DREAM SYNDICATE at the 1865 in Southampton, November 2

“We have a new record coming out in September.

Yes, the first album by The Dream Syndicate since we released “Ghost Stories” back in 1988. It will be released on ANTI, one of the cooler labels out there.

What can we tell you about the new record?

Well, let’s see. It’s true to our history, a bounty of gifts for everyone who’s been there since the old days and yet unlike anything we ever did before. It’s a post-millennial existential screed that feels like RIGHT NOW and at the same time a timeless joyous thrill ride. It’s psychedelic, it’s rocking, it’s garage, it’s classic, it’s indie and it’s even a soul and jazz record in the most literal sense, a sonic and emotional journey to the deepest recesses of your mind. It’s what we do on stage and yet it’s brand new. Most of all, we dig it. A lot.”

JOEY LANDRETH in the Swiss Cottage, July 21 (SOLD OUT)

It’s a summer special with one of our most popular artists.

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project The Bros. Landreth. The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey is launching his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly.

To book tickets, please click on the Swiss Cottage Sessions page.

Peter Bruntnell Trio featuring BJ Cole and Danny Williams, October 24

NME claimed that “Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools”, and if you ask the likes of Rumer, Peter Buck, Scott Mccaughey, Willy Vlautin, Jay Farrar, John Murry or Kathleen Edwards, they’ll all agree that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities. It’s interesting that American musicians are so seduced by such a uniquely British artist, and Peter has toured extensively with Son Volt, Kathleen Edwards and Richmond Fontaine.

Peter’s restless musical spirit has seen him strike out in new direction with almost every subsequent album. Four albums for Loose continued to win him admirers – by 2005, The Independent were calling him “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” and Richmond Fontaine’s front man Willy Vlautin called him his favourite singer – and 2016’s Nos Da Comrade has won plaudits worldwide.

This show is an acoustic trio featuring the legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole.

Billy Walton Band plus special guests Curse Of Lono, July 8

There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.?For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He was always up for a jam and looking to learn some new tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step to centre stage with the Billy Walton Band. The band has focused its effort in Europe and the group is now established in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s interpretation of the classic Little Steven album, Men Without Women, with Little Steven performing in the band.

This year’s shows

We had a cluster of shows to kick off 2017 and they’ve been amazing. The Mastersons (2 shows, sold out), Karl Blau (a superb evening and a good crowd) and Chuck Prophet (words about the brilliance of this fail me). Then we had a birthday extravaganza with Ben Folke-Thomas and a humdinger with Hurray For The Riff Raff, before taking quite a lengthy break from Railway shows. Both Lewis and Leigh and Jonny Fritz sold out the Swiss Cottage. Now we are working away on the sc4m Festival for September 10. It’s never easy, but we are getting there!

SC4M FESTIVAL 2017, September 10

The eighth SC4M Festival is a special one.

When the first event was held in 2010, the format of a one-day Roots and Americana festival was a new one. It has proved so popular that the format has now become common, with a plethora of similar events popping up round the country. So it was time for a change, and the change takes the form of a Theme.

Organiser Oliver Gray says, “After the strange year we’ve had, I felt strongly that my support for international understanding should be reflected in the music. The theme of this year’s festival will therefore be Internationalism, with artists representing nine different countries.”

In another move away from the mainstream, Oliver wanted also to take a step back from the standard Americana image of blokes in plaid shirts and stetsons. “I m delighted to say that half of the artist playing this year are women, and that all of the artist are either exciting newcomers or musicians who have played at the Railway before and been invited back”.

The event takes place indoors, over two rooms at the Railway Inn and guarantees no mud and no clashes.

Tickets are on sale now at £32 (that’s less than £3 a band) from www.railwayinn.pub.

Emily Barker band

Peter Bruntnell Band

Benjamin Folke Thomas

Joana Serrat

Curse of Lono

Lucas and King

Dan O’Farrell

Vera van Heeringen

Robert Chaney

Jonas and Jane



ZANDER out now!

Oliver Gray’s day job is writing school text books and non-fiction items, but his hobby is promoting live shows by visiting roots artists from the US and Canada. When contemplating his first foray into fiction, he was advised to “write about what you know about”. It’s therefore no surprise that “Zander” is set in the world of small-time music promotion.

When American roots musician Corey Zander sets out on his first UK tour, things start badly and rapidly get worse. Not even his drug-strewn rock and roll past could prepare him for the violence of his reception in provincial England.

We hope you will enjoy it.

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