Sunday, 31 May 2015

Off The Beaten Tracks 29 May

This week's show includes two tracks by Annabelle Chvostek from her album 'Be The Media' which is released on June the 1st.

Skerryvore - Walk With Me
Annabelle Chvostek - Like A Hurricane
Neil Young - Sail Away
Barluath - The Big Chief
Cara Dillon - Green Grows The Laurel
Seth Lakeman - Farewell My Love
Danny Schmidt - Soon the Earth Shall Swallow
Alice DiMicele - Open Road
Annabelle Chvostek - Carnal Delights
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Hard Times of Old England
Richard Thompson - How Will I Ever Be Simple Again
The Stray Birds - Just Sayin'

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Blues for BB King

I put this week's mix together yesterday morning after hearing the sad news of BB King's death. It wasn't completely unexpected as he had been admitted to a hospice which normally means that the Grim Reaper is not far away. I was fortunate enough to see his three times in concert, the first being in 1985 at the Edinburgh Playhouse with support coming from local band Blues 'n' Trouble who BB described as "the best white Blues band in the world". High praise indeed. For some reason I never got round to buying much of his music - I think I only have one compilation on cassette - but I saw him a further two times, at Hammersmith Odeon in '89 and back at the Playhouse in '98. 

Included are many of my favourite blues artists, some well known and other less so. So along side the likes of John Lee Hooker and John Mayall there are tracks by the likes of Matt Woosey and Hat Fita & Cara who are keeping the blues alive.

Matt Woosey Band - Woke Up This Morning
Rory Gallagher - As The Crow Flies
John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen
Big Bill Broonzy - When Do I Get To Be Called A Man
Blind Boys of Alabama - Just Wanna See His Face
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Gone but Not Forgotten
Hat Fita & Cara Robinson - Long Dark Cloud
John Mayall - Parchman Farm
Johnny Winter - Shake Your Money Maker
Michael Roach - Freedom Bound
Seasick Steve - Have Mercy on the Lonely
ZZ Top - Blue Jean Blues
Eric Bibb - Just Look Up
Ted Hawkins - Stay Close To Me

Eric Clapton with BB King - Riding With the King

Friday, 8 May 2015

Off The Beaten Tracks 8 May

Here's this week's playlist with the lyrics to one of the Barrule songs and the full Gigspanner tour dates. Listen to the show at off-the-beaten-tracks-8-may

James J Turner - The Cycle of Life
Vanessa Peters - Call You All The Time
Barrule - High Net Worth Individuals
Kris Drever - Patrick Spence
Gigspanner - King of the Fairies
Mairi MacInnes - Kin
Session A9 - Dig A Little Well for Zoe
Melissa Greener - On My Way Back Home
Skerryvore & Sharon Shannon - Happy To Be Home
Luke Jackson - Father's Footsteps
Barrule - The Laxey Reels

Friday, 1 May 2015

Off The Beaten Tracks 1 May Mix

My latest mix starts off with a rousing cover of 'The World Turned Upside Down' by Billy Bragg which I thought was a suitable one to start off with on International Workers Day. 

There was a mix-up about the release date of The Kennedy's album as their press release said May the 13th but it actually came out on April the 13th. They have a range of influences including the 60s pop of The Byrds and The Beatles as well as the likes of REM and early rock n' roll. 

The Foghorn Stringband released their new album "Devil in the Seat" on April the 27th and it is essential listening if you're a fan of old-timey string band music and bluegrass. They are touring the UK and Ireland this month.

Out on the 11th of May is "Layer of Ages", the new album by Peter Kight's Gigspanner. It includes extended interpretations of 'Hard Times of Old England', 'Death and the Lady' and 'She Moved Through the Fair' the latter of which I've included in this playlist.

Listen to the mix at

Billy Bragg - The World Turned Upside Down
The Kennedys - West
Fabian Holland - Nobody's Fault But Mine
The Foghorn Stringband - Old Molly Hare
The Foghorn Stringband - Longing for a Home
Michael Chapman - The Mallard
Karine Polwart - Salters Road
April Verch - Midnight Wheeler
Alice DiMicele - Ripple
Peter Knight's Gigspanner - She Moved Through the Fair
Faustus - Next Stop Grimsby  The Three Rascals  Aunt Crisps
Mad Dog Mcrae - You Can't Find Me
Richard & Linda Thompson - Dark End of the Street
Dick Gaughan - Both Sides of the Tweed