The Urban Voodoo Machine release new album Friends and Family ****

OCTOBER 23, 2019 The new Urban Voodoo Machine’s Friends and Family album is not The Urban Voodoo Machine. But that’s the point, this exhilarating album consists of the band’s musical friends performing 15 classic UVM tracks. Friends and Family (Volume One) contains the bonus of UVM reworking two of their tracks with special guests. Friends and Family captures The Urban Voodoo Machine’s spirit and energy. The album is aptly named as the UVM is one big, inclusive, flexible musical family – with a lot of friends! This is a “must have” album for all fans of the group, with some … Continue reading The Urban Voodoo Machine release new album Friends and Family ****

Sean McConnell – Showcase in London

OCTOBER 1, 2019  In front of a select invite list of industry insiders McConnell performed five tracks from his latest album Secondhand Smoke at an intimate showcase in London. Secondhand Smoke is McConnell’s thirteenth album, a prolific catalogue for the 34 year-old, originally from Massachusetts and now a resident of Nashville. The day before he supported Ashley McBride for her London show McConnell showed why he is such an acclaimed songwriter. The tracks he performed from the album were the title track plus Shaky Bridges, Rest My Head, I Don’t Want To Know and Greetings from Niagara Falls. Sharing a strong connection with his audience McConnell captivated with his … Continue reading Sean McConnell – Showcase in London

Dervish – The London Palladium ****

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 There was a triumphant atmosphere as Irish folk superstars Dervish took the stage for their 30th birthday celebration concert at the London Palladium. “It’s taken us a long time to get here. If this gig is half as good as the rehearsal it’s going to be a great night” triumphed singer Cathy Jordan, revelling in her opulent surroundings. The six-piece Irish folk outfit was joined by keyboardist Graham Henderson, producer of the band’s latest album The Great Irish Songbook and five guest singers; Imelda May, David Gray, Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy and Kate Rusby. During band introductions singer Cathy Jordan introduced all Ireland Fiddle champion Tom Morrow as “the newest … Continue reading Dervish – The London Palladium ****

Stevie Wonder. Hyde Park. Blues & Soul magazine.

You may probably have read by now that Stevie told the world from the Hyde Park stage that he is going to have a kidney transplant in September. On the back of that news, this was quite an extraordinary show by perhaps the biggest star the soul world has ever produced. “As If You Read My Mind” and “Master Blaster” from the “Hotter Than July” album opened the Hyde Park show and then a funky as hell “Higher Ground”. To read full review please click here Continue reading Stevie Wonder. Hyde Park. Blues & Soul magazine.

Big Boy Bloater – Live at Westival Festival *****

JULY 24, 2019 Westival is a great music and comedy festival held inside a community centre in Aldershot, Hampshire. The building’s interior, with three performance rooms, is turfed for the occasion with real grass to generate a festival atmosphere. Closing Westival on the Sunday night was local boy made good Big Boy Bloater. Originally an Aldershot boy he still lives within a few miles of the town. On gruff blues vocals and stinging guitar, Big Boy Bloater was admirably backed by the powerful rhythm section of Matt Cowley, drums and Steven Oates, bass. Kicking of with Devils and Angels Bloater takes it all the way down … Continue reading Big Boy Bloater – Live at Westival Festival *****

Josh Ritter – Live at Union Chapel, London *****

JULY 24, 2019 Renowned American songwriter Josh Ritter thrilled the adoring Union Chapel faithful with a flawless performance on the first of two shows at the iconic venue. A powerful Delta blues-soaked support set came from Ida Mae, with Chris Turpin getting full volume from his Resonator guitar and gritty, plaintive vocals that belie his years, and Stephanie Jean on vocals and percussion. The Nashville-based UK duo featured tracks from their debut Ethan Johns-produced album Chasing Lights, including Reaching, Love Is Still A Long Road and Feel Them Getting Closer. Touring to promote his excellent tenth studio album, Fever Breaks, Josh Ritter bounded on stage with a broad … Continue reading Josh Ritter – Live at Union Chapel, London *****

Charley Crockett Touring the UK In September

JULY 12, 2019 Charley Crockett tours a lot, he played over 200 shows last year. He talks a lot – his onstage banter alone is worth the price of admission. He plays fast and he plays well. BOON reviewed him on his last tour of the UK and we loved him. He’s coming to the UK in September to play a short run of shows, including the Long Road festival. Crockett’s unique approach to American roots music — a mix of Texas blues, classic country and Cajun soul — has earned him an audience on both sides of the Atlantic. He cut … Continue reading Charley Crockett Touring the UK In September