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Feb
17

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Gretchen Peters @ Union Chapel, London, UK | February 16, 2016 – Review

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I’ve been hearing about the delights of Union Chapel for a couple of years now, but it wasn’t until last night that I was finally able to set foot inside that magnificent building to see a show. A stone’s throw away from Highbury & Islington tube station, the North London concert venue is, as you can imagine, a church (that still holds services every Sunday). I am not religious, but it’s hard to deny that there is something spiritual about a space like that, the tall, awe-inspiring ceilings, ornate architecture and cold, hard church pews recalling childhood memories of service on Sunday. Even for those who do not have those memories, there’s a formidable holiness that lingers in the air.

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Nov
5

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The Orphan Brigade: Ancient Ghost Stories With A Modern Twist

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Octagon Hall is a Civil War-era plantation house in Franklin, Kentucky, built by Confederate sympathizer Andrew Jackson Caldwell in the mid-19th century. Like many of the living reminders of that era, the house is full of stories of warfare and slavery, of humanity twisted and broken in the name of a comparatively trivial goal. The First Kentucky Brigade were stationed there during the war and it has become something of a legend how the wounded were hidden in crawlspaces and underneath stairs, while soldiers on both sides of the fight poisoned wells and livestock in order to starve their enemies. The Octagon Hall and surrounding area was the site of incredible atrocities, and the energy of those starving, tortured, murderous people still remains there to this day.

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Sep
7

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Hall of Fangirl – September 2015 [covers edition]

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Taking a step away from our usual habit of spotlighting songwriters in this monthly feature, I thought I would showcase some recent badass covers for September’s edition. Largely focusing on country and Americana artists covering some classic songs, I hope this provides a great soundtrack to your Monday and beyond! Thanks to a number of friends and Twitter followers for some of these selections.

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Aug
6

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Cambridge Folk Festival 2015 | Day Three – Review

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Skinny Lister at Cambridge Folk Festival on August 1st, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

Written by Esther Harper

By Saturday the festival was teeming with music-lovers enjoying another day of glorious summer weather.  The Stray Birds played the main stage at just gone noon, winning hundreds of new fans with their stunning harmonies. After popular folk band Show of Hands, it was time for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Gretchen Peters, accompanied by her husband Barry Walsh on piano, Christine Bougie and Conor McCreanor. She mostly played songs from her Blackbirds album, but also included three from Hello Cruel World. If people were waiting for old favourites such as Bus to St. Cloud and Independence Day, they were out of luck. Peters has written so many remarkable songs over the years, and it was great to see her have the confidence in the festival crowd to connect with and enjoy her new material, which, judging from the number of people around me who were singing along to Woman on the Wheel and Pretty Things, they certainly did. Barry Walsh killed it on piano, as per usual.

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Mar
30

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Gretchen Peters @ The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, UK | March 29, 2015 – Review

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“You’re looking beautiful tonight,” Gretchen Peters told the crowd in her smooth American drawl on that chilly Sunday evening, before launching into a performance of ‘Blackbirds’, the title track from her latest album. Immediately struck by the vocal and instrumental similarities to the record, I recalled a conversation just forty minutes before where backstage Gretchen had told us she was reacting to the mould from the dressing room of the previous night, and was having to keep drinking water for her throat. That, nor the joke about having to rush off to pee in the middle of her set, was certainly not detectable as she sung to the crowd with as much gusto and emotional nuance as the recording studio had befitted her, perhaps even more. “Really great to be back at the Epsteen,” she faltered following her first song. “Epstein? Epsteen? Oh no.” The audience giggled. “First gaff of the evening. Really great to be back in this… beautiful theater.”

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Mar
28

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Cambridge Folk Festival Boasts New Additions To 2015 Line-Up!

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“For sheer class and integrity, it can’t be beaten.” THE INDEPENDENT

The main line-up for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival has been announced. Line-ups for the Club Tent showcases (special showcase slots that give a platform to artists the Festival expects to go on to great things, such as previous picks Newton Faulkner, Seth Lakeman and The Staves) and the up and coming talent stage The Den (which has previously seen debuts from the likes of Jake Bugg and Hudson Taylor) will be announced soon.

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Feb
10

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 10th February, 2015

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Removed from the Taylor Swift/Dolly Parton domination of recent weeks and months, this time it’s Gretchen Peters’ turn to shine. With the release of her brand new album ‘Blackbirds’, Gretchen is flying high (get it?) at #1 on Country Albums, while ‘Circus Girl: The Best of Gretchen Peters’ comes in at #19. Brandy Clark also gets a bump to #21 with ’12 Stories’ after her successful appearance at the Grammys, while Miranda Lambert’s Best Country Album-winning ‘Platinum’ leaps to #5, and Little Big Town’s ‘Tornado’ rises to #20 in anticipation of their UK tour this week.

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Feb
2

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Gretchen Peters ‘Blackbirds’ – Album Review

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Written by Esther Harper

“We’re all marching in this slow parade of losses.”

Since I was a teenager, Gretchen Peters’ music has accompanied me through my life. The first album I bought was Martina McBride’s The Way That I Am, which included the Peters-penned hit Independence Day, and for the few brief years in the 90s when the UK had a CMT station, Pam Tillis’ Let That Pony Run (another one of Peters’ songs) was on constant rotation.  Over the years since, mainstream country dabbled in God-bothering, disowned the Dixie Chicks and then became obsessed with trucks and binge drinking… and I became fed up with 95% of what passed for mainstream country music. Thankfully, a number of late nineties and early noughties hit country-songwriters came to the rescue and released a string of superb Americana solo albums.  Peters’ 2012 album Hello Cruel World was a career high and easily one of the best albums of that year. I don’t want to roll out the old trope of it being a tough act to follow, but it kind of is really.

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