Friday, 22 November 2013

From Dundee to Nashville. Laura McGhee and the best of Americana

Introducing Laura McGhee, the Scottish/Americana singer/songwriter/fiddler/guitarist who hails from Dundee and has now made her home in Nashville. She was raised on Celtic roots, folk and country music and has been hailed by the London Times as the "Musical Heroine of the Y Generation". She first hit the American roots scene while performing with Pete Seeger in New York. Since that time, she has performed with the great Odetta, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Lauderdale, the Pogues & Shane McGowan, Oscar Brand, Ian Hunter, Josh White, Jr., David Amram, and Runrig. Her album Celticana, recorded in Nashville, garnered rave reviews and strong airplay on both sides of the ocean and stayed for ten solid weeks on the Americana Top 40 Chart from May to July of 2010 (unprecedented for a Scottish artist). Laura recently toured with John Carter Cash & John McEuen of  Nitty Gritty Dirt band on the 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken Tour-songs of the Carter family', to pay homage to their place in country music history. From the famous 1927 Bristol sessions when they made their first recordings the Carter family became the first commercial vocal group in country and made a profound impact on American music.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Melodic. Debut Album “Effra Parade"/US Tour Dates

The Melodic are an English afro-folk-pop ensemble, their debut album Effra Parade is the follow up to the band's acclaimed EP On My Way. The Observer described The Melodic as "Incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time," while in the US the band has drawn comparisons to indie darlings Beirut and The Decemberists. The group's members came of age in the South London neighborhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of musics from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. As band member Huw Williams explains, “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music, there was South American and African music around us all the time, as well as reggae and dub music.” Check out the video to "On My Way" which was filmed during their time in LA at the end of the West Coast tour they have recently completed. The Melodic are currently on the 2nd leg of their US Tour. Scroll down for the "Effra Parade Album Tour" dates

“Effra Parade Album Tour”
11-7 - Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA w/ Keller Williams
        11-12 - Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
11-13 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
      11-14 - Café Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
11-20 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
11-25 - Local 508, Chapel Hill (nr Raleigh), NC
11-26 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA
1-27- Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
11-29, Cincinnati, MOTR, OH
11-30- Louisville, Zanzabar, KY
12-1 - Asheville, The Mothlight, NC
12-2 Richmond, Strange Matter VA
12-3 - Iota, Arlington, VA
12-4 -Astbury Park, The Saint, NJ
       12-5 - North Star, Philadelphia, PA
       12-6 - Café Nine, New Haven, CT
         10-7 - TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA
12-8 - Burlington, Higher Ground Showcase VT
The Melodic will be back in the UK in time for Xmas and winter touring!!!!
"Effra Parade" is available to pre-order UK from ANTI- Records
"Employing such worldly instruments as the charango, kora, and melodica, the band's sound is one filled with globe-bouncing catchiness, young spirited harmonies, and melodically whimsical rhythms." - No Depression
“Think Beirut meets The Decemberists meets The Magnetic Fields meets Paul Simon. Yes that interesting and perfect of a sound." -
"With their bright melodies and bouncy, bare-boned instrumentation, The Melodic couldn't be more aptly named. Percussion shuffles along as the group's harmonies intertwine, coaleascing into a soft yet poignant timbre that evokes shimmering memories of careless days." - Paste Magazine