Month: August 2017

22 August 2017 playlist

Adam Holmes and the Embers Can you feel the fire inside from Midnight Milk (2017 Gogar Records)

Gillian Welch The Way It Goes from The Harrow and the Harvest (2011 Acony Records)

David Rawlings Airplane from Poor David’s Almanack (2017 Acony Records)

PicaPica Everybody’s talking from Spring and Shade EP (2017 PicaPica)

Edgelarks No Victory track from the forthcoming album Edgelarks (2017 Dragonfly Roots)

Shake the Chains Through the trees from Shake the Chains (2017 Quercus Records)

Rachel Baiman Wicked spell from Shame (2017 Freedirt Records)

Michael McDermott Folksinger from Willow Springs (2016 Pauper Sky Records)

Heather Lynne Horton I wanna die in my sleep from Don’t mess with Mrs Murphy (2017 At The Helm Records)

Peter Bruntnell Black mountain U.F.O from Black Mountain U.F.O (2011 Manhaton Records)

Richard Thompson Gethsemane from Acoustic Classics II (2017 Beeswing Records)

Fraser Anderson Rising sons from Under the cover of lightness (2016 Membran Media)

Charlie Dore Man in bed from Dark Matter (2017 Black Ink Music)

Randy Newman Wandering boy from Dark Matter (2017 Nonesuch Records)

Martin Simpson Louisiana 1927 from Prodigal Son (2007 Topic Records)

Anna Tivel Illinois from Small Believer (2017 Fluff and Gravy Records)

William the Conqueror Cold Ontario from Proud disturber of the peace (2017 Loose Music)

Minnie Birch Nashville from Floundering (2015 Minnie Birch)

Neil McSweeney and Vera Van Heeringen Long Way Round from Neil McSweeney and Vera Van Heeringen EP (2015 Self released)

Show of Hands The Long Way Home from The Long Way Home (2015 Hands On Music)

Sarah MacDougall Permafrost from The Greatest Ones Alive (2011 Rabbit Heart Music)

Dan Webster One to remember from The Tin Man (2015 Paper Plane Records)

Favourite releases of the first 6 months of 2017 – part 3

Jack Harris The Wide Afternoon

I remember seeing Jack Harris play a set in the Saloon stage at Truck Festival a few years back. I really like what I heard and made a mental note to investigate his excellent music further. And when Winter Wilson appeared on the show to do a live session in 2016 I asked them to choose some tracks they enjoyed by other artists or bands. It just so happened one of them was by Jack Harris, Sylvia Plath’s Lullaby, a superb song from The Flame and the Pelican.

So I was delighted when I discovered Jack had a long awaited new album out, produced by Gerry Diver, a fine producer. The album is The Wide Afternoon. Listen to it and you can completely see why fellow singer songwriter, and another Quiet Revolution favourite Anais Mitchell describes him as “a priest of song” and Q magazine refer to him as “a unique lyrical mind”.

The album offers 11 new songs inflected with folk and blues. The overall sound of the album is fascinating in itself, Gerry Diver weaving in violins and eerie percussion. There are songs of dangerous men, literary women, stolen horses, waterlogged houses and vanished birds. All in all another brilliant release from the Welsh singer songwriter.

Devon Sproule The Gold String

I’ve been a fan of Devon Sproule’s music since I was sent a copy of her 2007 album Keep Your Silver Shined.  A great album and I’ve followed the  Canadian/American musician’s career since then. A couple of releases have followed that one on Coventry-based record label Tin Angel Records and an excellent collaboration with Mike O’Neill called Colours.

So I was really pleased that Devon released a new album this year, The Gold String. And as you might imagine it’s another superb record. Great live too, I was lucky enough to catch Devon at The Greystokes in Sheffield in March. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what others have said “Sproule’s lyrics glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images.” (Financial Times) and “Her quirky affectations bring to mind Bjork, and forays into the dark, Michelle Shocked.” (Village Voice).




8 August 2017 playlist

Martyn Joseph Luxury of despair from Kiss the world beautiful: songs for the Let Yourself Trust (2014 Pipe Records)

Nathan Bell Hard weather from Love to fear (2017 Stone Barn Records)

Rachel Baiman Shame from Shame (2017 Free Dirt Records)

Billy Bragg King tide and the sunny day flood digital download single(2017 Cooking Vinyl)

Shake the Chains Bunch next door from Shake the Chains (2017 Quercus Records)

Reg Meuross Refugee from Faraway People (2017 Hatsongs Records)

Shake the Chains Building ships from Shake the Chains (2017 Quercus Records)

David Corley Zero moon from Zero moon (2017 Wolfe Island Records)

Co-Pilgrim Moon lagoon from Moon Lagoon (2017 Farm Music)

John Murry Under a darker moon from A Short History of Decay (2017 TV Records)

Offa Rex The Old Churchyard from The Queen of Hearts (2017 Nonesuch Records)

Peter James Millson If there isn’t you from Mobile (2017 Haven Records)

The Sweet Water Warblers Sing me a song from With You EP (2017 Sweet Water Warblers)

Bruce Cockburn Forty years in the wilderness from Bone to bone (2017 True North Records)

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

Heather Lynne Horton Save the rain from Don’t mess with Mrs Murphy (2017 At The Helm Records)

Lynne Hanson Gotta have rain from Uneven Ground (2017 Continental Song City)

Jenn Rawling Troubled land from Golden Colours (2017 Jenn Rawling)

Sam Amidon Trouble in mind from The Following Mountain (2017 Nonesuch Records)

Joan Armatrading In these times from Lovers Speak (2003 Telstar Premiere)

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer Love you forever from Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer

Zervas and Pepper Mountain to ocean from Wilderland (2017 Zerodeo Records)

William the Conqueror Proud disturber of the peace from Proud disturber of the peace (2017 Loose Music)

The August List The ballad of James Lucas and Betty Dupree from Ramshackle Tabernacle (2017 Ubiquity Project Records)

Devon Sproule Make it safe from The Gold String (2017 Tin Angel Records)

Lau First homecoming from Decade: the best of Lau 2007-2017 (2017 Reveal Records)

3 August 2017 playlist

Danny and the Champions of the World Everything we need from Brilliant Light (2017 Loose Music)

Boo Hewerdine Voice behind the curtain from Swimming in mercury (2016 Reveal Records)

Peter James Millson Somewhere from Mobile (2017 Haven Records)

Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters What we’ve got from Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters (2017 Organic Records)

Offa Rex The Queen of Hearts from The Queen of Hearts (2017 Nonesuch Records)

The Eighteenth Day of May Eighteen days from The Eighteenth Day of May (2005 Hannibal Records)

William the Conqueror Tend to the thorns from Proud Disturber of the peace (2017 Loose Music)

Joan Shelley Pull me up one more time from Joan Shelley (2017 No Quarter Records)

Juanita Stein Florence from America (2017 Nude Records)

This is the kit Moonshine freeze from Moonshine Freeze (2017 Rough Trade Records)

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

Roving Crows Passing on the love from Bury me naked (2017 Roving Crows)]

Chris Tye Stronger in numbers from Stronger in numbers (2017 Chris Tye)

Shake the chains (Nancy Kerr, Hannah Martin, Findlay Napier, Greg Russell, Tim Yates)from Shake the chains (2017 Quercus Records)
Shake the Chains Glory of the sun from Shake the Chains (2017 Quercus Records)

Reg Meuross The lonesome death of Michael Brown from Faraway People (2017 Hatsongs Records)

Luke Tuchsherer A song for Jack Brown from Always Be True (2017 Clubhouse Records)

Robert Vincent Hand to hold from I’ll make the most of my sins (2017 Last Chance Records)

Bedouine Solitary daughter from Bedouine (2017 Spacebomb Records)

The Weather Station Thirty single (2017 Paradise of Bachelors)

Will Stratton Light blue from Rosewood Almanac (2017 Bella Union Records)

Steve Earle and the Dukes News from Colorado from So you wannabe an outlaw (2017 Warner Brothers Records)

Ags Connolly Slow Burner from Nothin’ Unexpected (2017 At the Helm Records)

John Smith Coming home from Headlong (2017 JSCD)