If you live in London and like a good contemporary folk singer-songwriter you must check Emma Tricca out. I saw her play at Bardens in January and thought she was fantastic. She has a couple dates coming up, one this Thursday and the next at the beginning of April in Stoke Newington. Check out her myspace page for a sampler and the gig details.
I have no idea how long this is on offer but you can stream the whole of this new Damon Albarn “supergroup” album for free from this MP3 website The Good, the Bad & the Queen MP3 Downloads ! Its a good listen so far as I’ve gotten!
I am under express instructions from Meg to get Tunng’s new album, so i am going to take this opportunity to make my first online purchase of the MP3 release of “Comments Of The Inner Chorus” from the Bleep high quality music download shop which Tom just told me about. The player here is courtesy of the fine Bleep website, so you can have a listen too! (The catch: you have to press play again every 30 seconds)
We discovered this fantastic Kent pub in the village near the “Malthouse Barn” where we spent a long weekend this January. We ended up staying near Hastingleigh because I searched the English Country Cottage website for a cottage in walking distance from a pub and the ‘barn’ near Hastingleigh was the result. The pub just happened to be this amazing old Inn which was recently taken over and restored by ex-antiques dealers, so they’ve done a wicked job. You can see a picture of the lovely fireplace via this page (of their website which i’ve just discovered!!):
They are in the Good Beer Guide 2007 (quite a feat for such a new Real Ale serving pub) and have a pet Owl… Oh yes, we got the full lowdown from the lovely landlord Ron. He runs a music festival in the village at the end of the summer, so perhaps then is a good time to go check out the pub and area.