Schlagwort-Archiv: folk

Troy Faid

Duo Spring Tour 2016 Troy Faid and Tim Loud

March 12th Bern, Zoobar, http://www.zoobar.ch/

March 13th tba March 14th CH, Wetzikon, Molly Malone Irish Pub, http://www.mollymalone.ch/default.php

March 15th CH, Zurich, Langstars, Zurich, http://www.langstars.ch/de/

March 16th Germany, Waldshut, Altes Stellwerk, http://stellwerk-waldshut.de/

March 17th CH, Solothurn, Altes Spital, http://www.acousticnights.ch/

March 18th Winnenden, Palme (Bar), https://www.facebook.com/PalmeWinnenden?fref=ts

March 19th Mainz, Schon Schön (Bar), http://www.schon-schoen.de/

March 20th Cologne, Kulturcafé Lichtung, http://www.lichtung.ws/

March 21st Steinhude am Meer, Filou, https://bistrofilou.wordpress.com/

March 22nd Sylt, Rantum, Dünenhotel Rantum

March 23rd Sylt, Sylter Tagesbar, https://www.facebook.com/events/1512525672390801/

March 24th Husum, Musikschule Workshop Musik, http://www.musikunterricht-husum.de/

March 26th (Easter Saturday). Husbyries, Meyer’s Plunschli, http://www.plunschli.de/plunschli/

March 27th (Easter Sunday) Amsterdam, Checkpoint Charlie, http://www.cafecheckpointcharlie.nl/

Spring Tour Posters (Tom Copson)

Happy to announce the dates for Posters‘ Spring Tour. Tom Copson (now performing as Posters) starts in Zurich today and will also perform in the very North of Germany as he did before. See all the dates below.

March 30th, CH, Zurich, Bagatelle, http://songcircle.net/

https://www.facebook.com/events/929065030534601/

March 31st, CH, Zurich, Jenseits im Viadukt

https://www.facebook.com/events/845854722191169/

 April 1st CH, Bern, Zoobar

https://www.facebook.com/events/619427878209889/

April 5th D, Karlsruhe, Mapa Café

https://www.facebook.com/events/1731861400433495/

April 6th, Bamberg, Ostbar

https://www.facebook.com/events/1510428522600325/

April 10th D, Hamburg, Haus 73

http://www.dreiundsiebzig.de/

April 12nd D, Sylt, Rantum, Dünenhotel Rantum, 20h, freier Eintritt

April 13rd D, Sylt, Westerland, Sylter Tagesbar, 18h, freier Eintritt

https://www.facebook.com/events/436427166567755/

April 14th D, Husum, Rock & Pop Musikschule Husum, 20h, freier Eintritt

https://www.facebook.com/events/1090550354329933/

April 15th D, Quern, Café Kommodig im Landhaus Schütt, 20h (Einlass/ 19h) Tickets 12,-/ 10,- https://www.facebook.com/events/173615359691499/

April 18th D, Chemnitz, INSPIRE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1775146616040269/

April 30th D, Hamburg, Mathilde, Literatur & Café, Bogenstraße 5, freier Eintritt,

www.mathilde-hh.de

Mai 4th D, Steinhude am Meer, Filou, Eintritt frei

https://bistrofilou.wordpress.com/

May 6th D, Bonn, Folk Club Bonn, Eintritt frei

https://www.facebook.com/groups/375940232245/,

May 8th NL Amsterdam, Checkpoint Charlie, 16.30h

http://www.cafecheckpointcharlie.nl/

Jason Tyler Burton

Jason Tyler Burton – The Ballad of Sally Moore EP

Jason Tyler Burton
Album: The Ballad of Sally Moore EP
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 3
Website: http://www.jasontylerburton.com/

The “Ballad of Sally Moore” is a touching story, viewed at from three different angles, told in three different songs. Jason Tyler Burton is a fantastic songwriter whose wonderful chord progressions have intrigued me on his debut EP as much as on his debut album and now again in this new project of his. Now, despite the sad topic of a woman who flees from domestic violence, these three songs are not all sad. The first one, sung from the perspective of her abusive husband, being the saddest one is followed by two rather upbeat tracks. Their instrumentation is diverse and creates a superb sound texture that displays the Burton’s classy acoustic guitar style beautifully. Moody electric guitar solos as well as some nicely chosen string parts add to the special atmosphere in the second and third track. Burton’s vocals are touching and authentic, he completely devotes himself to the storytelling. The three songs manage to show how one person’s fate can create so many thoughts and images in the surrounding people and touches them in different ways. It surely shows that everyone’s life matters and certainly has an influence on others and that is a consoling thought. This might be why despite the sad story behind it the songs don’t leave you sad. Here are three masterpieces of excellent song writing, every song carefully build and formed in order to convey their stories as tangible as possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCw4VtqdX3Y

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Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater

Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater – The Burning Low EP

Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater
Album: The Burning Low EP
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 6
Website: http://www.tobiasbenjacob.com/

Tobias ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater are one of those duos that, once heard, you just want to hear more of. Their vocals match perfectly and their instruments complement each other extremely well. Lukas’s versatile and creative double bass lines underlay the moody songs with a vibrant tone and Tobias’s delicate finger picking guitar style gets a beautiful juxtaposition. The hit of this record clearly is “Burning Low”, that’s probably why chosen as the opener and also the title song. It is a strong song and one of those songs that you don’t forget. The rhythmic bass line drags you in and creates a certain tension that stays for the whole length of the song, and beyond. The other 5 songs though have a lot to offer too. The intriguing “The Devil & Tobias ben Jacob” with many passages whispered is unusual and deserves attention. Also “A Polyphonic Life” has something very special about it – it says: “Let me breathe, let me fly, let me live a polyphonic life…”, that’s nicely put any music lover will be able to relate to it. The melody is gorgeous and holds lots of little surprises. And it does justice to Tobias ben Jacob’s vocal qualities that are displayed beautifully in this final song of a fabulous debut EP.

11/ 15

The Black Feathers

The Black Feathers – Down by the River (single)

The Black Feathers
Album: Down By The River
Label: Blue House Music
Tracks: 1
Website: http://theblackfeathers.com

A new release from the small but fine label Blue House Music: The single “Down by the river” is a perfect teaser for the keenly awaited debut album by one of the most promising folk duos in the UK: It’s an up tempo, country like tune that has a lovely toe tapping rhythm. As juxtaposition there are the gloomy lyrics about loss and desperation. Ray Hughes’ and Sian Chandler’s vocals match perfectly as on their debut EP “Strangers we meet”. Goosebumps guaranteed. The arrangement is wonderful. There is a beautiful a capella bit in between a well-rounded instrumentation of double bass (John Parker), mandolin (Russell Smith) and violin (Anna Jenkins). This song puts you into the right mood to listen on…can’t wait for the album release…

12/ 15

Lewis & Leigh

Lewis & Leigh – Hidden Truths EP

Lewis & Leigh
Album: Hidden Truths EP
Label: ALM
Tracks: 4
Website: http://www.lewisandleigh.com/

Their third EP within just over year shows the incredible creativity of this fantastic Welsh/ American duo, Lewis & Leigh. It is really hard to say anything sensible about this EP as it is so good that I am a bit overwhelmed by my own enthusiasm. So let’s try to reason: The first song, “Country Comfort” is a quiet song with just a guitar and a piano. This lovely opener shows what those two can do with not much else than they use when they play live. It is full of appreciation for the nice and simple things of country life and reminds us of the hidden treasures in our lives.

The second song is an up-beat, full band plus brass song that underlines the topic of this EP, hidden truths. This song is like an exclamation to stop lying to yourself and instead to follow your heart. It starts all quiet, just with Alva’s sweet vocals, is then followed by Al’s smooth voice and then leads into the chorus that is first sung unisono – a great means to increase tension and variety. These two songs alone are so good and so different that they would have made a fantastic single by themselves. It wouldn’t be Lewis & Leigh however, if there wasn’t more to come: For me completely surprising, a proper upbeat country song follows, with a strong bass line, powerful drums and more brass!

This song is an absolute cracker…without closer attention it comes along as a cheerful country song with some romance in it but in fact it is nothing like that: The story telling in it is so touching and engaging and delivered in a sensationally adequate way: First it’s just him, Al, singing about how he had been delivered on a hospital door as a baby boy, then Alva tells the story from the young mum’s perspective that was too young and not allowed to raise her child herself. So they take turns in telling the story from each their perspectives. Later in life he goes searching for her and finds her. Their first conversation on her doorstep is then sung… you might have guessed it… together. Noone with a heart can not be in tears by now, can they? The thing is, there is no sentimentality about it at all. Remember, the whole sad story is delivered as a cheerful country song, with all the dynamics of youth and love of life in it, only interrupted by Alva’s solos. Some hidden truths are revealed in this story, for sure.

The final song is a smooth Sunday morning toetapper but of course plays with some hidden truths in it too: It is about a long forgotten romantic scene in a long term relationship that both partners wish would come back – it could be read as a reminder of the pleasures of a young and fresh love all the same. Needless to say: I can’t wait for a full length album.

10/ 15

Sea & Air

Sea & Air – Evropi

Sea & Air
Album: Evropi
Label: Glitterhouse
Tracks: 12
Website: http://seaandair.net/

After three EPs and one album Sea & Air have now released their second and really impressive album “Evropi”. There is no category of music that could define their music, a good thing by itself I believe. On this album we have rich, ornamental, hymnical and also fine and quiet sounds, experimental and oriental sounds as well as electric effects and good, plain songwriting. Me personally, I would prefer the whole album in an acoustic version without any effects and I am convinced it would work just as well. This is because the musical ideas and lyrical variety of this mixed German songwriting duo are plentiful and widely varied – almost unlimited it seems. No surprise they already have a big following in Germany and have now even entered the German album charts. It’s an inventive album and it’s a great album.

Daniel Benjamin and Eleni Zafiriadou (Greece) present themselves as being eccentric and grounded at the same time. This very contrast is also represented in their music: There are good and plain melodies with rather simple lyrical lines like in “Peace begins at home”, “We understand you” and “You are” – sung with absolutely wonderfully harmonizing vocals. At the same time there are songs with almost wild elements, cries and screams like in “Flowers from the Distance” and “Pain is just a Cloud”. “Should I care” offers all the ingredients of a proper and really lovely popsong with a deeper meaning beneath and the title song “Lady Evropi” sums up the whole album with all its qualities: Touching, very touching melodic parts, engaging songwriting, rich and rhythmical instrumentation and surprising vocal/ electric effects.

9/ 15

Oh Sister

Oh Sister – Watch the Water EP

Oh Sister
Album: Watch the Water EP
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 4
Website: http://ohsistermusic.com/

Oh Sister (Sarah Berresford) offers one of those rare female voices that have an addictive note it. Once you have heard it you just want more of it. Yet there’s only one EP out yet to be relished: her 4 track debut EP “Watch the Water”. It consists of 4 cracking songs, arranged in a wonderful atmospheric and not solely acoustic way. The songs themselves are rich and beautiful in themselves though and display beautiful melodies. They are powerful melodies performed in a minimalized way that make them appear fragile. That’s what might be responsible for the magic of Sarah Berresford’s music: That great contrast between fragility and power.

Contrast will also be found in the arrangements. They work with both acoustic and electric elements – this cross over works beautifully on this EP. And I must admit, I never missed a synthesizer in any music I listened to ever after the 80ies but I do like its sounds on this record. They are used in all of the four songs but let Sarah Berresford’s fine acoustic guitar playing always shine through nicely.

Her vocals seem to be used only to half of the extent that they could be used to – there is so much more that she holds back and only for seconds shines through, like in “Don’t Leave”. It’s probably part of what makes her music exciting. Her vocals sound amazing in high and low pitch and they are distinct, clear and not stereotypically whispering. When combined with some lovely harmonies like in the final track “Hot and Cold” any listening heart is just bound to melt.

I am not very much into comparisons but as I am a great admirer of Tori Amos’ and Nathalie Merchant’s music I would like to mention that Oh Sister’s music does bring both of them to mind and I am very happy to have found a female singer that intrigues me likewise.

12/ 15

Colourshop

Colourshop – 3PM EP

Colourshop
Album: 3PM
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 5
Website: http://colourshopmusic.com/

Colourshop is an Italian rooted, London based duo of brothers that already released one album and two EPs. Their newest release is a 5 track EP called 3PM. It comes across fresh and easy like a summer breeze. Their music is what I’d call singer songwriter pop of the finest. It’s easy listening, it’s light and bright and has nothing of the funereal atmosphere that sometimes clings to singer songwriter music. At the same time, their lyrics don’t lack depth or aspiration. The little waltz “My World” states “When you look at things from a distance, everything makes more sense I’ve been told by a friend who lives in my head”. This song refers to all the things that we are occupied with to manage our lives and that we shouldn’t rely on our efforts’ results, as everything can change. The only thing that will always stay is what is in our heads: “I will never be without you cause you’re in my soul, you’re my world”. I find this sweet and true and can relate to it very well. Their vocals harmonize extremely well as often the case with siblings. They sound bright and clear and cheerful without a shallow note to it: Perfect for a summer night.

6/ 15

The April Maze

The April Maze – Sleeping Storm

The April Maze
Album: Sleeping Storm
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 13
Website: http://www.theaprilmazemusic.com/

„Sleeping Storm“ by husband and wife duo April Maze from Melbourne is an album of such clarity and transparency that it’s hard to say anything about it that wouldn’t sound obvious. It is their third album. Sivan Agam and Todd Mayhew are vivid story tellers, great vocalists, versatile instrumentalists, lovely composers. Their songs have a certain simplicity in common that does justice to the folk genre. Many of the songs could be sung along with quickly, like e.g. “Fantasy” with its completely reduced accompaniment. I am very fond of their sparse and well-chosen instrumentation. It gives the songs something unpolished and natural, almost rudimentary like traditional folk music spontaneously performed around a fire. The Cello adds an emotional note to many of the songs, like in in “It’s been a long time between beers”. The album offers a great range of songs, quiet ballads like “Homeland” and “Fire” change nicely with toe tappers like “The bishop who ate his boots” or “I’ve seen the rain”. I imagine they must be quite two personalities from what their music tells me and I am very excited to be able to see them play live in the UK soon.

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