Last year Sarah McQuaid released her album ‘The St Buryan Sessions’. ‘Autumn Leaves’ is from that album.

We’ve listened to three tracks from this album already. (‘The Tug of the Moon’ (Week 28, January 2022) ‘Rabbit Hill’ (Week 15, October 2021), ‘Last Song’ in Week 11, September 2021)). The reason for re-visiting it is Sarah has now announced her tour dates, which include St Peter’s By The Waterfront, Ipswich on 25 November and the Canopy Theatre, Beccles on 3 December.

With travel costs sky-rocketing and the twin demons of COVID and the cost of living crisis driving audience numbers down, it’s not an ideal time to be hitting the road – but that’s exactly what Sarah McQuaid is doing. “Yes, these are seriously tough times for all musicians, myself included,” the Cornwall-based singer/songwriter says ruefully, “but live events are what bring communities together. If we don’t keep going out and doing it, all those music venues and village halls and arts centres are just going to disappear — and that would be a real tragedy.

Full details of Sarah’s tour are on her website, at She is also on Facebook, Insta and Twitter.

Details of Sarah’s autumn concerts are as follows:

  • Fri Oct 7: Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8BG
  • Sat Oct 8: Barnstaple: ThePlough@StAnne’s, ThePlough@StAnne’s, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1BH
  • Fri Nov 4: Sterts Studio, Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5AZ
  • Sun Nov 6: St John’s Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 9NP
  • Wed Nov 9: The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0QQ
  • Thu Nov 10: St Mary’s Church, Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PR
  • Fri Nov 11: Skelton Toppin Memorial Hall, Skelton, Penrith, CA11 9TE
  • Sat Nov 12: Silsden Town Hall, Kirkgate, Silsden, BD20 0AJ
  • Sun Nov 13: Lunesdale Hall, New Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AA
  • Tue Nov 15: Dartford Folk Club, Dartford Working Men’s Club, 40 Essex Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 2AU
  • Thu Nov 17: The Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB
  • Fri Nov 18: The HopBarn, Hopyard Farm, Hockerwood Lane, Upton Road, Southwell, Notts NG25 0PZ
  • Sat Nov 19: The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6PY
  • Sun Nov 20: Folk On The Moor, The Exchange Pub, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9AB
  • Thu Nov 24: Ropery Hall, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5JT
  • Fri Nov 25: St Peter’s by the Waterfront, St Peter’s Church, College Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1BF
    Tel 01473 225269, Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on door, 7:30pm (Doors 7pm),
  • Sat Nov 26: Clyffe Pypard and Bushton Village Hall, Bushton, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 7PX
  • Sun Nov 27: Sheepstor Village Hall, Sheepstor, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6PF
  • Wed Nov 30: Ashcroft Arts Centre,Osborn Road, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7DX
  • Thu Dec 1: The Village Pump @ The Lamb Inn, 127 Mortimer Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 0NH
  • Sat Dec 3: Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church, Hungate, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9TL
    Tickets £10, 7:30pm (Doors 7pm),
  • Sun Dec 4: Escleyside Hall, Michaelchurch Escley, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 0PT

Mike Summer has released his new single, ‘Summer Sun’.

Mike Sumner has been playing banjo since he was six. Much of his banjo influence came from his father Joe Sumner. Although, he also appreciates other influences. In 2001 he won Merlefest, Rockygrass and the Winfield National Banjo Championship. He repeated the National Banjo Championship win in 2007. He started touring in the USA in 2007. Whether in the studio adding banjo to a project or on stage performing live, he strives to play clean, creative yet tasty banjo that enhances the overall sound.

Mike says, “When I wrote Summer Sun, I was going through some challenging times in life. I had just endured a long cold winter while living in Michigan, and I needed to feel happiness, joy and sunshine. I wrote the song imagining that I was feeling the warmth of summer sun. The song helped me heal during that tough time. I hope the melodies in Summer Sun bring you warmth and make you smile.

Mike’s next single and full album will be available in Spring 2023.


ClareCiel has released ‘Sunny Days’

Born in London, and having lived in Cornwall, Sussex and the French Alps, the artist ClareCiel came to life during a chance meeting with Roland Fontana; a French songwriter/musician. Although from different cultural backgrounds, they very quickly realized they had similar musical tastes. ClareCiel spoke about her creative writing ‘hobby’ usually in the form of short stories and poems and her one time singing experience, covering in her own style the much loved Oasis track Wonderwall.

Later, Roland contacted ClareCiel and offered her the chance to participate in the co-writing of song lyrics for an up and coming French artist Crumble. ClareCiel was able to bring both English and French flavours to the lyrics as she speaks both languages. English being her mother tongue.

Following on from this, in January 2020 Roland contacted her once again requesting her lyrical suggestions. Two weeks later he sent her a demo for the then unnamed first single, ‘Normal People’.

The global pandemic that followed made all studio recording impossible and it was at this moment that Roland suggested that ClareCiel record the song in a home studio. Roland liked the mellow romantic style that emerged from this collaboration and proposed a second song. ‘The Way I Am’, a bittersweet melody infused with hope bubbled to the surface. Those two tracks are now joined by ‘Sunny Days’.

ClareCiel is on Facebook and YouTube.


‘Falling Into You’ is from Yellow Dog Conspiracy’s début album ‘Confrontation’.

Yellow Dog Conspiracy is a Portuguese hard rock band. From sunny Lisbon, they formed in 2013. The current line-up consists of vocalist Vice) lead guitarist Luiz Arantes, bassist Nuno Correia, rhythm guitarist Josh Riot and drummer Filipe.

Yellow Dog Conspiracy are on ReverbNation and Facebook.


Sir-Vere released ‘Lovescope’ on 16th September.

We heard ‘Mysophonia’ from Sir-Vere back in July (Week 57)

‘Lovescope’ is the title track from the upcoming album being released on Bongo Tronic. This track brings the next generation of Sir-Vere sound to life. It is a modern post punk, indie, dance fuelled monster, and was recorded during lockdown.

The idea behind the track circles around a spiritual awakening from many a late night in club land at the after party and gives you an idea where the upcoming album is going.

Sir-Vere are on Facebook, Insta, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube.


Jessie Reyez has released ‘Mutual Friend’.

Grammy-nominated, 4x Juno-winning, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has announced her upcoming sophomore album, ‘Yessie’. It was released on September 16. In anticipation of ‘Yessie’ –  her first album in nearly two years – Jessie released a brand new track, ‘Mutual Friend’.

‘Yessie’ picks up where her 2020 debut studio album ‘Before Love Came To Kill Us’ left off. It is a highly anticipated release from a now unforgettable era. Her writing on the new album captures the human experience in a way that is at once unique and relatable.

In ‘Mutual Friend’ Jessie clears the air to an ex-lover and releases any lingering emotion she carries while declaring her independence. This is shown as scenes of beautiful rage, dying flowers – symbolic of the relationship – and fluid dancing in the Peter Huang directed music.

Jessie has a webiste, at, and is on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Insta.


David Starr released ‘Poison the Water’ on 16th September.

Americana singer/songwriter David Starr unveils his signature brand of blues/rock with the lively ‘Poison the Water’. It’s the third single from his forthcoming EP, ‘Better Me’. Swampy notes and soul abound, with gritty electrics, call and response background vocals, wailing steel guitar, and a stellar vocal performance from David. Leaning into the blues/roots side of his music, David wrote ‘Poison the Water’ as an outlet for his frustrations with the larger systems at play.

David says, “I wrote ‘Poison The Water’ back in the early ’90’s. It was in response to some political drama that was happening at the time. I felt compelled to ask a rhetorical question about why our leaders seem to blow things up just to get attention. It was relevant then, and is possibly even more relevant now. I recorded it in my early home studio in Little Rock way back when and felt it needed a new treatment with a full band.

David has a website, at, with links to all his social media and downloads.


James Keelaghan released ‘Second Hand’ on 16th September.

‘Second Hand’ is the title track from James Keelaghan’s new album.

Contemporary folk songs, at their very best, offer an insight into the hardships, attitudes, and resolve of characters and events that shape our lives. These are the components at the basis Canadian singer / songwriter James Keelaghan’s music. Through ten solo albums James has created a repertoire of incalculable importance.

James’ latest album, ‘Second Hand’ finds him at the top of his game with ten new songs. They include co-writes with Catherine MacLellan, Lynn Miles, and Dave Gunning. “I love co-writing,” he says, “It’s the spark that gets me motivated – the fresh approach to a lyric or a different way of forming a melody for a song is so stimulating. Besides, it’s also a great impetus to finish the song.

James has a website, at, and is on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.


On 6th October Chris Stanley will release ‘Bristol, Tennessee’.

It’s the fifth and final single from his forthcoming album, ‘This Isn’t Like the Radio’ which is due for release this Autumn. We’ve heard three of the previous singles – ‘When the Rain Came Down’ (Week 56, July 2022) ‘Queen of the Blue Jeans (Week 50, June 2022) and ‘This Isn’t Like the Radio’ (Week 48, May 2022).

Chris Stanley is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, currently living in Bristol. His backing band is The Prison Club Band, named after the club where Chris launched his début album. Chris’ style of music is a combination of country and heartland rock. Some of his most popular songs tell stories of life on the fringes of the American Dream. He is known equally for his commanding solo sets and high-energy live performances with his band.

Chris has a website and is on Facebook and Spotify


In September, Beatenberg released ‘White Shadow’.

South African stalwarts, Beatenberg, shared a new song from their upcoming EP earlier in September. They also announced a big run of tour dates with shows across the US, UK, EU and SA. ‘White Shadow’ is the third song from the bands’ first EP in four years. It features South African composer, singer and song writer Msaki who also stars in the video alongside the band’s vocalist Matthew Field.

‘White Shadow’ was an incomplete demo I had lying around for a long time – everyone liked it but we couldn’t settle on a chorus,” Field says. “At some point we decided to reach out to our friend Msaki since we love her music and sensibilities and thought she could help us find the missing piece of the puzzle – and she did! We started with some sessions in Cape Town and finished the production and made the video in London. The song is on the longer side for us and goes through some twists and turns; the lyrics are similarly winding and seem to sprawl across a variety of landscapes and feelings. This seems fitting given the time and geographic span of the making of the song.

Live Dates

14th November, Rockwood Music Hall, New York
16th November, Resident, LA
26th November, Les Etoiles, Paris
29th November, Privatclub, Berlin
30th November, Melkweg up, Amsterdam
1st December, Colours Hoxton, London
3rd December, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, SA
5th June, Deaf Institute, Manchester
6th June, Village Underground, London
7th June, Melkweg Old Hall, Amsterdam
9th June, AB Club, Brussels
10th June, Luxor, Cologne
11th June, Knust, Hamburg
13th June, Lido, Berlin
14th June, Strom, Munich
15th June, Kiff, Arau
17th June, B72, Vienna

Beatenberg are on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


LJ Coon latest track, ‘I’ll Tell the World I Love You’, is available now.

‘I’ll Tell the World I Love You’ is a follow up to ‘Pretty Blue Eyes’ (Week 60, August 2021) and ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ (Week 64, September 2022) which we’ve previously heard. And that’s all I know about this one!

LJ Coon is on YouTube and Amazon.


A recording of the show is available on MixCloud



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