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….
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…
“The harmonies are sweet and controlled, the instrumentation is subtle. Lyrically, there’s space for nostalgia, regret, even wishful thinking – but not for settling”
“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, 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:…
“…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…”
“Platt’s songs were full of nuance, pathos and historical perspective, with a delivery reminiscent of Jewel.”
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.
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…
“Lonely Heart Reverb, which also opens the album, was simply breathtaking. It set the tone for a modest masterclass in what is possible simply with ethereal vocals, guitar and sensitive reverb…”
“The crowd in the small room above a Manchester pub drank in each trusty chord and sang each hopeful lyric with the familiarity and fierce loyalty of old friends.”
“…the crowd listened in awed silence as Varley’s political poetry filled the room.”