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The world got its
first introduction to Mindy Smith nearly a decade ago, when
she won over Dolly Parton lovers with an elegantly pleading
cover of “Jolene,” then promptly added to their number
fans of wide-ranging Americana, connoisseurs of confessional
songcraft, appreciators of mature pop melodicism and seekers
of spiritual heft with her Vanguard Records debut One Moment
More and the three albums that followed.
"…she is ‘beyond category.’ And glorious. ” Will
One of the most sought after songwriters in Nashville,
Matthew Perryman Jones has a voice that calls out with
intesity, truth and emotion.
After one listen, you’ll begin to ponder why Jones isn’t
already a major star? Whatever the reasons, music purists
will find it endlessly rewarding and worthwhile to grab a
copy of his latest melodic odyssey. ~AMERICAN SONGWRITER
Tenant Folk Union are a Scottish-based collective whose
hybrid of progressive folk, bluegrass and a dozen other
genres made a terrific impression when they debuted at St.
Bonaventure's last year. So much so in fact that a local
brewery, Wiper and True,
promised to name a beer after the band. The promise comes
good on 4th. July when the band return and STFU's American
IPA is launched at St. Bonaventure's. It's described as 'a
single hopped beer using Amarillo, a wonderfully complex hop
with fruit and floral notes, warm citrus, delicate pine and
The band aren't bad either……"With Hello Cold
Goodbye Sun, the Scottish folk group Southern Tenant Folk
Union presents its most potent offering since 2010's
excellent The New Farming Scene. As with that album,
darkness lurks behind the harmonies, banjos and fiddles.
Economic meltdown and realpolitik cynicism are viewed with
clear-eyed bitterness in "Crash" and "Men in
Robes", but the most shockingly cheery song is
"Days at the Seaside with Ice Cream", a jaunty
domestic murder ballad from the viewpoint of kids
accompanying mum in the car en route to dumping daddy's body
in the sea." The Independent (4 stars)
and you'll find the surname Johns on the sleeves of many of
the most influential recordings of the last forty years.
Between them Glyn Johns and his brother Andy produced or
engineered much of the soundtrack to the 70s and 80s (Bob
Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Eric
Clapton, The Faces and The Eagles among countless others.)
Son/Nephew Ethan Johns (9th. July) has a production record
that includes Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Kings of Leon and
The Vaccines. Named Best British Producer at the last Brit
awards, he proves conclusively that talent can be inherited.
He's also a superbly inventive singer songwriter whose first
solo album, If Not Now When earned comments such as -
"Uncluttered, beautifully mellow and personal … a
real treat"- Metro and "What took him so long? Uncut."
readers may be familiar with a member of Police Dog Hogan.
Banjo player Tim Dowling is a regular columnist with a
particular speciality in chronicling the pleasures and
occasional miseries of domestic life. Self deprecating irony
being his style, his references to the band can give the
impression that they're not all that good. Forget it.
They're actually terrific - as good a home-grown bluegrass
type outfit as you're likely to find. Good fun too - as
"Footstompin’ Townbilly for people who don’t like
old-time country. Their album, From the Land of Miracles,
took my breath away as it sounds different – but different
in a very good way. Trust me: Police Dog Hogan are well
worth seeking out before the youngsters claim the band for
themselves.” No Depression
trio Red Sky July (Friday 19th. July) have something of a
pedigree. Shelly Poole was half of the million selling duo
Alisha's Attic. Ally MaErlaine was the guitarist in Texas
(the band - not the state) and Charity Hair is not an
obscure good cause for the follicly challenged but the third
member, hailing from Plant City, Florida. Starting off as a
side project that quickly outgrew everything else that they
were involved with, their self titled first album, recorded
in Bristol, has been sending the critics bananas - "An
album with an authority that simply transcends its
locale." according to the BBC and "a wonderful
record of hope, inspiration and love - mesmerising vocals,
touching lyrics, beautiful melodies and a sense of self
belief" according to www.musiccritcic.co,uk.
Over a twenty
year duration, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have
earned a reputation as one of the finest Cajun bands in the
world. The Grammy winners combine searing, emotional vocals,
songwriting, soulful fiddling and onstage front man charisma
to create a standard by which other bands are judged.
Tim Eriksen (
describes himself as hard core Americana, Having appeared
with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson (although not at the
same time), and described by T Bone Burnett as having
"One of the best voices in music" his reputation
as one of the most original and distinctive banjo and fiddle
players in the world, as well as being a exquisitely
talented singer and songwriter, is well earned. He's played
everywhere from CBGBs to Carnegie Hall, so it's an immense
honour to be able to have him at St. Bonaventure's
"Widely regarded as the best traditional American
ballad singer of his generation" Kit Bailey, BBC
"Utterly singular is 'Every Sound Below'..., the latest
from ex-Cordelia's Dad frontman Tim Eriksen, fresh from the
'Cold Mountain' soundtrack. A wonderful collection of
old-time folk obscurities - from Civil War songs to southern
shape-note hymns - Eriksen's voice sounds hewn from oak.