11 July 2017 playlist

Co-Pilgrim Thank my stars from Moon Lagoon (2017 Farm Music)


John Smith Joanna from Headlong (2017 JSCD)


Adam Holmes and the Embers Joanna from Brighter Still (2016 Gogar Records)


John Murry Wrong man from A Short History of Decay (2017 TV Records)


Cowboy Junkies Beneath the gate from Open (2001 Cooking Vinyl)


Dan Whitehouse Sun comes up (it’s Tuesday morning) (Kyoti Live Session) from Introducing (2016 Reveal Records)


Jess Morgan A hundred years old from Edison Gloriette (2016 Drabant Music)


Chris Tye Death by indifference from Stronger in numbers (2017 Chris Tye)


Bedouine Dusty eyes from Bedouine (2017 Spacebomb Records)


Zervas and Pepper I leave no trace from  Wilderland (2017 Zerodeo Records)


Reg Meuross Faraway People from Faraway People (2017 Hatsongs Records)


Penguin Cafe Now nothing (rock music) from The Imperfect Sea (2017 Erased Tapes Records)


William the Conqueror In my dreams from Proud Disturber of the Peace (2017 Loose Music)


Greg Russell Storylines from Inclined to be red (2017 Fellside Recordings)


Andrew Combs Sleepwalker from Canyons of my mind (2017 Loose Music)


Don Gallardo When the world wakes up from Hickory (2015 Clubhouse Records)


Rebecca Pronsky Heatwave from Known Objects (2016 Acme Hall Records)


James Elkington Make it up from Wintres Woma (2017 Paradise of Bachelors)


Nick Drake One of these things first from Bryter Layter (1970 Island Records)

The Unthanks How wild the wind blows from Diversions Volume 4: the songs and poems of Molly Drake


Clem Snide Nick Drake tape from You Were A Diamond (2002 Tractor Beam Records)

Rose Kemp His Music from Glance (2003 Park Records)

Joan Shelley The push and pull from Joan Shelley (2017 No Quarter Records)


Peter James Millson We’ve got it all from Mobile (2017 Haven Music)


The Americans Gone at last from I’ll be yours (2017 Loose Music)


6 July 2017 playlist

John Smith Into the world from Headlong (2017 JSCDM)


Danny and the Champions of the World Swift street from Brilliant Light (2017 Loose Music)


Polly Paulusma Godgrudge from Fingers and thumbs (2007 One Little Indian)


Danni Nicholls Beautifully broken from Mockingbird Lane (2015 Danni Nicholls Music)


Greg Russell E.G.A from Inclined to be red (2017 Fellside Recordings)


Reg Meuross Cicero from Faraway People (2017 Hatsongs Records)


Redbird (Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey) Buckets of rain from Redbird (2005 Signature Sounds)




Martha Tilston Fish tank from Nomad (2017 Squiggly Records)


Miranda Lee Richards Golden gate from Existential Beast (2017 Invisible Hands Music)


Chastity Brown Drive slow from Silhouette of sirens (2017 Red House Records)


Edd Donovan and the Wandering Moles Alien light from Making Mountains Volume 1 (2016 Paper Records)


Iron and Wine Call it dreaming  single (2017 Sub Pop Records)


Lisa Knapp Searching for lambs (featuring Graham Coxon) from Till April is dead: a garland of May (2017 Ear to the Ground Records)


Under One Sky All Has Gone from Under One Sky (2008 Navigator Records)

Sarabeth Tucek Things left behind from Get well soon (2011 Sonic Cathedral)


Peter James Millson Little toy plane from Mobile (2017 Haven Records)


Boo Hewerdine The boy who never cried wolf from Swimming in mercury (2017 Reveal Records)


Romantica St Paul City lights from Shadowlands (2017 At The Helm Records)


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Tupelo from The Nashville Sound (2017 Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers)


Valerie June Long lonely road from The order of time (2017 Concord Records)


Cormac O Caoimh Second hand clothes from Shiny silvery things (2017 Cormac O Caoimh)


Penguin Cafe Half certainty from The Imperfect Sea (2017 Erased Tapes Records)


Sophia Marshall Beauty sleep from Bye Bye (2017 Sophia Marshall)


Favourite releases of the first 6 months of 2017 – Part Two

Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life

One of the finest americana albums of the year for me. How had I not encountered the wonderful music of the Phoenix, Arizona born singer songwriter before now? Interesting background to how the album came about on Courtney’s website biography

“With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to the Northwest in 2011 to record her last full-length record On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists’ songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. At the tour’s end, though, the other session players joined her to record her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take. It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life. She found herself realizing the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling between her and other’s art and identity”.

The first track on Honest Life that grabbed my attention was Put the fire out. This was following a post on social media I read from the Guardian and music journalist Laura Barton. I then investigated the album further and was drawn to the title track, Table for one, Only in my mind, Rookie dreaming! The list just goes on. Have a listen for yourself.


The Small Glories Wondrous Traveller

And staying with an americana and folk influenced sound brings me on to The Small Glories, a new project from former Wailin’ Jennies member and solo performer Cara Luft and J.D Edwards. Both are from Canada and whilst they have heaps to offer as solo artists there is just something rather special about The Small Glories.

As it says on their website “The Small Glories has allowed Cara to finally put the long shadow of The Wailin’ Jennys behind her”. “The Jennys was a very beautiful project but a bit too delicate and pretty,” she muses. “I’ve grown up since then and I’ve come to terms with why I’m still following this path ten years later. We created very sweet-sounding music, but this new project with JD is more gutsy and honest and representative of who I am. Plus I’m continually challenged as a singer working with JD.”

On the album there are co-writes with excellent UK contemporary folk singer and songwriter Bella Hardy, another Quiet Revolution favourite. Cara and J.D take it in turn to provide lead vocals. All in all it’s a very fine record indeed.


Emily Mae Winters Siren Serenade

Siren Serenade is Emily’s debut album, a much anticipated release for the Cambridge-based singer songwriter. Ben Walker, ace collaborator and half of the excellent contemporary folk duo with Josienne Clarke, is again involved on the new album as he was with Emily’s Foreign Waters EP released in 2016. In fact the debut album was co- produced by Ben and Lauren Deakin- Davies who has worked with Laura Marling. It features the fine duo of Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, the superb Lukas Drinkwater and others. There are 12 tracks on the album, a combination of self-penned and traditional folk songs which draw inspiration from poetry, myths and stories of love, loss, fate and memory and musically I’d suggest Emily’s sound has shades of folk, 70’s singer songwriters and americana.

Siren Serenade is her debut album but I think we’re going to be hearing much more from Emily both on record and on the gig and festival circuit. Check out her album and catch her playing live if you possibly can.