Check out the 14 artists to be featured on this month’s covermount CD: Acoustic Presents… Vol. 6
John Coinman – ‘Oklahoma City’
Son of the Tucson desert, John Coinman is a singer-songwriter, film-music-composer (The Postman) and music aid of actor/director Kevin Costner. He has an actor’s skill for inhabiting a character into a song. Americanrootsuk.com wrote about his new album Already Are: Great albums should consist of both entertaining and thought provoking songs to suit all moods and needs, something that only a few achieve. This one certainly does!” The haunting ‘Oklahoma City’, included on this month’s Acoustic Presents CD, is one of the 11 John Coinman originals from that, already critically acclaimed, new album Already Are.
The Honeyfire – ‘Road Signs’
The Honeyfire are a sister two-piece hailing from Bristol, UK, playing harmony-based, guitar-driven indie-folk. Originally formed in 2010 by Sally and Natalie Joiner they were briefly joined by Anja Quinn on drums and together recorded their self-titled debut album with Jim Barr (Portishead and Get The Blessing) at his Bristol studio. The album was released December 2014 to critical acclaim. Having recently returned to two piece set-up, they are now writing new material which they plan to record and tour in 2016. See The Honeyfire play at the London Acoustic Show 2015.
Mo Kenney – ‘Telephones’
In My Dreams is a stunningly accomplished follow-up to Mo Kenney’s much-celebrated self-titled debut, showcasing an artist who has grown in every facet of her craft as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and performer. Mo has performed at major festivals in Iceland, England, Australia, and across Canada with Ron Sexsmith and key collaborator and album producer, Joel Plaskett.
Bobby Long – ‘Treat Me Like A Stranger’
If Bobby Long has learned one thing for sure in the course of his music career, it’s that all things take time. He’s reflecting philosophically on the making his forthcoming third album Ode To Thinking. ‘I have been cultivating these songs live for the last year, seeing how they stand up, changing them, dropping them, bringing them back so when I came into the studio with them, I was ready. Now that I can see the finish line ahead, I’m getting excited that people will be able to hear what I’ve worked hard on and what I envisioned.’
Benji Kirkpartrick – ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’
Benji is a member of big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead, power folk trio Faustus and has spent three years in Seth Lakeman’s band, but has always performed as a solo artist. He has made three solo albums, with the 2008 Navigator label release, Boomerang, showcasing his unique songwriting talents. Benji deftly picks his way up and down the frets of the bouzouki, guitar, mandolin and banjo and with his latest release Hendrix Songs he tackles the songs of his hero Jimi Hendrix in a unique style.
Will Joseph Cook – ‘Hearse’
Will Joseph Cook possesses a vocal maturity and song crafting ability far beyond his years. In early 2015, his track ‘Message’ took the internet by storm, gaining Will the coveted number one spot on Hype Machine as well as a number two spot on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart. Will’s influences span much further geographically and historically. His eclectic influences include everyone from Darwin Deez to Nick Cave. Will Joseph Cook is quickly emerging as a talent to be aware of in the ever burgeoning “alternative” British scene.
Gilmore & Roberts – ‘Cecilia’
Twice-nominated at the BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their fourth album, Conflict Tourism, is released on September 18 and follows a year of touring in mainland Europe, Canada and their native Britain, and packs a considered punch from start to finish. Gilmore & Roberts tour the Netherlands, Germany & the UK this autumn.
David Becker – ‘The Lonely Road’
For more than 25 years, Grammy nominated guitarist, composer and producer David Becker has continued to define himself as one of the most unique voices in jazz and contemporary music. He has led the David Becker Tribune to a worldwide audience, performing in more than 20 countries. On The Lonely Road, Becker leaves behind his usual trio for a solo outing, and arranged and produced a gorgeous album full of poetry by building an orchestra of guitars. Inspired by his world travels, this record takes the listener on a global musical journey.
RURA – ‘Between The Pines’
Renowned for their powerhouse mix of highland pipes, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, whistle, flute, and voice, RURA has fast become one of the most talked-about bands of their generation. They create hard-hitting, muscular, yet intricately arranged instrumentals to match singer-songwriter Adam Holmes’ haunting songcraft – a mix that has seen them rise to headline status at festivals in the UK and Europe. Their first album Break It Up was accompanied by award wins and nominations, and now the follow-up Despite the Dark is meeting unrelentingly high praise.
Franc Cinelli – ‘Alchemy’
Franc Cinelli is an Italian songwriter based in London, England. His new album The Marvel Age shows an artist continuing a determined path, not afraid to take chances and experiment. At its core, this is a folk record, but its use of rhythms, the twists and turns in the arrangements with their vibrant colours and haunting undertones, creates something much more. The extensive 12-month tour, which gave birth to this new album, saw him playing shows across UK, Europe and North America. The Marvel Age is out on SongCircle Records on September 18.
Stewart Mac and the Rising – ‘Radio’
Stewart Mac is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from North London. Specialising in radio friendly, heartfelt rock songs, he has released two previous full length albums, achieved success in Asia and has a string of live performances under his belt alongside such greats as Bon Jovi, who he opened for at Twickenham Stadium. He has just released a brand new EP Radio which was written and recorded with long time collaborator and live guitarist Dean Roberts.
Skerryvore – ‘Happy To Be Home’
Originally a “Tiree four-piece”, Skerryvore has evolved into a seven-strong band of musicians. Skerryvore has successfully married the traditional instrumentation of accordion, fiddle, pipes and whistles with solid bass, drums and keyboards, overlain with exacting guitar and meaningful lyrics to give their unique sound. Their 2014 album Chasing The Sun was described as ‘…their most complete and mature album to date… that album’s a cracker!’ (Phil Brown, BBC Radio Lancashire) and their latest Decade release coincided with a huge celebration in May 2015.
Andrew Cresswell Davis – ‘Marching Down The Road’
Andrew Cresswell Davis is a multi-instrumentalist who has worked alongside Sir George Martin, John Lennon, Tears For Fears, Bill Nelson, Julian Cope, Goldfrapp, Spiritualised, Steve Tilston, and Flook and Moondog among others. His new acoustic album Desire lines, co-produced by Pete Brandt, is his first solo venture since 1990’s Clevedon Pier. Andy’s songs have been covered by artists as Rod Stewart, Tracy Allman, Manhattan Transfer and Yazz. Andy is currently performing in the UK with Clare Lindley (violin) and Brian Mullan (cello) as Davis Lindley Mullan DLM.
Chris Bannister – ‘Prentice Boy’
Singer-songwriter Chris Bannister has released four albums of original material and performed live in both Europe and North America. His new album The Unicorn And Other Stories is his first collection of traditional songs. Chris has taken the lyrics from Helen Creighton’s 1930s book Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia and written new music and arrangements for the 10 songs featured on the album. The track featured here is ‘Prentice Boy’, a timeless tale of youthful, romantic idealism and also features Chris Nole on piano and Debbie Jones on backing vocals.