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

Wildwood Kin play new album tracks at London showcase

JULY 12, 2019 London’s Elegant Hotel hosted the recent Sony showcase for folk/rock trio Wildwood Kin to preview four tracks from their second album, Wildwood Kin, out on October 4th. Sisters Beth and Emillie Key and cousin Meg Loney, all dressed in red and black, were joined for the session by a guitarist/bassist to add depth to the sound, according to a Sony executive. “We can’t wait to release this album in October. We’re stoked.” enthused Meg Loney. The trademark harmonies shine as brightly as ever and there’s a rocky edge with Loney’s enthusiastic drum work. Tracks played were Headed For The Water, Never Alone about … Continue reading Wildwood Kin play new album tracks at London showcase

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Live at The Garage, London ****

  JULY 10, 2019 Peyton’s Big Damn Band is rather small. On stage with Peyton were his wife “Washboard” Breezy Peyton and Max Senteney on a drumkit that includes a maple syrup bucket as tom tom. Peyton plays blues guitar the old-fashioned way, playing the bass line with his thumb and finger-picking the lead. This was a no-frills show of Delta and Hill Country Blues played with intensity, good humour and skill. Peyton had six guitars on stage, including a National Resonator and two box guitars, one being a three-string version. About one of his guitars Peyton said “I paid $325 for this one, so it’s … Continue reading Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Live at The Garage, London ****

Stevie Wonder’s Song Party. Live at BST Hyde Park *****

JULY 7, 2019 Stevie Wonder gave an emotionally-charged performance to 65,000 people at London’s Hyde Park as part of the of theBarclaycard presents British Summer Time programme. Escorted to the stage to the by two of his six backing singers, Stevie appeared emotional. He was to explain the reason for this at the end of the show. What followed was two hours of Stevie magic. As If You Read My Mind from his 1980 album Hotter Than July opened the show with power and funk to die for. Master Blaster from the same album led into a heavy funk version of Higher Ground. The funk turned to Latin groove … Continue reading Stevie Wonder’s Song Party. Live at BST Hyde Park *****