Album of the Week: Edgelarks by Edgelarks

Album of the Week: Edgelarks by Edgelarks

“I first heard Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin at a gig organised by Black Duck Folk at Steam, Swindon at which, they announced that they were renaming themselves and releasing a new album as Edgelarks.

The new band name comes with a new project, building on the roots of their previous work in British traditional musics, Indian classical slide guitar, stomping roots beatbox harmonica….yes really!

I pre-ordered the album on Bandcamp and it arrived today, ahead of the official launch on 6th October.

Track Listing

  1. Landlocked
  2. No Victory
  3. Signposts
  4. Undelivered
  5. Yarl’s Wood
  6. Caravan
  7. Estren
  8. Iceberg
  9. Song of the jay
  10. Borders
  11. What’s the Life of Man?
  12. The Good Earth

Verdict: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Edgelarks cover

Blurb from Bandcamp

This album is about transitional spaces. Liminal places, people and times, the straddling of boundaries and thresholds; crossroads and borderlands; travellers and refugees; dusk and dawn. The pause between an old way and a new. The idea that, despite often being places of marginalisation, these are also places of change – and therefore places of hope. That, when social norms break down, when you are between two established worlds, there is a chance for new perspectives. That in the end, we have far more in common than things that divide us, because we are all liminal – we are all standing on the threshold of tomorrow. We are all just passing through.

Monday Music Mix: 15-5-17

Monday Music Mix: 15-5-17

 

Back on air after a couple of weeks away in Antigua. What a wonderful place that is…. lovely people. It would be rude not to feature a few reggae tracks tonight, espacially as we met Damien Marley when he was staying at our hotel with his band – interesting folks.

I played new music from The National, LCD Soundsystem & the brilliant Benjamin Booker. Catch tonight’s playlist on Spotify.

I hope to see some of you at Steam GWR Swindon on Friday. See sidebar.

I’m on the radio every Monday from 20:00 – 22:00 UK time and am always happy to get your feedback on the music I play each week  – please leave a comment.

 

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Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin bring a wide variety of roots influences and stunning lyrical and instrumental virtuosity to create passionate and powerful songs.

Out of the Ordinary Tour, at Steam GWR Swindon, tickets £14 in advance, £16 on the door (includes one day entry to STEAM museum, excluding special events).  Doors 7:30pm, show 8pm.

Tonight’s Playlist

Monday Music Mix: 30-1-17

Monday Music Mix: 30-1-17

This was the last show of what felt like a loooong dark, wet (and dry) January so it had to be good.

There wasn’t a theme tonight, just a great mix of old and new music plus a few surprises thanks to the listeners….

Listen to the playlist on Spotify.

I’m on the radio every Monday from 20:00 – 22:00 UK time and am always happy to get your feedback on the music I play each week  – please leave a comment.

Gig Review – Phil Beer

I went to an intimate Phil Beer gig hosted by Black Duck Folk at the weekend. I’d not listened to any of his stuff before but was really glad I made the effort to go out on a cold, miserable January night.

Phil Beer is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist folk musician and he entertained us with a selection of his own music and his interpretation of a wide range of English & American folk and country songs.

Blurb from his website:

Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

 

Tonight’s Playlist

Official video of the brooding Breme Fell at Hastings, the opening track from The Long Way Home from Show of Hands. Buy it here

Monday Music Mix: 23-1-17

Monday Music Mix: 23-1-17

G reat to be back on air in the week following the inauguration….

I felt it was my duty to raise the mood so I put together an upbeat playlist but had to include a few protest songs to give us some balance.

I’m on the radio every Monday from 20:00 – 22:00 UK time and am always happy to get your feedback on the music I play each week  – please leave a comment.

Saturday 28th January 2017 8pm (doors 7:30) Sutton Benger Village Hall.

An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer.

Tickets £14 in advance.

More info from Black Duck Folk

Tonight’s Playlist

Watch Rag ‘n’ Bone Man performing “Human” .

Monday Music Mix: 28-11-16

Monday Music Mix: 28-11-16

It was great to be back on the air after the technical gremlins that put a stop to last week’s show were banished…

This week I have an exclusive track from Rebecca Loebe’s new album “Blink” that is due for release in early February 2017. I have a pre-release copy and it’s a good ‘un. I’ll be reviewing it closer to the release date.

I saw husband & wife folk duo Megson at the weekend in Sutton Benger at an event organised by Black Duck Folk. I played a track called “Generation Rent” from their latest album, “Good Times Will Come Again” that I bought at the gig.

I’m on the radio every Monday from 20:00 – 22:00 UK time and am always happy to get your feedback on the music I play each week  – please leave a comment.

Tonight’s Playlist

White Horse Whispers supported Megson at Sutton Benger on Saturday at an event organised by Black Duck Folk and very good they were too.