Check out the 14 artists to be featured on March’s cover mount CD:
‘Distant Fields’ is taken from Wilderness End, the debut album by Bearpark released in November 2015 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. He borrowed the name from a village in County Durham, home to his late Grandad. The songs on Wilderness End documenting a turbulent decade through the eyes of a rural Essex boy colliding with the glittering noise of London.
Ian Ethan Case
Boston-based multi-instrumentalist Ian Ethan, best known for his innovative approach to the 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar, has been performing in listening rooms around the country for the past eight years and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.
Tiger and the Lily
Andrew Clegg is a unique guitarist who observes traditional guitar while forging a new exciting sound. Blending elements of flamenco, classical and Latin music, Andrew creates a fusion of sound that captures the spirit of the Spanish guitar. Andrew studied the classical guitar, opening up the rich tapestry of the Spanish guitar. It is the combination of the traditional with the contemporary that helped create Andrew’s musical voice.
Andrew has released two albums, Amber (2010) and Tiger and the Lily (2015), and performs around the UK and Europe at festivals and concerts.
To The Sea
US-based cult songwriter and author David Berkeley is back with his finest project yet: his sixth album and second book. The songs on Cardboard Boat accompany the stories in his novella The Free Brontosaurus. Each song is written and sung from the perspective of the main character of each story.
“An amazingly beautiful collection of tracks,” according to Pop Matters. Berkeley has been called “a musical poet” by The San Francisco Chronicle. And The New York Times writes: “Berkeley sings in a lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake.”
The Black Feathers
All For You
The perfectly paired voices of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler intertwine effortlessly to create a genre-defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, alt-country and Americana. Strangers We Meet, the duo’s debut five-track EP, gained national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and warm reviews from national music press, including an interview in The Sunday Times. The Telegraph listed it as one of the best albums of 2014.
Already a highly regarded and respected duo on the scene, the long-awaited debut album Soaked To The Bone is going to catapult them to new heights.
Hey You! (Lovers of Music)
When Canadians Cam Penner and Jon Wood last toured the UK, the reviews were glowing with comments such as “mesmerising,” “masterful” and “compelling” being thrown their way.
They won major TV exposure when tracks from the sensational To Build A Fire album were chosen as the backdrop to the recent BBC 2 TV drama based on Iain Banks’ Stonemouth novel.
This new album – Sex & Politics – finds them adding percussive elements and layered guitar techniques to bolster the texture. It is bigger and brighter, spontaneously grand and fragile at the same time.
Puesta Del Sol
Guitarist and composer Jim Stubblefield’s most recent release is entitled Encantado.
Featuring original compositions highlighting his acoustic and electric guitar prowess, Jim is joined by several world-renowned musicians in an exploration of globe spanning world fusion. In addition to his solo career, Jim is also a founding member of the Billboard Magazine-charting world music group Incendio and he composes music for television and film.
Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
Tea For One
Paul Walker from Staffordshire, England and Karen Pfeiffer from Stuttgart, Germany perform at music venues, festivals and theatres throughout the UK, Ireland and Germany. They have been performing together for five years and have just released their second album, Marble Town. Describing their diverse musical style isn’t always easy but as one German newspaper recently put it “songs with groove and goosebumps guaranteed” might be a pretty good start. The new album features a selection of their own eclectic compositions together with unique interpretations of songs by folk icons Richard Thompson, Dougie MacLean, Jimmy MacCarthy and Kieran Halpin.
Pass By My Door
New album These Mountain Blues was recorded to analogue tape over three days within a historical 15th century building in Stirling, Scotland and features highly regarded session musicians Dave McGowan (Teenage Fanclub/Belle & Sebastian), Stuart Kidd (Wellgreen/Pearlfishers) & Marco Rea (Wellgreen/Euros Childs band).
“Norrie McCulloch transcends his influences creating some beautiful music which deserves to be heard by all who care about music.” Paul Kerr (Blabber n’ Smoke).
Dans l’Oeil Du Cyclope
Richard Bonnet is a French avant-garde guitarist from Paris. He has performed with many artists, including Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Dominique Pifarély and Hasse Poulsen. With his last CD Morning Bear, composed for solo guitar, he explored languages in the 20th century European classical tradition, in addition to the freedom of the blues; the primary concept being to include improvisation as an extended form from the compositions.
The White Buffalo
Go The Distance
California-bred Jake Smith writes timeless, vividly detailed character studies, tapping into the emotional lives of various misfits, outsiders and troubled souls with insight and compassion. His songwriting is matched by his rough-hewn, deeply expressive voice, and by his distinctive instrumental arrangements, which are simultaneously intimate and epic. This track is off his latest album Love and the Death of Damnation, which is available now.
Dreaming Of Leaving
Irish star Eleanor McEvoy is the platinum and multi award-winning singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist whose song gave a title to Ireland’s most successful album, the female compilation, A Woman’s Heart. For her new album Naked Music, Eleanor chose to co-write some of the songs with Dave Rotheray, Lloyd Cole and Nat Johnson. Eleanor says of the song ‘Dreaming of Leaving’, “Lloyd Cole wrote this song with me and he said at the beginning of the writing session, ‘There’s no point in writing another mediocre song.’ I think this is genuinely lovely.”