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Co-pilgrim release third album in two years – ‘Slows To Go’ – Nov. 6th on Battle Worldwide Recordings.

2015 October 6
by Gillian
Photo credit: Angus Taylor

Photo credit: Angus Taylor

Winchester/Oxford masters of perfectly crafted pop Co-pilgrim, release their third album on November 6th via Battle Worldwide Recordings. A free download of the first single ‘You Come Over, You Go’ has been made available with an accompanying video.

Co-pilgrim’s Mike Gale (Black Nielson) is a man on a mission; ‘Slows To Go’ is the third Co-pilgrim album in two years, that’s in addition to the two solo albums he’s released this year alone. There are echoes of the implausibe productivity of indie heroes Guided By Voices’ to this effect (Gale is a fan) and with previous albums ‘A Fairer Sea’ (2013) and ‘Plumes’ (2014) high praise indeed has already come Co-pilgrims’ way. 

‘the feel of classic Teenage Fanclub to the sound of the Byrds and beyond’ – Louder Than War


October dates:

Sun. 11th: The Apple Tree, Clerkenwell London w/Paul McClure
Sat. 24th: The Bullingdon, Oxford, album launch w/Paul McClure & The Shapes
Sun. 25th: The Hyde Tavern, Winchester, album launch w/ Incredible Weapons & DJ Robert Octoplus

New extra UK dates for Daniel Knox

2015 March 11
by Gillian

DK READER 3Video – ‘Don’t Touch Me’  as premiered by Vanity Fair


New March dates:

Wed 25 – Coventry, The Tin @ The Coal Vaults (with John Southworth) – Tickets

Thurs 26 – Hull, The Adelphi Club
Mon 31 – London, The Windmill – Tickets
‘A weird balance of Scott Walker and Harry Nilsson’ Time Out NY

Daniel Knox UK March dates supporting The Handsome Family. Self titled third album rel. Feb 24th (Carrot Top Records).

2015 January 29
by Gillian

Daniel Knox Website

one of the most important singer songwriters of the moment’ David Coulter

‘imagine John Grant singing a collection of Raymond Carver stories’ UNCUT


Fri 6 – London, St Giles In The Fields – Tickets
 Sat 7 – Birmingham, The Institute – Tickets
Mon 9 – Stirling, Tolbooth – Tickets
Tues 10 – Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre – Tickets
Wed 11 – Glasgow, St Andrews in the Square – Tickets
Sun 15 – Gateshead, Gateshead Old Town Hall – Tickets
Mon 16 – Leeds, Irish Centre – Tickets
Tues 17 – Reading, Sub 89 – Tickets
Wed 18 – Sheffield, Memorial Hall – Tickets
Fri 20 – Liverpool, The Leaf – Tickets
Sat 21 – Manchester, The Martin Harris Centre – Tickets
Sun 22 – Cardiff, Globe – Tickets
Mon 23 – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre – Tickets

Hannah & The Heartbreak single ‘Moon Dune’ Feb. 9th, from debut album ‘Open Heart Surgery’ (All The Cats Recordings) avail. now. Plus video released.

2015 January 7
by Gillian

handtheheartbreakohsFor fans of Beth Orton, Cat Power, Carole King, Joni Mitchell:

London based Hannah & The Heartbreak originally formed as a collaboration between lead singer-songwriter Hannah Bristow, and a collection of musician friends based at a live-in warehouse in North London.

A gifted artist, Hannah ascribed each song on ‘Open Heart Surgery’  an elaborate and beautiful illustration which can be seen in the upcoming video for ‘Moon Dune’ – second single  taken from the album, out on February 9th ‘Moon Dune’ YouTube

This follows first single ‘The Gate’ (Soundcloud) that received great airplay with Tom Robinson at 6Music, Alex Lester at BBCR2 and Amazing Radio.

Daniel Knox releases self-titled third album Feb. 24th (Carrot Top Records)

2014 December 1
by Gillian
DK UP RES 2‘Daniel Knox’s one of the most important singer songwriters of the moment. His whole approach is worthy of note and anyone who is unfamiliar with his beautiful and unique art should buy his records. I am blessed to know and have worked with him on several occasions and each time was exquisite’. David Coulter – musician/curator/producer (Damon Albarn, Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright, Antony, Nick Cave).
See video for first track on album:
‘Blue Car’ – YouTube 
Long known for darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles – inspiring collaborations with David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker along the way (contributing backing vocals to the latter’s ‘Further Complications’ album), Knox’s latest work signals a new, more wide-ranging songwriting that invites listeners into his twisted world of time travel, abandoned shopping centres, and growing up in a slowly fading middle America. The album features Knox’s powerful and unique baritone along with backing vocals from The Handsome Family’s Brett Sparks and vibraphone by Thor Harris (Bill Callahan, Swans, Shearwater), all backed by a large ensemble of brass, strings, woodwinds, choir, synthesizers and other musicians.

‘The Gate’ first single from debut album by Hannah & The Heartbreak released Sept. 8th

2014 August 25
by Gillian

Artwork by Hannah Bristow

First single to be taken from debut album ‘Open Heart Surgery’ by Hannah & The Heartbreak is ‘The Gate’ – already receiving airplay from Alex Lester on BBC Radio 2.

The album is out on August 25th via All The Cats Recordings and features 12 tracks, all recorded in a North London live in warehouse by Hannah Bristow and a collection of musicians. Each track on the album has been coupled with a unique line-drawn illustration designed by Hannah herself – the first of which can be seen on the cover of ‘The Gate’.

Listen to the unmastered version of ‘The Gate’ here: Soundcloud

Andrew Bird releases album collection of The Handsome Family covers June 3rd.

2014 June 5
by Gillian

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

‘Hearing Bird for the first time will feel like discovering a new planet’

Independent on Sunday

Things Are Really Great Here.. Sort Of’ follows Andrew Bird’s 2013 7-track EP release ‘I Want to See Pulaski at Night’, and his 2012 record ‘Hands of Glory’. Released digitally (and CD via the website – here)  on June 3rd , with a vinyl format following later this Summer.

Bird will embark on a North American tour this Summer with his band Hands of Glory – Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton (bass), Eric Heywood (pedal steel), Kevin O’Donnell (drums) – beginning June 6th and including two sold out Rough Trade NYC shows.

The Handsome Family is husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, who have collaborated as a couple for more than 20 years garnering widespread critical acclaim. Andrew Bird – a long-time fan – first covered their track ‘Don’t Be Scared’ in 2003 and toured with the band last Autumn. He then began work on this collection which includes an updated rendition of ‘Don’t Be Scared’.

Listen to ‘Tin-Foiled’ from ‘Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…’, originally premiered on Pitchfork, here.

Hannah & The Heartbreak album announced; ‘Open Heart Surgery

2014 June 4
by Gillian
By the end of 2012, an albums worth of songs had been recorded by Hannah Bristow and a collection of musician friends in a North London live-in warehouse. In 2013 producer Jack Reynolds completed the final mixes, enlisting help from Luke Buttery at Way Studios. The album was entitled ‘Open Heart Surgery’ and now it is to be released on Guildford label, All The Cats Recordings.
Tracks such as ‘Unstuck’, ‘Role Play’  and ‘The Gate’ received early airplay from Gary Crowley on BBC London and The Demo Show, Amazing Radio.
Website –

Thom Donovan album out June 16th ‘Canon’ feat. Wyclef Jean.

2014 May 15
by Gillian

tdFrom Nashville, Thom Donovan’s first single from ‘Canon’ entitled ‘Shipwreck’ is a collaboration with Wyclef Jean featuring guest vocalist Ruby Amanfu. The song, inspired by Arthur Brooke’s poem ‘The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet’ (1562), is a looping blend of treated classical guitars and an 808 drum machine.

Catch the video for ‘Shipwreck’ which includes performers from the Nashville Ballet.

Shipwreck – YouTube

  • ‘Canon’ was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Wilco, Tom Petty, George Harrison).

Thom (ex-of band Lapush) also writes for JMHB Music and Kobalt Music. His tracks frequently appear in popular TV shows, including The Good Wife on CBS and Body of Proof on ABC, and he also has a recurring role in the ABC musical drama series ‘Nashville’, as a musician.

Until The Bird.. release single ‘Nightingales’ in prep’ for album ‘Pale Clouded Yellow’ out later this year.

2014 March 17
by Gillian

hhhOriginally from Bristol, Canterbury and Lithuania, Until the Bird (of the Soul Takes Flight from the Cage of the Body to Consort with the Nightingales of the Everlasting Garden – to give them their full name) formed in London in 2011 winning support from BBCR3’s Late Junction, Resonance FM (Sam Lee), Folk Radio and BBC Introducing for their debut six-track EP ‘Dwelling’.

They  write songs that are simply mini-epic celebrations of life and love made in defiance of war and the forces of late capitalism crafting something you haven’t ever quite heard before, while remaining rooted in the musical history of these isles and further afield. Fusing irresistible melodies with a restless musical curiosity and a desire to make songs that feel completely new.

‘Nightingales’ – YouTube

3rd April – Smugglers Sessions at The Lighthouse, Walmer, Deal, Kent CT14 7DX
14th May – The Folkroom at the Harrison Pub, 28 Harrison St., Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF