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Welcome to the all new Flyin Shoes Review


This site is the sister site to The House Concert Hub community and has been inherited in the main by kind donation of Shaun Belcher and Trailer Star.

It is the sum total of over ten years of tending a tender love of music by Shaun, a life time with Trailer Star and five or so years of an association with Rob Ellen from Medicine Music.

The House Concert Hub community will use it for the purpose of providing a online, all singing all dancing, review and preview area for the music of the community, and the music community at large. Have a look around tell your friends use the share button, tell the world.

We need reviewers, the idea is we have a correspondents in every area of the musical global village, it will be edited and co-ordinated by Rob Ellen of Medicine Music publicist promoter and presenter, if you wish to subscribe as a correspondent, join up here and drop Rob a line, he will send you cd's and send you to shows, display and publicise your content.

Here starts an other adventure.

  Visit The House Concert European Hub (& Acoustic Music Club Network)

September 2015

Brent Best
90 pts.
Your Dog, Champ
Last Chance Records
Daniel Romano
70 pts.
If I've Only one Time Askin'
New West Records
Rod Picott
66 pts.
Welding Rod Records
Jason Isbell
65 pts.
Something More Than Free
Southeastern Records
Lance Canales
64 pts.
The Blessing and the Curse
Music Road Records
Amanda Pearcy
49 pts.
An Offering
Martin Harley And Daniel Kimbro
44 pts.
Live At Southern Ground
Del Mundo
Tokyo Rosenthal
40 pts.
Rock & Sock Records
The Waifs
32 pts.
Beautiful You
Compass Records
Bobby Long
31 pts.
Ode to Thinking
Compass Records
Leeroy Stagger
30 pts.
Dream It All Away
Blue Rose Records
The Crooked Brothers
28 pts.
Thank You I’m Sorry
Instrument Village
Patty Griffin
27 pts.
Servant of Love
30 Tigers
Phil Lee
26 pts.
Some Gotta Lose
Stevie Agnew & Hurricane Road
25 pts.
Bad Blood & Whiskey
Skimmin’ Stone Records
Romi Mayes
23 pts.
Devil On Both Shoulders
Romi Mayes Music
Iris Dement
21 pts.
Trackless Woods
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
N.R. & The Night Sweats
Warren Haynes
18 pts.
Ashes and Dust
Harpeth Rising
17 pts.
Grimm Rising
Noah Gundersen
17 pts.
Carry the Ghost
The Deslondes
17 pts.
The Deslondes
New West Records
The Palominos
17 pts.
Sweet Misery
Randm Records
Danny & The Champions Of The World
16 pts.
What Kind Of Love
Loose Music
Dave & Phil Alvin
16 pts.
Lost Time
Yep Roc Records
James Leg
16 pts.
Below The Belt
Alive Natural Sound

Based in Scotland covering Europe, FSR working with The House Concert Hub 1st for the latest releases, tour info, & the best roots radio.



Blog Posts

The Troubadour Show #128 Radio Show Preview.

Join me this week for The Troubadour Show #128

Wednesday 2nd September 2pm Eastern USA & Canada / 7pmUK / 8pmCET on Blues & Roots Radio

Thursday 3rd September 2015 5pm Eastern USA  & Canada  /10pmUK / 11pmCET…


Posted by The Troubadour Show on September 1, 2015 at 18:00

FRANCIS PUGH and the Whisky Singers —A PLACE BACK WEST EP (Self-Released)


Awash in raw-boned spontaneity Oxford-based combo, Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers bring a little of a Pogues-esque feel to the table as they combine folk, country and bluegrass with much…


Posted by Maurice Hope on September 1, 2015 at 6:47

Dick LeMasters and Douglas Greer Dutch Dates in September

Texas Acoustic Troubadours head for Holland

Here is Dick La Masters checking in with FSR before they head over.

"I’m a Texas singer-songwriter and perform solo, with duo partner Douglas Greer,…


Posted by Editorial on August 29, 2015 at 11:00

The Troubadour Show #127 Listen Again Link & Playlist.

 The latest edition of The Troubadour Show produced and presented by John Godfrey is available to listen again or catch it for the first time. The Show originally broadcast on Wednesday 26th August 2015 on …


Posted by The Troubadour Show on August 28, 2015 at 10:30

Deliners Euro tour September 2015

The Delines are heading to Europe next week

This direct from the wire.

"We’ve recorded a tour CD just for this run, only a thousand available. It’s called Scenic Sessions and its being made as we speak. Check out the song Gold Dreaming from the record on our website. For those of you who can't make a show to…


Posted by Editorial on August 26, 2015 at 17:08

Sheesham & Lotus & Son Tonder Denmark then England & Scotland

 Sheesham & Lotus & Son

After Sheesham & Lotus & Son toured the UK for the first time in 2014, it was as if a hurricane had just swept through, with crowds left exhilarated and thrilled to have experienced such a barnstorming and hugely-entertaining show.

Reviewers were glowing in their praise and promoters too, sent out messages that clearly spelled…


Posted by Editorial on August 26, 2015 at 17:42

Ep262 Barrence Whitfield gives the kids a musical karate chop to the head

On Americana Music Show #262, Barrence Whitfield plays tracks from Under The Savage Sky, talks about the band’s history, listening to obscure R&B, & giving kids a musical…


Posted by Calvin Powers on September 1, 2015 at 6:30

Betty & The Boy England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales September dates

Betty & The Boy

t’s been a long time since we fielded such a lot of “when are they coming over” enquiries. Venues and promoters have been asking about the availability of the remarkable five-piece, Betty & The Boy who suddenly captured everyone’s imagination in the USA after winning the “Best Band” category in the State of Oregon.

They have been…


Posted by Editorial on June 28, 2015 at 14:00

The Troubadour Show #127 Preview

Join me this week for The Troubadour Show #127

Wednesday 26th August 2pm Eastern USA & Canada / 7pmUK / 8pmCET on Blues & Roots Radio

Thursday 27th August 2015 5pm Eastern USA  & Canada  /10pmUK /…


Posted by The Troubadour Show on August 25, 2015 at 22:00

Featured Artists of The Month - Andy Gunn

When the movie of Andy Gunns life is made as I believe it surly will, it should open with the words "Andy Gunn is The Blues" 

It is impossible to talk about Inverness based guitarist songwriter  Gunn's life and music without telling the back story of his health issues. Here is the story board - Born a haemophiliac, Andy was under doctors orders from the onset and like all kids his life was full of scrapes &  bumps, unlike other kids every graze on football park and fall from a tree brought with it life threading problems.

A guitar brought into the house by his parents at an early age would prove to be, not for the last time. a savour to Andy. His wayward energy effectively and productively channelled. Soon he'd back tracked through his fathers rock collection and alighted on the Blues masters like Lightning Hopkins and Muddy Waters, with the music of his native Highlands all around him, his musical road was opening up before him.

A precocious then prodigious talent blossomed, even by the time he was ready to leave School he had signed a worldwide recording contract with Pointblank, Virgin's blues label, with his school band Jumpin' The Gunn

Travelling to Memphis, he rubbed shoulders and exchanged riffs with Al Green’s rhythm section and Pops Staples to name a few... a high soon to be followed by an inevitable low (its The Blues and its Andy Gunn remember!). Point Blank refused point blank to follow up the critical appeal and acclaim of the CD, Andy returned home. 

After decompressing from that disappointment, back in Scotland more high times gradually ensued, he released an album with Provogue and played alongside many acts including The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, with members of Gary Moore's Midnight Blues Band, with Martin Stephenson (who remains a pivotal supporter and will enter the story again) and toured with 4 time British Blues best harp player Errol Linton. As well as that he landed the support for Buddy Guy at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, jammed with Albert Collins in London, put together a big band of Highland Blues and Jazz musicians for a one off sell-out show in Inverness Town Hall and backed up Geno Washington at the first Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

He then went off in search of America on a trail of discovery where he met and jammed with many other great musicians in the big music centres such as New York, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans... sparking the comment "Damn, I didn't know they picked cotton in Scotland!".. all the time, soaking up the inspiration and walking the avenues of his musical heroes.

It was about this time tragedy struck again, Andy fell foul of the Factor 8 blood debacle & fiasco and became infected by blood bought from the States by the National Health Service in turn infected with Hep.C, HIV Aids and other deadly impurities.

I said to Andy in a recent Radio interview "Is this about the time you have your first bought of cancer or your first heart attack?" to which he answered in typically accepting and downplaying fashion " Yes I'v had cancer twice but I've only had one heart attack and I don't count it, that was just a particularly bad day" 

Andy subsequently became the leading voice of protest for justice for his fellow Factor 8 sufferers and his musical energies for the next 5 years or so would go hand in hand with this struggle, his battle with cancer and 3 self produced albums entitled “Flip Flop Kinetics”, “Bonar Bridge Sessions”"Regional Variations" and constant gigging between specialist treatments here and in London fuelled his music which became infused with a sound brimming with soul, struggle and syncopation.

However just when wider success on all fronts was looking inevitable for Andy!! you guessed it, that unwanted bed fellow "disaster" struck again, in the guise of a violent breakdown, which saw his well documented incarceration at her majesties pleasure and to her doctors recommendation.  

Re-enter the afore mentioned Martin Stephenson who sought Andy out, brought him recording equipment and valuable expertise in producing great albums. Together they set about producing a CD remotely with support of their fraternity of musicians around the country and the experience of these lost years manifested in his current record "The Miracle Of Healing" and stands testament to that fact and the immense power of Andy Gunn's spirit and his spirited playing. 


I am delighted to announce he now has a band of fellow talented Highlanders. They are out and about gigging, recently pulling a huge crowed and knocking them dead at Belladrum Festival. 

His new album ‘Miracle Of Healing’ has now been released  and is available from 

Andy is a true guitar great of the old school and a living blues legend of the modern age, working title for the movie "The Miracle Of Healing"? Why not? It just about says it all.

Rob Ellen

See a video from Belladrum and listen to this remarkable album below 

Andy Gunn (and band) here back with Jumpin' The Gunn vocalist Vikki Kitson

Follow us on Spotify and hear all the new releases and folks who are touring first when we do. 

Featured Videos

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Each June The Medicine Show & Vanity Fare in conjunction with The House Concert Hub & Flyinshoes Review presents Americana Cavalcade our Country Music Celebration and Family Fun Day with local, national and international acts as part of Gold Cup Weekend at Perth Racecourse.

Introducing Scotland's Dark Green Tree, our tip for great things in 2015, produced and championed by Boo Hewerdine and BBC Radio Scotland's Janice Forsyth Show.



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The House Concert Hub was founded by (me) Rob Ellen of Medicine Music; Publicist, Promoter, Presenter. Here are some of the artists Medicine Music and I have the privilege to work with, and links to their music and our mailing list. Please consider joining, be first to know what's happening. All of our artists are confirmed House Concert fans and available for your consideration. Also follow our rolling news below in this column.

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Artists If you want to connect directly with hosts promoters, DJ's and publications who are really active on this site and FSR and off. I can help, have a look at our enhanced membership group, I can connect you with and help you maintain your support structure here in Europe, thats what I do.

 I have introduced to Europe with the help of many of the members here and on FlyinShoes Review and the broad/podcasters and reviewers of Europe the likes of I See Hawks In LA, AJ Roach, Nels Andrews, Carry Elkin, Drew Nelson, Robby Hecht, Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, John Byrd, Phil Lee, Tom Mason, Charlie Roth, the list goes on and on and grows by the week.

I hope its of interest, its great work and I love doing it.
Rob Ellen

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Looking for Shows in Germany/Netherlands/Austria/Switzerland/England/Scotland/Wales 2015/2016

Currently booking shows for Europe between November 2015 - May 2016 including Netherlands in Feb and Scotland/England in March in duo with my electric/lapsteel guitarist. I play acoustic guitar/piano and baby celtic harp as well as sing and am influenced by Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Damien Rice and lots of Scandinavian music. We are looking for house concerts, cafes, restaurants, listening pubs, galleries, theatres and more. You can find out more at…

Acoustic Jazz Vocalist (USA) Seeking House Concert Opportunities in 2016

Greetings! I am an acoustic jazz vocalist in NYC, planning a tour of Northern EU (including Ireland) in 2016. I truly appreciate house concerts, and have performed them widely in the Northeast USA. Song selections include jazz, folk, and singer-songwriter standards. Links to website and videos below. If you are interested in hosting us, please email: info[a] Thank you!

Website   …

Soulful Pop Canadian Singer-Songwriter Touring Scotland Oct 6-17


I hope you're enjoying your week so far :)

My name is Arlene Paculan and I'm travelling from Canada to perform in the UK.  I am currently booked at Market Bar Inverness on Oct 6th (10:30pm-12:30am) and I would love the opportunity to perform at some future house concerts! 

You can hear my soulful pop originals at or see live footage at…

North Dakota Americana Artist on Tour in UK/ EU April/ May 2016 in Support of New Album


My name is Josh Harty and I'm an Americana singer/ songwriter originally from North Dakota, USA but touring all over the US & Europe. I am releasing a new album this Autumn and then will be making my fifth annual tour of the UK/ EU in the Spring. If you are interested in hosting a show in April or May, please email me:

my links:


facebook: …

Huas - Celtic Traditional Music Now booking for January 2016 in Berlin, Germany & Europe!

Hi All,

We are Huas! We are currently booking gigs all over Germany and Europe, bringing our very own style of Celtic trad to your house or venue. Our line up is flexible, ranging from Duo (fiddle/guitar/vocals) right up to five piece big band. We can play completely unplugged or with PA, which we…

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