Hard rock ‘n rollers Massive Wagons are appearing at the Rockmantic weekend in Carlisle on Feb 9th and are kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day.
The Tannahill Weavers are currently on tour celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, so that ties in nicely with Fifty Gigs In A Day and I am delighted to have them involved. They play Huntingdon Hall in Worcester on February 8th.
01 Feb 2018 : SOUTHPORT UK : The Atkinson
02 Feb 2018 : COLCHESTER UK : Headgate Theatre
03 Feb 2018 : HALESWORTH UK : The Cut Theatre
04 Feb 2018 : EMSWORTH UK : Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall
06 Feb 2018 : HAMPSTEAD UK : Heath Street Baptist Church
07 Feb 2018 : CRANLEIGH UK : Cranleigh Arts Centre
08 Feb 2018 : WORCESTER UK : Huntingdon Hall
09 Feb 2018 : MOIRA UK : National Forest Folk Club
10 Feb 2018 : SOUTH PETHERTON UK : David Hall
11 Feb 2018 : GREAT TORRINGTON UK : The Plough Arts Centre
14 Feb 2018 : BIRMINGHAM UK : Red Lion Folk Club
15 Feb 2018 : BATH UK : Chapel Arts Centre
16 Feb 2018 : THAMES DITTON UK : The Ram Folk Club
17 Feb 2018 : UCKFIELD UK : Uckfield Civic Centre
18 Feb 2018 : DIDCOT UK : Cornerstone Arts
05 Apr 2018 : BIRNAM UK : Birnam Arts Centre
06 Apr 2018 : ULVERSTON UK : Ulverston Folk Club
07 Apr 2018 : BERWICK-UPON-TWEED UK : The Maltings
10 Apr 2018 : BARNARD CASTLE UK : Witham Arts Centre
11 Apr 2018 : DUNDEE UK : The Unicorn
12 Apr 2018 : GALASHIELS UK : Mac Arts Theatre
13 Apr 2018 : MILNGAVIE UK : Milngavie Folk Club
14 Apr 2018 : STIRLING UK : The Tolbooth
15 Apr 2018 : SETTLE UK : Victoria Hall
17 Apr 2018 : LEITH UK : Leith Folk Club
18 Apr 2018 : DUNFERMLINE UK : Dunfermline Folk Club
19 Apr 2018 : MUSSELBURGH UK : Brunton Theatre
20 Apr 2018 : LANARK UK : Memorial Hall
21 Apr 2018 : PAISLEY UK : Paisley Arts Centre
28 Apr 2018 : NESLE (SOMME) FR : Les Nuits Celtiques
05 May 2018 : GIRVAN UK : Girvan Traditional Folk Festival
18 May 2018 : INDIANAPOLIS IN USA : Sound & Spirit Concert Series
19 May 2018 : MARYVILLE TN USA : Smoky Mountain Highland Games
20 May 2018 : MARYVILLE TN USA : Smoky Mountain Highland Games
24 May 2018 : MINNEAPOLIS MN USA : Cedar Cultural Center
25 May 2018 : THREE LAKES WI USA : Three Lakes Performing Arts Center
26 May 2018 : WASHINGTON ISLAND WI USA : Trueblood Arts Center
27 May 2018 : HILLPOINT WI USA : Three Ply Gardens
01 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
02 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
03 Jun 2018 : GLASGOW KY USA : Glasgow Highland Games
06 Jun 2018 : RUMFORD ME USA : Mystic Theater
07 Jun 2018 : FARMINGTON ME USA : Old South Church Concerts
08 Jun 2018 : BOSTON MA USA : Boston Folk Song Society
09 Jun 2018 : BEACON NY USA : Towne Crier
10 Jun 2018 : STONY BROOK NY USA : Sunday Street Concert Series at Long Island Museum
02 Aug 2018 : STEUBENVILLE OH USA : Historic Fort Steuben Concert Series
03 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
04 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
05 Aug 2018 : DUBLIN OH USA : Dublin Irish Fest
08 Aug 2018 : GLEN ARBOR MI USA : Manitou Concert Series
07 Sep 2018 : FLAGSTAFF AZ USA : Coconino Arts
08 Sep 2018 : TUCSON AZ USA : Berger Performing Arts
14 Sep 2018 : OJAI CA USA : Ojai Concert Series at the Women’s Club
15 Sep 2018 : PASADENA CA USA : Pasadena Folk Music Society (CalTech)
16 Sep 2018 : BERKELEY CA USA : Freight & Salvage
21 Sep 2018 : COLORADO SPRINGS CO USA : Stargazer’s Theater
22 Sep 2018 : DENVER CO USA : Swallow Hill Music
28 Sep 2018 : HIGH POINT NC USA : High Point Theater
29 Sep 2018 : CHARLESTON WV : Footmad
10 Nov 2018 : ZEVENAAR NL : De Lantaern
11 Nov 2018 : AMEN NL : Cafe de Amer
25 Nov 2018 : APELDOORN NL : De Gigant
27 Nov 2018 : DARTFORD UK : Dartford Folk Club
29 Nov 2018 : PERSHORE UK : No. 8 Arts Centre
Alex Lifeson said in a recent interview that Rush are ‘basically done’, with no plans to tour or play live.
Slayer have announced via their Twitter page they will embark on one final world tour.
Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent recently broke his silence after twenty years with a new interview. There may be new material due with Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion if all goes well.
Escape Music re-issue Drive, She Said’s ‘Real Life’ album on March 23rd.
Chicago have had two long-term members leave, lead singer Jeff Coffey and drummer Tris Imboden.
Kelly Nordstrom and Simon Collins have left Sound Of Contact, who’s future now remains unclear.
Straight to the top of my eagerly anticipated releases of 2018. Kino’s debut album ‘Picture’ is still one I play regularly all these years later.
KINO return with new album Radio Voltaire; 13 years after their debut
Kino have announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on the 23rd March 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards.
Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals.
Keyboard player John Beck, who is also a bandmate of Mitchell’s in It Bites, has been brought back. But while he was fully involved on the debut album, this time his role is that of a guest musician. “Yes, I am delighted to say we’ve got John on board. His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.” The task of drummer this time fell to Craig Blundell, as Mitchell explains: “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned. I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”
Of the albums direction, Mitchell illustrates: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself (the 18th century French philosopher) had a fascination with death, which appealed to me. He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics. Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”
The album cover has been designed by Paul Tippett, who is one of the most in demand artists of the modern era. “I like what he’s done with this sleeve. It reminds me of Moulin Rouge meets ‘Live And Let Die’. It is very striking, and I am sure everyone will have their own interpretation of what it reminds them of.”
The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. The tracklisting can be found below:
1. Radio Voltaire
2. The Dead Club
4. I Don’t Know Why
5. I Won’t Break So Easily Any More
6. Temple Tudor
7. Out of Time
8. Warmth of the Sun
9. Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields
10. Keep The Faith
11. The Silent Fighter Pilot
12. Temple Tudor (Piano Mix)
13. The Dead Club (Berlin Headquarter Mix)
14. Keep The Faith (Orchestral Mix)
15. The Kino Funfair
Moon Safari appear on Cruise to the Edge and they are a band that know their way around a good melody and amazing harmony vocals. They plan to release ‘Himlabacken Vol.2’ later this year.
Cheap Trick have started work on new music as they continue their current purple patch of releasing new music.
Vocalist Oni Logan has left Lynch Mob again and plans to work on a new project in 2018.
Lawless will start work on new music although no release date has been given.
FM release their new album ‘Atomic Generation’ on Frontiers on March 23rd.
80’s rockers Salty Dog have ‘Lost Treasures’ released on Escape Music on March 23rd.
Clive Nolan said in a recent Facebook post that Arena will start recording their new album this week.
PENDRAGON – 40th anniversary shows
November 9th 229 – London – UK
November 10th The Boerderij – Zoetermeer – NL
November 11th Z7 – Pratteln – CH