Friday 12 May 2017


London-based Americana and mature pop act Proudfoot are to play an intimate semi-acoustic show in East London next month.

The band, who released their second album Flower Of London to some acclaim last autumn, play the Railway Tavern, St Jude Street, Dalston on Thursday 1 June.

The band is the brainchild of filmmaker and songwriter Michael Proudfoot, one-time frontman of 90s Brit honky-tonk band The Highbury Hotdogs, together with guitarist Duncan Kerr of legendary Stiff Records pub rockers Plummet Airlines, new wave powerpoppers The Favourites. The line-up is completed by bassist Wayne Worrell and drummer Joe Malone. Expect flavours of good-time 60s country, laced with the influence of late-70s new wave songwriters like Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Difford & Tilbrook.

Support comes from North Yorkshire-via-Brentford songwriter Phil Martin. An original member of The Shanakies (Blur's support band of choice on their Parklife tour), multi-instrumentalist Phil has also served time with The Men They Couldn't Hang, Vic Godard & The Subway Sect and The Bitter Springs. He's currently preparing the follow-up to 2013's Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, which legendary music journalist Geoff Barton, writing in Classic Rock magazine, compared very favourably to Kevin Ayers.

Music starts 8.30pm. Admission is FREE.

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The Railway Tavern on Facebook

Monday 1 May 2017


Swordfish Records presents the debut album by The Mothers Earth Experiment, a six-piece contemporary progressive outfit from the West Midlands.

With a wide range of influences from electronica, jazz, world music and psychedelia all the way to black metal and back, the band of childhood friends pride themselves in their eclectic inspirations to weave detailed sonic tapestries of dense psychedelic atmospheres and emotive melodies in order to propel their message of social consciousness and environmental awareness.

We feel artistic freedom has become feared within the music industry, and we aim to express what is close to us through our music and art.”

The release of their debut EP Don’t Speak Against The Sun in September 2015 and their first show supporting Gong has led to a series of dynamic performances across the UK, gaining a reputation as a band with a lot to say. In the past year they’ve supported the likes of Syd Arthur, Soft Machine, Acid Mothers Temple, Nicholas Allbrook (Tame Impala, Pond), Braids and Arthur Brown.

The band released their debut limited edition single 'Cool Down Mama' on Record Store Day.

The six-track self-titled album will be available on limited edition multi-coloured splatter vinyl in a gatefold sleeve as well as on CD and download.

Launched in 1987 out of their Birmingham city centre store, Swordfish has built a deserved reputation for high quality rock and psych releases from the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, Keiji Haino, Roky Erickson and Godflesh.

Catch The Mothers Earth Experiment live at....

Fri 19 May – The Night Owl, Birmingham (album launch allnighter)

A perfect fusion of jazz, funk and progressive psychedelia” Counteract


Leeds' finest exponent of country-folk 12-string, Serious Sam Barrett returns to play The Railway Tavern Ale House in Dalston, London on Thursday 4 May.

Sam was invited to play MuleFreedom's first ever acoustic event at The Railway back in 2012, and this will be his sixth visit. It comes hot on the heels of his latest album The Dime Horseshoe, recorded with James The Fang from Alabama folk punks The Pine Hill Haints on an island in the mouth of Mobile Bay. Buy it here.

Says Sam, "Playing the Railway is a beautifully informal and intimate gig. Everyone is made to feel welcome and people are there to hear great music. It attracts a crowd as diverse as London itself. A great place to play."

MuleFreedom hosts an acoustic event at The Railway Tavern on the first Thursday of every month.

Sam will be playing two solo sets, kicking off at 9pm. Admission is FREE!

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They say you can’t keep a good band down, and that’s certainly true of UK roots band Red Moon Joe. Buoyed by the success of Midnight Trains, the first Red Moon Joe album in more than 20 years, they return with the newly minted Time & Life. And as with their previous albums, they continue to move forward, reminding us of the true essence of time and life: to never stay in one place for too long.

This time around, the band headed down to Liverpool’s Elevator studios, laying down their bluegrass-inflected tracks, this time augmented with keyboards and a 3-piece brass section and a little help from some special guests including Del Amitri’s Justin Currie, Virginian singer-songwriter Cathryn Craig and Jason Isbell’s guitarist Sadler Vaden. The result is an album that brings together Red Moon Joe’s mid-80s cowpunk origins through 90s, making Time & Life an album for right now, that does both the band and UK Americana proud.

These songs move away from traditional themes of lost love and heartache, drawing on the universal issues of ageing and the maelstrom of feelings, joys and anxieties that come with it. ‘Slow Sun Wheeling’ takes its title, like the album, from a poem by Algernon Swinburne; it’s essentially about regret but also living life to the full and squeezing every bit of joy that you can into every day. ‘Elvis, Townes And Hank’ considers the price of fame, while ‘Shadows’ is about an old friend fighting a battle with the bottle after the breakdown of a relationship. Another standout cut is ‘Orgreave’, about the spirit of defiance and the dignity shown by miners and their families in the face of injustice and violence.

Red Moon Joe were originally formed in Lancashire in 1985 by Mark Wilkinson, who was already forging a career as the go-to guitarist for visiting Nashville legends. With cowpunk and paisley underground in vogue, the band toured constantly throughout the UK and Europe, releasing the album Arms Of Sorrow on the iconic Run River label, also home to Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. The band split in 1993, with Wilkinson resuming his career as a ‘hired gun’, sharing stages with the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Emmylou Harris. Wilkinson reconvened Red Moon Joe in 2010, eventually releasing Midnight Trains to considerable praise three years later.

“There is a real sense of enjoyment that comes through these songs... Quality country rock” 4/5 RnR
“This is a CD you should not be without” 9/10 Americana UK
“Guaranteed to rock’n’roll in the finest garage country band style.” 4/5 Fatea
“This album is probably their best yet.” 4/5 Music News 
“What British-Americana should be, music with stateside outer trappings but beating with a very British heart.” Dancing About Architecture