Wednesday 22 August 2012


Italian violinist and songwriter Chiara Giacobbe visits London for four dates at the end of this month in support of her debut solo release, Ready To Go on Rigo Records.

Recorded during the Spring at ML Studios near her hometown of Alessandria in northern Italy’s Piedmont region, the EP features the talents of noted musicians, guitarist Gege Picollo and double-bassist Mariana Nocito. The six songs on Ready To Go mark a bold shift away from the roots rock of the band Lowlands, with whom she recorded two albums, and are set to establish Chiara as an exciting and original new talent.

A graduate of the prestigious Conservatorio Vivaldi in Alessandria, Chiara has quickly become the go-to musician for a diverse array of bands and artists looking for another dimension: from country to classical, jazz to folk, hip-hop to blues and rock’n’roll, she’s done them all. In her short but intense career, she has played throughout Europe, sharing stages and recording studios with Anglo-American talent such as Chris Cacavas, Amanda Shires, Rod Picott, Will T Massey, Trent Miller and Dan Raza, as well as established internationally-known Italian acts such as Paolo Bonfanti, Gnola Blues Band and Sugar Ray Dogs.

As on Ready To Go, Chiara will be performing in an acoustic duo format with guitarist Marco Pagani. You can catch her at….

Wed 29 Aug                The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL
                                    (with Simon Onions)
Thurs 30 Aug              The Railway Tavern, 2 St Jude St, London N16 8JT
                                    (with Robert James Selby)
Fri 31 Aug                    The Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Rd, London E11 4HL
                                    (with Robert James Selby)
Sat 1 Sept                   Biddle Bros Bar, 88 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0QR
                                    (with Trent Miller)

Do let me know if you’d like to come along to any of the dates….

“A bright new solo career beckons for this talented young lass.” R2 magazine

Wednesday 8 August 2012


Mark Mulholland and Craig Ward's music represents their own take on the British folk tradition of Graham, Jansch, Renbourn et al. Friends since their teens, when both were playing in bands in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the late '80s, the two have been travelling and playing music since, crossing paths at various points along the way. Craig produced Mark's band Two Dollar Bash's third album Lost River, and accompanied the band on a 5 week North American tour in 2007. Around this time, the pair started talking of recording an album together, drawing from their mutual influences of the likes of Pentangle and Nick Drake. In the course of 2010 and 2011, they met up for a series of recording sessions in Berlin, Antwerp and Rotterdam, and the resulting album Waiting for the Storm, will be released in September 2012 by the Berlin label Cannery Row Records and the London-based Jezus Factory Records, accompanied by a tour of the UK, Ireland and France. The line-up is completed with the addition of Belgian double-bass player Hannes d'Hoine, and the trio completed a successful tour of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic in February and March 2012.

Mark Mulholland's musical peregrinations have taken him through most of Europe and North America to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he is now based. He has released 2 solo albums, The Devil on the Stairs (2008) and The Cactus and the Dragon (2011), and is also a member of Two Dollar Bash, who recently released their 4th album, New Adventures. Mark is a former member of Impure Thoughts, and The Oul' Bogwarriors, and has recorded with a wide variety of artists including Nikki Sudden and Captain Sensible. He is currently also working on various musical projects in Haiti, including collaborations with the world-renowned poet, dramatist, painter and actor Frankétienne, who also makes a guest appearance on Waiting for the Storm.

Craig Ward moved from Scotland to Antwerp after an invitation from Stef Kamil Carlens (dEUS, Zita Swoon) to holiday there. It was a long holiday. Craig joined Kiss My Jazz and found himself in the hub of a fervent music scene to the extent that Rudy Trouvé suggested him as his replacement in dEUS (In A Bar Under The Sea and The Ideal Crash era albums and tours). After leaving dEUS in 2004 Craig formed the acclaimed band The Love Substitutes with Mauro Pawlowski and Rudy Trouve, releasing two albums, Meet The Love Substitutes While The House Is On Fire (2005) and More Songs About Hangovers And Sailors (2007). In 2008 the 3 released a split solo album as Pawlowski, Trouvé and Ward. Craig is also a member of True Bypass with Chantal Acda (Sleeping Dog, Isbells) whom released an acclaimed album in 2010 via Jezus Factory Records; he also fronts the noise jazz band A Clean Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen who released their self titled vinyl in 2011 and a split EP earlier this year with Silent Front. His production credits include The Frames' For The Birds alongside Steve Albini. Craig has recently moved back to his native Glasgow.

Hannes d'Hoine studied double bass at the Conservatory of Antwerp, and plays in various formations including Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung, Roy Aernouts band and Blackie and the Oohoos.