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An Evening with BEN GLOVER AND KIM RICHEY
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Mon 29 October 2018
12 Adv


This show is at: The Running Horse, 16 Alfreton Road, Nottingham NG7 3NG

BEN GLOVER

The music of Americana artists mixed with Irish music was the soundtrack for Ben Glover growing up in the sleepy seaside village of Glenarm in the north of Ireland. This musical theme is woven throughout his life - one artist influenced by two countries connected by the Atlantic Ocean. Glover’s relocation to America in 2008 has allowed him to explore his influences in depth while keeping a firm grasp on his Celtic roots.

In 2016 he signed with Proper Records and released “The Emigrant” about which No Depression said, "It is a tremendous sweep and should end up on the shores of many a top ten albums of 2016 list.” That year he also won “International Song of the Year” at the UK Americana Awards for the song “Blackbirds,” which he co-wrote with Gretchen Peters. His upcoming album, “Shorebound” will be released on Proper Records in May 2018 and features performances with Gretchen Peters, Ricky Ross, Mary Gauthier Kim Richey and Robert Vincent. Ben is also one of the three songwriters/artists behind The Orphan Brigade who’s 2017 album Heart of The Cave, written in ancient tunnels beneath the Italian city of Osimo, was released on At The Helm Records.

Glover's music has been featured in programming and advertisments both in the UK and in the US with companies such as Sky, MTV, E! Network, BBC, Coca Cola and more. He’s also enjoyed regular airplay on BBC Radio Two, BBC Scotland and BBC Ulster.

KIM RICHEY:

“[Kim Richey] would rule the charts in a land where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen, and the The Beatles never put out another record after Revolver.” Steve Horowitz, popmatters.com “Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit ‐ and then she ensnares you for keeps by making you consider all the noiseless sensations that no songs can ever contain.” Timothy White, Billboard Magazine

Those artists who find themselves stuck in the deepest of ruts two decades into their careers could learn a thing or two from veteran singer‐songwriter Kim Richey. She’s never been afraid to go where the inspiration is. Two‐time Grammy‐nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod. Early on, the Zanesville, Ohio native thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country, her albums (1995’s Kim Richey, 1997’s Bittersweet and 1999’s Glimmer, all on Mercury) showcasing twang‐pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting that other discerning performers ‐ Radney Foster, Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis to name a few ‐ coveted for their own recordings. In the years since, Kim has made her subtly psychedelic album Rise (Lost Highway) in Los Angeles with producer Bill Bottrell, flown to London to enlist the help of Giles Martin and emerging with the crisply orchestrated Chinese Boxes (Vanguard) and turned to her East Nashville‐based bandleader and frequent co‐writer Neilson Hubbard to conjure the earthy indie‐pop feel of Wreck Your Wheels (Lojinx/Thirty Tigers) and to complete her latest masterpiece of smart, sensual understatement Thorn In My Heart (Lojinx/Yep Roc). The array of top‐tier guests on the album include Jason Isbell, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and Yearwood, who was, for the first time, returning the harmony‐singing favor. And the dozen songs themselves show that Richey’s still dreaming up fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways, and still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart.

www.benglover.co.uk
www.kimrichey.com



OTIS GIBBS + Paul McClure
Plus Support Paul McClure
Sun 4 November 2018
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926

“Gibbs’ songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It’s plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ” –Rolling Stone

Otis Gibbs is a Songwriter, storyteller, painter, /photographer and planter of 7,176 trees. He once wrestled a bear, and lost. He has been described as “The best unknown songwriter in music today.” If you ask him, he’ll simply say he’s a Folk Singer.

He also hosts a podcast called Thanks For Giving Damn which features your favorite musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. His podcast quickly became a cult favorite and lead to him hosting Country Built on Pandora (USA) where Otis tells stories about the history of country music to his 2 million+ subscribers. He grew up in Wanamaker, Indiana, but now lives in East Nashville with his long time partner, Amy Lashley.

Otis’ thoughts on Mount Renraw. “This album was recorded in my living room on my 50th birthday. My friends kept saying I should throw myself a big party for my birthday, but I’m not a big party guy. Instead, I wanted to do something creative that fits into how I try to live my life. That’s when I decided to record this album. This is who I am and this is what I do. It’s the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of creativity.”

“We live on top of a big hill in East Nashville surrounded by musicians, artists, writers and other creative misfits. In the 1800s, this land was owned by Percy Warner. He is somewhat famous for bringing electricity to the rural South. He called his home Renraw, which is Warner spelled backwards. I’ve called our home Mount Renraw for the last 9 years. Since I recorded the record at home, I figured Mount Renraw would be a fitting title.“

www.otisgibbs.com/
www.paulmccluremusic.com/



AARON LEE TASJAN BAND (USA) + Support
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Mon 5 November 2018
The Maze 13 Adv


“Nashville’s most eclectic singer-songwriter returns with a trippy stunner full of swirling, immersive rock songs that evoke both the effervescence of the Sixties and the grit of today.” Rolling Stone

Aaron Lee Tasjan - Karma for Cheap Most people know Aaron Lee Tasjan as one of the wittiest, most offbeat, brilliant, weedsmokin’ & LSD microdosin’ Americana troubadours writing and singing songs today, and the New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone will all gladly corroborate. But steel yourselves, folk fans, because he’s about to follow his restless muse straight out from under the weight of everyone’s expectations into the kind of glammy, jingle-jangle power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds he hasn’t dabbled in since his younger days playing lead guitar for a late-period incarnation of The New York Dolls.

The roots of Tasjan’s new record, Karma for Cheap, stretch even deeper, drinking up the sounds of a Southern California childhood spent listening to The Beatles while riding around with his mom at the wheel of their navy blue Volvo station wagon—back to the very first pre-teen year he picked up a six-string and started figuring out all the pretty little chords in those Lennon-McCartney tunes. Back to the pure, blissful unfiltered innocence of falling in love with music for the first time. But more on that later. First, let’s ponder the brutish realities of the American Swamp.

Aaron Lee Tasjan says he aims to use his music for good, but he’s no protest singer. And Karma for Cheap isn’t some heavy-handed, didactic political record cramming a set of talking points down anyone’s throat. It’s a finely tuned rock & roll seismograph measuring the dark and uncertain vibrations of the time in which it was created. A cracked mirror reflecting back the American zeitgeist in this foul year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eighteen.

“When you’re a songwriter,” Tasjan says, you’re dealing in truths and untruths—that’s part of your commerce as a citizen of the world. And anything coming along that’s threatening to blur that line is a threat to your livelihood as a working American.”

https://www.aaronleetasjan.com/



LYNNE HANSON & THE GOOD INTENTIONS (USA) + Amy Andrews
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Wed 14 November 2018
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926

Lynne's last visit to Nottingham was sensational so we decided she needed to return!

Roots music, rough-around-the-edges folk. Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Lynne's songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They're faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired grit ground into the seams. Lynne is a winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, has been been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and has toured Canada, the US, Europe and the UK. Lynne has toured in support of Grammy nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert) as well as guitar legend Albert Lee.

Amy Andrews was born and raised in Baltimore, Amy grew up on the sounds of Sinatra, Ella, the American Songbook, Motown, Showtunes, Stevie Nicks, Melissa Etheridge, the Judds, ...

Amy began performing at the age of 6, but not until after college did she pick up a guitar or begin writing her own music. Since then, Amy has toured and performed her original music (with an occasional beloved-to-her "cover" of folks from Sam Cooke to Sondheim) for audiences all over North America.

Known for brilliant performances, stunning vocals, and unassuming wit, charm, and candor on stage, Amy has played music halls, bars, opera houses, living rooms, sanctuaries, and theatres all across North America, with festivals from Florida's 30A Songwriters Festival to Alaska's Folk Fest.

www.lynnehanson.com



DAN STUART With TOM HEYMAN (USA)
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Wed 21 November 2018
12 Adv


THIS SHOW IS AT: THE RUNNING HORSE, 16 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG Tel 07770 226926

Dan Stuart is a songwriter, author and habitual expat currently residing in Mexico City. He was a founding member of Green on Red and Danny & Dusty in the 80's before leaving the music business in 1995 for a decade and a half. His comeback solo record in 2012 has the same title as his 2014 false memoir: The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings, both available through Cadiz Music, London. That was followed by Marlowe's Revenge recorded with Mexico City's Twin Tones and released in 2016 through Cadiz Music in UK & Europe and on Fluff & Gravy Records in the Americas. The last of the trilogy, The Unfortunate Demise of Marlowe Billings, will be out in July of 2018 along with a novel of the same name.

www.marlowebillings.com/



ANDREW COMBS (USA) and CHARLIE WHITTEN (USA)
Plus Support Charlie Whitten
Wed 30 January 2019
The Maze 12 Adv


“One of Nashville’s most poetically gifted young singer-songwriters.” NPR Music.

Andrew is one of Cosmic American Music favourites and with him tonight is another exciting new Nashville musician.

Andrew has a new EP, 5 Covers & A Song (New West Records), which showcases songs that have had an impact on him at different points in his life. Songs by The Strokes and Radiohead are a nostalgic look back at teenage self discovery, while Loudon Wainwright III’s “4 x 10” represents a more current perspective, reflecting on his life now as a husband and father.

The idea for the EP evolved as a setting to recognize some of his favorite songwriters. “We all know that Blake Mills is a tremendous guitar player, but it’s his knack for songwriting and arranging that keeps me coming back to his records. Lucinda is the queen of songwriting in my book. No one else can portray a picture like her. She’s up there with Tom Waits, Townes and Guy Clark when it comes to words. I wanted a love song on the EP — something that came from a feeling of adoration. It’s a simple bed of music that her words dance on, but the build of the tune helps portray the yearning for someone. I couldn’t be happier with this version. I’d like to think Lucinda would enjoy it as well.”

A Dallas native now living near the same Nashville airport immortalized in the opening sequence of Robert Altman’s country music odyssey, Andrew Combs is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and heir to that 1975 film’s idea of the Nashville troubadour as a kind of musical monk. As a songwriter, Combs relies on meditative restraint rather than showy insistence to paint his canvases, a technique commensurate with his idea of nature as an overflowing spiritual wellspring. Combs refines the vulnerable vagabond persona he mastered on All These Dreams while pushing it beyond those boundaries, into a more pastoral realm aligned with artists like Nick Drake and Tim Buckley. The idea of the artist’s creative life as an ecosystem - one just as in need of cultivation and care as our own imperiled world - informs much of Canyons Of My Mind.

CHARLIE WHITTEN (USA)

Nashville-based songwriter and musician Charlie Whitten has spent his fair share of time in the role of sideman, playing with artists like Andrew Combs, Becca Mancari, and Molly Parden. He’s a solo artist, too, though, having released his solo debut album Dreaming in 2012 and a follow-up, Hey Love, in 2014.

Whitten is currently preparing to release a new EP, Playwright. The EP’s title track is a fitting introduction to the four-song collection, showcasing Whitten’s guitar chops, velvety vocals, and ruminative songwriting.

https://www.andrewcombsmisic.com



An Evening With TOM RUSSELL (USA)
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Wed 3 April 2019
The Glee Club 22 Adv


PLEASE NOTE / DOORS OPEN AT 7.00 PM AS TOM WILL BE ONSTAGE AT 7.30pm

Folk Hotel is almost certainly the best Americana album of 2017 and the lyrics are some of the very best of the last decade. Tom Russell is one of the key songwriters of the last twenty years or so. He must now be included on any list of great songwriters which would also include important people like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams. Country Music People.

Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books - including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.

Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter...Russell is a riveting storyteller. UNCUT

www.tomrussell.com/