Carousel – Vocal pyrotechnics in London ***** Green Note Camden – Live Review

            A lively support set from talented young Australian troubadour Harry Marshall began the evening. At 20 years old he is chasing his musical dream, from rural Queensland to Camden via Paris. Carousel are a talented UK Americana group with stunning harmonies. They are Chris Hobart on vocals and acoustic guitar, Sarah Holburn on vocals, mandolin and harmonium, Tom Eatherton on vocals and electric guitar and Toby Shaer on fiddle, cittern and vocals. Americana with a folky feel, largely due to Shaer’s vivacious fiddle playing, this group’s harmonies hit you between the eyes and leave you reeling. Inevitable comparisons will be drawn to The Wandering Hearts, UK Americana’s current darlings. Carousel’s style differs with the … Continue reading Carousel – Vocal pyrotechnics in London ***** Green Note Camden – Live Review

Dana Fuchs – Live at the Borderline, London *****

Dana Fuchs hit London’s Borderline hard with her compelling brand of gritty soul-tinged southern blues. Fuchs gave her everything in a performance showing what a powerhouse vocalist she is, prowling the stage with commanding stage presence. In the midst of a lengthy tour to promote her fourth album Love Lives On Fuchs was backed by an excellent six-piece band led by guitarist Jon Diamond, with keys, bass and drums augmented by trumpet and sax. “Let’s spend the evening together in the spirit of music and love” she said, opening with Ready To Rise. When Fuchs threw down her tambourine an audience member picked it up and started using … Continue reading Dana Fuchs – Live at the Borderline, London *****

Erin Rae giggles in London ***

In the midst of her promotional tour for her latest album Putting On Airs, Erin Rae gave a third performance in two days at London’s Slaughtered Lamb basement venue. A beautiful support set came from Brooklyn-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Samuel R Saffrey who was joined by three friends and even a fourth for one number. With a band of three led by American guitarist Jerry Bernhardt with drums and bass, Rae glided through a 14-song set lasting a little over an hour with nine tracks from her recent album Putting On Airs. The audience was held transfixed throughout by Rae’s crystal clear vocals and Bernhardt’s dreamy echoey guitar … Continue reading Erin Rae giggles in London ***

The Wood Brothers – Live at London’s Bush Hall *****

A great opening set came from Logan Brill who was joined on guitar by Jess Grommet, one of her band mates from Nashville. Brill began singing blues in a local bar in Tennessee at the age of 11 and she treated the audience to a storming blues number during her set. Pick of her tracks was If We Didn’t Break Each Other’s Heart, a beautiful song inspired by her hero Bonnie Raitt. Brill ended with Walk Of Shame which morphed into a closing crowd singalong chorus of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. After she finished there were shouts for “more”. The Wood Brothers are Chris Wood on upright/electric bass and harmonica, Oliver Wood on lead … Continue reading The Wood Brothers – Live at London’s Bush Hall *****

Jim White. St Mary’s Church, Guildford ***** Surrey Advertiser and BOON

Americana storyteller deluxe Jim White delivered a stunning performance to a spellbound Guildford audience. White is not only a master musical storyteller but a master performer. You may think you have heard his stories before but they’re mostly different each time and any familiar ones have a new twist. From the sublime to the ridiculous, via beauty, crime, the macabre and religion, White has a catalogue to keep a psychotherapist busy for years. Anyone who writes a song about a lady serial killer warrants further investigation. This was the Jim White experience and the full treatment. Two hours of quality music and side-splitting stories. … Continue reading Jim White. St Mary’s Church, Guildford ***** Surrey Advertiser and BOON