Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Part 3 (50-26)

Into the top half of our favourite songs of the year. Here are tracks 50 through to 26. 50 Murder By Death – True Dark   Murder By Death have built a career on gothic country rockers and sun-baked desert folk, yet even after all these years they still manage to surprise and True Dark is them at their twangiest best.   49 Fontaines DC … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Part 3 (50-26)

Mary Gauthier – Rifles & Rosary Beads

Mary Gauthier just has one of those voices. Unmistakeable, mesmerising, and thought-provoking. Everything she does, and says, is worth listening to. She has a new album, Rifles & Rosary Beads, out today via In The Black / Thirty Tigers. Four years in the making, it is a collaborative record in the sense that the eleven songs were co-written with wounded veterans in the SongwritingWith: Soldiers retreats. Just … Continue reading Mary Gauthier – Rifles & Rosary Beads

Mary Gauthier To Release Trouble & Love

One of our favourite battle-scarred trailblazers and songwriting powerhouses Mary Gauthier returns with a new album, her first in four years, Trouble & Love, and a new Canadian label home, the excellent Six Shooter Records. The pain and ache in Gauthier’s music comes from her own life’s jagged edges and gutting experiences. As a chronicler of bad luck and hard times, she has carved out a particular place … Continue reading Mary Gauthier To Release Trouble & Love

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Saturday (2nd July)

So, five go camping. Well, not quite yet; we do need a tent first – or at least one that fits us all. The last time I went camping was with MM’s predecessor. Two nights in the Black Mountains of Wales in torrential rain. We awoke in water. That cured any affection I had towards life under canvas, and to him. Still, life moves on. … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Saturday (2nd July)

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday

It’s not often I venture to the North West, favouring the North Eastern climes best, but this week I’ve been on the road to Liverpool visiting a favourite client dedicated to cancer research who are based on Merseyside. I met some (literally) brilliant people with brains as large as planets, and hearts as big too.  But with being so far from the mackerel shoal, I … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday