There's a bit of a trend for Indie folk/rock a la James Taylor/Neil Young (no bad thing) at the moment and one of the finest exponents currently is the Sheffield singer/songwriter Neil McSweeney. Despite his relatively low profile, he's worked with leading lights right across the Sheffield music scene.
Neil McSweeney has toured with Richard Hawley, written and recorded with drummer and producer Ross Orton (Jarvis Cocker, Arctic Monkeys), attracted album contributions from Dean Honer (All Seeing I, I Monster, Human League) and most-recently, collaborated with the shiny bright young things of the city’s traditional folk scene.
After a spell without releasing any music Neil McSweeney brings us 'The Seventeen EP' with four tracks showing him at his musical and lyrical best. His first release since Shoreline in 2009, this EP is a precursor to an active summer of gigs and festival performances. The EP, recorded by leading trad-folk producer Andy Bell is a taster for Neil's third full album 'Cargo' due for release in September.
Lead track 'We Are Here' showcases typical lyrical flair deployed in a stirring tune, bringing to mind the likes of Jim O'Rourke, whilst the tracks 'In A Dream', a cover of Townes Van Zandt's 'To Live Is To Fly' and title track 'Seventeen' highlight his musicality completes a summer set that's initially available only as a limited physical release of 300 CD's.
Live support for the release includes shows with his full band which features leading lights from the UK and US scenes - Sam Sweeney, Lucy Farrell, Andy Seward.
Tour Dates are.....
18th May - Electric Circus, Edinburgh
23rd May - Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow
24th May - Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge
26th May - Queens Social Club, Sheffield
6th June - Green Note, London
9th June - Kings Arms, Manchester
Festival Dates are.....
7-9th June - Long Division
5-7th July - Ymuno
19th -21st July - Tramlines
25th - 27th July - Cloudspotting
23rd - 25th August - Shrewsbury