Haruko – Feathers & Driftwood

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If you were reading this blog back in 2009, you might remember that I was seriously addicted to young German folk singer-songwriter Haruko aka Susanne Stanglow. Her debut album Wild Geese received full five hearts and ended up as #5 on my best of 2009 list. It has been a while since that, but now there’s finally a new Haruko full-lenght Feathers & Driftwood out and available. During the first few weeks listening to this beauty, it has become quite clear that the relationship between me and Haruko’s folk songs was strong enough to battle through those few years without a new Haruko album. Sure that early crush and overexcitement of finding something new and thrilling might have faded away, but I still have deep affection towards her music. This is beautiful, hauntingly beautiful. This is the opener Come Home. Listen to / buy the whole thing on her Bandcamp.

Haruko Website
Haruko at Bandcamp

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Peter Bruntnell & The Wynntown Marshals

Some great British americana / alt.country that I’ve been listening to all summer long.

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Peter Bruntnell: Retrospective (Loose Music, 2013)

Peter Bruntnell might well be the finest British americana singer-songwriter. I was a big fan some years ago and especially the records Normal For Bridgewater, Ends Of Earth and Ghost in A Spitfire have gotten a lot airtime in this household. I’ve kind of lost touch during the last few years. Probably mostly because the last few albums haven’t been that easily available around these parts. Loose Music reminded me about the greatness of this tunesmith by releasing a career spanning Peter Bruntnell Retrospective on 17th of june and it is a great compilation. Ok, a couple of my own favourites are missing, but that’s usually the case with every retrospective and there’s nothing wrong with the ones that made the cut. This guy just have too many good songs to choose from. This is one of them, Handful of Stars.

Peter Bruntnell Website

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The Wynntown Marshals: The Long Haul (Wynntown Recordings, 2013)

Scottish alt.country group The Wynntown Marshals came to my attention with their excellent album Westerner few years back. Follow-up The Long Haul hit my heart early this summer and it’s another damn good release. They recently signed a deal with Blue Rose Records and therefore you should be able to get this beauty in Finland as well sometime in the fall. Meanwhile you can listen to / buy it on their bandcamp. This is Whatever It Takes.

The Wynntown Marshals Website

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Small Houses Finland Tour coming up in September (updated 23.7)

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This is an early shout out, because exciting things are happening in September. One of my favourite current singer-songwriters Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses from Philadelphia (originally Flint, Michigan) will be touring in Europe this September/October and the tour schedule includes four shows in Finland (+ in-store performance at 8raita record store) with the wonderful local group Ochre Room. I couldn’t be any happier. Wonderful American troubadour touring with a Finnish band that I love dearly. More about this closer to the tour, but this is the schedule at the moment, so you can already mark your calendars.

Small Houses Finland tour

11.9. Klubi, Tampere (with Ochre Room)
12.9 Soppi, Rauma (with Ochre Room)
13.9. 8Raita, Turku (in-store performance)
13.9. Flavour Of The Month, Pikku-Torre, Turku (with Ochre Room)
14.9. Helsinki, Korjaamo (with Ochre Room)

And here are couple of great recent Small Houses videos that I haven’t posted before. Excellent new song Old Habits first and then great live version of I Saw Santa Fe from his great 2013 album Exactly Where I Wanted To Be (Yer Bird Records). I Saw Santa Fe is a video from Halfway House Sessions at SXSW.


 

Small Houses – I Saw Santa Fe – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW from Halfway House on Vimeo.

And here’s Don’t Try by the excellent Ochre Room.


 
Small Houses Website
Ochre Room Website

Update 23.7.2013: Added Kahvila Soppi, Rauma to the tour schedule.

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