Check out the 9 artists to be featured on this month’s covermount CD, Acoustic Presents… Vol. 9
With ukulele, guitar, violin, piano and vocals, Lancashire musician Andy Eastwood travels the world in a one-man retro-style show. Mixing styles from vaudeville to rock, country and classical with a heavy helping of comedy, he works in theatre, cabaret and cruises. The first person ever to play ukulele for an Oxford music degree, he strives to promote the uke, and has contributed to its recent popularity surge. His new EP Three Classics for Ukulele is an effort to show it as a ‘serious’ musical instrument.
‘The Science of Flood Prevention’
Angus Barclay has made six CDs, as well as playing in acoustic funk/soul trio Bad Mood Bear, and in the duo The Science Of Flood Prevention.
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
‘The Ballad Of William Kidd’
Voted best band at last year’s Cropredy Convention, and named the band to see at Glastonbury by the Huffington Post, 2014 also saw Blackbeard’s Tea Party make a huge impact on the festival circuit.
Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
Across The Divide, the debut album from Chris Quinn, is the kind of quality release that should propel him into the forefront of the new generation of musicians currently performing in the acoustic folk music scene.
No stranger to the big stage, Chris spent the last decade mastering his trade by performing all over the world, taking in performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, BB King’s in New York and London’s Royal Albert Hall. He spent a couple of summers opening for Jools Holland, a few years touring the USA and currently spends his time touring the acoustic clubs across Europe.
With eight musicians and two producers, Kalyan’s energising live shows are at the forefront of the Leeds underground scene. ‘Soul Searching’ is the first of four singles to be released by this unique Dub, Jazz and Rock fusion band. Pop vocal melodies from Mo Yan, 23 and saxophonist/singer Milo Tain, 21, combine with distinctive horn lines to create unmistakable feeling of contentment. Most memorable from the track are the unconventional section changes including intricate vocal breakdowns that lead into an uplifting trumpet solo.
Matt Corby has announced his first UK release in nearly two years – ‘Monday’ is a soulful and spine-tingling gospel song and a bold step away from his previous releases. In the run up to release he will be hitting the road for a sold-out run of dates throughout the UK – his first since his UK tour over 3 years ago which included a sold out show at KOKO. Matt’s previous releases ‘Brother’ and ‘Resolution’ have had a combined YouTube views of 10 million, and his previous EPs have combined sales of 1.5 million global sales
Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards and self-penned originals with virtuosity and panache.
Though only a little more than a year has passed since the 2014 release of Ledges, Carry The Ghost finds an older, more sophisticated Gundersen attempting the difficult work of unraveling our purpose here, searching for answers about the nature of man and the meaning of our relationships. Produced by Gundersen and mixed by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Band Of Horses), Carry The Ghost explores issues of self-discovery and existentialism with an erudite sophistication across 13 magnificent tracks.
‘Boxers’ is taken from Wilderness End, the debut album by Bearpark released in November on Albino Two Recordings. Bearpark is a new solo project by multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Hirst, who has spent the last few years playing with both Revere and Scottish-born singer-songwriter Kat Flint (to whom he is also married and who provides backing vocals on ‘Wilderness End’). The songs on Wilderness End document a turbulent decade through the eyes of a rural Essex boy colliding with the glittering noise of London.