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March 2010 Blog Posts (76)

Viper Central Euro Dates

Viper Central European Tour

Viper Central are hot new-time old-timey Canadian combo, who are no starngers to the festival scene on continetal Europe, they are returning to Switzerland, Italy and The Netherlands. This time touring The UK for the first time. You can visit them on The House Concert Hub here, FSR are advised they have dates to fill if you fancy a house concert of can help contact them here.… Continue

Added by Editorial on March 31, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Lou Vargo dates and album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 30, 2010 – Critically-acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Lou Vargo is finding remarkable success at radio and press throughout the U.K. and Europe with his second solo CD, Sunday Night Serenade.

Based on the tremendous response Sunday Night Serenade is receiving in the UK, and in Scotland specifically, following his Belladrum Festival Fringe Highland Tour in 2008 Vargo is launching a… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on March 31, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Will Kimbrough: Wings From the opening riff on acoustic slide guitar, you just know you're in for a bit of a treat here. I don't really understand musical technicalities but apparently the tune is built around a flattened fifth. Whatever, it sounds great and the song, Three Angels, is a sweet paean to his wife and daughters. You might think it's as digestible as a tube full of… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 30, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

"Seven Curses" Jeffrey Foucault and Mark Erelli

News of a new release from Jeffrey Foucault who is turning covers into a speciality, this time around he's teamed up to record an album of murder ballad duets with Mark Erelli, the albums due out in Europe on April 12th, you can pre-order in the UK at Fish Records - to tempt you there's a trio of tracks to download of this acoustic focussed records available at Jeffrey's official… Continue

Added by simon2307 on March 30, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

Kevin Higgins —Find Your Smile (Little Train Records)

West Texas singer-songwriter Kevin Higgins paints pictures of life that are real and unlike those from a world spoilt through commercialism he is the real deal, no substitute given.

In the words of Austin, Texas resident and journalist, Rob Paterson who has written a few liner notes speaks of how producer,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 30, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE —SOLDIER BLUE THE BEST OF THE VANGUARD YEARS (Vanguard) Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte Marie made a name for herself through her songs ‘Universal Soldier’ —that has long been the envy of many a so-called protest singer and a host of others too and ‘Soldier Blue’ plus a bunch more. Donovan, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand all took to her work early on and a great many have since followed, and this trend will I am… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 30, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments


When it comes to pure as a mountain stream vocalists, Ginny Hawker who was reared on traditional country music of Hank Williams, Ray Price and The Carter Family plus old fashioned Primitive Baptist hymn singing stands head and shoulders above most.

Ginny Hawker who has recorded albums with Kay Justice and her… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 30, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Primrose Chill Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Primrose Chill is a natural addition to the ever expanding Gaymers Camden Crawl in 2010. Centered around a hub of pubs and outdoor spaces dedicated to a mainly acoustic line up, the Chill event will be held just a short walk or canal boat ride from the hustle and bustle of the main Crawl thoroughfare in the relatively serene backdrop of Primrose… Continue

Added by Editorial on March 29, 2010 at 20:48 — No Comments

Crosby Tyler "Lectric Prayer" Featured Album of the Week on the Medicine Show this week

Crosby Tyler has been touring relentlessly opening for Peter Case and then headlining on his own and winning audiences and critics alike in Scotland and England where he toured in February 2009.......He has just completed a tour of the Northwest playing in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington...........The latest fork in the road brought him north to Inverness where I was there to meet greet, interrogate and enjoy.… Continue

Added by The Medicine Show on March 29, 2010 at 19:00 — No Comments


Oh, boy what a stunning title track! Not only do we have Curtis partnered by good ol’ gal, Mary Gauthier on the A.P Carter classic but the two ladies create a sound akin to Hazel (Dickens) and Alice (Gerrard) and who recorded the song back in the 1970s on Rounder. Praise does not come much higher than this and it is… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

Stephanie Lambring: Lonely to Alone

A new kid on the block, gathering some enthusiastic reviews, Stephanie Lambring's debut album is a lushly produced collection of impressive self-penned songs. A while ago I muttered that I couldn't get enthusiastic about songs that dealt with young love. Well it depends how good they are, I suppose, and, lyrically at least, Stephanie Lambring is top notch. Writing from the… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 28, 2010 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

new Bob Paterson Show on Americana-UK online!

Good Morning you groovers,

Good news. My new show is online Americana UK.

The playlist for my current show is shown below. In it I introduce new names The Floe and The Hi and Low, and play new songs by Elizabeth Cook, Alex Highton and Crooked Still. Listen to it by following the link below. Shows will be weekly from now on as I have developed a new (faster) way of putting the shows online.…


Added by Bob Paterson on March 28, 2010 at 9:19 — No Comments


Road musician, travel junkie Crosby Tyler over the years has absorbed music of everyone from Leadbelly and Big Bill Broonzy (among others) of the blues genre to the Beatles, Jim Morrison and the Doors to Johnny Cash by way of the folk singer-songwriters of the 1960s, Springsteen and as on the opening cut on his latest album ‘Lectric Prayer’ —is that a hint of Neil Young I… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 28, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments


Yet another strong set of songs from John Hiatt, one of music’s survivors both physically and creatively —The Open Road offers arguably his most pure and edgy music in some time.

Aided by his road band of Kenny Blevins (drums), Patrick O’Hearn (bass) and Doug Lancio (electric guitar) all eleven tracks are new… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 27, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments

The Wynntown Marshalls: Westerner

Well what is with it with Scotland and country rock? There have been, and still are, some really good bands that have the knack of sounding absolutely right: Teenage Fanclub, The Lush Rollers, Southpaw and The Sundowns, amongst others, have all produced excellent music, unmistakably in the Americana vein, without being remotely… Continue

Added by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on March 26, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments


Cape Breton quartet, The Cottars have a splendid Celtic folk sound going for them as Scottish and Irish flavours combine alongside their native Nova Scotia Cape Breton roots on this fine package.

Their version of Mark Knopfler’s ‘Fare Thee Well Northumberland’ that couldn’t be better even has a smudging of bluegrass creep,… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 26, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Crosby Tyler is on tour in The UK now! FSR's Rob Ellen tracked him down in Inverness earlier this year

Crosby Tyler has been touring relentlessly opening for Peter Case and then headlining on his own and winning audiences and critics alike in Scotland and England where he toured in February 2009.......He has just completed a tour of the Northwest playing in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington...........The latest fork in the… Continue

Added by Editorial on March 24, 2010 at 1:00 — No Comments

Scots songstress Andi Neate south of the border down Bristol way.

Andi Neates Kick off for 2010 starts next week with Bristol, Bishops Stortford and KingsLynn.

Fast becoming one of Scotlands best exports she's starting work on the new album, and just back from Canada and interestingly The Falkland Islands see her blog here

Mini Tour South of England

24th March - The Prom, 2 The… Continue

Added by Editorial on March 22, 2010 at 21:14 — No Comments


It is about time Eric returned to the music he started out playing and ease away from the more commercial form of the blues he had let himself be sucked into. Music that lacked the soul of this record and those he did earlier in his career. The music that underline that simple is most often the best and how it is quite often what is left… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 22, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

BROOKS WILLIAMS —BABY O! (Red Guitar Blue Music)

Blues Americana bottleneck slide-guitarist, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams is a true road musician and has put in the miles to prove it —as quoted in the liner notes he has travelled all points of the compass. Aided by friends David Goodier, (bass) PJ Wright (steel guitar, Dobro), Keith Warmington (harmonica) and Helen Watson (vocals) he recorded ‘Baby O’, his… Continue

Added by Maurice Hope on March 22, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

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HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *MM, *SZ
2 -- 66
DANNY SCHMIDT / Standard Deviation / Live Once Records *JJ, *HdB,
*TK, *AN, *GS, *MF, *SP
3 2 53
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *MP,
*PvG, *ME
4 -- 49
MERCY JOHN / Let It Go Easy / Butler *LK, *JD
5 3 45
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *FSch
6 4 44
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent
7 -- 42
RYAN BINGHAM / American Love Song / Thirty Tigers *HB
8 6 36
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *CRS
9 24 35
KALYN FAY / Good Company / Horton *JV, *JBo
11 35
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc Records
11 -- 34
VARIOUS / Songs of Our Native Daughters / Smithsonian Folkways
*FCe, *PJ, *PK
12 8 28
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *FB
-- 28
J.S. ONDARA / Tales of America / Verve Records *AL, *WV
14 -- 28
MADELEINE ROGER / Cottonwood / Independent *LM
15 -- 24
KIM LENZ / Slowly Speeding / Blue Star *MvP
-- 24
LILY & MADELEINE / Canterbury Girls / New West *TJ
17 12 23
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH, *BH
18 -- 22
ETHAN JOHNS with The Black Eyed Dogs, Anamnesis, Three
Crows/Proper *RK, *JB
-- 22
LONG RYDERS / Psychedelic Country Soul / Cherry Red Records *JS
20 5 19
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways
21 -- 18
YOUNG VALLEY / Young Valley / Dial Back Sound *DHo, *CvL
-- 18
KERRI POWERS / Starseeds / Continental
23 -- 17
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS / Easy Way / Walkie Talkie *KG
24 -- 16
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *PR
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MICHAEL McDERMOTT / Orphans / Pauper Sky *JDoel *

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