Happy New Year... and as there is some new news to report, let's get to it...
The three-piece Irish band, The Henry Girls, have announced a short US tour which will take place in March this year. The band, comprised of sisters, Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, will be performing in MA, CT, NY, MD, PA and NJ from March 13th. You can find the details of all their gigs here.
Australian, Emma Swift, will also be making the long trek to America to perform here in the coming weeks. Emma will be supporting English musician, Robyn Hitchcock, on a 12 date tour through nine states, starting in Houston, TX, on February 6th. You can find the specific details of the dates and venues here. This is the video for one of the tracks on Emma's eponymous debut record, which she released last year:
Another Australian singer, Darren Cross, released a rather psychedelic video for his latest single, And The New York Rain Came Down, just before Christmas. The song appears on Darren's latest record, No Damage, a five track EP he released last summer. This is the video:
Fellow Australians, The Rechords, are asking people to contribute to the crowd-funding campaign for their next record, a live album. The band are a dynamic, three-piece outfit whose music incorporates Americana, Western Swing, Rockabilly, and Doowop styles. You can hear a track by them on TIAMS #1448 – and you can find more information about their Pledge Music campaign, and the rewards for pledging, here. This is the video for a single from their 2013 EP, It Won't Be Long:
The third edition of the essential – and free - digital roots music magazine, Kithfolk, has just been published online. Edited by roots music aficionado, Devon Leger, the magazine comprises interviews, reviews and features about a diverse range of contemporary, and classic, roots musicians from all over the world. The latest edition, Volume 3, includes an interview with Aengus Finnan, the new executive director of Folk Alliance International, an article on murder ballads in which the woman gets revenge, a feature on Irish music in the Pacific North West and 13 record reviews, including for the latest album by international trad group, Baltic Crossing. You can read Kithfolk here.
Some final, noteworthy “Best Of” Lists were published in late December.
Folk Alley published its listeners' poll of the top 50 albums from 2014. You can find it here. Rosanne Cash and The Stray Birds take the top two spots, but First Aid Kit come in at number 15, The Duhks, from Canada at 23, The Thompson Family, with their family album, are at number 42 and Leonard Cohen closes out the list at number 50.
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, from Canada, make on it onto the list of The Best Roots Songs of 2014 – as selected by the regular contributors to the great music website, The Bluegrass Situation. You can read – and hear - all their picks here.
And the list published by Kyle Coroneos on his bookmark-worthy, Saving Country Music website, of his 50 Essential Albums of 2014, includes both Englishman Ags Connolly's debut album, How About Now, as well as the latest record by Canadian band, Petunia And The Vipers. The full list is here.
The readers of the UK based website, AmericanaUK, voted English band, Danny And The Champions Of The World, both the Best Band and the Best Live Act of 2014, on the strength of their gigs, and the live album they released (in the UK) last year. Luke Tuchscherer, another English artist, came in second on the Best Album list, for his successfully crowd-funded record, You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense and Luke also appeared at number 2 on the Best Male Artist list. Scotsman, Daniel Meade also made that list. You can find all of AmericanaUK's lists here.
And another respected website, threechordsandthetruthuk.co.uk, published the very considered Top Twenty list of its creator, David Hughes, just before Christmas. English bands, Red Sky July, The Redlands Palamino Company, and Hatful Of Rain made his list, as did Australian artist, Emma Swift. You can check out all twenty of the artists selected here.
Music by many of the artists featured on this page can be heard on The International Americana Music Show.