2nd April 2013
All new out in the last few weeks. Check out the tracks here, then click on the links to buy the albums.
Blackbeard’s Tea Party – Whip Jamboree
Lead single from Whip Jamboree (due out April 7th), new album from festival favourites Blackbeard’s Tea Party who are a folk rock band from York.
Tracey Curtis with Boff – The Cancer Song
This song from her 3rd album Thoughts In The Dark was co-written and co-performed by Chumbawamba’s Boff. It’s a conversation between two people with a common experience of caring for cancer sufferers. Many thanks to Tracey for agreeing to make this song available for free download to MTDF readers (right click and ‘save as’).
Tracey Curtis with Boff – The cancer song
Billy Bragg – Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day
From the Barking bard’s highly recommended new album Tooth And Nail.
Anthony Toner – The Road To Fivemiletown
Sing Under The Bridges is the 5th album by the Northern Irish singer songwriter, and this is a quality piece of storytelling.
Lazibyrd – I’m Alright Jack
Lazibyrd are the Somerset folk duo Sharon Martin and Tom Chapman. This politically charged song is on their self-released debut album Under The Sky, due out very shortly.
The next three songs are ones you might have heard before :
The Jack Ratts – Drunken Sailor
They tell us they’re “a six-piece Dorset based Pirate Folk Punk band”. Sail The Deadly Seas is their debut album.
The Lagan – I’ll Tell Me Ma
Where’s Your Messiah Now is the debut album from the London based Celtic punk band.
The Bell Peppers – The Hokey Cokey
Manchester surf rock band who featured at #73 in my top 100 tracks from 2012. This is from a new (and free) 4 track EP which they say is “all covers of our most favorite tunes ever”.
Jess Morgan – Travelling Song
Norfolk singer songwriter Jess Morgan was #85 in my top 100 tracks from 2012. The new 7 track EP Richer Thinner Smarter was recorded live “in a one-mic-one-take fashion”.
The Romleys – Singing To A Stone
The Liverpool trio, who’ve recently posted this track on soundcloud, tell me “We are just finalising the date for our first single release this week, it should be out in the next month. All the info will be on our website http://www.theromleys.co.UK which is also going live this week. We are off to Glastonbury on Friday to play at the launch party for the festival.”
El Toro – Wicked Child
Liverpool psychedelic garage surf combo who’ve just released a splendid 10 track album Creatures and invited you to buy it at any price you choose.
The Imports – Suburban Life
Shades of The Jam ? The Woolpack Demos - also released on a ‘name your price’ basis - is described by the unsigned Leeds trio as a ‘demo album’ and we’re promised that more tracks will be released in the coming weeks.
Blue Rose Code – From Wester Ross to Nova Scotia
North Ten is the debut album of exiled Scot Ross Wilson. Lizzie Ogle provides backing vocals and violin.
Rob Clarke – Sing Us A Song
The Liverpool singer songwriter’s 3rd album About A Time has a laid back acoustic feel. Though he’s also been recording some rock under the moniker Rob Clarke & The Wooltones.
I couldn’t resist throwing in a couple from across the pond for good measure :
RMS Olympic – Whale Biologist (I Calls ‘Em Like I Sees ‘Em)
The lyrics to this are dynamite. RMS Olympic are a one man folk punk band from California, the man being Nathanael Felon. From the album Old Reliable.
Peach Kelli Pop – Panchito Blues II
Infectious powerpop. The band was formed by Ottawa’s Allie Hanlon who’s also the drummer in the band White Wires. The new self-titled album is released today in the UK.