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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Juanita Stein

“…her electric stage presence made every song compelling to the enraptured crowd…”

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….

Album review: Worry Dolls: Go Get Gone

“The harmonies are sweet and controlled, the instrumentation is subtle. Lyrically, there’s space for nostalgia, regret, even wishful thinking – but not for settling”

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…”

Hannah Rose Platt & Kaity Rae

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

The Round Up with Two Ways Home, Ann Bailey, Catherine McGrath & Katy Hurt

 February 3, 2017 The Metropolitan, London What better way to reflect and encourage the growing popularity of country and Americana music in the UK than to have a monthly showcase? Two Ways Home have started something special, modelled after the songwriters rounds that help to make the live scene in Nashville so dynamic. Four acts…

Album review: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

In a rare suitable for work moment, Urban Dictionary defines ‘pollywog’ as a boy growing up without a father. Another definition, stemming from the Middle English ‘polliwog’ meaning tadpole, has a pollywog as a young sailor crossing the Equator for the first time. Telling, then, that the first song on Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide…