Sunday, 27 March 2016

Hugh and Katy Moffatt in Europe...now!

Hugh Moffatt is a very familiar and very welcomed face in the European acoustic roots music scene. He lived in Europe for several years and has toured extensively during the past 3 decades. Hugh and sister Katy are nearing the end of their current tour of Switzerland, Germany and Holland. The shows in the Netherlands are especially attractive as they are small, intimate settings.


For new or young fans not aware of Hugh Moffatt's credentials, we offer just a small capsule of Hugh and Katy Moffatt's accomplishments.

The songs of Hugh Moffatt have been recorded by pop, country, bluegrass, traditional, and gospel artists from around the world. Many of those songs were hits on the Billboard charts. Some of the greatest names in country music have recorded Hugh's songs -- from Patti Page to Jerry Lee Lewis to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alabama, and Johnny Cash. At least one of his songs have been recorded by popular performers almost every single year since 1975. Hugh also is a co-composer and librettist for three original operas, he has written two theater plays, and his children’s picture book series, Dissolvo Dog, began production last year. Hugh currently teaches an online course in songwriting for Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia, USA.

Hugh's younger sister, Katy Moffatt, has earned a substantial worldwide cult following among roots-music fans and much critical respect for her blend of country, folk, rock, pop, and blues. Katy signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1975, and she issued two country-rock albums. The second of which featured members of The Allmann Brothers Band. Katy first earned some attention in the roots-music community when she recorded an album of duets on the Rounder/Philo label with Hugh called, Dance Me Outside. Katy is currently involved in a major project, putting the finishing touches on her 16th studio album. It is the culmination of her 40 years as a performing songwriter (the "working title" is: Where The Heart Is). At the same time, she is developing her musical and spoken-word performance piece, Midnight Radio: A One- Woman Show. This is Katy’s edifying, always entertaining musical journey through 19th, 20th and 21st Century American life highlighting the role of women and the power of radio through songs of personal history and the telling of history through song. This one-woman show is the history of a woman, all women, and a nation. Katy's career has been marked by consistent critical acclaim, (including a 1985 Academy of Country Music nomination as Best New Female Vocalist), movie appearances (Billy Jack, Hard Country and The Thing Called Love), songs covered by many prominent performers, and an album that out-sold Garth Brooks on the U.K. country charts.

 Now and Then, an album of duets by Hugh and Katy, was just recently released (22 February) 2016.


Katy and Hugh Moffatt's remaining concert agenda:

 SWITZERLAND

   
"Chlini Büni", Sumiswald, Switzerland

        
        
         
         
         
GERMANY

        
NETHERLANDS

        

Reservations 
via E-mail:  stonevalley@hetnet.nl

 
De Vriendshap, Wadway, Netherlands
Reservations 
via Telephone: (31) 0229-571448
via E-mail: loeklamers@hotmail.com

Friday, 4 March 2016

Locust Honey String Band - Accolades & Applause

Locust Honey String Band
Chloe Edmonstone & Meredith Watson
Photograph by Margret Seema Takyar
Since writing in January about the (then) forthcoming tour by Locust Honey String Band, they have now arrived on this side of The Pond and are receiving a great deal of attention for both their concerts and their new release 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind'.

Chloe Edmonstone & Meredith Watson with John Miller (of The Foxhunt & The Hackensaw Boys) on bass duties started the UK & Ireland tour at the end of February and it is clear why The Locust Honey String Band are making such a huge impression; their tour is relentless - I think that the only people with a tougher schedule are the Tour de France riders!

Check the tour dates below but note that there are additional dates to those published in the EBMA Blog in January.

Reviews of the live dates are exceptional and, since arriving in the UK, they have been in great demand appearing on BBC Radio and the much-respected House of Mercy radio station and have received great reviews from the likes of Folking.com who said of Locust Honey and 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind'

 'Each member of Locust Honey is steeped in the old-time music of the Appalachian Mountains. They bring a huge passion for American roots and a knowledge of how the different genres of music that criss-cross Appalachia have historically intersected and influenced each other and the music on Never Let Me Cross Your Mind is a jubilee of Southern musical traditions, from old-time string band fiddle-banjo tunes to vintage country duets, old Carter Family songs, dancehall honky-tonk numbers, and mountain blues. It’s all tied together with remarkable finesse by artists who know the roots of the music inside and out, but aren’t afraid to push back at the tradition to get at new truths.'

The Daily Telegraph (UK 'broadsheet' newspaper) published an article listing their Culture Editor's view of the best Country music albums of 2016. The list included Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Miller, Sofia Talvik, Jane Kramer, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and Locust Honey String Band's 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind'.

The writer - Martin Chilton - said of 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind':
'This is vintage bluegrass from the North Carolina band. The harmonies work well, especially on the short and sweet covers of songs such as The Carter Family classic The Lonesome Song (which is just two minutes) and which showcases the real verve that  Chloe Edmonstone brings to her fiddle playing. Her own composition When The Whiskey’s Gone (a really sad name for a song)  stand up to such company. Edmonstone blends well with Meredith Watson (guitar and vocals) and Hilary Hawke (banjo), Ariel Dixon (banjo and vocals) and Andy Deaver Edmonstone (bass) all bring something to the party. There is also an interesting cover of the George Jones gem Just One More.'

I would add there there are two Carter Family songs on the album and a great version of Kitty Wells' 'Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On' and if, like me, you enjoy digging into vintage recordings, 'McMichen's Breakdown' was written by Clayton McMichen who played with Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers in the 20's and who wrote Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia (recorded by Jimmie Rodgers).

But here is one of Chloe Edmonstone's compositions on the album - 'Horse Drawn Buggy'


After the UK dates, Locust Honey String Band will then travel to Ireland for eight dates culminating at a date at the Sixmilebridge Folk Club which has recently celebrated the Shannonside Winter Music Festival and is already planning the 2017 event for next January!

We will be going to see Locust Honey on Monday 7th March at The Cock Inn in Sarratt which is a short drive off the M25 and north of Rickmansworth. As a side note, take a look at the website of the promoter Owlsword - there are some great concerts on the schedule such as Woody Pines, The Railsplitters and Hillfolk Noir. Radio commitments prevent us visiting The Three Horseshoes in Towersey on the following Wednesday. This show is being put on by Musically Monstrous, another local promoter that puts on some great Bluegrass and Old-Time concerts - I recommend a visit to their website too.

So... DO NOT miss the opportunity to see, hear and dance to the Locust Honey String Band...and treat yourself to a copy of 'Never Let Me Cross Your Mind' as well.
  • Sat 5th March - Chinley Community Centre - Chinley, Derbyshire
  • Sun 6th March - Millennium Community Centre - Moreton, Staffs.
  • Mon 7th March - The Cock Inn - Sarratt, Herts.
  • Tue 8th March - The Musician - Leicester
  • Wed 9th March - The Three Horseshoes - Towersey, Oxfordshire
  • Thu 10th March - West End Club - Barry, South Wales
  • Fri 11th March - Studio at Live Theatre - Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Sat 12th March - Woodend Gallery - Scarborough
  • Sun 13th March - The Rose & Crown - Beverley, East Yorkshire
  • Mon 14th March - String Theory - Hawick, Roxburghshire
  • Tues 15th March - Woodend Bowling and Tennis Club - Glasgow
  • Wed 16th March - Douglas Concerts - Edinburgh
  • Thurs 17th March - The Deeside Inn - Ballater, Aberdeenshire
  • Sat 19th March - Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre - Kilbarchan, Johnstone
  • Sun 20th March -  The Grapes - Stranraer
  • Mon 21st March - McCann's Bar - Omagh, Co. Tyrone
  • Tue 22nd March -  The Red Room - Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
  • Wed 23rd March - Roisin Dubh - Galway
  • Thurs 24th March - St. Johns Theatre - Listowel, Co. Kerry
  • Sat 26th March - The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre - Naul, Co. Dublin
  • Sun 27th March - JJ Harlowe’s - Roscommon
  • Mon 28th March - The Greyhound - Kilkee, Co Clare
  • Tue 29th March - Sixmilebridge Folk Club - Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare