Doug Seegers: Going Down The River

Doug Seegers

Not many know better what it is to be a struggling musician like Doug Seegers does, who lived homeless in the USA until he was discovered by Swedish country singer and TV personality Jill Johnson. From singing on the streets to being nominated for a Grammis Award for Folk/Singer-songwriter of the Year, we can only expect more from this craftsman who pours it all through country music, his guitar and a voice that carries as … Read on…

I Write The Songs #46

Paul Simon

Main Theme: “One-story” tellers across borders Coat of Many Colours, Dolly Parton, USA – 7 seconds, Youssou N’dour/Neneh Cherry (N’Dour/Cherry/McVey/Sharp), Senegal/Sweden, 1994 Neneh Cherry revealed that “7 Seconds” tells about first seven seconds in the life of a newborn, arguably unaware of problems in the world. ” Neneh Cherry Online – Biography”. Retrieved 12 Jul 2009. The song appeared on N’Dour’s album The Guide (Wommat) and Neneh Cherry’s album Man as well as on the soundtrack of the 1998 … Read on…

Paul Fogarty finds his own way home

Paul Fogarty

Paul Fogarty With topical songs à la John Lennon meets Bob Marley, the softness of Paul Simon at the tip of his tongue and fingers, the Americana/Country meets Folk troubadour Paul Fogarty is one of the most understated yet deeply expressive musicians out there. Once you have wallowed into the ever growing musical legacy of Australia-born Germany-based Fogarty, it becomes impossible to deny how much his music could be a soundtrack to the life of those … Read on…

Alex Highton

Alex Highton

The Review With the fresh sounds of Alex Highton, Folk finds a new breath of good old life. His secret ingredient to engaging melodies is straightforward: he is just himself, harnessing both his uniqueness and his relationship with the environments, people and events making up his journey. Highton’s rural surroundings have certainly had a noticeable input in inspiring such uncomplicated and honest melodies. The adventurous move from the city to his new village has no doubt … Read on…

Jo Bywater: A Wave of Primal Hunger

Jo Bywater - Photo by Andrew Ab

The Review There is music that comforts us in the cuddle of the known and the established… and there is music that keeps us at the edge of our seats, ready to take off at each release. Jo Bywater’s music belongs to the latter. Release after release, live or studio-recorded, this musician allows the listener to wallow in the incredible world that her unique blend of acoustic “Folk/Blues/Americana” offers. The requirements of a thirsty and creative mind … Read on…

WSS Playlist – Best Of 2013

The various contributors at WSS give you a taste of 2013 music by Singer-Songwriters worldwide. The list is edited by Mateo James and is also available as a Youtube Playlist. Every single night, Fiona Apple Fiona Apple takes the time to mould her songs from her inner complex riches and it echoes in the precise instrumentation, the sleek lyricism and the integrity of the delivery. Honest and witty introspection triumphs. Tiki I Ride at Dawn, Ben … Read on…

Marina Florance shares her own little piece of the sky

Marina Florance

It is difficult to review the artistry of a musician whose voice and melodies just sit you gently in the arms of comfort. It is pure indulgence and luxury to listen to the velvet vocals of Marina Florance and to let yourself go into her own little piece of sky. Her performance alone is a lullaby blending the maturity of her musical experience with the gentleness of her musical sensitivity. That quality of voice resounds … Read on…

Sa Dingding: Alive

Sa Dingding

The music of Chinese Ethno-folk singer-songwriter Sa Dingding offers an exciting musical tour of her own unique blend of far eastern treasures and Western Electronica influences. It showcases a creative, imaginative and free-spirited nature and reveals the richness of her inner colours. She seamlessly marries the native elements of her Chinese folk roots and other Asian regions such as Mongolia (where she grew up) and Tibet and the more Western-inspired tones of Electronica. There is a … Read on…

IloVeyou Camille

Camille

Camille… a spirit of freedom that resounds in a voice that just lets go of all inhibition, still in a faultless vocal performance. She does these in French and English, and in as many musical onomatopoeias and voice registers as the song inspires, from acapella to ‘fully’ accompanied by a vocal choir of harmonies or musical instruments. Oh the many colours that she allows her voice to exhale and her songs to borrow! She sings in typically … Read on…

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … Read on…