Listen again to the great Ralph McLean chatting to Hub founder Rob Ellen on BBC Radio Ulster about his quest to encourage concerts in peoples own homes, when the Medicine Show toured Ireland this year with Chuck Hawthorne and Libby Koch (featuring interview and session with them too) 35 minutes into the show.(click picture)
Phil Lee Some dates left Late January early February. www.phillee1.com (Scotland)
If combining the social conscience of Woody Guthrie with the twisted fury of Jerry Lee Lewis sounds good to you, then you can't go wrong with "Phil Lee"
If Phil Lee was as good at knife throwing as he is at songwriting he would be on the David Letterman show three times a week. He may very well be that good at it – he practices enough - but listening to any one of his excellent CDs, including this new one, has great rewards and fewer risks - at least for the audience. Phil has never feared, personally or lyrically, to scamper out on a limb with a gleam in his eye and a hacksaw in his hand. Sometimes a club owner or promoter will “suggest” that certain of his songs might ruffle a local feather or two but danged if he won’t have those very birds squarely in his corner before the night is done. Charm, guts and great material can get you a long way. Like Wile E. Coyote, he has a knack for recovering from the most explosive circumstances but unlike that hapless canine he usually ends up on top and grinning. This has been of immense help in his previous incarnations as a truck driver, roadie, huckster and bon vivant.
Phil Lee likes to say that “at a hundred, my age, weight and IQ have all averaged out.” Maybe so but if that’s true he’s sure getting maximum output in all three areas. He writes constantly, eats a sensible diet and, peripatetic as hell, he won’t hesitate to haul out of his Nashville habitations in his pickup for a gig in Wisconsin on a Friday, cannonball from there to Missouri on Saturday and hit Indiana on Sunday - after church of course.
AJ Roach http://www.roachmusic.com Some dates available Oct (Scotland)
With 'Pleistocene' -- his third full-length record -- Roach further demonstrates his evolution as an artist and a songwriter by moving away from music that evokes the regional sound of his boyhood home. Here the rolling hills and dark hollows of Appalachia have been transformed into the towering skyline of Roach's adopted hometown of New York City. The fiddles and mandolins have been replaced by clarinets and fleugelhorns; the footstomps by a whispering snare drum. The result is a lushly orchestrated and beautifully arranged album completely funded by his dedicated and ever-growing fanbase. 'Pleistocene' is Roach's most ambitious and fully realized project to date.
Thematically, 'Pleistocene' explores the connection between humanity and machinery. From the seemingly simple question of where will our increasing reliance on technology lead us ("For millions of years, they've anointed you queen, but now how the machines have broke down"), to the more philosophical notion that human beings themselves are pre-programmed sets of DNA -- organic machines ("Machines that you can't see they built you in a factory and told you who to be and what to love") -- with 'Pleistocene', Roach examines the complex relationship between man and machine
For more information about A. J. including videos, hi-res photos and press clippings, feel free to visit thepress room section of this website.
Nels Andrews www.nelsandrews.com Late April 21st onwards just started booking (UK)
Nels Andrews is a devotee of the journey, of looking out windows and into the spaces between places, or between people, of exploring what is in between your last birthday’s wish and the paint flaking off of your front door. His latest notebookful of observations and extrapolations appear on his upcoming second album, Off Track Betting.
Nels “grew up” all over the country, which he’s crossed more than a few times by now. he sampled college life before being overcome by a growing wanderlust and split – hitch-hiking to Alaska for a season in the fisheries, to South Dakota to plant trees in the Black Hills, before landing in Taos, New Mexico. http://nelsandrews.com/" size="3">More
Christine Collister www.christinecollister.com May 19th and 24th (Highlands and Scotland) C
..boundary breaking is routine for Collister and makes her one of the finest grown-up vocalists on the planet...’ – Q
Christine’s career now spans an incredible 26 years! Over that bridge of time she has released 17 albums … a DVD celebrating 20 years in the business and a single with the BBC : the theme tune for “The Life and Loves of a She-Devil” in 1984.
Throughout, she has mesmerized and astounded with her unique blend of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk, and today she remains as powerful, subtle and effortless as ever.
‘..so much soul you think she’d been signed by Motown’ - Q
Solo albums recorded over the past decade or so have seen her convincingly interpret Smoky Robinson, Nick Drake, Robert Wyatt, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, U2 and Lal Waterson, amongst many others - whilst with every year, her own self penned or co-written compositions have developed a distinctive quality - one which connects on a very personal level.
“Christine Collister can sing the birds down off the trees and send them back with a tiny flick of her vocal chords.” Mojo
Ally MacLeod & Donald Forbes (Red Hook Rapids) www.allymacleod.com Readily available anywhere in Scotland for listening room shows and house concerts. Will be booking UK and Europe in the Spring and Summer.
ASTOR PLACE Ally’s radio hit album, is being championed by Iain Anderson of BBC Scotland, is the talk of his show, and has just entered the Euro Americana Broadcasters Chart.
Ally's first album has been produced by Martin Stephenson (Martin Stephenson and the Daintees) and features 12 original songs by Ally. After a very successful album launch at the Global Village Coffee Shop in the Scottish Highlands the album continues to mark up the plaudits in both Europe and the United States. Available to travel anywhere in Scotland for One Night Stands.
Please don't hesitate to inquire about anyone we will support all shows with extensive publicity across all social and media networks, with featured airplay on our own radio/tv network www.internetradio.co.ukand all Medicine Show outlets on LBFM and our other internet radio outlets AFCollective Radio and UKCountryRadio.com.
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