Lucero and Will Hoge – Live in Brighton ****

DECEMBER 11, 2018 A Tennessee double act from the Thirty Tigers label gave a storming show in Brighton. Opening was Will Hoge who gave a splendid set full of energy, passion and controlled vitriol about the new political reality in the States with Oh Mr. Barnum and Nikki’s A Republican Now from his latest album My American Dream. Making a big sound for a guy with a guitar, Hoge was terrific. Jesus Came To Texas had brilliant timing and Home Is Where The Heart Breaks lyrics to break your heart. Hoge normally plays with his band, that would be great to see in the UK. Lucero’s latest album is entitled Among The Ghosts so it was … Continue reading Lucero and Will Hoge – Live in Brighton ****

Courtney Marie Andrews – Live – London. Union Chapel. Review ****

Since her appearance on Jools Holland’s Later show in April 2017 Courtney Marie Andrews’ profile has risen continually in the UK. She played a stunning solo gig at Islington’s famous Union Chapel, one of the top venues a solo artist can play. She opened with Put The Fire Out from her 2016 breakthrough album Honest Life. Most of the tracks came from that album or her latest offering May Your Kindness Remain. “I booked this [solo] tour to sing some old and new songs and tell some stories” she said. She debuted two new songs Must Be Somebody Else’s Fault and Ships In The Night. Andrews is a gifted songwriter and these songs are … Continue reading Courtney Marie Andrews – Live – London. Union Chapel. Review ****

The Wandering Hearts Live at Islington Assembly Hall, London ***** Live Review

Geographically it’s not far from St Pancras Old Church to Islington Assembly Hall, a nice mile and a half stroll via the Regent’s Canal Towpath. Musically the two are poles apart. The Wandering Hearts played their first headline showcase at the St Pancras Old Church just over 18 months ago. For many acts that venue is the pinnacle of their career, but for the Hearts it was the springboard to the forefront of the UK’s Americana scene. From an audience of 80 of mainly friends, family and record industry execs to a sold-out Islington Assembly Hall of 800. From a 40-minute set to friends and family to a … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts Live at Islington Assembly Hall, London ***** Live Review

Israel Nash rocks London – with the Treetop Flyers and Brent Cowles – Live Review *****

It was a very special night at London’s Scala when Israel Nash brought his band to town. Opening up was talented singer-songwriter Brent Cowles from Denver who filled his time with blues-soaked material. He was accompanied by a female vocalist friend which added considerably to the effect. He was worth the price of admission alone. The six-piece Loose Music act Treetop Flyers delivered a fantastic set largely drawn from their eponymous album. The Treetops are a lively band with infectious, catchy tunes with a hint of Van Morrison and the vocals of Mick Hucknall. Tracks included Art of Deception, the dreamy Needle and the fabulous Sweet Greens & Blues. Great band. Look out for them. The atmosphere was electric in the … Continue reading Israel Nash rocks London – with the Treetop Flyers and Brent Cowles – Live Review *****

The Urban Voodoo Machine at Prince Albert, Brighton, REVIEW Portsmouth News: ‘An experience that brave souls should see at least once in a lifetime’

Imagine a blend of The Pogues, Gogol Bordello, mariachi and New Orleans marching band, with rhythms of rock, honky-tonk, blues, and bossa nova. Add flamboyancy, drama, irreverence, camaraderie and comedy. Then you have the Urban Voodoo Machine. Before the gig you knew this was going to be different, instruments of all shapes and sizes were strewn on and around the stage, with an abundance of skulls and alcohol. The Urban Voodoo Machine is a fluid musical collective led by master showman Paul-Ronney Angel who on this occasion was joined by seven of his musical family; two drummers, bass, keyboards, guitar, … Continue reading The Urban Voodoo Machine at Prince Albert, Brighton, REVIEW Portsmouth News: ‘An experience that brave souls should see at least once in a lifetime’

Punch Brothers – EFG London Jazz Festival — Live Review *****

Three standing ovations. Two hours of magic. One microphone. The Punch Brothers, darlings of the bluegrass cognoscenti, brought their brand of highly distinctive avant-garde bluegrass to London’s Barbican centre. The Punch Brothers are mandolinist and lead vocalist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. All combine to create gorgeous string and vocal harmonies. Inevitably the spotlight falls on the group’s founder and leader Chris Thile,mandolin virtuoso and expressive vocalist. The Punch Brothers are masters of their craft. Whether delicate mandolin playing, complex key and rhythm changes, foot-stomping bluegrass or storytelling, this group is the Steely Dan of the bluegrass world, with technical perfection and sophistication. With a tumultuous reception … Continue reading Punch Brothers – EFG London Jazz Festival — Live Review *****