The Askew Sisters new album ‘Enclosure’ and launch tour

This spring sees The Askew Sisters launch their bold and long-awaited new album ‘Enclosure’. Emily and Hazel have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. Together they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry to creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. ‘Enclosure’ is inspired by the land enclosure movements as well as wider themes of freedom, captivity and disconnection from the natural world. Five years since their last album, the arrangements and production on ‘Enclosure’ take a new direction for the duo, but the album is still unmistakably the Askew Sisters, featuring gritty cello alongside sweeping fiddles and melodeon, and Hazel’s captivating vocals. The album will be officially launched on May 3rd and the sisters will be on tour across throughout March – May to celebrate, including an official launch at Cecil Sharp House in London on 24th April.

Source: The Askew Sisters new album ‘Enclosure’ and launch tour | Folk Raido UK

Olivia Chaney March 2019 UK Tour

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney has announced a run of UK dates in March 2019 in support of her acclaimed album Shelter.

Shelter is a series of teasingly enigmatic meditations leaving a distinct feeling that for all Olivia’s emotional candour there’s a persistent – albeit attractive – unknowability giving an added depth to her increasingly masterful songwriting. David Kidman, Folk Radio  

Shelter is the follow up to Chaney’s 2015 Nonesuch debut The Longest River, and was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Florence Welch, Father John Misty, et al.). The new album features eight original songs, including ‘IOU’ and ‘Roman Holiday’ (which she recently performed on Later…with Jools Holland, see below), along with Chaney’s interpretations of Henry Purcell’s ‘O Solitude’ and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s ‘Long Time Gone’, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.

Olivia Chaney March 2019 UK Tour

03    Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable

07    Cecil Sharp House, London

08    Turner Sims, Southampton ++

13 Cambridge Junction, Cambridge

15 St. George’s, Bristol

26 Stoller Hall, Manchester

29 The Duncairn, Belfast

++ International Women’s Day

Source: Olivia Chaney March 2019 UK Tour | Folk Radio UK

Kate Tempest announces North American tour dates

Kate Tempest – 2017 Tour Dates
March 20 San Diego, CA Casbah
March 21 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
March 22 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
March 24 San Francisco, CA Slims
March 26 Boise, ID Treefort Festival
March 27 Seattle, WA Neumos
March 28 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
March 29 Vancouver, BC Fortune
March 31 Calgary, AB Commonwealth
April 2 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
April 3 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
April 5 Toronto, ON Mod Club
April 6 Montreal, QC Sala Rossa
April 10 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
April 11 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
April 12 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
April 13 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
Kate Tempest has just announced 2017 North American tour dates, her first since releasing 2016’s excellent Let Them Eat Chaos. Her tour wraps up in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on April 13. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.

Kate Tempest’s second album plays like a table read of a screenplay for an Altman-esque anthology that visits the only seven residents of a particular London block who all happen to still be awake at 4:18 AM. Tempest, dropping perfect little details, sets the scene for each of them: some desperate, some drunk, all a little lost. A master storyteller with seriously impressive flow, Tempest draws you into the lives of the characters, finding the humanity in all of them, and eventually tying them together with a thunderstorm. Collaborator/producer Dan Carey matches terrific backing to Tempest’s rhymes, for what is one of the more moving works of the year.

You can stream Let Them Eat Chaos below. Kate’s last show in NYC was one of my favorites of 2015, so if she’s playing near, you don’t miss her.

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