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Tom Waits Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Book
31Mar

Tom Waits Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Book

Uncut reports: "A Kickstarter campaign launched on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to raise funds for Tom Waits For No One: The Illustrated Scrapbook. The scrapbook documents the making of Tom Waits For No One, a 1979 a rotoscoped short film starring Waits singing “The One That Got Away”."

Alabama Shakes Announce Live Dates - May
30Mar

Alabama Shakes Announce Live Dates - May

Uncut reports: "Alabama Shakes have announced three UK tour dates in May. The shows coincide with the release of their new album, Sound & Color, which is released on April 20. The band will play Birmingham O2 Academy on May 13, Manchester O2 Apollo on May 16 and London O2 Academy Brixton on November 18. A previously announced show as part of The Great Escape in Brighton on May 15 at The Dome has already sold out."

Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen UK Tour Dates Announced
27Mar

Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen UK Tour Dates Announced

Duo have a lot of Bottle

Bottle is, of course, the title of the new album (out May 18th) by the duo made up of the doyen of the British Folk Scene - and so much more as well - Eliza Carthy and the much acclaimed Tim Eriksen who has given American traditional music a jolt with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia.  The resulting mixture of styles has been described as a mixture of hardcore 'Americana' with hardcore 'Anglicana' - which probably means it's an incredibly lively and inventive combination, which might be expected from wayward daughter Eliza Carthy and cross-genre Tim Eriksen who has made his mark from punk to bluegrass and many places inbetween. 

Steve Earle and Pete Seeger Appear on Anti-Fracking Album
26Mar

Steve Earle and Pete Seeger Appear on Anti-Fracking Album

Rolling Stone reports: "Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti are among two dozen musicians who have contributed songs to Buy This Fracking Album, a two-disc compilation LP intended to educate listeners about hydro-fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth's shale. In a statement, Raitt said, "One of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.""

Bellowhead - Bursting Out in April
25Mar

Bellowhead - Bursting Out in April

New Tour, new single, for acclaimed band

It's all go on the good ship Bellowhead this coming April.  Not only have the band recieved a Best Group nomination from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - for the third time - but there is also a major new tour and a new single release.  Roll Alabama, which is out on April 20th, is taken from the most recent album, ‘Revival’ which hit the number 12 spot in the charts on its release in 2014.  Roll Alabama is a traditional halyard shanty, telling the true story of the sinking of the Mersey-built sloop-of-war CSS Alabama by the Yankee USS Kearsarge on June 19, 1864. 

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