play Cardiff Glee Club

Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou make a welcome return to Wales tonight. The pair have just released their fourth studio album Expatriot produced by Ethan Johns. Expatriot sees the duo finally liberated from their folk shackles to reveal their most hard hitting release to date. Its been three years sinceContinue reading “Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou To Play Cardiff Glee Club”

Ray Laidlaw Talks About His Show The Lindisfarne Story

A rare insight into legendary Tyneside group Lindisfarne comes to Newport tonight when two time served members of the group, drummer Ray Laidlaw and vocalist Billy Mitchell tell The Lindisfarne Story. Founder members Alan Hull, Rod Clements, Ray Jackson, Simon Cowe & Ray Laidlaw – exploded onto the UK music scene in 1970 with aContinue reading “Ray Laidlaw Talks About His Show The Lindisfarne Story”

In Concert: An Intimate Evening With Art Garfunkel, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

“I wasn’t always this way,” joked Art Garfunkel as he took to the stage of St David’s Hall on Thursday evening, but the singing legend who suffered a severe voice paralysis attack four years ago, boldly promised his audience “The heart is still young, but the voice is back!” Accompanied by guitarist Tad Lavin, theContinue reading “In Concert: An Intimate Evening With Art Garfunkel, St David’s Hall, Cardiff”

CD Review: The Ultimate Collection – Paul Simon

A few years ago when reviewing Songwriter a double CD collection of solo Paul Simon songs, I made the observation that the tracks You Can Call Me Al and Me & Julio Down By The SchoolYard were omitted. Paul Simon – The Ultimate Collection  not only features those tracks but also several greatest hit collaborationsContinue reading “CD Review: The Ultimate Collection – Paul Simon”

Meet The Band: O’Hooley & Tidow

One of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today; Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it’s their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine. Following the release of their widely acclaimed third album The Hum, the duo receivedContinue reading “Meet The Band: O’Hooley & Tidow”

CD REVIEW: Beautiful Guitars by Mark Nevin

When Mark Nevin sings the words “We had a band, we made a record, we saw the world, we touched the sun” on the title track of his latest release Beautiful Guitars he’s clearly recalling his days as a member of Fairground Attraction. Mark hasn’t forgotten his roots as a member of the fondly rememberedContinue reading “CD REVIEW: Beautiful Guitars by Mark Nevin”

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