Country Music Week: Sonia Leigh, Megan O’Neill & Sam Wickens

“a dynamic mix of dive-bar chic, rock moves, heavy drums, dirty riffs and husky vocals”

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The Shires & Catherine McGrath

May 2, 2017 London Palladium The Shires’ “secret” set at this year’s Country To Country festival was one of the worst kept secrets of recent times. Many of those who queued the length of The O2 for that treat now filled the legendary Palladium for the epic final night of The Shires’ UK My Universe tour….

White Trash

April 27, 2017 Melomania, London “The complete opposite of Sofar Sounds” Never truer words spoken! With Sofar Sounds, audience members are guests who bring cushions to sit on while they listen politely to the performers. In contrast, the crowd at Cambridge Audio’s bespoke performance space, Melomania, was invaded by White Trash’s lead singer who clambered…

Dave Hause, Sam Russo & Robyn G Shiels

“It’s not clear if Dave Hause realises just how good his lyrics are, but he must know he has something truly special as a performer. These are the nights we live for. “

Roddy Woomble & Andrew Wasylck

“Woomble paced the stage seeking the shadows and dark spaces. It was interesting to watch an a frontman who doesn’t crave the limelight”

Country to Country Festival 2017 – Friday

Country to Country Festival 2017 Friday, March 10, 2017 All Bar One, O2 London It must be exhilarating for an up-and-coming country artist to get a coveted slot at Country to Country Festival (C2C).  There was just one catch for the three bands who stepped up to the All Bar One stage on the opening night:…

The Handsome Family & Courtney Marie Andrews

“…countless other songs celebrated the obscure, the overlooked and delicious darkness. Brett’s deep vocals soared up to Union Chapel’s rafters, variously chased down by Rennie’s sweet harmonies and her auto harp, xylophone or ukulele…”

Worry Dolls & Declan Bennett

“Then, suddenly, a flash of red hair and smiles that could surely be seen for miles around. Right from the get go with Miss You Already, Rosie Jones and Zoë Nicol were note perfect – their harmonies warming the winter chill.”

Hannah Rose Platt & Kaity Rae

“Platt’s songs were full of nuance, pathos and historical perspective, with a delivery reminiscent of Jewel.”

Israel Nash & Juanita Stein

“…his uncompromising, all-in style was somehow even more compelling at close quarters. As the temperature soared in The Islington’s back room, the sold-out crowd was treated to a performance masterclass. “

Emily Barker & Pete Roe

The “new, new, new, new songs” are smoky and bold. Different, to be sure. But that’s Emily Barker, the folk-pop-blues-soul-Americana-country-rock singer, for you. She’s never been one to rest on her laurels.