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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.

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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

Jeremy Pinnell & Max Fender Euro tour

Jeremy Pinnell grew up in Northern Kentucky just south of the Ohio River,…


Posted by Editorial on October 6, 2015 at 9:16


 My latest selection with catch-up links.



Posted by Mike Ritchie on October 5, 2015 at 16:52

Ep267 Randall Bramblett brings southern music into modern times.

On Americana Music Show #267, Randall Bramblett plays tracks from Devil Music & talks about the bottom end loops, ambient noises, & strange sounds he uses in his modern music.

On this week’s episode I’ve got…


Posted by Calvin Powers on October 6, 2015 at 6:30

Glasgow Americana Festival

GLASGOW Americana runs this year from October 7 to 11 with seven gigs at three venues – the CCA, St Andrews in the Square and The Glad Café.

With the likes of singer/songwriter icons, Bruce Cockburn and Tom Russell appearing, the festival standing is set to be further enhanced this…


Posted by Editorial on October 3, 2015 at 10:15

The Troubadour Show #132 Preview

Join me this week for The Troubadour Show #132

Wednesday 30th September 2pm Eastern USA & Canada / 7pmUK / 8pmCET on Blues & Roots Radio

Thursday 1st October 2015 5pm Eastern USA  & Canada  /10pmUK / 11pmCET on The Penguin Rocks

2 hours of the best in Alt Country, Americana, Country & Western, Folk,…


Posted by The Troubadour Show on September 29, 2015 at 14:05

Health & Happiness Hour (Jerry Lee Lewis Birthday special & Scott MacDonald in session) 30 sept 2015

The Medicine Show Radio Health and Happiness Hour Jerry Lee Lewis Birthday special ft. tour The  Henry Girls Scott MacDonald in session and Teresa Storch is the House Concert Hub feat. artist, music from Charlie Roth Chuck Hawthorne…


Posted by The Medicine Show on September 30, 2015 at 0:00


1 – NEIL YOUNG – California Sunset …


Posted by Mike Ritchie on September 28, 2015 at 12:59

Ep266 Shemekia Copeland sings about what’s going on

On Americana Music Show #266, Shemekia Copeland plays tracks from Outskirts Of Love & talks about learning the business from her father & listening to country music in Harlem.

I’ve got the new west…


Posted by Calvin Powers on September 29, 2015 at 6:30



South Florida singer-songwriter, Robert Chaney’s venture over to London to record Cracked Picture Frames and have Ken Blake produce was an inspired and most fruitful one. Brimmed full of stirring…


Posted by Maurice Hope on September 28, 2015 at 7:08



Indie act, American singer-songwriter Willy Porter may be a new name to most, but this talented singer-songwriter can call on Al Kooper (Bob Dylan, Blood, Seat & Tears) as a fan. By the…


Posted by Maurice Hope on September 28, 2015 at 7:18

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

Andy Gunn talks about The Miracle Of Healing

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

Featured videos

"I Wanna Dance with You" by Stephanie Urbina Jones and former featured artist of the month - the single (shot in Spain on the summer Euro Festival tour)

Former FSR featured artist Charlie Roth on his House Concert Hub sponsored tour in Donegal with The Henry Girls July 2015

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.
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Low Country Hill in The Netherlands and Germany in February/March 2016?

Hello everyone,

My name is Paul Hogeterp and I am a musician and long-time resident of Hamilton, Canada.  In November 2014, I released my debut solo record under the moniker Low Country Hill.  Recorded by Dave King at his lovely barn-turned-studio on the outskirts of Hamilton, the record features a cast of talented compadres, family and guest musicians including Pat Sansone of Wilco and Bill Dillon (Joni Mitchell,…

joe bayliss looking for hosts, staffordshire, west midlands, cheshire, derbyshire autumn/winter 2015 tour

Hi all, i'm looking for anyone wishing to host a house party this autumn/winter.

please take a look at my website and see a few videos or listen to my albums.

I love the intimacy of small concerts allowing 2 way conversations, jokes and story telling to develop.

see you soon!

Seeking House Concerts in March-June 2016

Hi I'm looking to arrange a UK and European tour between March and June next year, I'd love to play at your place. I can offer a slice of real deep New Zealand folk music, see my website for more info:…

Scotland House Concerts in November!

Hi all,

I'm Ags Connolly, a country singer from Oxford, and I'm looking for house concerts in Scotland this November. I am playing at the Thomas Fraser Memorial Festival in Shetland that month and would like to fit some house concerts around it if possible.

The dates I am…

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