Flyinshoes Review

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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)

August 2015

Jason Isbell
153 pts.
Something More Than Free
Southeastern Records
Daniel Romano
122 pts.
If I've Only one Time Askin'
New West Records
The Deslondes
66 pts.
The Deslondes
New West Records
Brent Best
63 pts.
Your Dog, Champ
Last Chance Records
Hollis Brown
60 pts.
3 Shots
Blue Rose Records
Phil Lee
48 pts.
Some Gotta Lose
Stevie Agnew & Hurricane Road
44 pts.
Bad Blood & Whiskey
Skimmin’ Stone Records
Richard Thompson
41 pts.
Proper Records
Warren Haynes
38 pts.
Ashes and Dust
Jeremy Pinnell
36 pts.
Sofaburn Records
The Statesboro Revue
33 pts.
Jukehouse Revival
Blue Rose Records
Eilen Jewell
29 pts.
Sundown Over Ghost Town
Signature Sounds Records
Jimmy Lafave
28 pts.
The Night Tribe
Music Road Records
The Palominos
25 pts.
Sweet Misery
Randm Records
Beth McKee
23 pts.
Sugarcane Revival
Swampgirl Music
Rod Picott
20 pts.
Welding Rod Records
Watkins Family
20 pts.
Watkins Family Hour
Family Hour Records
Dale Watson
19 pts.
Call Me Insane
Red House
Joel Rafael
19 pts.
Inside Recordings
Sam Outlaw
19 pts.
Thirty Tigers
Tony Furtado
19 pts.
The Bell
Blue Rose Records
Barna Howard
18 pts.
Quite A Feelin'
Loose Music
Iris Dement
18 pts.
Trackless Woods
Samantha Crain
18 pts.
Under Branch & Thorn & Tree
Full Time Hobby
Chris Stapleton
15 pts.
Mercury Records

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

Health & Happiness Hour - Belladrum Tartan Heart Fringe Launch show (The Federals in session) July 21 2015

This weeks Health & Happiness Hour is a Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival preview show with special guests Ullapool's …


Posted by The Medicine Show on July 22, 2015 at 1:00

Ep258 Kevin Sekhani returns to his hard-working roots in Lafayette

On Americana Music Show #258, Kevin Sekhani plays tracks from Day Ain’t Done and talks about returning to his home of Lafayette to write songs about the hard working people there.

I’ve also got the brand new album from Langhorne…


Posted by Calvin Powers on August 4, 2015 at 6:30

PHIL LEE —SOME GOTTA LOSE…….(Palookaville)

From Raleigh NC to Los Angeles (1970s) to East Nashville one-time drummer, truck driver and now singer-songwriter, recording and touring act Phil Lee has seen both the underside of life, worked his butt off playing dives in America's big cites, and more than once had to…


Posted by Maurice Hope on July 30, 2015 at 7:30

Paul Thompson (& Bluebell The Milk Float) arrive for Belladrum (Rob Ellen investigates)

Paul Thompson is attempting to break the world record for travel in a milk float while touring from Norfolk to The Edinburgh Fringe, he's already…


Posted by Flyinshoes Tartan Heart Fringe on July 29, 2015 at 22:30


Autun Opic is a man of dual origins, born to German and Croatian parents but prefers to sing in English, just as well or I would not be writing this review and you would not be reading…


Posted by Maurice Hope on July 29, 2015 at 7:47

Health & Happiness Hour (Andy Gunn in session) July 28 2015

This weeks Health & Happiness Hour is a Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival preview show with special guests The  Highlands own Andy Gunn (with Fraser McLean) Andy is testament to "The Miracle Of Healing" and pays testament through his Blues, he's…


Posted by The Medicine Show on July 29, 2015 at 2:30

The Grahams connect with Woody Guthrie by train (Ep257)

On Americana Music Show #257, Alyssa and Doug Graham play tracks from Glory Bound and talk about finding a connection with Woody Guthrie by train and their documentary film with Cody Dickinson

I’ve also got another track from that new…


Posted by Calvin Powers on July 28, 2015 at 6:30

Celtic Music Radio Mike Ritchie Podcast


Here's my latest playlist from Celtic Music Radio - I've put the catch-up links at the foot.

Hope you enjoy the selection........any…


Posted by Mike Ritchie on July 27, 2015 at 10:30




Texas country honky tonker Dale Watson has been relentless in his dedication and development of barroom fashioned country music, and a whole lot more besides. Watson has opened up an…


Posted by Maurice Hope on July 25, 2015 at 7:02



Four lps (1966-1969) on two cds, a feast of country music is what is on offer here, and for fans of older country music and fans of Sledge, Mississippi-born Charley Pride in…


Posted by Maurice Hope on July 25, 2015 at 7:31

Featured Artists of The Month - Phil Lee

Featured artists of the month Phil Lee 

The new CD "Some gotta lose.."  finds "The Mighty King Of Love" in a reflective &  pensive mood.

This from his nibs as to why. 

"This is where I go on about how great we all are and how darn lucky you are you bought this record and why it sounds like this and why these are the songs.

I spent 2013-14 touring and taking the time to visit some of the old haunts, the Hollywood places where I’d hang out or play, the New York dives that aren’t that anymore but high end coffee shops where the price of a cup and a pastry is equal to the rent I was paying in 1973. The graves of dead ex-girlfriends. The White Horse Tavern. The apartment on El Centro. Barney’s. The Troub. Where this was. Where that was. Where we met. Where we said goodbye.
A couple of times I had to stop the car and pull it together. It was too much. Sadness and nostalgia, just more debilitating. Some horribly wonderful yearning for a thing that was gone. Gone and never coming back. The heart of it though, it was there, a wisp of a thing I wanted desperately to hold in my hand but It was like trying to hold smoke.

Turns out the Portuguese have a word for this feeling (of course they would): saudade. Saudade was once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure,well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone or something that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings all together, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling.

We made this record in a big house in upstate NY, quick and live with few overdubs and no edits. Just like in the old days. If you’re one for noticing this kind of thing, you’ll notice some songs have extra measures when we couldn't decide by telepathic communication who should play a solo or just hang out, a few numbers where we vamp on the end for what seems like forever because either it was getting good to us or I was thinking “am I going to have to buy all these people dinner?” or I was missing my dog, who knows. And yes, There are places you can hear actual bonafide mistakes! There was some chatter about fixing this stuff but in the end we decided to leave it like it was, just like we left it the day we walked out of the studio, to go back on the road... And I don’t mind saying, I love this record. I hope you do too"..

Have a listen to "Some gotta lose.." Here

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Featured Videos

Featured video 

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.



My 5th European Tour

I thanks the good folks here on the Hub for all the support over the years and looking forward to seeing many of you on the tour.


Friday 24TH July
Mick Brady House Concert 7 pm
19 Whitethorn Road
Clonskeagh Dublin 14


Time:July 24, 2015 at 6pm to August 14, 2015 at 11pm
Location:The British Isles
City/Town:Scotland England & Ireland
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The Flyinshoes Review Belladrum Tartan Heart Fringe 2015

The Flyinshoes Review Belladrum Tartan Heart Fringe - Offering a musical landscape to match the landscape of The Highlands  of Scotland all through the summer, with all roads leading to Belladrum Festival.

The Belladrum Festival Home Site

Tartan Heart Fringe dates will be listed here as and when they are confirmed and the Potting Shed Stage artists are featured …

Time:July 5, 2015 at 6pm to August 12, 2015 at 11pm
Location:House Concerts, cafes, pubs, village halls & Festivals
City/Town:The Highlands of Scotland
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Scott Bricklin & Ben Arnold

Scott & Ben are very versatile musicians with a great repertoire of unique music.

Time:December 6, 2015 from 8pm to 10pm
City/Town:berlin / germany
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Ross Bellenoit Duo

Ross is a wonderful guitarplayer and a great songwriter

Time:September 20, 2015 from 8pm to 10pm
City/Town:Berlin / Germany
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Jess Klein (USA)

If i want to describe Jess' kind of music, ir's like you see and hear Lucinda Williams younger sister.

Jess is just great

Time:September 4, 2015 from 8pm to 10pm
City/Town:Berlin / Germany
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Medicine Show Promo Tour Support . Artists we will connect you with your Euro support structure.

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.

Enjoy the site.

You are very welcome to this community; all feedback is very much appreciated ...  Rob Ellen.
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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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Flyinshoes Review is brought to you in conjunction with Medicine Show Promo 

The Medicine Show is the home of the House Concert here is our rolling news


booking House Concerts

A side trip to Sweden

Just the other day, while riding the bus from Saarbrucken to Hanover in Germany, I checked my email and received notification/invitation from the festival in Sweden which takes place from Aug 30th to Sept 5th. I checked our schedule and with a little juggling we can do it :) ..

Are you in Sweden? Do you want us to wander by either on our to the festival our on our way back south to Germany? We've never been to Sweden before and are greatly looking forward to it. If we…

Oct 11-14 Dublin House Concert(s) Sought

Hello All!

I'll be in Dublin to lead a songwriting workshop for IMRO, amd am looking for listening room environments to play in.

Thanks for your consideration!

Jeff Finlin/PeterBruntnell/ Clive Barnes Ferbrury 2016

 Jeff Finlin/PeterBruntnell/ Clive Barnes February 2016

We will all be touring the UK from the 4th-20th of February 2016 and looking for house concert hosts--

contact for more information---

Nashville's Jon Byrd / UK Tour Oct 2015

Very excited about my 4th tour of Merry Old!

I've released a new recording: ROUTE 41 since my last visit and I'm hoping to see lots of dear friends and fine music lovers like I always do.

As you'll see I've got a half dozen dates…

Americana and Bluegrass act from Asheville - we need some September dates filled!

Hi There,

We are called Clyde's on Fire - based out of Asheville, NC and are touring the UK this September.  We really need to fill 9/10 and 9/13 in Ireland and 9/15-9/18 anywhere in England! We have played the Maverick Festival (UK), Merle Fest, Spring Fest, Aiken Bluegrass and were recently featured on Tennessee's Blue Plate Special.  Our website with links and music is and we love house…

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