Folky MacFolkface / Emily Lockett / Karyn Kuhl / Pilgrimes Dream / Waiting For Pedro
Folky MacFolkface Sat 30th Jan 2021
Folky MacFolk Face is a traditional music four-piece band based in central Scotland that performs original material as well as well-known Scottish, Irish and Americana songs and tunes. Composed of four vocalists who play a blend of guitar, mandolin, fiddle and accordion, Folky MacFolk Face has built up a reputation on the festival and folk club scene in Scotland for entertaining performances that leave audiences wanting more.
With their debut on the Dany Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections 2017 which received a “highly commended” rating from the judges, Folky MacFolk Face launched themselves onto the folk and traditional music scene. Their debut album “When Night Falls” with its blend of original Scottish, Irish and Transatlantic songs has been a great success for the band.
The second album “On the Edge” (June 2019) features 12 tracks which include original songs and tunes as well as collaborations with internationally renowned musicians Adam Sutherland and Xosé Liz plus others. The result is a beautiful blend of Scottish, Irish and Galician music with a healthy dose of blue grass thrown in. Add to that, rich, imaginative lyrics sung in English, Scots Gaelic and Irish by four accomplished vocalists and you have an album to treasure.
Emily Lockett Sat 30th Jan. 2021
I’m a UK based independent music artist, writing and performing in the modern country/pop, Americana, singer / songwriter genres, in her spare time she is a music student at BIMM Manchester.
In December 2018 my 2nd EP called “My Imagination” was released and was awarded 5 stars by Maverick Music Magazine (Jan/Feb 2019 issue). Work on a 3rd EP has already commenced. In 2019 I was voted Local Music Act of the Year by 6 Towns Radio, won the international category for my video “Where We Left Off” in awards run by the US based International Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA) and was one of the 5 shortlisted artists for the Horizon Artist award in the British Country
Music Association (BCMA) awards. My 3rd EP called “Paint The Town Read” was released in Dec 2020 with tracks featured on Chris Country, BBC Radio Norfolk and Country Hits Radio.
As regards live performances, I have has opened for international and touring country/Americana and folk artists such as – The Sara Beth Trio/Royal South (US), Emily Barker (Aus), The Rising (UK), Madison Violet (Can), The Devon Worley Band (US), Jessica Lynn (US), Jess & The Bandits (US) and Morganway (UK). Emily has played in a variety of venues around the UK and festivals such as The Black Deer Festival, 110 Above Festival, Latitude Festival and The British Country Music Festival.
Karyn Kuhl Sat 30th Jan. 2021
Karyn Kuhl first received national acclaim for her early bands Gut Bank and Sexpod, growing out of the vibrant Hoboken music scene and the legendary club Maxwell’s. (“Gut Bank’s The Dark Ages is one exceptional debut album.” —Robert Palmer, New York Times) With her current group — featuring James Mastro (the Bongos, Ian Hunter, reunited Mott the Hoople) on guitar/keyboards, Larry Heinemann (Springhouse, Blue Man Group) on bass, and Jonpaul Pantozzi on drums — Karyn rocks more commandingly than ever before. Her rich, expressive vocals blend with the weaving, sonic textures of Kuhl and Mastro’s unique guitar interplay and the locked-in rhythm section of Heinemann and Pantozzi. The songs “Hey Kid” and “It’s Over” reunite Kuhl with her Gut Bank bandmate Alice Genese (Psychic TV) on backing vocals.
Hey Kid follows the band’s debut album Songs for the Dead (2013) and the EP The Stars Will Bring You Home (2016). More than in her previous work, the new songs were inspired by current events. Kuhl explains, “I wrote ‘Hey Kid’ and the other three songs on the EP after the last presidential election. Around that time, I found an old college ID card from the 80s and couldn’t believe the strong and innocent energy beaming from my face! I had been feeling beaten down after the election. Seeing that photo, marching with the young and old against the current administration, inspired this song as a call to bring together youthful exuberance and resilience with the depth of maturity and experience. The music and lyrics poured out!”
The EP also includes the stripped-down, swampy “Strong Woman Blues,” about overcoming inner and outer obstacles to owning your power. (The song was recorded by Tom Beaujour, who has worked with Juliana Hatfield, Nada Surf, etc., at NJ’s Nuthouse studio.) On “The Wheels,” psychedelic jazz explodes into noise punk, taking a ride through the gentrification and homogenization of our cities, bodies, and minds. But the EP’s centerpiece is the scorcher “It’s Over.” Kuhl calls out the President, the patriarchy, the bigots and haters, explaining that their time is done. “The end is near and it’s what you fear,” she taunts them in the lyrics. “The future is female, black, and queer!” It’s a rocking rallying anthem for the resistance.
Pilgrim Dream Sat 30th Jan. 2021
Based in London, Pilgrims’ Dream is the project of singer-songwriter/producer Rob Ouseley. Influenced by bands such as Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, Ouseley creates an ‘incredibly harmonious’ (Indie Pop-Ups) sound that ‘really pops in all the right ways’ (Ear To The Ground Music). It has seen him reach the finals of the American Songwriting Awards, and received international radio airplay. His self-produced singles have gained over 100,000 streams on Spotify as well as featuring in the Alexrainbird YouTube compilations which have had millions of views. ‘Redemption’ also saw Pilgrims’ Dream named Richer Unsigned’s ‘Artist Of The Week’ calling him ‘definitely one to watch’ and lauding his ‘unique blend of harmonically rich music’.
After a summer of festival appearances, Ouseley played a sold-out headline show in London to kick off 2020. Latest release ‘Life Lives Inside’, a collaboration with critically acclaimed folk singer Flo Perlin, was premiered by Folk Radio, has reached the finals of the Coffee Music Project, and has received support from multiple BBC Radio stations and Mahogany.
Waiting For Pedro Sat 30th Jan. 2021
Spoke to John Quinn / Will Anderson and Paul Docherty of the band Waiting for Pedro other band members include – Alan Cranston / Patrick Baxter and Tommy Rennie
Seasoned musicians, band sprang out of Jaggy Jakets – who have between 20 -50 members depending on where they are playing!
They stated that Waiting for Pedro were ‘more fun than fame’ BUT if you listen to their musicality and song writing – think that fame should find them.
No doubt that they are a band that need to be seen live – again when you listen to their tracks their topical song writing dose not shy away from contentious topics of the day. Great fun band with at times a serious message
While unable to go and see the artists live during lockdown they are still able to bring you their music via all their social media so please go and check out how busy they have been writing and performing their music during this difficult time for all artists
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