The Centenary of the Great War is commemorated by Hartlepool’s industrial folk collective The Jar Family with a touching and poignant tune, 1914.
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra play their own brand of Western swing, blues, Gypsy jazz and country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it, and they’ll be setting out on the road to promote their second album, Talk About the Weather.
Annie Lennox has stepped into Nostalgia, her new album, which pays tribute to some of the finest composers and artists of the 20th century – including Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Billie Holiday.
Police Dog Hogan are heading Westward Ho! in a cheery celebration of their new album Westward Ho! And if you mosey along to take a look at their Shitty White Wine video (see above), you could be forgiven for thinking there’s a certain Urban Cowboy swagger to them, but there’s also more than a little Urban Spaceman to them too, as they play the famous tune with the man himself, Neil Innes.
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