Ana Silvera at St John on Bethnal Green, Feb 27th, with members of The Santiago Quartet. Support from Seftel (Lo Recordings).
‘Stunning.. an album that mixes operatic and folk elements with magical storytelling’ The Guardian
‘melodies that just won’t leave you alone, a voice that tugs at your heart’ Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
A Million Times Presents: Ana Silvera performing pieces written for her upcoming second album, plus songs from ‘The Aviary’ (and some surprises – especially for Britney fans!) with members of The Santiago Quartet. Support comes from electronic art-popster poet, Seftel.
St John on Bethnal Green; 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
Since the 2012 release of debut album ‘The Aviary’ (on Karamel Music Collective), singer-songwriter Ana Silvera’s extraordinary voice and mythic songs have drawn in an ever growing band of fans and critics alike. Recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, and featuring arrangements from Maxim Moston (Antony and the Johnsons), the collection of tracks have been described as ‘haunting grown-up fairy tales’ (Metro) from ‘One of Britain’s most outstanding singer-songwriters’ Marcus Davey OBE, Director of Camden’s Roundhouse.
From Paris, Cleo T performs music that sits somewhere between ethereal folk and dark cabaret. Her album ‘Songs of Gold & Shadow’ was produced by John Parish, probably best known for his work with PJ Harvey. Lyrics written by Robert Wyatt especially for Cleo T. feature in the album’s epilogue entitled ‘So Long Ago Yesterday’.
See the extraordinary video for ‘We All’ taken from ‘Songs Of Gold & Shadow’ - YouTube
Matt Harding has taken his time, five years in fact, before following his acclaimed previous releases (via Moshi-Moshi, Heavenly and his own Reluctancy label) with this, his fifth album ‘motifs’. Thirteen musically cinematic pieces, uncomplicated, uncluttered – eight of them no longer than 3 minutes and influenced by diverse artists such as Nina Simone and Moondog.
‘Telford’s voice, rich, pure and clear, will simply break your heart’
5* Sunday Express
The second album by My Glass World was written by Jamie Telford on a hillside in Scotland, during the the winter 2012/13. ‘The Year Of Happy’ is the follow up to debut ‘Book One’.
Jamie’s diverse career has included performing with The Jam and The Style Council, writing and playing on two albums with Richard Strange, and writing music for theatre. After taking a musical sabbatical he retrained as a classical composer. His orchestral pieces have been performed by the Southbank Sinfonia, and the National Youth Orchestra among others. The sound of My Glass World is eclectic and literate – powered by an uncommon lyrical and musical intelligence and back by Jamie’s talented associates, Cameron Graham, and Julian Simmons.
Independent on Sunday
The full EP stream - Soundcloud
From Andrew Bird:
“I had this song “Pulaski at Night” that was fresh and ready to go. Rather than wait a few years to put it out, I composed a sort of score to go with it, as if the song were a movie, and I wrapped it in a soundtrack composed of themes that set you up for the song.”
“When a seemingly random word or phrase sticks in your head for two decades, you should pay attention to it and maybe honor it in some way. It now represents a time in Chicago in my 20′s. We were driving around the northwest side with a student visiting from Thailand. At one point he declared, ” I want to see Pulaski at night”. We thought it was funny and absurd because Pulaski is a street that runs the length of Chicago’s west side and I can tell you, you don’t want to see Pulaski at night.”
The South (still Beautiful!) release single ‘Pigeonhole’ (Oct 28th) from album ‘Sweet Refrains’ and launch lengthy UK tour.
Formed in 1988 from previous band The Housemartins, The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Number One single – A Little Time. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country’s most popular albums ever.
After 20 years, 10 studio albums, 5 greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, but Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, two of the three singers, were having too much fun to stop and The South was formed. Joining them were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson.
A few years further down the line, here we are with The South and their debut album, currently available on Zoo Records. Sweet Refrains unveils their own brand of irresistible pop melodies laced with twists of caustic wit and opens another new and exciting chapter. The album tour started on September 30th 2013 and continues right through to December. Here are the dates in full:
Debut visit to the UK ‘Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’, self-titled album out now (INgrooves/Little Sur).
Live: London – Oct 29th – The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St., N1 0XT
Facebook – The Islington
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – the San Francisco-based six-piece have gained recognition for their brand of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul, punctuated with fresh four-part harmonies, crisp rock guitar and Nicki’s soaring, nuanced vocals.
After playing an average of 150 shows a year over the last two years including noteworthy appearances at US festivals this year such as Bonnaroo and Newport Folk, Nicki is making her debut European tour together with a stripped back Gramblers. Joining her are husband Tim Bluhm (the Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers) and guitarist Scott Law. Together they will perform as an acoustic trio and plays songs from the newly released ‘Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’ album as well as from ‘Driftwood’ (2011) and ‘Duets’ (2010).
Gary Lucas is a world-class guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter. Dubbed ‘the greatest living electric guitarist’ by Daniel Levitin, author of ‘This Is Your Brain In Music’, he has recorded more than 20 acclaimed solo albums and was a key member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band during the 80s.
‘Touched By Grace’ is a revealing account of the time Gary spent working with Jeff Buckley during Jeff’s early days in New York City. It describes their magical first performance together at the Greetings From Tim Buckley concert in 1991, the creation of their landmark songs ‘Grace’ and ‘Mojo Pin’, their plan to take on the world together in Gary’s band Gods and Monsters—and then the moment when Jeff pulled the plug, opting instead to pursue a solo deal with Columbia Records.
Gary writes with heartfelt honesty about the highs and lows of this unique creative collaboration, providing an eye-opening insight into a world of music, passion, betrayal, and more. He will be touring the UK and Europe in November and will be reading from Touched By Grace. Gary will also be performing the songs he wrote with Jeff as well as other highlights from his career.
November 12: Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
November 13: Bristol, Colston Hall
November 14: London, Purcell Room
November 17: Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
November 18: Edinburgh, Electric Circus
November 22: Cork, Triskell
November 23: Dublin, Grand Social
Turner Cody to tour UK with Black Yaya (David Ivar – Herman Dune) starts August 30th at End Of The Road Festival
Turner Cody has a new album out now on Tim Love Lee’s Boy Scout Recordings label, entitled ‘Last Of The Big Time Spenders’. In celebration of this fact, Turner is to tour the UK (and Europe) with the inimitable David Ivar aka Black Yaya.
Fri. Aug. 30 : End Of The Road Festival
Sun. Sept. 1: Brighton, The Hope
Mon. 2 : London, Hoxton Bar
Tues. 3 : Bristol, Thunderbolt
Wed. 4 : Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
Thurs. 5 : York, The Basement
Fri. 6 : Newcastle, The Think Tank
Sat. 7 : Wakefield, The Hop
Sun. 8 : Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
From a large discography, Turner Cody’s most recent releases include Rules Of The Road (2011) and Radioman Sessions EP (2012). His song ‘My Heart is Behind the Curtain’ appears on the Citizen’s Band compilation Grab A Root And Growl (2012). He is also featured along with Wooden Wand, Little Wings, and Great Lakes on PIAPTK Records release of ‘The Rising Cost of Living High and Loving Hard: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson’, with a rendition of ‘Sam’s Song’.
In celebration of his new EP ‘Golden Friend’ available now, Jake Mattison will be playing on Thursday 25th July – Sofar Sounds, Oxford and on Friday 26th July – Sofar Sounds, Manchester. (The secret world of Sofar Sounds)
And on Wednesday July 31st, at The Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, London EC2A 3SQ.
‘Imagine Adam Duritz from Counting Crows after a night gargling sand and you come somewhere close to the depth and richness of Mattison’s vocal. When this man sings about sorrow, you believe him’ – Clash Magazine
“If you ignore Jake Mattison, you’d be making a big mistake. Mattison, from Manchester, has a voice sent from the heavens, a big, rich instrument capable of rendering you speechless while just staring at your speakers” - musicOMH