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Punch Brothers live at Southbank, London, January 2015

Posted on November 27th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


The progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers add two new dates to their UK tour and will perform at London’s Southbank Centre on January 22 and 25

Comprised of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, Punch Brothers mix traditional bluegrass with alternative rock. With three successful albums under their belt, Punch Brothers have also featured on the soundtracks to the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis and blockbuster The Hunger Games.

In January they will present new songs from their forthcoming album, Phosphorescent Blues, produced by T Bone Burnett and due in early 2015 (to be reviewed in the March issue, #106).

Buy tickets here. Tour dates will include:

January 21 – National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
January 22 – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
January 23 – Celtic Connections, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
January 25 – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Watch Punch Brothers perform at WFUV, New York City:

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Songlines Music Awards 2013 – Voting Now Open

Posted on December 20th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Voting for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 is now officially open. Cast your vote in each of the four categories, and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win one of three pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 (July 25-28). Ten runners-up will also receive a copy of the Songlines Music Awards 2012 CD – a 16-track CD featuring all of the 2012 Awards’ nominees and winners.

The Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of music talent across the world that has been featured in Songlines. There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer. Eligible artists are those who have had albums reviewed in Songlines during 2013 (from #82 to #89 inclusive). The voting closes at midnight on January 31 2013. The shortlist of the top four nominees in each category will be published in the April/May issue (#91), on sale March 15.

The 2012 winners included: Anoushka Shankar (Best Artist); Tinariwen (Best Group); Fatoumata Diawara (Best Newcomer) and Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan and Edgar Meyer (Cross-Cultural Collaboration).  Anoushka, Tinariwen and Fatoumata all performed at the Songlines Music Awards 2012 winners’ concert on November 23 at the Barbican Centre in London. Here are some of the highlights from the evening:


For a complete list of all the eligible artists for the 2013 awards, details of the categories and to place your vote, please visit:

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Punch Brothers at London’s Scala

Posted on May 17th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Photo by Danny Clinch

Last Monday the ever-wonderful Punch Brothers rocked a very dreary London to the most wildly enthusiastic crowd I think I’ve ever encountered.

Chris Thile and his quirky bluegrass cohorts, all disturbingly talented and very much famous in their own rights, rattled through a set-list packed with hits old and new – including ‘Rye Whiskey’, ‘This Girl’ and ‘Movement and Location’ – at Scala in Kings Cross before recording for Later… With Jools Holland a mere few days later.

Each and every member of the band – frontman and mandolin virtuoso Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, banjo player Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher and bassist and Paul Kowert – appeared to be blown-away by the response of the crowd, who whooped and cheered throughout the gig, clearly showing their appreciation for Thile and Co and what they are doing for the bluegrass scene.

Based out of New York, Punch Brothers, who are said to be Elton John’s favourite band, are currently playing a key and impactful role in the new American acoustic movement.

Each of the individual musicians has crammed plenty of solo work and/or other collaborations in between Punch Brothers commitments. Pikelny has released a second solo disc, Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail, produced by Witcher. Eldridge joined Pikelny on his record and, along with Witcher, on his tour. Kowert has been playing live dates in guitarist Jordan Tice’s trio with hammer dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, with which he released the album The Secret History. The peripatetic Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek, recorded a Grammy–nominated duo set with Brooklyn guitar savant Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open; released The Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan (which won a Songlines Music Award for best cross-cultural collaboration); and performed live in London with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.


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Catch Punch Brothers tonight on Later with Jools Holland

Posted on May 11th, 2012 in News by .

Following their excellent performance of ‘This Girl’ (from Who’s Feeling Young Now?) on Tuesday’s live broadcast (video below), make sure to put off sleep tonight to watch the band on the extended version of the show.

Chris Thile and Co got their busy summer off to a flying start playing to a packed and highly enthused Scala on Monday night (including some of the Songlines team). Look out for a review of that gig to post next week.

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