GIG – Hurray For the Riff Raff at The Railway Inn -Thursday 23rd March 2017

horray-for-the-riff-raffHurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Segarra was raised by her aunt Nereida in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown. She is of Puerto Rican descent.

Segarra became a regular attendee of hardcore punk shows at ABC No Rio when she was young.She left her home in the Bronx at age 17, spending time crossing North America, hopping freight trains.

After two self-released albums, 2008’s It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You and 2010’s Young Blood Blues, Hurray for the Riff Raff released a self-titled CD composed of Segarra’s favorite songs from those records on Loose Music in Europe on March 21, 2011. Tracks from the band’s debut release received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

In February 2011, the band were featured in an article in The Times, based around the HBO TV series, Treme, with their track “Daniella” being listed in their selection of New Orleans’ essential songs.

In May 2012, Hurray for the Riff Raff released Look Out Mama on their own label, Born to Win Records. No Depression said it “sounds like something The Band would’ve had playing on a Victorola while making Music From Big Pink in Woodstock.”

In December 2016 they announced their new record ‘The Navigator’ on Pitchfork with the first single “Rican Beach.” The album will be released on March 10, 2017 on ATO Records.

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GIG – Winter Mountain at The Cellars at Eastney – Sunday 30th November 2014

winter mountainA Cornishman and an Irishman, both travellers, step onto the same train at Chicago’s Union station and meet for the first time. Both are musicians, both singers, both songwriters. They’re broke, but intent on making their way by rail to Memphis, TN, the birthplace of Rock n Roll…

The conversation that followed revealed a mutual love for vocal harmony, the honesty of live performance and the sounds of the sixties.

That night, on a train that sent the young musicians hurtling through the darkening Illinois plains, Winter Mountain was born.

A fan of the beat poet movement and inspired by the 60’s folk resurgence in greenwich village, Joseph Francis – an acclaimed songwriter from the magical village of St. Agnes in Cornwall had spent a successful month writing and performing in New York City before heading West, stopping for a while in Chicago.

Marty Smyth from Donegal, Ireland had flown to California in search of sun, sea and the west coast soul that infused his favourite records of the 60’s and 70’s. After two weeks of exploring California’s rich musical heritage he began making his way East. After a 3 day journey he too found himself in Chicago and was soon to find himself sharing a train to Memphis with Joe.

Over the time that followed the two exchanged stories, lyrics, songs and sang together for the first time in the clubs and cafes of the deep south. Recognising the rare magic of their unique vocal blend they hatched together a plan to meet up once they had completed their travels.

From band website

GIG – Dry The River at The Wedgewood Rooms – Tuesday 2nd October 2014

DRY THE RIVERDry the River are an English folk-rock band, formed in the Stratford district of East London in 2009.

They played their first headline show at the Luminaire in Kilburn, London, in April 2010. Since this time, the band have toured extensively in the United Kingdom, as well as worldwide, including Europe and North America.

After two extended plays and significant early radio support from BBC Introducing, the band signed to Transgressive Records in 2010.

They released their debut single, “No Rest”, in March 2011.

The band’s subsequent run of UK festivals in 2011 included the Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape Festival, the iTunes Festival, the Latitude Festival, Summer Sundae, the Green Man Festival, Bestival, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

In March 2011 the band created a charity t-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project to raise money for Asylum Aid; an organization that provides specialist legal representation and advice to people seeking asylum in the UK. They also filmed a four part video series called the “YBP Wilderness Sessions”, to promote the release of the shirt.

They were on the long list on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Paul Lester compared them in The Guardian to fellow Londoners Mumford & Sons, commenting that the group “offer a glimpse of the pastoral with their infectious semi-acoustic ditties”.

The band recorded their debut album, Shallow Bed in the United States in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with producer Peter Katis. Katis had previously worked with Interpol, Jónsi and The National. The album was released in the UK on 5 March 2012, and in the US on 17 April 2012.

During 2012, they played festival shows throughout Europe, including the Roskilde Festival, the Underage Festival, 2000 Trees, Pohoda Festival and Open’er Festival, as well as North American festivals, including the Sasquatch Festival, Lollapalooza 2012 and the Austin City Limits Festival.

In November 2012, Dry The River released a limited edition beer, brewed with Signature Brew, called Mammoth.

An acoustic version of Shallow Bed was released by download only on 17 December 2012.

The band recorded their second album in Iceland in early 2013, to be released later in the year.

In February 2014, Dry the River announced on their Facebook page that violinist William Harvey had departed the band in order to pursue other projects.

On June 16th of 2014, Dry the River announced via Facebook that their second album, titled Alarms in the Heart, will be released August 25th and that it will be supported by a UK Autumn tour.

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GIG – The Travelling Band at The Soul Cellar – Thursday 21st March 2013

travlleing bandThe Travelling Band are an alternative folk band from Manchester England. The band members are Adam Gorman (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Organ/Keys, Banjo, Harmonica), Jo Dudderidge (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Organ/Keys, Mandolin, Electric guitar), Steve Mullen (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Chris Spencer (Bass), Nick Vaal (Drums, Percussion).

The Travelling Band formed during a recording project in 2006 in New York City. The band made their first studio album ‘Under The Pavement’ here which was later released in 2008 to receive critical acclaim from the UK media.The album featured as BBC Radio 6 Music ‘Album Of The Day’, BBC Radio 2’s ‘Single Of The Week and had a featured song in the Ian Dury biopic ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’.

Although the tracking for Under the Pavement was completed in October 2007, the album didn’t appear for another 12 months and was finally issued on their own Sideways Saloon imprint—also the moniker of their Manchester-based, monthly club night. A couple of hand-crafted, cloth-packaged EPs helped to create a local buzz in the run up to the album’s release, while acclaim came from further afield when the band won the Glastonbury Festival 2008 New Talent award.

In 2011 The Travelling Band signed with the Record Label, Cooking Vinyl to release their second studio album ‘Screaming Is Something’, recorded on the Isle of Mull, which received notable reviews.


GIG – The Visitors at The Cellars At Eastney – Fri 25th Nov 2011

Born in a dark, basement studio in Portsmouth, The Visitors have come a long way since their early days of university house parties and intimate front room gigs.

Taking their name from their very first jam song, The Visitors have always been about the energy, which they create through their live performances.

The band’s evolution is heavily reflected in their music, which is a constant reminder of their musical journey through life. Describing themselves as a Folk-Rock band with an Americana twist, their music has been compared to Counting Crows, Whiskeytown and Wilco and have supported the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, Nizlopi, Frank Turner, The Bees, Nick Harper and The Commitments in the past.

Having enjoyed a successful few years with their music being used by Sony Computer Entertainment during the launch campaign of the Playstation 3 and distributed on demos in stores in over 101 countries worldwide. The Visitors debut album Travelling was released in 2009, gaining critical acclaim. Meanwhile, the video for the band’s first single, Another Day made it to the top 100 on the Sony Vidzone chart in its first week alone, making the “2010 Ones to Watch” feature on the homepage of the Vidzone site.

Now hot off the back of the release of their latest, brand new full length album “Daylight Breaking”, The Visitors are looking forward to build on the success and credibility of their debut album. After recently signing a deal with the US music licensing company Audiosocket, becoming part the company’s reputable artist roster, exciting times lie ahead and the band are looking forward to a busy and rewarding time promoting the new album.

From Bands website.