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House Concert Hub Collection Vol 2 Now Available

The House Concert European Hub Collection Vol 2 Launched today July 12 2014 in The Highlands at the Medicine Show Records home venue of  The Tea Posy in The Greenhouse Dingwall with the 3 Highland acts on the latest House Concert Hub Collection,  Eaglesham Cowley, Aye2Aye, who themselves host the 5 banjos House Concert in Inverness .

 Our Sister site The House Concert European Hub  now has over 2,000 members all committed to playing, hosting and enjoying front room concerts. All artists on the CD are booking dates on the hub all money goes to keeping the wheels on the hub. 

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Posted on July 12, 2014 at 22:06

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January sees the 5th Birthday of the House Concert Hub, we are approaching 2,000 member, and 200 hosts, and getting on for 20 countries across Europe. To celebrate we are releasing a compilation CD, to help raise the profile of House Concerts and the hub and to highlight those on the hub looking for dates.

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The House Concert Hub 5th Birthday Collection.

Following the success of the 5th Birthday of the House Concert Hub Collection we present Vol 2, we are over 2,000 member, and getting up to 200 hosts, and getting on for 20 countries across Europe and over 1,000 likes on facebook. 

To celebrate we are released a compilation CD at the beginning of the year, to help raise the profile of House Concerts in general and the hub in particular and to further highlight those on the hub looking for dates in 2014. It was popular with our members and supporters, it achieved airplay over Europe and it got gigs for the contributing artists. So were delighted to present Vol 2 

All artists are booking shows and will play in your home for your friends family and their fans.

Join us on live from The Highlands as 2 of the featured artists launch The House Concert Hub Collection Vol 2

Booking Now (pay what you can) Click Here

House Concert Hub Collection Vol 1 (still available) 

The House Concert Hub in conjunction with Medicine Show Records with special thanks to Jon Langford presents

The 5th Birthday Fundraising Single, an exclusive cover of Joe Strummers X-Ray Style

 From the 5th Birthday Collection CD, more info Click Here. Jon is currently available for House Concerts. click here Please do download this track (only £1) or send to a House Concert or Jon Langford fan. Every penny helps keep the wheels on the Hub & artists on the road. 

 January 7th 2014 sees the 5th Birthday of the House Concert Hub, we are approaching 2,000 member, and getting up to 200 hosts, and getting on for 20 countries across Europe and nearly 1,000 likes on facebook.

To celebrate we are releasing a compilation CD, to help raise the profile of House Concerts in general and the hub in particular and to further highlight those on the hub looking for dates in 2014.


"As is the way of things around here we have an international and eclectic selection of artists and music".  


I'll be sending 60 CD's to the key radio heads, I'll put it on bandcamp at and encourage the other podcasters, community broadcaster and magazines to download it with download codes, and music lovers/house concert members to buy it (Only £5 all money going to the upkeep of the House Concert hub)  These will also be sent to all the house concert hosts and promoters I know,  and I'm happy to send anyone who can help who a CD.

I'll utilise our mailing lists, twitter, facebook, pinterest and Google-Youtube etc etc in that time honour fashion Medicine Show Promo has becomes known and loved for.

So please do get in-touch if you want to help, IE put me intouch with your local Dee Jay or Music reviewer. Point them to this page, share this page with your facebook and twitter friends, artists share with your mailing list, every person is a potential House Concert,  invite them all to this website, ask your friend with the biggest living room the question, "why aren't you doing House Concerts"? I'll follow up any leads. Its five years now lets kick this think on, lets together make it really really make a difference for independently minded music we all love.

Rob Ellen


The Artists

  • Jon Langford yes Mekon Jon !! (the godfather of Alt-country ) He has released a number of solo recordings as well as recordings with other bands outside of The Mekons, most notably the Waco Brothers, which he co-founded after moving to Chicago in the early 1990s. He is involved with the Chicago-based, independent record label Bloodshot.  Langford is also a prolific and respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Some are on display here, Johns house concerts may well involve his Art illustrating his songs and him illustrating his art with the stories behind the songs and some singing as well. X-ray Style is an exclusive cut for the cd form Jon and Barkley McKay Jon says " Late period Joe Strummer classic that I've been performing live for the last few years cos no bugger else was, a premonition of the Arab Spring/Occupy or that's what it feels to me” they are available for house concerts.
  • Texas troubadour Amanda Pearcy début album Royal Street (title track featured) went directly to the top of Euro Americana Chart earlier this year, since then she's tour Holland on the back of that success, now shes setting her sight on more countries, and following where the songs may take her, lets us know if you can help get her to your part of the world?
  • Drew Nelson Michigan's Drew has been an active member on the hub for all 5 years, ever since his first album Immigrant Sons, which lead to his first UK tour and a visit to the Isle of Skye where he traced his immigrant roots back in a direct line back to Highland heroin Flora MacDonald, on one of these trips he recorded 5th September in for The Coffee Shop Session in Strathpeffer now a leading light of Red House Records and a regular UK visitor and still a house concert lover.
  • Mr Moon & Grace are consummate travellers, they live on the road, they are street entertainers who will play House Concerts to Festivals around the world, around the year. They are in New Zealand now, but will be in Europe in the summer. This song is an old Cornish sea shanty which has travelled to and been re-invented in The Appalachians, and it was recorded in Burgundy in September
  • John Mitchell and Sofie Jonsson live and work out in Sofie's native Sweden, John hails from the Highlands of Scotland. John and Sofie perform acoustic roots music inspired by their Celtic, European, and American backgrounds and influences. Original songs and tunes alongside traditional material arranged and performed in the duo's unique and energetic style.
  • Charlie Roth's last CD came as a direct result of touring with the help of The House Concert hub around Scotland coupled with his experiences in Texas hence "Tartan Cactus Heart", Minnesotaian Charlie delivers stories plain and simple, inspired songs, inspiring playing, and inspirational singing, this is a new and exclusive song for the Birthday CD from Charlie.
  • Rich Mahan Guitarist/singer-songwriter Rich Mahan lives in Nashville, where he recorded his solo debut, Blame Bobby Bare  He grew up loving the blues (Freddie, Albert and B.B. King), garage rock (Chocolate Watch Band, The Action), and post-British invasion bands (The Jam and Secret Affair), but credits the Grateful Dead with opening his ears to all styles of music. Over the years, he’s toured and recorded with several groups, playing roots rock with Avocado Sundae and co-founding the alt-country band Shurman, which was signed to Vanguard Records in 2004. He moved to Nashville in 2010 and is getting a tastes for accoustic performance as you can hear from this song recorded exclusivley for this Album (thanks Rich).
  • Introducing Australia's Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes -  Black Coffee from the Album from the same name due for release here in February , and touring the world on the back of universal praise at home here and in The States, which has lead to tours with Steve Earle , John Hiatt & Shaun Colvin—as well as a place on major festivals in Aus and US wide, with plans to reach Europe within the next year a favourite of the Aus House Concert Scene to.

  • Sage & the Saints Sage Galesi  began in show biz at age 3, her grandmother worked with Elvis & her mother with Leonard Cohen. As a child working with director OLIVER STONE in the film The Doors , appeared in THUNDERHEART and dancing with MICHAEL JACKSON. Through her education she studied in London, & in Russia at the renowned Moscow Art Theater. This led her to London (writing with Adele’s pianist Miles Robertson, and recorded in The Wreckroom). Then in NYC Sage started acting again, starring in a film with Steven Baldwin, and finally back to Nashville, and recording this EP produced by Rascall Flatts instrumentalist Jonathan Trebing. This is a prestigious talent you have not heard the last of.
  • Drew Landry is A Louisiana artist/songwriter who's been on Blues, Southern rock, Folk, & Country music. Landry also has a Venue in Southwest Louisiana. He's recorded & played shows with many Louisiana legends and was former signed to the Warner 2010-2011. Landry's album Sharecropper's Whine climbed the Euro-Americana Chart during the summer of 2012 & stayed on the Americana top 13 (Dutch Chart based on spins & airplay) until December of Last Year. He will be in Ireland from Feb 25-27th & would like the honour of playing some house gigs & getting to know the people there... please contact him ASAP for Feb gigs & let us know about any Irish Festivals happening this summer
  • Joe West is a New Mexico Legend, voted “Best Band” 4 years in a row by the Santa Fe Reporter’s Readers’ Poll. In 2005 Joe’s CD, The Human Cannonball, reached #2 in the Euro Freeform Americana Radio Charts. Things to do before you die, Thursday nights at The Cowgirl Hall Of Fame Santa Fe with Joe West, available for house concerts this summer.

  • Fraser Anderson - Championed by such high-profile fans as Bob Harris, Danny Thompson, Will Ackerman and Chuck Berry, this Edinburgh-born artist combines introspective lyricism and inventive open tunings, and is often likened to early John Martyn. A few years back he was a regular member of the iconic Dougie Maclean band in Scotland, However Fraser then  left Scotland, to experience a very different chapter, in the remote quiet mountains of the south of France. Seven years on and now with 2 further albums under his belt, a 4th written, a publisher in Paris and management in Toronto,  he has left behind the snow capped Pyrenees, returned to Britain in Oct 2013 and currently lives in London.

  • Cigarbox Don Jack, builds guitar out of (yes you guessed it) Cigar box's he builds his songs from his rye look at Scottish culture, they are cultural vinaigrette that explore an d expose the Scottish diaspora, with suitably couthie wit and wisdom. 


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At 13:25 on February 17, 2014, Beth Wimmer said…

have been listening all morning and afternoon. LOVE the 5th Bday Collection. and i do love the new artwork as well. sending musical hugs to everyone around the globe, from Switzerland! Peace, beth wimmer

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