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”

ICMP Songwriters’ Circle: Americana Special with Ben Earle

April 3, 2017 Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush “I think we saved the best to last!”  London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is known for music education delivered by industry professionals, supported by liberal access to studios and and practice rooms. More than that, it offers students the opportunity to perform with and learn from…

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…

John Moreland & Zach Torres

Moreland’s voice hovered on the verge of cracking as he dissected the end of a relationship, detailing deep heartbreak interspersed with fleeting, unwarranted hope.