Kaz Hawkins Band – ‘Feelin Good’ Album and UK Tour

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Kaz Hawkins Band: ‘Feelin Good’ Album Release and UK Tour May/June 2016

Multi-award winning Kaz Hawkins is Northern Ireland’s very own blues and soul darling.

Kaz Tour

The Belfast born singer-songwriter’s high energy, original shows, her 1950’s style swing-dress-meets-Dr Martens look and her ability to closely connect with the audience, make Kaz one of the most popular blues artists in the UK…

Underground for years as a secret songwriter, Kaz Hawkins is now established as one the biggest performers to come out of Northern Ireland. Locally called “a vocal force” on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer.
Kaz is much-loved for her deep, powerful voice, original songwriting and down to earth attitude; she brings fun to every performance & is loved not only by her fans, but anyone who meets her. She has lived and sung ‘The Blues’, yet has much more to offer across differing genres – soul, rockabilly, folk & more.

Kaz’s new album ‘Feelin Good‘ more than a collection of songs; it’s a progression of Kaz’s work, it is power and the passion that is Kaz Hawkins.

Feelin Good‘ will be officially launched on Saturday 28th May at Belfast’s iconic Empire Music Hall, before the band head out across the UK for their biggest tour to date.
‘Feelin Good’ albums will be available for sale via the band’s website after 28th May 2016, with digital downloads to follow.

Sa t 28th May , Empire Hall, Belfast
Sat 4th June , Ardrossan Music Experience, Ayrshire
Thurs 9th June , Danny Boy Blues & Jazz Festival, Limavady
Fri 10th June, John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Sat 11th June, Coolham Village Hall, Near Horsham
Sun 12th June, Devizes Festival, Devizes
Tues 14th June, Tuesday Blues, 100 Club, London
Wed 15th June, Vonnies Club, Charlton Kings
Thurs 16th June, Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton
Fri 17th June, The Met, Abertillery
Sat 18th June, Westcoast Bar, Margate, Kent
Mon 20th June, The Haven Club, Oxford
Thurs 23rd June, The Murderers Club, Norwich
Tues 28th June, Bottleneck Blues Club, Rochester
Wed 29th June, Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion, Worthing
Thurs 30th June, The Convent, Stroud (with live steam – Netgig)
Sat 2nd July, Church Stretton Blues & Roots Festival, Shropshire
Sat 9th July Fuse Festival, Lichfield (1pm slot)
Sat 9th July Sisters of Blues & Soul Festival, Todmorden

 

The Wooden Sky ~ Preview Single from New Album

wooden skyThe Wooden Sky – New studio album ‘Let’s Be Ready’ out on 15 June 2015 via Nevado Music

Canadian band, The Wooden Sky first single is being released 11th May Listen here to ‘Maybe It’s No Secret’

 

Let’s Be Ready, out on June 15th via Nevado Music is the band’s highly anticipated fourth album . This release marks the start of new beginnings, as the tireless roots rockers conceived the album amidst a time of many changes while they parted ways with one of the groups founding members. In order to give each song a unique perspective and to encapsulate their raw live energy, the band, alongside producer Chris Stringer (Timbre Timbre, Ohbijou) decided to record the album across various recording studios and locations.

The first single ‘Maybe It’s No Secret’ (out on May 11th) finds the band harnessing it’s raw live energy onto tape. Here they sound like a band’s band in top form as they pose larger questions of meaning against a backdrop of jangly guitar riffs and sweaty drums designed to ring true from every dingy rock club in the UK.

The Wooden Sky draw on both thoughts of the past as well as what lies ahead as Let’s Be Ready marks a step forward for the band.

The Wooden Sky are a Canadian indie folk/rock band based in Toronto, Ontario; they formed as Friday Morning’s Regret, but changed their name in 2007. . Now we see another re-incarnation with a new line-up following one of the  founding members leaving the band. The result new album, new single and fresh inspiration  see the track list below.

Let’s Be Ready Track Listing
1. Saturday Night
2. Our Hearts Were Young
3. Baby, Hold On
4. When the day is fresh and the light is new
5. Kansas City
6. Write Them Down
7. Maybe It’s No Secret
8. Shake For Me
9. Let’s Be Ready
10. Don’t You Worry About A Thing

Currently busy touring in North America, The Wooden Sky will be confirming some European and UK dates later in the year.

CD Review: Alex Wood ~ I Am Not Lost

cd frontAlex Wood
I Am Not Lost
Woodham Records

The mournful, harp and slow drum beat gives a feel of the delta on the opening track I Am Not Lost; but this is not the tone throughout the album as into the folk base Alex weaves many colours and tones, blending in soul and poppy hooks that give the album movement and lyrical flow. The following track has a soul like beat that makes you want to get up and dance if you are not entranced by the lyrics. We hear this soul-infused folk again on Love Speaks Loudest, once again picking up the tempo and re-energising the album.

With Chameleon we are given insight into driving blues as we move through life again the harp adding a meaningful tone highlighting the lyrics. Angels in a Cage has a bluesy fell and could be loosely labelled Americana but in reality is British folk simply influenced by the sound of hot southern states. The Banker’s Boy is one who acts the complete opposite to his upbringing as he rebels, is he his father’s conscience…

Hiding Behind My Guitar is an acoustic tribute to the guitar and fits well in this reflective album that is about people and what colours shapes and forms their lives along an often troubled and stony road. Alex is hiding behind his guitar but we all hide behind something as we try to cope and make sense of the world around.
Ending this well produced and crafted album is an upbeat dancing beat of a song Begged, Stole & Borrowed which is the perfect follow on to the penultimate track Doors.

Folk with influences from other musical tempos and styles makes Alex’s debut album have a distinctive musical weave. The heart and soul of the album are the vocals delivering the carefully crafted lyrics telling a story shaping your mood. This is an album that showcases a talented lyricist and I am positive in a club Alex Wood live is a fun place to be where you will b entertained in the meantime have a bit of the magic to play at home.

TRACKS
1. I am not Lost
2. Bright Lights
3. Chameleon
4. One Stone
5. Bankers Boy
6. Angels in a Cage
7. Love speaks Loudest
8. Street Preacher
9. Hiding behind my Guitar
10. Think I’ll walk Anyway
11. Doors
12. Begged, Stole & Borrowed

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch