22 March - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner @ Tiddy Hall

Fiddle player Peter Knight - yes, THE Peter Knight from Steeleye Span - now plays with his own 3io…and they’re coming to Oxfordshire!

Gigspanner have toured all over the England and further afield in recent years, revitalizing folk favourites and pieces from the Steeleye back catalogue.  Plus, with Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe, Gigspanner really does have an incredible all-star line up.

The Trio co-creates a depth of multi-textured melody that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up. Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed.-Acoustic Magazine

They play Tiddy Hall in Ascott-Under-Wychwood on Saturday 22nd March. Tickets are £12, available online HERE.

 
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Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home

Despite his diagnosis with terminal pancreatic cancer, Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson made the decision to refuse chemotherapy and continue as an active musician as long as possible.

Defying all doctors’ predictions he is still going strong, and this month releases the much anticipated collaboration album with The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home - seeing the duo crank out a new selection of Johnson’s trademark bluesy songs.

If it’s to be Johnson’s epitaph, ‘Going Back Home’ has enough spike and thrust to be a worthy sign-off.-NME

Going Back Home is released Monday 24 March. You can preorder it online here: CD / Vinyl

 
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Steven Wilson - Cover Version

Between 2003-10, Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree fame) issued a collection of 6 very limited edition CD singles - each featuring a stripped-back cover of a song he had found particularly influential, as well as a new original track.

Due to his escalating popularity as a solo artist, these twelve offerings have been collated onto a very limited-pressing double LP - only 200 have been made! We have a few in stock, so if you’re a big fan of his and/or a collector of super-limited edition records, hurry down while stocks last! 

Out Monday 17 March.

 
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War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

War On Drugs - the moniker of Adam Granduciel and his ever-changing band - return with their third full-length album. Fuelled by the raw emotions of a relationship gone south, the 10 tracks of Lost In The Dream see Granduciel both confronting his insecurities and drifting into blissful 7-minute escapist fantasies.

Sounding somewhere between Springsteen, Mark Knopfler and last year’s (Top 10 Rapture album!) by his friend and ex-bandmate Kurt Vile, this is an absolutely spectacular collection of songs - and is surely destined to be one of our favourite albums of the year.

Out Monday 17 March.

 
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The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell

Second full-length release from the New York rockers. Following their debut album Light Me Up in 2010 and the subsequent EP, the band has gone from strength to strength and supported the likes of Evanescence, Guns N Roses and Marilyn Manson on tour all over the world.

Despite Hurricane Sandy leveling the studio in which they were working, destroying £500k of equipment and the original multi-track recordingsthe album has been remade and is a triumphant rock & roll epic. Sure to please their fans - old and new - all over the world. 

Out Monday 17 March.

 
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TONIGHT (15 March): Twisted State Of Mind + Captain Horizon + Trauma II @ The Red Lion, Witney.

TONIGHT! The 13-year old metalheads return with their crushing live show! Featuring Rocksector signees Captain Horizon and Witney’s own punk rockers Trauma…reformed after 17 years apart! Don’t miss it!  8:30pm, tickets £6/£3 for U16s on the door.

 
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Cornbury Festival Line-Up Announcement

We had Witney TV visit us last week, where they filmed a segment with Hugh Phillimore - director of Cornbury Festival - upstairs in the shop.

You can watch the full footage HERE, but in short it was an announcement of some of the acts playing this year’s festival in July…and what a line-up it is! It includes: The Feeling, Suzanne Vega, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jools Holland, Lissie, Nina Nesbitt, Scouting For Girls, Simple Minds, and many others!

More acts & headliners will be announced soon, so keep checking the Cornbury Website.

 
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OUT TODAY: CHAMPS - Down Like Gold

Comprised of two brothers from the Isle Of Wight - Michael and David Champion - CHAMPS are newly signed to Play It Again Sam (PIAS’ in-house label). Recorded at the top of a tower in the grounds of Osborne House (Queen Victoria’s old holiday retreat on the island), Down Like Gold is their debut album. 

A tender mix of delicate acoustic folk and commercial pop, their music has received great critical acclaim - seeing them perform live on Radio 2, support The Jezabels on the road, and tour themselves all through Europe. Highly recommended!

 
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