WINNER OF THE 2018 BLUES MUSIC AWARD FOR ACOUSTIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR -'BREAK THE CHAIN’.
Another returnee for our 10th anniversary, but anyone who witnessed his last visit will be there.
Doug MacLeod, perennial Blues Music Award winner & nominee, is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.
As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After he picked up a guitar, and tried to sing - he found his voice.
While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. The rage of his turbulent youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique. MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd.
Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya
MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.
From 1999 to 2004 he hosted Nothin' But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles' KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines and contributed his soulful slide guitar playing to the Los Angeles opening of the August Wilson play "Gem of the Ocean". For ten years he penned "Doug's Back Porch," a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He won the Golden Note Award in 1997 for his AudioQuest album "You Can't Take My Blues". In 2006 Solid Air/Warner Bros. released Doug's guitar instructional DVD "101* Blues Guitar Essentials".
MacLeod signed with Reference Recordings in 2012. His new album "There’s A Time" was released in March of 2013. In every note he performs and records, MacLeod subscribes to the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks from Toano VA. who instilled in him to "Never play a note you don't believe", and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."
Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod's music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives. As Pee Wee Crayton's widow Esther once told Doug, "You have a message and you'll send that message mainly to the people who don't go to church." Amen.
- 2017 - Acoustic Artist of the Year
- 2016 - Acoustic Artist of the Year
- 2014 - Both Acoustic Artist of the Year & Acoustic Album of the Year
We have added another date to our summer diary to squeeze this one in as part of his UK tours as we couldn't miss him. Returning for his 5th visit to Mrs Y's is worldwide accliamed Aussie Jeff Lang.
"In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there... He paints pictures in sound.” Beat Magazine
Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 16 studio albums, Jeff has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.
Jeff Lang’s newest record, “Alone in Bad Company” is his most recent world music collaboration is Maru Tarang with Asin Langa & Bhungar Manganiya from Rajasthan & Bobby Singh. This group combines ancient Rajasthani folk music’s with Jeff’s individual “Disturbed Folk”.
Throughout his career, Jeff has been showered with achievements and awards - the most outstanding would be his seven ARIA award nominations, as well as his three wins in 2002, 2010 and 2012.
His previous album, “Carried In Mind” (ABC/UNIVERSAL) won the 2012 Aria award for “Best Blues & Roots”, was awarded “Album of The Year” by Australia’s roots music bible, Rhythms and won the ‘National Folk Recording Award’ presented by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archives. Always one to experiment with genres and instrumentation, Jeff’s world music project Djan Djan won the 2010 ARIA for “Best World Release”.
With his music released in China, Europe, USA and Japan, Jeff has toured the globe for years playing the world’s major festivals, clubs, venues and major performing arts centres. He’s repeatedly graced the many stages of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, China, India, Reunion Island and many countries in Europe.
Over the years, Lang has built up a devoted, almost cult-like following with his live performances. Working without a set list and allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs, Lang’s live shows have become much talked about, always taking the audience along for the ride, has seen word of mouth bloom into a successful career.
It’s been widely acknowledged that Jeff Lang is an extraordinarily individual musician. What enhances his unique nature is his steadfast adherence to a prolific and diverse musical palette and output. A songwriter, a collaborator, a guitar virtuoso and a stunning lyricist, Jeff Lang crafts songs as novellas - rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breathe for individual interpretation.
And the media says…
“Jeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.”
Courier Mail, Australia
"He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning...Lang's only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path."
Le Soleil, Quebec
“Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest.
He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…”
John Butler, John Butler Trio
“We’re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics – all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist. “
Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA
Steve Rodgers, singer songwriter, has just completed recording his much anticipated first album, due for release this year and produced by Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini) mixed by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse). His songs reflect his passion for life’s depth, mystery and wonder, recorded with his band of like-minded musicians. Critics compare his music to a mix of Jack Johnson, Paolo Nutini and Cat Stevens.
At 14 he began to write his own songs on guitar and piano. He started a band with his friends at 17, ‘Lost Sons of Davros’. From the ‘Lost Sons’ came ‘Boa’ they created two great albums – their first single ‘Duvet’ was the title track to the Japanese multi award- winning animation series Manga ‘Lain – Serial Xperiments’. They toured the States, the UK and after much enjoyment, Steve decided to follow his own path.
He has ‘guested’ at Wembley for Bad Company, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and the Robert Randolph Band. Tours have included support slots for Bad Company in the UK and Japan and his own headline dates in the UK and Canada. Steve has also supported The Deborah Bonham Band and Midge Ure on their respective tours in the UK and Europe. In 2014 he supported Bad Company again with Lynyrd Skynyrd for their coast to coast US tour and in September 2015 he joined Stackridge for a three month tour of the UK. To coincide with his album release this year he will be touring again with Bad Company and Joe Walsh in the US and UK over four months.
Mrs Y’s gives a warm welcome return to Becky Mills. Becky, who has visited Mrs Y’s previously in other disguises including the much loved Waking the Witch and duo with other Witch Patsy Matheson, this time visits with fiddle player and Rachel Angell
A decade ago Becky Mills was recording solo albums and working with Pentangle and Fairport Convention – including singing Sandy Denny's part on their finale song, Joined the aforementioned Waking the Witch, co-wrote two successful albums and toured with them, playing Glastonbury, Trowbridge and Cambridge Folk Festivals to great acclaim. Close collaboration with Ashley Hutchings (Fairport, Steeleye Span, The Albion Band) followed.
Ruth Angell plays fiddle in various setups including the much acclaimed Ashley Hutching’s Rainbow Chasers
Among their set they will performing tracks from Becky’s new critically acclaimed album “Dandelions” with reviews such as “Every now and again an album comes along that totally lifts the spirits” and caused folk Legend Mike Harding to write “I played this lady's CD twice tonight on a long drive home, I don't remember when I was so amazed at a singer / songwriter's work. No whining platitudes, strong stories and great arrangements and she sings from the soul.”
Paul Cheese is a musician, sound artist, producer, singer, cyclist and songwriter. His last album was written & recorded on a 4000 mile cycle across Europe. On the hunt for inspirational locations, he has written and recorded music in locations around the world, on the tops of mountains, to deep underground, old places, new places and even underwater, from pill boxes to ice caves, the Australian bush to the Grand Canyon.
His two solo albums; 'Just For The Record' and 'Just For The Record Too', have both been recorded on epic cycling trips whereby carrying 45 kg of recording equipment and instruments over 6000 miles.
He has been featured on Radio 2 with Jeremy Vine, BBC World Service. Is In house band on the Channel 4 show 'Here's Johnny'. Been commissioned by the BBC to create a piece of music for the Turner Contemporary Gallery's 5th Anniversary
A bit of everything in there, so will be an entertaining evening of just about anything.
The Jigantics are a five piece band, yes it’s going to be squeeze, who are multi-instrumentalists who frequently swap instruments on stage throughout their set and share lead vocals, as well as four part harmonies. They have gigged extensively throughout the UK and Europe. This year they are appearing in Germany, Holland, France and in October will be a part of the five day festival, Costa Del Folk in Portugal. The Daily Telegraph recently described them as "a roots driven country band who are high class, highlight act”. Not just country the band have influences from Folk, Cajun, Zydeco, and even a touch of blues. They have released three albums, Daisy Roots in 2013 followed by "Seconds Out" in 2016. Their third, "Are we There Yet" was released on July 1st 2017. The title is a reference to the bands efforts to constantly push the musical barriers and explore the opportunities that Americana and Roots music offer.
“A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." Steve Sheldon www.folkicons.co.uk
"What an amazing band! The Jigantics were fantastic. No wonder the place was packed out. What an absolutely brilliant masterclass in entertainment. The whole gambit of musical styles in a one stop shop." Derry, Woodman Folk Club
Mrs Y's are pleased to welcome acoustic duo JINSKI who are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy, a partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern.
Playing ‘live’ with just two voices and two guitars JINSKI have been touring the UK, honing their craft, chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play. They have built a reputation for delivering music for the head and the heart that is full of passion, meaning and originality. Notable supports have been to Joe Jackson, The Proclaimers, Lindisfarne and Kathryn Tickell. A recent TV appearance has been on BBC 1 The One Show.
If you are into the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, or Nick Drake you will get the drift.
“You’ll love them for their style, polish and great songs” - (R2 ROCK ‘N’ REEL magazine)
After a scene stealing performance at The Big Green Cardigan 2017, Mrs Y's are pleased to welcome back Dove & Boweevil for us, as a duo.
They have built a mighty fine reputation on the British Blues scene in the UK, widely recognised as an act to watch and constantly carving their own style. Vocalist Lauren Dove and guitarist Mark ‘Boweevil’ Howes released their debut album ‘Getting Somewhere’ in March 2011 following an inspiring trip in pursuit of their passion of Blues and Soul from New Orleans to Chicago performing in Nashville, becoming a finalist in a songwriters competition at reputable Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta as well performances at Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago. There they revelled in witnessing the likes of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples and Seasick Steve to a name a few of Dove and Boweevil’s influences.
In 2014 they were both nominated for best vocalist and guitarist in the British Blues Awards. Their song Listen Up has also been used in film soundtrack Scar Tissue with a visit to BAFTA for the premiere and they have recently been featured on the Krossboarder Record label compilation.
Since forming, the Dove and Boweevil Band have performed in the UK Blues Challenge 2016, their album This Life has been nominated for best album AND best song in the BBA's, pick of the week on BBC Radio London's Robert Elms show, playlist of the month Future Radio, BBC INtroducing song of the week.
Reaching audiences far and wide from Birmingham to Billericay, The Blues Kitchen, Camden, Folk East, The Devil’s Kitchen, Upton Blues Festival, Red Rooster Festival, Maryport Festival, Cumbria as well as several festivals including Newark, Doncaster, Chelmsford and Jaks Joint at the Great British Rn’B Festival.
As a duo they have had a residency at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues Bar in Soho, BluestrainFM at The Shack in Amsterdam as well as local Latitude Festival.
Both as a duo and a great five piece band Dove and Boweevil have been transforming the intensity of their original music, sharing stories and deeply felt emotions. The band launched their album project with Pledge Music, hitting their target with house gigs, T-Shirts and more.
Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer. He was ammber of the cult band Any Trouble. The group toured extensively in support of five critically acclaimed albums and a number of singles that became radio hits before disbanding at the end of 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the band have occasionally reformed since 2007, recording two brand new albums: "Life In Reverse" (2007) and "Present Tense" (2015). The band toured to support these releases and the three CD box set of "The Complete Stiff Recordings 1980-1981" (2013). Grown men cried!
In 1985, Clive released the first of thirteen solo albums and he has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for
his prolific songwriting and a solo "Best Of..." compilation was released in April 2009. Clive's solo albums feature an eclectic mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from a stripped down one man and his acoustic intimacy to a full on electric band approach. Clive's live shows are usually solo performances and the guitar skills that prompted Guitar to include him in their "1,000 Great Guitarists" are always well in evidence.
Along the road from pop frontman to singer-songwriter, Clive has followed many musical diversions. Between 1985 and 1992, he formed a partnership with Christine Collister that
Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock". They released five albums and toured the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Christine's distinctive voice allied to Clive's songs, instrumental and production skills created something truly special and their decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a "Best Of..." compilation were re-issued in 2009.
Clive has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson (1982 to 1992), Nanci Griffith (1996 to 2007), Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine (1993 and 1999), Plainsong (1997) and
he was the musical director for the Dennis Locorriere "Hits & History" tour in 2007, which resulted in a gold album and a concert DVD that also charted. His songs have been
recorded by many artists, including Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention, Claire Martin, Norma Waterson and Smokie. Nanci's version of "I Love This Town"
(performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffett) was released as a single in 2006 and became a radio hit in both America and the UK.
Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continues to tour regularly and write prolifically. In recent years he has also run a number of songwriting workshops and master classes and
remains in demand as a record producer and session musician. 2017 will see the release of a CD of brand new Gregsongs, recorded with occasional singing partner, Liz Simcock, plus live shows in support. Clearly, there's no sign of Clive slowing down just yet....
Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, The Rheingans Sisters make bold, playful, innovative folk music that is anchored in traditions without ever being bound by them. Audiences across the world have been captivated by their performances, each one an authentic invitation to participate in an intuitive musical conversation between two musicians at the height of their powers. A life-time’s deep learning of European traditions is carefully re-imagined to produce beguiling new music. Older musical landscapes shape new songs, asking irresistible questions concerning our own lives. Always creating space for spontaneity and surprise, instrumental pieces are wholly contemporary while drawing from the well of musical knowledge passed down through generations.
Fiddle-singers and multi-instrumentalists Rowan and Anna Rheingans grew up in the Peak District, surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the ﬁddle by their musician mother and violin-maker father from an early age. Rowan is a well known on the English folk scene as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery as well as for her work with Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band and the Songs of Separation super-group alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart. Anna lives and works as a fiddle player in Toulouse and is an expert in southern French folk music, having recently gained a 1st class diploma from the Conservatioire Occitan. As both sisters have also spent a signiﬁcant amount of time studying ﬁddle music in Sweden and Norway, they pull a range of inﬂuences from both northern and southern European ﬁddle traditions into their own interpretations, compositions and arrangements.
The Rheingans Sisters’ debut album Glad Gold Hearts was released on Rootbeat Records in June 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Songlines described them as "musical miscegenation with unabashed conﬁdence, a duo of considerable abilities and imaginations to match” and nominated Rowan and Anna for Best Group and Best Newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards.
Their second, award-winning album Already Home, recorded over just ﬁve days in a remote forest studio in mid-Wales, is an enticing, thoughtful and adventurous record that quickly caused a stir when it was released in November 2015. Amongst a ﬂurry of fantastic reviews, The Independent called Already Home ‘superb’, fRoots made them a cover-feature and described the album as “quite simply extraordinary” and Folk Radio UK hailed it as “not only a beautiful and exceptional record, but an important one”. It reached the top 10 albums in the 2015 fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year, was awarded a Songlines ‘Top of the World’ award and earned Rowan and Anna no less than two nominations at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. As well as being nominated for the ‘Horizon’ award which celebrates the best new acts on the UK’s folk scene, they won ‘Best Original Track’ for the song Mackerel.
Dave and Earl were encouraged to perform together by Blues Matters Lifetime Achievement Award recipient promoter Monica Madgwick in the spring of 2012. Since then they have given barnstorming performances together at blues and rock ‘n’ roll festivals, art centres and music clubs nationwide.
Described as “One of the world’s greatest performers” by Maverick Magazine, Dorset's based Stompin' Dave is perhaps best known for his madcap dancing and award winning banjo picking, but Dave has these last few years been making waves on the UK’s blues scene. Back in 2000 Dave joined Bournemouth based blues band The Producers, UK Blues Band of the Year award winners 1998-2001. Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the acoustic act category 2014.
Alongside Dave’s adventures in bluegrass music Dave has found time to release many blues albums and has made regular performances at various blues festivals and clubs. This year Dave has earned an unprecedented tenth consecutive invitation to the legendary Boogaloo Blues Festival on the Isle Of Wight. “A master of all kinds of American Roots music…a formidable musician and a true original.” The Daily Telegraph.
Based in Nottingham Earl Jackson vocalist, guitarist and bassist is a well known figure on the British blues and rock n' roll circuits and has been in great demand for many years. He has made appearances on BBC radio and TV including the prestigious Jonathon Ross show, a widely acclaimed success.
Born of Jamaican parents in Lambeth in 1964, Earl was heavily influenced by Gospel music. Much of his charisma and on-stage confidence comes from performing before ten thousand people or more at various gospel events. "Entertainment with a capital 'e'“ The Mad Rat Magazine. Earl was awarded Best Blues Singer by The Jools Holland Boisdale Music Awards 2017.
Mark Flanagan is probably best known as guitarist for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, an association that began in 1988 and continues to this day.
Born in Liverpool, Mark started playing ukulele at the age of eight. He got his first guitar at the age of 12 and was soon entertaining friends and family along with his father, a good player and singer himself. .
Mark moved to London in 1988 where his neighbour happened to be Jools Holland. Mark jammed with Jools at the Edinburgh Festival that year, joining Jools' band soon afterwards. Over the years with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Mark has performed with many of the biggest names in the industry - Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, BB King, Al Green to name but a few. As well as appearing on all Jools' award-winning albums, Mark also played acoustic lead guitar on Devil and the Deep Blue Sea a track on George Harrison's last album Brainwashed. A live performance of this track appears in Martin Scorsese's film, Living in a Material World, a film about George Harrison's life. Additionally Mark appeared with Jools and the Orchestra in Richard Linklater's film Me and Orson Welles, starring Zac Efron.
Mark continues to make a name for himself as a solo artist with his own catalogue of songs, written on Dobro and acoustic guitars. Performing solo Mark wows his audiences with fine guitar playing and songs written from the heart.
Mark's first album The Chosen Few received excellent reviews in the Folk/Roots/Blues community and featured guest appearances from Jools Holland, Sam Brown, Seckou Keita and Rico Rodriguez
Down The Wire, Mark's second album, was co-written and performed with old friend Jimmy Bergin. This record is alt/country in flavour , romantically inclined, and features a stunning guest vocal appearance by Ruby Turner.
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