A Hawk And A Hacksaw European Tour Announced
Published 1 April 2009 by BWL

A Hawk And A Hacksaw have announced their most extensive European tour to date this spring. The core duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost will tour as a six-piece band. A Hawk And A Hacksaw been on tour since mid March, with appearances at SXSW, followed by North American shows with Andrew Bird and Wilco. The European tour will begin in Leeds on May 2 as part of the fuseleeds09 festival, and you can find details of all the shows below.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw will release their fourth album, Délivrance, on May 18. Recorded in Budapest, Devon and Albuquerque during the second half of 2008, the album is their first full length release since the much-loved The Way The Wind Blows in 2006.

A single, ‘Foni Tu Argile’, precedes the album on April 27. As well as the obligatory digital download, there will also be a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 10” singles, cut at 78rpm, with packaging that replicates the shellac records of old. Hear ‘Foni Tu Argile’ now on AHAAH's myspace:

Here are the dates:

Sat 2 May: fuseleeds09, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK
Thu 14 May: Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BELGIUM
Sat 16 May: Bar Mondial, Antwerp, BELGIUM
Sun 17 May: Ekko, Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Tue 19 May: Paradiso, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Thu 21 May: Dreikönigskirche, Dresden, GERMANY
Fri 22 May: Dragon, Poznan, POLAND
Sat 23 May: Maschinenhaus, Berlin, GERMANY
Sun 24 May: Skala, Leipzig, GERMANY
Tue 26 May: Vega, Copenhagen, DENMARK
Wed 27 May: Musikcafeen, Aarhus, DENMARK
Thu 28 May: Woody West, Storan, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Sat 30 May: Blå, Oslo, NORWAY
Sun 31 May: Kägelbanan, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Tue 2 Jun: MS Stubnitz, Rostock, GERMANY
Wed 3 Jun: Fundbureau, Hamburg, GERMANY
Thu 4 Jun: Feinkost Lampe, Hannover, GERMANY
Fri 5 Jun: Laboratorium, Stuttgart, GERMANY
Sun 7 Jun: Tous Au Sud Festival, Lille, FRANCE
Mon 8 Jun: White Rabbit, Freiburg, GERMANY
Tue 9 Jun: L'Usine, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Wed 10 Jun: Auditorium San Rocco, Carpi, ITALY
Thu 11 Jun: Nuvolari Libera Tribu, Cuneo, ITALY
Sat 13 Jun: De L'Autre Côté Du Pont, Lyon, FRANCE
Tue 16 Jun: Duke of York's Picturehouse, Brighton, UK
Wed 17 Jun: Fiddlers Club, Bristol, UK
Thu 18 Jun: Cecil Sharp House, London, UK
Fri 19 Jun: Baltic, Gateshead, UK
Sat 20 Jun: Tollbooth, Stirling, UK
Sun 21 Jun: The Arches, Glasgow, UK
Tue 23 Jun: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
Wed 24 Jun: Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK
Thu 25 Jun: Arts Centre, Norwich, UK

Essie Jain To Play Handful Of European Shows
Published 1 April 2009 by BWL

Essie Jain will make a brief tour of Europe this month. A one-off co-headline show in London with American singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau acts as a warm up for Le Printemps De Bourges festival in France. All dates can be found below.

Essie recently returned from a hugely successful European tour promoting her second album, The Inbetween, which was released late last year. France, in particular, has warmed to her seductive talent.

Essie will perform the London show with a band, featuring husband and musical foil Patrick Glynn (guitar), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Howard Monk (drums), while the French shows will be performed as a duo with Patrick. She will return to France in July for another festival appearance, at Les Tombées De La Nuit in Rennes. More dates TBC.

Catch some of Essie's performance in Lyon earlier this year:

The dates:
Tue 21 Apr: Bush Hall, London, UK
Thu 23 Apr: Le Printemps de Bourges, l'Auditorium, Bourges, FRANCE
Fri 24 Apr: Cabaret Electric, Le Havre, FRANCE
Wed 8 Jul: Les Tombées De La Nuit, Rennes, FRANCE

A Hawk And A Hacksaw's 'Foni Tu Argile' Available Now
Published 15 April 2009 by BWL

A Hawk And A Hacksaw's first ever single, a very special hand numbered limited edition 10" vinyl record cut at 78rpm, is available to order now from our online shop. 'Foni Tu Argile' is in stock and will be posted immediately. Additionally, and exclusively, buyers can claim a free download of two of the tracks from the single with their purchase from our shop, which removes the need for finding a turntable for playing your 78 on!

The record will also be available to buy in the UK for one day only as part of Record Store Day on April 18. There will be just 100 copies released to UK stores. Record Store Day is an international event celebrating independent record stores and music, and you can find your nearest store here:

In the rest of the world, the single will be available from April 27, but don't sleep on it - there are only 500 for the world and we anticipate that they will fly!

The single will also be available as a digital download through the usual digital stores from April 27.

You can pre-order A Hawk And A Hacksaw's forthcoming album Délivrance now from our shop by clicking here:

It will be in stores from May 18.

Hear 'Foni Tu Argile' and see the band's upcoming tour dates at their myspace:

Wildbirds & Peacedrums Special Show In London
Published 16 April 2009 by BWL

Wildbirds & Peacedrums have been confirmed to play a very special show at The Coronet Theatre in London on Friday 5 June. The performance will expand the usual husband and wife line up of Andreas Werliin (percussion) and Mariam Wallentin (vocals, zither, steel drum) to a one-off twenty-piece drumming ensemble. A sight not to be missed! The event, entitled A Ritual For Elephant & Castle, will be headlined by electro-prog metallists Chrome Hoof.

A new single from the Swedish duo's second album The Snake (please note that release date for the album has been pushed back to April 20) is also in the pipeline. 'My Heart'', a seven minute gospel-pop epic already cited by some as a contender for song of the year, will be released soon on 7" and download, date to be confirmed, backed with various reworkings. More details coming soon.

You can see a live version of the track on the recent Bandstand Busking session that they recorded and hear the album version on the band's myspace:

Vladislav Delay Joins The Leaf Label
Published 24 April 2009 by BWL

We are delighted to announce that we will be working with celebrated Finnish electronic composer Vladislav Delay on his next album, currently scheduled for release in late summer 2009. The new album, which features contributions from Craig Armstrong and Lucio Capece, is a far more organic, live-sounding record than any of his previous work as Vladislav Delay, reflecting his renewed interest in jazz and acoustic performance.

Delay, real name Sasu Ripatti, is one of the most innovative and influential electronic musicians of the last two decades, and we at Leaf are committed fans of his hypnotic, intricate work. Ripatti also records as Luomo and Uusitalo, and his most recent release was a collaborative album with his partner Antye Greie, under the name AGF/Delay. His last album as Vladislav Delay was 2007's under-rated Whistleblower, which, like most of his recent releases, was on his own Huume Recordings imprint (including re-issues of the classic Multila and Anima albums, originally released by Chain Reaction and Mille Plateaux respectively).

Resident in Berlin for five years until 2008, Ripatti recently moved back to his home country, and now lives on a small island in the Baltic.

You can find more information on his excellent website: