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We Shall Overcome Fights Austerity With Music - October
31Jul

We Shall Overcome Fights Austerity With Music - October

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A nationwide festival of music has been planned for the first weekend of October under the "We Shall Overcome" banner - as the organisers put it on their website, "‘We Shall Overcome’ is a simple shout out to the people who make our culture happen – the musicians, artists, promoters. For one weekend, let’s do what we do but let’s do it under one unified banner – We Shall Overcome. Let’s do it together to show our solidarity and send a message that we don’t agree with austerity politics."   All proceeds will be donated to local food banks.

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell Release Covers Album
31Jul

Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell Release Covers Album

Cover me Songs reports: "Long time friends Sam Beam (better known under his stage name Iron & Wine) and Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses have finally "gotten" around to fulfilling their longtime wish of collaborating on a covers album with the release of Sing Into My Mouth earlier this week.  After having teased their audiences with renditions of Sade‘s “Bulletproof Soul” and Unicorn’s “No Way Out Of Here,” the folksy duo shared their Talking Heads cover “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” before finally releasing the album.  

Willard Grant Conspiracy Announce Dates - September
30Jul

Willard Grant Conspiracy Announce Dates - September

Willard Grant Conspiracy have announced a string of dates for the UK in September.  Their most recent album, 2013’s Ghost Republic, received much critical praise, with Mojo magazine describing it as being “at times hushed and poetic, at others dizzyingly huge and squalling” and The Line Of Best Fit calling it “a haunting, remarkable record which grips you like the living dead."   They return to the UK as a trio - Robert Fisher being joined by long time collaborator and principle viola player, David Michael Curry (also of the Thalia Zedek Band) as well as cellist Jonah Sacks. Tickets for all shows are on sale now - click through for them.

Jeremy Pinnell Announces European Dates
29Jul

Jeremy Pinnell Announces European Dates

Jeremy Pinnell has been described as "Northern Kentucky's son from across the river.  Raised from humble beginnings of singing in church and learning the guitar from his father, his craft quickly made heads turn and rooms fall silent. But with his departure from home at 18 to venture into the unknown with only his music, this young man soon found himself surrounded by the demons of the world he used to try and sing away."  You can catch him live with those demons in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK in October.  Click through for dates.

Farm Aid Announces Line-Up for 30th Anniversary
29Jul

Farm Aid Announces Line-Up for 30th Anniversary

Rolling Stone reports: "Farm Aid is coming to Chicago. The annual event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be held on September 19th at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island near downtown Chicago. In addition to board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, the show will feature Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mavis Staples, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots and Blackwood Quartet."

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