New Album & Single Releases
New Album & Single Releases
Yves Lambert Trio
‘ We are talking about vision – for the Tentation album, I was greatly inspired by the biblical theme “The Temptation of Saint Anthony”, a theme that also inspired many artists over the centuries, among them the painters Salvador Dali, Heironymous Bosch, Martin Chongauer, Michelangelo and Max Ernst; Gustave Flaubert’s writing also reflected the story’s influence.
I couldn’t be among better company!
For me, this theme is a nature study. A view of humanity through its strengths and weaknesses. From sacrifice and sin to pleasure and regret, with sacrifice integral to pleasure – plenty of paths to take.
It is in this spirit that I have developed the “happy” concept that will imbue this new album, featuring temptation in all its forms – carnal pleasure, drinking, abuse of power, etc.
As for the music itself, it is the fruit of fifteen years of collaboration with Olivier and Tommy, two extraordinary musicians with whom I have developed a powerful complicity. Together, we are also driven by a common understanding of the importance of tradition in the face of broad, mainstream musical trends of today. That’s the picture!’ Yves Lambert
Tentation - Label La Prûche Libre. Cat No PRU2 4818 – Available Now
CD Artwork : Drawn by Geneviève Chabot
Inspired by the Temptation of St Anthony by Martin Schongauer 1470
YOU TUBE - Listen to the Yves Lambert Trio preparing the Tentation album
The Chris Ronald Trio
Now living in Vancouver, Canada, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England in 2002. He was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, and brought up in Derby & Burton.
Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots,” and The Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”
Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at the age of fifteen when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after moving to Canada and self-producing his first two albums: Pacific Time (2004) and Turning Tides (2011).
In a glowing review, The Georgia Straight praised Ronald’s songwriting and “beautifully clear tenor voice” and wondered “where his obvious talent has been hiding for so long.” Encouraged, Ronald went one step further on his next project hiring ace producer and multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis. The resulting Timeline (2014) album catapulted Ronald to a new level in his career with, among other accolades, a nomination for “Songwriter of
the Year” at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Chris Ronald is an international touring artist. In live performance, he draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, and ukulele) to deliver a show that is captivating and unique. And in 2017, Ronald added another batch of “refreshingly original” songs to his repertoire with his latest album, Fragments, released on the esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis
John Ellis is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist from British Columbia who flits effortlessly between guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and more. He has worked with top Canadian talent such as Colin James, Ferron, and Jane Siberry and produced Ronald’s last two albums.
Also, you might be interested to know that John is a direct descendent of Elizabeth Fry.
Originally from Alberta, Mike Sanyshyn has been named British Columbia provincial champion four times as well as fiddle player of the year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. He was placed in the top three at the Canadian Grand Masters Championship.
A first call studio musician, his fiddle features heavily on Ronald's new Fragments album.
Turning Tides 2011
Pacific Time 2004
YOU TUBE - Chris Ronald 'Fragments'
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
New EP ‘Leviathan!’
Tracks: 1. The Diamond (Tradd)
2. DLFN (Boston - Barber)
3. Leviathan (Giddens)
4. The Lost Triangle (Boston - Barber)
5. Werry Whaling Ground (Trad)
℗ & © Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Cat No: BTP 005
Is this the world’s first folk party record about the glories and tragedies of whaling?
Leviathan! is the second EP – and fifth studio release – from York-based folk-rockers Blackbeard’s Tea Party. On this record, the band dramatise a whaling industry which once funnelled significant funds to British ports such as Hull, Whitby and Peterhead but would eventually bring many whale species to the brink of extinction.
Across five tracks the band depict the industry’s promises of profit and glory, the power and might of whales, the adrenaline of the hunt, and the tragic bloody realities of a whaler’s life at sea.
Throughout, the band plough their own distinctive furrow of arresting folk rock, a sound that is bigger and badder than ever. Moving away from hand percussion, the interlocking rhythms are now provided by two drum-kits, a choice which adds power to the band’s sound and accentuates Blackbeard’s Tea Party’s rockier edge.
But while they contemporise British folk, here Blackbeard’s Tea Party stay grounded in traditional source material, displaying both accomplished musicianship and their flair for compelling Storytelling.
Stuart Giddens: melodeon, sumptuous vocals
Tim Yates: bass, melodeon, trombone, sousaphone
Martin Coumbe: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Dave Boston: djembe, congas, shakey things, bells, faux bells
Liam 'Yom' Hardy: cajon, drums, tambourine, miniature cymbal
Laura Barber: fiddle, cello
Leviathan April 2018
Reprobates Oct 2015
Whip Jamboree 2013
Tomorrow We'll Be Sober 2011
Heavens to Betsy 2009
YOU TUBE -- Blackbeard's Tea Party 'The Diamond'
Land Of Escape
Track Listing: 1. Landscapes (Ben Reel)
2. Fields of Dreams (Ben Reel)
3. Soldier of Love (Ben Reel)
4. Fish Out Of Water (Ben Reel)
5. Healing Hands (Ben Reel)
6. Some Mercy (Ben Reel)
7. I See Paradise (Ben Reel)
8. Misty Morning Rain (Ben Reel)
9. Suffer In Silence (Ben Reel)
10. Drifting (Ben Reel)
11. Paradise Found (Ben Reel)
12. Smoldering Simmering (Ben Reel)
Musicians: Ben Reel: Vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar riff
Micheal Black: Drums Ronnie O’Flynn: Bass Gerry Black Jnr: slide guitar
John McCullogh: Piano, Strings, string arr. Julieanne Black Reel: Backing vocals
Jimmy Bakker Slide Guitar Glenn Schwarzer: electric and acoustic guitars
Hans Heidt Flute & Sax Colin Farrell Violin
Land of Escape is Ben Reel’s eight studio album, and like the last two releases it was recorded and produced in Ben's own studio in South Armagh, Ireland. It’s different from his previous album, 7th; Ben feels it has a more alt folk ambient vibe.
About Ben Reel:
Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh. Soon after high school at the age of seventeen (1989) he started his musical career performing and songwriting with local band “Trim The Velvet”’ before going solo in the late nineties.
Against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland, music became Ben’s way out.
He first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen, inspired by the realness of the likes of
Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Neil Young. Their music struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel's psyche, which is reflected in Ben's heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing.
Ben Reel performs solo or as a duo with his wife Julieanne or with his Dutch band `The Haarlem Boys’ but mainly he performs with his own `Ben Reel Band’.
The band have graced big festivals such as Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop in the Netherlands, Robin Hood Folk Festival in Nottingham, Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots, Cork Jazz Festival & Ireland’s premiere music festival “Electric Picnic” and in December 2017 they played the Musiktan festival in Bilbao, Spain.
Since his debut back in 1999, each album released by Ben Reel has gone from strength to strength earning him many plaudits from the music media around the world. Ben’s unique style has evolved by drawing from a wealth of different types of music, from rock, soul, blues, alt folk/Americana, country and reggae. By fusing these different genres behind his songs he has created a sound that has become his own.
Over the years Ben has made numerous radio and television appearances along with playing support to artists such as, Jools Holland, Alabama 3 and The Cranberries.
He has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum, the legendary Blockheads’ and the award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon.
As a songwriter and performer he has co-written and worked with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney, John Hadley, Sergio Webb & Irene Kelley.
In November 2017 Ben was honoured to be asked to perform `On Raglan Road' at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the famous Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh.
Land Of Escape (2018)
Darkness & The Light (2013)
Time To Get Real 2009
New Horizon (2007)
Sweet Victory (2004)
Lost in a Haze (2001)
This Is the Movie (1999)
Ben Reel '10' (1999-2009)
Exorcise Me E.P. (2000)
U People (2005) single
YOU TUBE -- Listen to one of Ben's classic tracks, 'Heart Just Won't Heal' (B. Reel)
Track Listing 1. Letter (Gem Andrews)
2. Sing Your Song (Gem Andrews)
3. Lungs (Gem Andrews) 4. Bare (Gem Andrews)
5. Feather & Skin (Gem Andrews)
6. Two Lighthouses (Julia Darling & Tim Dalling)
7. Two By Two (Gem Andrews)
8. Straight Lines (Julia Darling/Dave Scott/Zoe Lambert)
9. Medicate (Gem Andrews)
10. Carole (Gem Andrews)
11. Come A Long Way (Kate McGarrigle)
Artist: Gem Andrews Title: North File: Alt/Country/Folk Label: Market Square
Cat: MSMCD200 UPC: 5065001032615
Gem Andrews - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Nicky Rushton - Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Sarah Van Jellie - Double Bass, Harmony Vocals
Bernard Wright - Violin, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Susanne Lambert - Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals
New album ‘North’
Gem Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’ is an intimate and stirring collection of songs which tackles themes of mental illness, poverty, community and destitution. In this dark country album, Andrews opens up the murkiest corners of her mind, and tells stories which are in turn despairing, hopeful and furious.
Running through every song is Gem’s spiritual home; the North East of England, sometimes as subject and sometimes as backdrop. The album is infused with the warmth and energy of the region, and pays tribute to local legends, including the late, great poet Julia Darling.
Gem’s songs capture the rage of the North, railing against a political class that have destroyed the livelihood and pride of the people and left them to waste.
Born on the outskirts of Liverpool, Gem Andrews writes Americana and folk music with an honesty and rawness that takes the listener by surprise and cuts to the quick.
Andrews’ music is deeply rooted in alt-country, which she uses to tell emotionally rich working class stories. Her fierce and independent voice carries inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
She is backed by full harmonies, blooming fiddle melodies, piano and accordion all
supported on a sea bed of acoustic double bass and drums.
Gem has lived across the North East of England and is currently based in Berlin where she writes music and creates feminist theatre.
North (Feb 16th 2018)
YOU TUBE -- Gem Andrews 'Sing Your Song'
Debut album from road-hardened Northern Irish blues trio Pre-war blues influences, Texas electric blues energy Vinyl length – six originals, two covers (Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter)
From Ottilie Patterson in the 1950s through to Gráinne Duffy and the Bonnevilles in the present, the Hardchargers are an exciting new chapter in Northern Ireland’s long history of world-class blues artists. After 8 years of thrilling audiences the length and breadth of Ireland, and 4 self-released singles, Scarecrow is both their first album and first nationally released product. It heralds a new focus for 2018 on performances in Britain and Europe.
Together, Lonesome Chris Todd (guitars/vocal), Richard J. Hodgen (drums/washboard) and Dave Thompson (bass/ukulele bass) performed 80-90 gigs a year throughout Ireland from 2012 to the end of 2016, from backwater bars to repeats bookings at the island’s biggest blues and rock festivals.
Incorporating an exhilarating back-porch section to their set with resonator, washboard and ukulele bass, the Hardchargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the pre-electric blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown – to the progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie Lee Simms. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of all of the above, combined with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris Todd’s real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely refined from all of blues/roots and rock history since.
After a challenging 2017 due to external circumstances, the band members were thrilled when a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final part of the album project reached its target within one day:
Lonesome Chris Todd: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to our fans for that. We had never done crowdfunding before – we’ve always believed in paying our way, but it’s been a tough year for family reasons for some of us and ultimately we needed help from our friends to complete the project. We were overwhelmed when that help came in one day. It gives us a renewed confidence to take what we’re offering to the wider world. The Scarecrow album is the essence of the band. It’s a souvenir for all our Irish fans and a calling card for everyone else. The Hardchargers are at a crossroads – the Devil’s moved on, but that’s okay, we’re waiting for a bus to Europe!’
Scarecrow was recorded over five days in Belfast in December 2016/January 2017. Album guests include Irish jazz sensations Linley Hamilton (trumpet) and Scott Flanigan (piano/organ).
YOU TUBE -- The Hardchargers 'Scarecrow' - About The Album
If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Label: Shovel And A Spade Records
Genre: Folk/World/Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Cat. No: SAASCD001 UPC: 5060366785473
Produced by legendary singer-songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman.
If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is the fifth solo album by UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid.
Musings on mortality dominate this recording, but it’s by no means all gloom: “Break Me Down” is possibly the cheeriest song ever written about decomposition, while “One Sparrow Down” (backed not by Sarah’s trademark DADGAD-tuned guitar but rather by a battery of unorthodox percussion instruments including wine bottle and oven grill) takes a similarly upbeat approach to the death of a bird hell-bent on attacking its own reflection, unseen by the predatory cat calmly watching from her perch on the windowsill. In the liner notes for the album, Sarah thanks her cat Nightshine for contributing guest vocals to the track, and apologises to her for the implicit metaphor.
A cover of Jeff Wayne’s melancholy “Forever Autumn” leads into an arrangement for voice and guitar of “Dies Irae”, the medieval chant whose melody is echoed not only in Wayne’s intro to his classic War Of The Worlds number but also in countless film soundtrack themes (The Exorcist, The Shining and Citizen Kane, to name a few). Here as elsewhere on the album, McQuaid’s guitar shines on an equal basis with her velvet-textured voice. Indeed, two of the tracks are purely instrumental: “New Beginnings”, written as a wedding march for former pop star Zoë Pollock of “Sunshine On A Rainy Day” fame (with whom Sarah recorded the album Crow Coyote Buffalo under the band name Mama), and “The Day Of Wrath, That Day”, whose title is a literal translation of the first line in “Dies Irae”.
The propulsive, apocalyptic title track was inspired by a warning McQuaid heard herself giving her son as he excavated an enormous hole in their back garden. There’s an obvious allusion to fracking (“Splitting cracks in the rock to free the power inside”), but the song’s thematic scope extends well beyond that: “Sometimes the way to fix a problem is to turn the pressure off” is a maxim that could apply to virtually any aspect of life.
On four of the tracks, including lead single “The Tug Of The Moon”, McQuaid plays an electric guitar belonging to Chapman, which he’s since given her on long-term loan. “The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” he writes in his introduction to the album booklet. Since meeting Sarah when both artists played the Village Pump Festival in 2014, Chapman has become a staunch friend and supporter, even performing as her opening act at a local concert he and his wife arranged for her.
Sarah became a regular visitor to the Chapmans’ farmhouse in Cumbria, and during one visit he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: “We were having a chat and a glass of wine, and he said ‘Why don’t you let me produce your next album?’,” Sarah recalls. “I’m glad he said it, because I’d never have dared ask otherwise!”
Another new addition is piano, which McQuaid plays to beautiful effect on “The Silence Above Us” as well as on “Slow Decay” and “Forever Autumn”. Guest musicians include Chapman on archtop electric guitar, Roger Luxton on drums and percussion, Samuel Hollis on upright and electric bass, Richard Evans on trumpet, Georgia Ellery on violin and Joe Pritchard on cello.
If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous was made possible thanks to financial support from Arts Council England Grants For The Arts, using public money from the Government and the National Lottery, and from Cultivator, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The album was launched with a concert at the Acorn arts centre in Sarah’s adopted home town of Penzance, following which she’ll be touring it extensively in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
YOU TUBE -- Sarah McQuaid 'A Documentary'
A documentary about the making of Sarah McQuaid's fifth solo album 'If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous' produced by legendary singer-songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman.
Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland
New Album “Together”
Together is a collection of songs composed by
Fil and Tom and featuring
both artists together and separately on lead vocals.
Also included on the album are two classic songs Peace In Erin and The Maples Lament.
1. Until We Meet Again (Campbell)
2. We'll Get Theree When We Get There (McFarland)
3. Ring The Bell (Campbell) 4. Peace In Erin (Trad/Lyrics - Hugh McWilliams)
5. The Bird's Song (Campbell McFarland) 6. A New Song To Sing (Campbell McFarland)
7. People Tell Me I'm Lucky (McFarland) 8. The Maple's Lament (Laurie Lewis)
9. Sunshine In The Rain (Campbell) 10. Time (McFarland)
11. Island Love (Campbell/McFarland) 12. Talk About (Campbell)
Fil Campbell (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) Tom McFarland (Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion)
Steve Cooney (Guitars) John Fitzpatrick (Fiddle) Ben Sands (Mandolin)
Brendan Monaghan (Tin Whistle) Nuala Curran (Cello)
Colum Sands (Double Bass & Concertina)
The Singmarra Choir feature on “Ring The Bell”
Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland
Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist
Fil Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager.
She was brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities and townland's of Fermanagh and Donegal.
Since the 90's Fil and her husband Tom McFarland who hails from Belfast have been singing and playing as a musical duo. Their unique combination of blending vocals, guitar and percussion plus the ability to mix their original compositions with traditional and contemporary songs -- punctuated by the Irish gift of chat and craic -- has won the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.
"Tom's superbly judged and sensitively understated percussion and vocal harmonies
prove a perfect foil to Fil's glorious singing." David Kidman, Living Tradition
Fil is well known locally for her work presenting both television and radio shows alongside her keen interest in community choirs and working with adult singers. With a critically acclaimed catalogue of eight studio albums and several independent recording projects the repertoire of Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland is both varied and eclectic.
Tom, working out of his own Ballyneddan Studio where he is at home both as an engineer and producer has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as John Wright, David Knopfler, Finbar Furey, Ben Sands and many more.
As a percussionist he is much in demand as a bodhran tutor and session player making appearances on numerous recordings. Tom’s interest in percussion stretches to instruments from all over the world. In his live work he plays, the bodhrán, the African Djembé, Latin American congas and bongos, the cajon, and basically anything else that can be shaken or hit including your normal drum kit.
YOU TUBE -- Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland 'New Song To Sing'
Taken from the album 'Together' available from https://www.filcampbell.com/
The group Trio Dhoore features three brothers from Flanders in Belgium.
Koen Dhoore – Electro Acoustic Hurdy Gurdy
Hartwin Dhoore – Diatonic Accordion
Ward Dhoore – Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin
“Technical excellence and rare musicality of all three.” fRoots
Trio Dhoore are a young and talented band of musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium.
Their extensive repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes is punctuated by song and many of their own compositions. This mix all goes to provide their audiences with a soundscape where traditional and contemporary music, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay merge to unique effect.
The brothers Dhoore, Koen, Hartwin & Ward present their instrumental music in a very dynamic way - writing and playing many of their own compositions - whilst at the same time they breathe life and energy into traditional Flemish music with a skill that belies their ages.
To date Trio Dhoore have released three albums
Modus Operandi 2013 – Parachute 2015 – Momentum 2016
With a critically acclaimed catalogue of three albums, and a stellar list of concert and festival appearances, the brothers have started to gain the attention of the music and cultural media.
The magazine ‘fROOTS’ brought them to the notice of a much wider audience by introducing the brothers to the UK and in turn numerous other countries. This most welcome media attention resulted in the group playing a series of concerts at the 'Sidmouth Folk Week' that proved to be highly successful. Trio Dhoore were also invited to showcase at the 'English Folk Expo' in 2016
Since the release of their first album Modus Operandi in 2013 Trio Dhoore have become a leading Flemish music export and festival favourites. The brothers have now toured across Europe and as far afield as Canada.
Amongst their performing highlights they completed a ten-day tour of Canada (Mill Race Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival). They have also appeared at European festivals such as Rudolstadt Festival (Germany), Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (Finland), Korrö Folkmusikfestival (Sweden), Festival Dranouter (Belgium), Fête de la Vielle (France), Hiiufolk (Estonia) and Strib Vinter Festival (Denmark).
"One of the folk scenes most unassumingly euphoric acoustic sounds"
Steve Hunt fRoots Magazine UK
Modus Operandi 2013
YOU TUBE -- Trio Dhoore 'Endless Dancing'