Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, it’s been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material God Bless The Pretty Things (Reveal Records 2009). Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career.
Boo wrote Radio Ballads for the BBC’s Olympic and recent Child Migration series. Elsewhere new songs were commissioned for art galleries and museums, including the Beneath The Dark Cloth project at the Met in New York.
There has been a huge array of writing and producing with both established and upcoming artists and ‘passing something on’ to budding writers via his much loved songwriting workshops.
Boo spent three years writing a daily blog which lead to podcast fun with that staff of The WORD (RIP) and invitations to join Radio broadcasts such as The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and a moment of personal satisfaction when his work was included in the radio round up Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 4.
Tankus The Henge
Tankus the Henge are the London based, five wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock ‘n’ roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day. Ruining the silence and disturbing the bats.
Foot to the floor, blindfold on, smoking oil and gasoline with a trail of destruction in their wake.
“Like The Clash from New Orleans” Nikolaj Torp Larsen – The Specials
Having played over 1000 shows all over the world the Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. They played over 30 festival shows in 2015 including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Boomtown, Port Eliot, WOMAD, and main support to Jools Holland at Looe Festival in Cornwall.
With their charismatic frontman, Jaz Delorean, looking like a lost character from a Terry Gilliam film, Tankus the Henge launch into their live shows like a band possessed.
Of their first album:
“….a virtual carnival of sound that’s high on energy and deep on soul. With copious helpings of R&B blues, funk, disco, Django, a dose of Dexy’s, a drop of Ray Davies and a pinch of Madness emerging throughout the eleven tracks – it’s an exciting mélange of sound.” Simon Wells (Guardian)
Cornish singer / songwriter Joe Francis is Winter Mountain.
Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Winter Mountain is a blend of melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance and the essence of the song.
Indeed, it was these very qualities that inspired folk star Cara Dillon and her husband/producer Sam Lakeman to sign Winter Mountain to their ‘Charcoal Records’ label after watching a performance in Donegal, Ireland.
Winter Mountain released a self titled debut album in 2013 to unanimous critical acclaim with The Sunday Express stating it to be ‘an utterly fabulous record’ and awarding it a 5 star review. The Irish Post called it ‘A smashing album, a terrific, classy debut’, whilst Maverick Magazine had this to say: ‘Winter Mountain make them like they used to, and three cheers for that!’.
Tracks from Winter Mountain’s debut album still receive regular national radio play from the likes of Janice Long, Dermot O’Leary, Clare Balding (BBC Radio 2), on RTE Radio 1 and from local stations in both the UK and Ireland.
Following the release Joe signed with the prestigious Faber Music Publishing.
Winter Mountain have toured the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland opening for some of the worlds most talented artists including Richard Thomson, Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Rosanne Cash, Leann Rhimes, Patty Griffin, legendary songwriter Benny Gallagher, Paolo Nutini, Fleet Foxes and many others, and have graced the stage at some of those countries most distinguished venues inc The Ulster Hall (Belfast), Union Chapel (London), The Belfast Waterfront, Vicar Street (Dublin) and headline sets to sell-out crowds at the likes of the infamous Camden Barfly and Dublins Whelans Bar. While opening for some of Cara Dillons’ bigger shows they outsold her on the merchandise stand and, unbelievably, whilst opening for Sara Watkins (Nickle Creek, The Decemberists) they won over audiences so much that they were often invited back for an encore, before the main act had even taken to the stage!
In festival season Winter Mountain are amongst the acts that draw some of the biggest crowds to their stage. Recently, following a 2015 performance at ‘Larmer Tree Festival’ Winter Mountain was named the festival highlight by critic and reviewer Alan Ewart at www.soundofsummer.org, who said “I always say that at every festival I attend I find at least one artist whose music blows me away…Last week at the Larmer Tree it was the music of Winter Mountain. Joe is an excellent songwriter…”
Recent times have seen Winter Mountain contributing vocals to Seth Lakemans most recent album ‘Word of mouth’ and Cara Dillons ‘Thousand Hearts’ album.
Below is new video for “Sunshine, Good Roads” which will be available for download as part of a 3 track EP and the forthcoming Winter Mountain album ‘I Swear I Flew’ due out later this year.
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow
It was the Balkan mayhem of Sheelanagig that first brought young Carnyvillian guitar demon Kit Hawes and Medicine Creek fiddle maniac Aaron Catlow together. But they soon found there was a whole world of roots music they also had in common and so here they are, sneaking out from their usual band duties to traverse the country with a rich stock of tales and traditional tunes. Drawing on folk repertoire from both sides of the Atlantic, their insightful musicianship is matched by their warm and witty repartee and they are sure to charm all who hear them.
The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.
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