Ward Thomas Live — G Live, Guildford **** Review

FEBRUARY 27, 2019 Touring to promote their latest album Restless Minds, UK country-pop sensation Ward Thomas played to a packed G Live in Guildford. Hot on the heels of their chart-topping Cartwheels album, Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzie Ward Thomas are riding the crest of the UK country pop wave. Backed by a band of four musicians the girls confidently strode to the stage to open with Lie Like Me from the new album. Back to familiar territory with the catchy Guilty Flowers and then three more from the new record. The duo gave the band a break to play Cartwheels, showing their versatility and that less can be more. As sisters who … Continue reading Ward Thomas Live — G Live, Guildford **** Review

Big Boy Bloater. Review. Surrey Advertiser.

Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs St Johns Church, Farncombe ****                                                                                                                                                 Accomplished local bluesman Big Boy Bloater kicked off his latest UK tour with a scintillating performance at Farncombe’s St Johns Church. Backed by drummer Matt Cowley and bassist Steven … Continue reading Big Boy Bloater. Review. Surrey Advertiser.

UK Soul Pioneers Kokomo — Live at the Half Moon, Putney *****

FEBRUARY 21, 2019 Featuring six of the original 1970s line-up, legendary ten-piece soul-blues groovers Kokomo sparkled at London’s Half Moon on the first day of a two-night residency at the band’s spiritual home. With four specialist vocalists, Kokomo are the jewel in British soul and their live performances are legendary. Led by keyboardist and vocalist Tony O’Malley the band stormed through a two-hour set of 14 tracks, including new to the live repertoire Kitty Sittin’ Pretty and It Ain’t Cool (To Be Cool No More) from the band’s 1975 eponymous debut album. Vocalists Charlotte Churchman and Helena May Harrison have breathed life into the group and they join Frank Collins to form a formidable vocal trio. … Continue reading UK Soul Pioneers Kokomo — Live at the Half Moon, Putney *****

Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Live at St Johns Church, Farncombe ****

FEBRUARY 21, 2019 Accomplished bluesman Big Boy Bloater kicked off his latest UK tour with a scintillating performance at St Johns Church in Farncombe, Surrey. Backed by drummer Matt Cowley and bassist Steven Oates, Bloater powered through twenty high energy numbers. Big Boy Bloater plays good time rhythm and blues in the Dr Feelgood and George Thorogood mode with songs are about bad times, good times and of course drinking, including Messing With The Booze and Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking. He tackles contemporary subjects with gusto with Robot Girlfriend and The Digital Number Of The Beast. There’s humour as well, with the tracks Oops Sorry and Every Path Has Its Puddle, about a serial killer, naturally. Premiering two new songs, Nasty Little Rash and Banging … Continue reading Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Live at St Johns Church, Farncombe ****

William The Conqueror – Album Review – Bleeding on the Soundtrack. Rating: *****

FEBRUARY 15, 2019 William The Conqueror’s debut offering Proud Disturber Of The Peace (August 2017) made ripples and contained brilliant songs including In My Dreams, Did You Wrong and Pedestals. Released today (Feb 15th), the Loose Music grunge Americana act’s second album Bleeding on the Soundtrack is a strong contender … Continue reading William The Conqueror – Album Review – Bleeding on the Soundtrack. Rating: *****

Carson McHone – Live Review – The Keep, Guildford ****

LATEST FEBRUARY 5, 2019 Rising Americana star Carson McHone gave a delightful solo performance at the Keep pub in Guildford. In the UK to promote her new album Carousel, McHone came to Guildford fresh from the UK Americana Awards in London where she had featured in the showcase event for new artists. “I’m Carson McHone from Austin, Texas and I’ve got some stories to tell” she began. Playing bars in Texas at 16 when she wasn’t old enough to be in them, McHone has grown up performing and writing songs, her influences include Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground. With a crystal-clear country voice, gentle guitar and unhurried delivery McHone began … Continue reading Carson McHone – Live Review – The Keep, Guildford ****

AmericanaFest UK Showcase. Live review. John Oates, William The Conqueror, Asleep At The Wheel, John Smith, Wade Bowen *****

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 John Oates at The Moth Club for Americana Fest. Photo Credit: Chaz Brooks The Americana Music Association UK scored a massive coup in bringing John Oates to London to play at the showcase event at an intimate venue in east London. With a stellar line-up, record label Thirty Tigers strutted its stuff at the Moth Club and proudly paraded its talent. Asleep at the Wheel had veteran Ray Benson and fiddle player Katie Shore whipping up a storm. The club was packed to the gills and they tore it to shreds with powerful and frenetic traditional country swing. Preceding South of the Border, Benson gave his take on that wall: “There’s … Continue reading AmericanaFest UK Showcase. Live review. John Oates, William The Conqueror, Asleep At The Wheel, John Smith, Wade Bowen *****