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The Baker's Dozen @ RGM
Fresh from the release of his latest ‘Modern Man’ album via Aveline Records (which is an excellent release and well worth checking out) Benjamin Folke Thomas took the time to complete a Baker’s Dozen for RGM that revealed an obsession with pool and a slightly worrying love of reality TV. Benjamin Folke Thomas will be touring the UK to promote ‘Modern Man’ this month with an album launch show at The Lexington, London on November 25th.
Southampton based Lucas & King were the very first act to receive a live review at RGM way back in 2014. In the four years since the duo have been busy honing their craft and their highly anticipated debut album will finally see the light of day on November 23rd. We caught up with Bo and Hayleigh for a quick chat as they became the latest artist to encounter The Baker’s Dozen:
Laurie Mansworth has been at the helm of UK Melodic Rock/AOR act Airrace since they formed in 1982. The band recently released their excellent third album 'Untold Stories' and we caught up with Laurie for a chat about guitars, songwriting, early attempts at punk rock and Billy Bragg...
On the eve of the release of his latest album 'When We Were Animals' via Widemouth Records RGM caught up with Mishka Shubaly for another entry in the popular Baker's Dozen feature. The singer, songwriter, author and storyteller discussed his earliest musical memories, Mark Lanegan, Twisted Sister, his love of small venues with dodgy plumbing and much, much more. Mishka will kick off an extensive UK tour on June 9th in Derby that will see him playing throughout the UK with a London date at The Slaughtered Lamb on June 28th.
For the latest in The Baker's Dozen feature at RGM Nick Workman from British AOR/Melodic Rock act Vega is in the chair. The band will release their fifth album 'Only Human' on May 11th via Frontiers. The album was mixed and mastered by Harry Hess of Harem Scarem fame and you can catch the band live on their UK tour in June 2018. So please read on as Nick discusses Star Wars, True Detective and the mysterious Bootleg Snake:
For the latest in our Baker's Dozen feature, RGM caught up with Phil Poole vocalist for Doomsday Outlaw the UK bluesy hard rock act who'll be releasing their new album 'Hard Times' via Frontiers on May 11th. The band will also be supporting the release with their own shows and dates with Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate fame. So please join us for Phil's thoughts on Elton John, Chris Cornell, 'The Devil Wears Prada' and his reason for being.
For the latest in The Baker's Dozen series, RGM caught up with Tino Troy of Praying Mantis. Tino and his brother Chris formed Praying Mantis back in 1974 and would become a prominent band in the NWOBHM movement (The new wave of British Heavy Metal) that sprang up in the late 70's alongside Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard. Praying Mantis differed from many of their contemporaries thanks to an obvious love of a good melody which added an almost AOR sheen to much of their material. In 2018 Mantis are about to release their latest album 'Gravity' via the Frontiers label. So join us as Tino Troy discusses his Greek heritage, an early love of reggae and the perils of playing music very loudly.
For the fifth instalment of The Baker's Dozen, we thought we'd see what a rock act might have to say for themselves so RGM caught up with Eamon Nancarrow vocalist for Irish rockers No Hot Ashes. Perseverance is always to be applauded and on March 23rd, 2018 NHA will release their debut album, 34 years after they first formed, via the Frontiers label.
For the fourth in The Baker's Dozen series, Gitta De Ridder kindly took time out from the promotion of her upcoming 'For Everything A Season' album, set for release on March 23rd, to chat to RGM about her influences, her love of British comedy, David Bowie in Labyrinth and much more:
Odadiah Jones and Orian Peled aka O&O are the third act to complete The Baker's Dozen. At the time of writing the duo were very busy preparing for C2C weekend at the O2 so we really appreciate them taking the time to get involved. So please read on for tales of rehearsals in a bomb shelter, Spanish music, John Denver and the mysteriously named Lynx 93.
I hope Devin Dawson has signed up to an air miles programme as the singer-songwriter has announced plans to return to the UK in January 2019. Dawson will be opening for Dan + Shay on their UK tour which marks his fifth visit to the UK in a mere eighteen months. Dawson continues to promote his acclaimed, Jay Joyce produced, debut album ‘Dark Horse’. A limited number of tickets for the tour are still available, but some dates are already sold out. More about Devin Dawson, those dates and ticket details follow:
The Once will be bringing their trademark harmonies to the UK in early 2019 for a welcome string of UK dates. The Newfoundland based trio are touring in support of their recent ‘Time Enough’ album. The dates include The Islington in London and a show at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. More about The Once, those tour dates and a recent video for ‘Any Other Way’ from ‘Time Enough’ follows:
Nashville based singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe will return to the UK/Europe in January 2019 for a run of dates set to include an appearance at Celtic Connections and a show at Bush Hall in London. Ashley is touring in support of her terrific Dave Cobb produced ‘Sparrow’ album from earlier this year. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 26th at 9.00 am UK time. More about Ashley Monroe follows:
Update November 24th: Ashley’s tour is looking to be one of the early must see shows of 2019. The Bush Hall show sold out and an additional night has been added at the venue while the Glasgow show has been upgraded to a larger venue. Full details can be found below:
Ferris & Sylvester will get 2019 off to a bang with their first UK headline tour. The duo played over a hundred shows in 2018 performing all over Europe from the smallest venues to London’s BST in Hyde Park. Tour dates and the video for their recent ‘Burning River’ single follow:
Blue Oyster Cult have announced a run of UK dates for February 2019 with special guests The Temperance Movement. The eight date tour starts in Norwich and includes a London show at Eventim Apollo which, coincidentally, was the venue when I first caught the band live on their 'Revolution By Night' tour in 1984. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 27th July. A little more about BOC and those tour dates follows:
Acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will return to the UK in March 2019 for a run of dates. Well known for his hugely entertaining live shows, these latest dates follow the release of his Accomplice One album in early 2018. The tour will also feature leading blues guitarist JD Simo, who appears on Accomplice One and with whom Tommy has toured in the USA. Tommy’s thoughts on the upcoming tour and those all important dates follow:
Bob Harris OBE will be taking his Under The Apple Tree Sessions on the road in April/May 2019 for a UK tour. The tour will be headlined by Wildwood Kin who RGM recently enjoyed opening for Darlingside (review). In keeping with the UTAT philosophy Bob has handpicked local support acts for each date of the tour with the likes of Loud Mountains (Oxford) and Worry Dolls (London) among the impressive additions. Tickets are on sale from Friday 14th December and more about Bob, Under The Apple Tree and the tour dates follow:
US country star Chris Young will return to the UK in May 2019 when he brings his ‘Losing Sleep’ tour to our shores with Stoney Creek Records’ Lindsay Ell joining the tour as special guest. Sony Music recording artist Young has enjoyed multi-platinum success in recent years and his UK dates are always highly anticipated. Tickets are on general sale from 9am Friday 23rd November (Pre-sales from Wednesday 21 November). More about Chris Young and those tour dates follow:
ZZ Top formed back in 1969 and to mark the event the Texas blues legends have announced a run of European dates for 2019 to mark their 50th anniversary as a band. The dates include a show at the SSE Arena, Wembley on 12th July 2019 with special guest Jimmy Barnes. Tickets for the Wembley show are on sale from 10am on Friday November 16th. Links to tickets and more about ZZ Top follows:
Eagles have announced a run of European dates as part of their 2019 world tour with the first show on May 26th in Antwerp and UK dates commencing June 23rd in London (Sheryl Crow will be special guest for the London date). Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined by Vince Gill and Deacon Frey for the tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 5th 2018 at 9am. More info on the band including ticket links and the full list of UK dates follows: