The news, this week, is all about new videos and new Best Of 2014 Lists...
Irish band, Rackhouse Pilfer have just released a new video for one of the songs on their latest album. A Sailing Song, appears on the band's 2014 record, Love And Havoc. You can hear another track from the album on TIAMS #1445, the Best Of 2014 edition of the program. This is the video for A Sailing Song:
There is also a new video out for the new seasonal song by two other Irish artists - James Cramer and Eleanor McEvoy. Their single, Snowflakes Fall, was released last week and they filmed the video below to accompany it:
And sticking with the theme of festive videos, here are a couple more from international Americana artists...
This is English singer Lisa Redford's original Christmas song:
And The Lost Brothers, from Ireland released their first Christmas song, Saint Christopher, a couple of years ago – but this year they have released a second one, Little Angel. They released a video for it yesterday (Monday Dec 15th). The song is available to download it for free here, but the band ask that people make a donation to a children's charity of their choice in return for downloading it. This is the video for Little Angel:
Returning to some newly published Best Of Lists...
The Best Of list from the world-renowned roots music site, No Depression, was published last night (Monday, Dec 15th). The site had nearly 300 submissions by readers - who nominated more than 500 different albums. Only one non-American band, First Aid Kit, from Sweden, made it into the Top 20, at number 20, with their album Stay Gold. Leonard Cohen, from Canada, was the only other non-American artist to appear in the Top 50. There are however plenty of other non Americans in the full list which you can find here.
Rolling Stone released its own compilation of the best 40 country albums of the year last week and First Aid Kit also made that list, as did Canadian, Doug Paisley, for his album, Strong Feelings. You can check out the full list here.
The great US website, FolkAlley.com, which has an associated weekly radio show, 24/7 streaming online programs and stand-alone podcasts, published its list of the Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums of the year last week – and four of the 10 are non-American artists.
Amelia Curran, from Canada, is included for her latest record, They Promised You Mercy, which has yet to be released in America.
The Duhks, and Steve Dawson, also from Canada, are recognized for their respective albums – Beyond The Blue and Rattlesnake Cage. And Johanna and Klara Soderberg make another list with Stay Gold. You can check out all 10 entries here – and listen to Folk Alley online here.
And in Australia, the influential and widely read blog, Timber And Steel has published two end of year, Best Of Lists.
The first is their own list and it includes a wider variety of genres than just Americana – but contemporary international roots musicians who do make the cut include Green Mohair Suits, Emma Swift, Caitlin Harnett, - all from Australia - First Aid Kit and Stu Larsen from Sweden as well as Bellowhead, and Jack McNeill and Charlie Hays, from England.
You can find the list here.
The site's second list is one by 100 artists of their own personal choice for their album of the year. It is an extraordinary list which includes some interesting and revealing choices. Australian Americana artists who picked records include Liz Stringer (who chose Mia Dyson), Fanny Lumsden (Sara Humphreys), Tracy McNeil (Shovels & Rope), The Weeping Willows (Sweet Jean), and Caitlin Harnett (Real Estate). Here is that list.
The Best of 2014 International Americana Music Show is number #1445 and can be heard here. It includes music from 15 albums by artists from nine different countries.
Music by many of the artists on featured on this page can be heard on The International Americana Music Show.