Richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics and a panoramic musicality. This album explores a deeply personal and political landscape, with messages of hope, despair and social consciousness.
The fiercely independent twosome’s new album, Invisible Forces, was self-produced, fan-funded and recorded at Elie and Eleanor’s home studio in Beacon, NY and at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY. The album explores a deeply personal and political landscape, with messages of hope, despair and social consciousness.
The leadoff single, “Fat Cat” has antecedents in Elie’s French background and the old-time gypsy jazz tradition back in his hometown while the satirical, anti-capitalist sentiment of the lyrics is firmly rooted in the protest songs of the folk revival. Other album highlights include the impressionistic “These Houses;” the revelatory “Heavy” which, with elegant grace, connects New Orleans-style jazz with the 1960s rock and pop harmony vocal tradition; the darkly foreboding environmental ballad, “Garden;” and the concluding track, the sweetly rousing protest song “Bells.”
Since its 2007 inception, The Whispering Tree has issued two albums and two EPs, and toured nationally and internationally. The duo has also earned prime critical acclaim from Keyboard Magazine and The Big Takeover Magazine, among others. Other marquee career moments include being Kerrville New Folk finalists; Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project winners; and Eleanor and Elie having the honor to lend their voices to Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt’s album, A More Perfect Union.
The release of their critically acclaimed second album ‘Night Hours’ in 2016 cemented Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith’s reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the British folk scene. Songs have always taken centre stage with Jimmy and Sid and on ‘Many A Thousand’ we see the duo flexing not only their vocal and instrumentation skills, but also their talent as composers. Part of what makes this compelling duo tick is a love of traditional folksong and a mutual passion for the history that is carried in the music.
On ‘Many A Thousand’ the past and present sit side by side, with original songs more than comfortably holding their own next to the traditional. Another crucial element to this partnership is a shared world-view ? sustainability, traditional crafts and living in tune with the land ? all elements that deeply inform their music.
New Zealand’s Holly Arrowsmith bares her soul to enlighten those of her listeners. Timeless vocals serve as a catalyst forstories of crystalline prose, offering comfort in their unique and profound delivery. Hear tales of life and times encased in lucid reverie of the natural world.
Rachael’s brand new album (her first since 2009) sees her reworking traditional songs with a new band, The Cartographers, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting). ‘When All Is Still’ is out on 12/8/18.
Rachael McShane & The Cartographers are a brand new signing to Topic Records, the oldest independent label in the world, on the eve of its 80th anniversary.
Rachael’s first solo album ‘No Man’s Fool’ was released on Navigator Records in 2009 and it’s available to buy here. Rachael’s band for the album was made up of musicians from outside the folk genre but featured entirely traditional material.
As well as performing, Rachael is also a teacher and workshop leader, working in schools teaching violin/fiddle, cello and running string ensembles and choirs. She has also been a part of educational projects with organisations such as Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the National Youth Orchestra.
Matthew Ord is a guitarist and singer living in Newcastle. Matthew currently plays with local bluegrass outfit Assembly Lane and with fiddle player Niles Krieger as The Two. Over the past ten years Matthew has performed, recorded and toured in the UK, the US and Canada both as a solo performer and with critically-acclaimed country blues band Hey Negrita.
‘An extraordinary musician’ – Olivia Chaney, songwriter and musician
‘Stone cold classic genius…ridiculously talented” – Americana magazine
Julian Sutton is a melodeon player from the North East of England. He has toured extensively with artists including Kathryn Tickell and Sting. He released his solo album ‘Melodeon Crimes’ in 2005 and has played on many great folk albums in recent years.
‘Some of Scotland’s finest musicians headed to a floating recording studio last year to perform the beguiling music of award-winning Scottish composer and fiddler Mike Vass, the master musician renowned for innovative projects, maritime adventures and intriguing instrumental releases.
This wonderfully warm and mellow recording see Vass afloat with some of his favourite and most talented musical compatriots.
The ten performers joined him aboard his Dutch sailing boat Sweet Harmony while she was docked at Inverkip on the Clyde just before Vass and his brother Martin set off on a 2,500 mile sailing adventure taking in Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, England, Spain, Portugal, Madeira and the Canary Islands.’
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Mama Caught Fire is a trio whose music explores intricate harmony, emotional storytelling, and the power of the voice.
Band members Julia Hobart, Abigail Tuominen, and Molly Sowash met as students at Macalester College in 2013. All three write for the group, which performs around the Twin Cities.
” Georgie Rogers, Tom Robinson and pretty much every local radio station across the country are falling over themselves with love for Sharon Lazibyrd right now.”
Sam Bonham BBC Music Introducing
“This is quite simply put, gorgeous folk music…warms you like the sun on your face”
Fresh on the Net
“an eclectic selection of tunes, every one of which hits it s mark…this is a debut album to be proud of” Angry Baby
Somerset based contemporary folk singer-songwriter and independent musician releases her eagerly anticipated debut solo album on 8th June. Sharon has made a great start as tracks from the album have been played on the BBC Introducing Mixtape and the title track was recently voted a Fresh Fave by Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net and has been receiving BBC airplay across the nation too. Her songs have been played by over 50 radio shows and she was BBC Introducing Artist of the Week in Jan 2018 on BBC Georgey Tonight.
Beneath This Place is the debut album from Will Finn and Rosie Calvert. Known for their work as half of a capella quartet The Teacups, Will and Rosie will’s unique approach to arrangement see’s them explore both song and tune on this brave debut.
The unlikely pairing of piano and steel pan is joined by Evan Carson (Sam Kelly And The Lost Boys, The Willows) on percussion, Matt Downer (Mabon, Jim Moray, Gilmore and Roberts) on double bass, Seth Tinsley (Elephant Sessions, Tyde) on guitar and Sam Partridge (Pons Aelius) on whistles.
“I first fell in love with Rosali’s songs for this reason, the way her work takes you straight to that brave and big-hearted dream within songwriting. Every song stands strongly as it’s very own world, well-worn by the history of the underground but accessible as daylight.”
-Meg Baird, Spring 2018
…”Rosali’s wide-ranging solo project is harder to pin down as she navigates late-night Laurel Canyon-style fare, country-tinged ballads and moody soft-rock with an ear for piercing textures that give her easygoing songs an unexpected weight.”… – NPR
“Trouble Anyway (a co-release from Scissor Tail Records and the newly formed Spinster Sounds) doesn’t disappoint after its powerful opener. Bolstered by an all-star cast of Philadelphia-adjacent musicians (including Mary Lattimore the War On Drugs’ Charlie Hall and Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze), the LP’s nine tracks soar and shimmer, whether on slow-burn ballads like “Dead and Gone” or churning rockers like “Rise To Fall.” Wherever Rosali goes, you’re going to want to follow.” – Aquarium Drunkard
Philadelphia-based musician Rosali (Long Hots, Wandering Shade) wrote the songs for her second album, Trouble Anyway, seeking empowerment by sharing openly on love, power, aging, suffering, confusion, self-doubt, and anger. Resulting in a full-bodied record that is at once sweeping and intimate. A vulnerable and powerful exploration of emotional narratives, Trouble Anyway showcases her background in diverse musical styles from free improv, garage rock, country, pop, to folk-infused song-craft. Following up her 2016 debut Out of Love (Siltbreeze), named one of the top 100 records of 2016 by Uncut Magazine, Trouble Anyway is a cohesive collection of lush, intimate rock songs, featuring her warm, natural vocals and powerful riffing and rhythm guitar, approaching the sublime when Rosali finds expression beyond lyricism, utilizing her voice as a human instrument.
Backed by A-list musician friends, the collective instrumentation simultaneously accentuates Rosali’s singular sound and magnifies its orbit. Trouble Anyway is both otherworldly and straight-forward. Lyrical and wordless intensity, alongside intuitive musical arrangements, make for a powerful sophomore release. With collaborations from musician friends – Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn, Black Twig Pickers), Dan Provenzano (Writhing Squares, Purling Hiss), Mary Lattimore, Paul Sukeena (Angel Olsen, Spacin’), Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs), Mike Polizze (Purling Hiss), Mike Sobel (Oldermost), and Gretchen Lohse (Carol Cleveland Sings)—Trouble Anyway was recorded and mixed by Uniform Recording’s Jeff Zeigler, who has also engineered records for The War on Drugs, Allison Crutchfield (also of Waxahatchee), and Kurt Vile, among others.
This is a joint release with newly formed label SPINSTER. The label was started by Sarah Louise (House and Land) Sally Anne Morgan (House and Land, Black Twig Pickers) and Emily Hilliard (WV folklorist, formerly Smithsonian Folkways)