Showing posts from February, 2017


If you love music and you're on Twitter then make sure to follow  @limey59music   he is a great supporter of Unsigned music and i've discovered some fab stuff via him and was excited by this weeks discovery of  Tidelands & their album "Old Mill Park".  The duo from San Francisco California are made up of Songwriter Gabriel Montanta Leis who just happens to play the Flugelhorn among other instruments?  ( Yes, I had to google it too)   & Mie araki on drum & keyboards.  As a Simpsons fan, I was first reeled in by the title of track  "Dog named Bart"   swiftly followed by  the intro  (It's always a good sign when an intro grabs you by the nether regions)  and then in crept a violin and we haven't even got to the first verse, brilliant.  "Four strings and a wooden box" opens with the most beautiful orchestral arrangement by Minna Choi and performed by  Magik Magik Orchestra,  and there's a pattern developing here, these guy

Kate Dimbleby

It could be argued that most of us creative types are self-indulgent & I wouldn't disagree,  but once in a very rare blue moon, it's taken to a whole other level of genius. The last time I listened to such an album was Kanye Wests "My beautiful dark twisted fantasy"  And then along comes the folk equivalent in Kate Dimbleby .   Her Songbirds album recorded and released on the Independent Folkstock label 23rd February & produced by Lauren Deakin Davies  is an absolute corker.  The album is acapella, something we haven't had in the mainstream for many years and by layering her vocals Kate creates an exciting backing ambience that dances around & cradles her main vocal, techniques that were inspired by her time in New York learning from  Bobby "Don't Worry Be Happy" Mcferrin". The daughter of broadcaster David Dimbleby and classically trained mother Josceline, Kate has already released five solo albums and toured the world wit

Oka Vanga

Lights off, candles on and the sound of  folk and roots duo  Oka Vanga  aka William Cox & Angela Meyer float across the room. I'm instantly lost within the mystical music and vocals of  the Wicken Tree, which is the first track off their new album "Dance Of The Copper Trail" It follows on from "Pilgrim" their award winning debut Instrumental album in 2014 & their 2015 EP release "Tales From Eyam" which after much persuasion from Wil, saw Angela introducing her alluring vocals.  The same has to be said for this new album Co- produced by Mark Tucker & Angela Meyer & worthy of a mention . If you're lucky, you'll often find two or three stand out tracks on an album, I was on my sixth when I gave up.  Ashes To The Wind,  The Devils Tide, My Sweet Guitar...and they  kept on coming. its a great album start to finish. From  guitar to mandolin to double bass (Oliver Copeland)  and a fiddle (Patsy Reid) to die for.  When it c