The new Dreadzone studio album, which will be out in 2013, is to be called ‘Escapades’. Made this year at Mick Jones’ studio and Dread Central in West London it sees the return of founder member Tim Bran on co-production/writing and keyboard duties. The 10 track album features Mick Jones on one track and vocalist Lena Cullen (Engine-Earz /She Is Danger) on two. More news on the new album soon.
Eclectic, original and damn good fun, Cornwalls’ Three Daft Monkeys combine foot stomping celtic, world, Spanish and good old twiddly folk rythms into their melting pot of startingly original songs. They have that knack, that the Levellers also posess, of being able to match serious lyrics to upbeat music.
Darlings of the festival scene all over Europe, they always deliver a stunning set that defies you not to dance. Accomplished musicians with a background in dance, ska and traditional folk; they create contemporary world music not constrained by ‘tradition’, but always informed by it.
Wednesday 27 October
Jam, Middle Street, Brighton, £10 adv, doors 7.30pm
‘What Dylan would’ve been like if had he grown up in Cornwall’ NME says of singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph. His songs have one foot firmly planted in the best of UK folk tradition – Nick Drake, John Martyn, Cat Stevens, Richard Thompson – and the other in the contemporary songwriting movement of David Gray, Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini and the late Elliot Smith.
‘Genius… a breath of the freshest air’ THE OBSERVER
Tuesday 16 November
Komedia Studio Bar, £8 advance, doors 7.30pm
23 year old Canadian indie folk artist and Verge Music Awards Artist of the Year, Dan Mangan has been getting rave reviews in the press including NME for his sophomore album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, as well as for his live shows. Described by NME as sounding like if Woody Guthrie listened to Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mangan weaves unique lyrical phrases that simply and subtly unfurl complicated ideas, delivered with his signature gravelled vocals and understated humour.
“…Knocks you flat on your ass… Mangan’s career is clearly on the rise. Hop on board and enjoy the ride.” Exclaim!
Wednesday 6 October
Komedia Studio Bar, £6, doors 7.30pm
Born out of love for Jamaican sound clash, forged with a do-it-yourself punk rock ethos and delivered with a raw hip hop swagger, the unstoppable Babyhead sound is drawn from all quarters of the musical universe, in true Bristol fashion. They have been a live phenomenon in the clubs and on the festival circuit for a decade plus, rocking stages from Glastonbury to Fabric and attracting onstage collaborations from Ozomatli, Rodney P, Alice Russell, scores of children, transvestites and even a three legged one eyed dog!
Keith Allen called them “bastard child of Ian Dury and Iggy Pop” while the legendary Toots of The Maytals fame proclaimed the band “Irie, despite their beards and suits”.
After two years in the lab reworking their sound, and newly signed to reggae label Rockers Revolt, Bristol’s bastard sons Babyhead are back out on the road with full horn section, to deliver their extraordinary and energetic live show.
Plus UK festival favourites Samsara support.
Friday 17 September
Coalition, Brighton beach, £8.50 adv, doors 7.30pm
MARK CHADWICK – ALL THE PIECES TOUR
The Levellers frontman with full band plays from his debut solo album All The Pieces, an honest and heartfelt, yet highly accessible and endearingly upbeat collection of songs written and refined over the course of two decades fronting one of the UK’s greatest folk/punk bands.
Sharing many of its hallmarks with the great folk revival albums of the 60s and early 70s, Mark Chadwick was inspired by the “myriad of lesser travelled paths that opened up somewhere between the break up of the Beatles and the formation of Led Zeppelin.”
Wednesday 13 October
Concorde 2, £14 + booking fee, doors 7.30pm
The ultimate purveyors of Jamaican history bring their roots rock reggae and one love to town. The Wailers epitomise Jamaican roots and culture, with the sound that sold Bob Marley and his music around the world.
Familyman on bass continues to be the main axis of the Wailers, bringing roots authenticity to the Wailers unstoppable live show.
Thursday 19 August
Concorde 2, £19.50 + booking fee, doors 7pm
After three decades in the business, the once bad boys of folk have matured into the rightful custodians and godfathers of the modern folk, a role which has seen them lose none of the revolutionary fervour and punk ethos that drove Oysterband from local ceilidh to the world stage and on to the forefront of an entire musical movement.
An acoustic journey through classic and rare gems from the Oysterband songbook presented in the inimitable, upfront Oyster style – energetic and melodic songs sparked by clever and insightful lyrics.
“..great tunes, superb voices, clever lyrics and a big dollop of the stuff that turns a band into a Great British Institution.
**** ” (R2)
Monday 18 October
Komedia, £16, doors 7.30pm
John Grant, former singer/songwriter with Bella Union cult favourites The Czars, returns with an extraordinary debut solo album made with Midlake. Queen of Denmark “has it all… framed within some of the finest songs you’ll hear in this or any other year.”
“one of the most deeply satisfying debut albums of recent times.” Garry Mulholland, BBC
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.
Thurs 15 Nov @ Komedia
One of the strongest current forces in acoustic music, Show of Hands are simply England’s most popular roots partnership and something of a “people’s band”.
Fri 30 Nov @ St George's Church