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This weeks Edition of The Mary K Burke show

Hi Folks ,Here we are ,another week, another playlist and another featured Album. this week from a favourite band of mine from Glasgow, Awkward Family Portraits. I am so delighted to present their debut album as my album of the week this week Mary

This show is syndicated here is the Weekly Schedule with links included

Tues 7pm to 9pm MKB Independent Radio Scotland UK

Wed 9pm to 11pm Wyrelite Radio – North England –

Thurs 10.30pm to 12.30am Irish Country Radio .Cork .

Friday 4pm to 6pm – Radio FM Wolf – Belgium

Saturday 12 noon to 2pm – Irish Country Radio .Cork .

Sunday 10am to 12noon – Irish Country Radio .Cork .

Sunday 6pm to 8pm – County Linx Radio -Lincolnshire England

Wed 12 noon to 2pm – County Linx Radio -Lincolnshire England County Linx radio – Home

Awkward Family Portraits (AFP) have been dishing out rockin’ roots music to the streets of Glasgow Scotland since their formation in 2016, Cutting their teeth on a diet of regular live performances around diverse local music haunts, AFP have been gathering a wide-ranging demographic of loyal supporters over the past 2 ½ years; securing their position in Glasgow’s thriving underground roots music scene.

They have been steadily evolving and expanding their music; continually cultivating their sound and refining their techniques. Rather than existing in a closed box, they present a fresh diet flavoured by old-school Americana, rock and roll, bluegrass, blues and Western swing, using ‘roots music’ as an umbrella term to encompass their eclectic range of styles and sounds.

Although influenced by the music of early to mid- 20th Century America and the various modern bands revitalising these sounds of the past, AFP are more than just a throwback, “with a roguish charm and signature style that elevates them far above the dusty stereotypes of the genre”.

By blending nostalgic, earworm melodies, the band have created a unique signature sound to showcase their library of innovative originals which range from vivacious and light-hearted to courageously raw and honest, all while remaining relatable and socially/politically engaged.

2018 was a big year for AFP with appearances at a wealth of music festivals and many notable live gigs such as Tenement trail and headlining at the likes of King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. Last year also saw AFP expanding their reach with live performances and radio appearances around the UK as well as the Netherlands and Spain.

To continue their upward trajectory, the band have their sights set high for 2019. With dates already in the diary for a variety of incredibly exciting shows, festivals, launches and supports: AFP’s next endeavour is to capture the exuberance of their trademark live shows in an album exhibiting their distinguished signature sound.

 ‘Everything We’ve Done Up Until Now Except What We’ve Done Since’ the debut album from fresh faced Glaswegian roots combo Awkward Family Portraits.

Following being selected as Tenement TV’s Ones To Watch for 2018, AFP quickly turned heads with a pair of acclaimed singles via Holy Smokes Records, 

“conjuring up the ambiance of classic duets from Les Paul and Mary Ford” with ‘Baby Blue’ featuring Cara Rose, “built around gyrating guitars and an insatiable rhythm” Tenement TV  and drafting in prolific Scottish roots artist Daniel Meade for some guest piano rattling in the Please Baby Please“An evocative slice of rockabilly yarn-spinning that is laden with electrifying Jerry Lee Lewis-esque keys and a unique drawl that would make Carl Perkins quake in his boots”

Encouraged by this success AFP went on to crowdfund their debut album ‘Everything We’ve Done Up Until Now Except What We’ve Done Since’ a collection of songs nourished over the years while cutting their teeth on a diet of regular gigs and earning a reputation as an electrifying live actacross the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, earning rave reviews at the likes of Country2Country, Belladrum, Wild Rooster Festival, HebCelt, Eden Festival, Kelburn Garden Party and more. It is with much anticipation this collection of timeless witty ditties and tales is finally released.

“The album has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re into old traditions or not” reckons frontman Julen Santamaria. Drawing from a wealthy knowledge of classic and contemporary Country, Rockabilly, Western Swing , Jazz & Blues AFP have brought life to a collection of exhilarating new songs with an authentic and timeless sound. Expect tight musicianship combining 50’s style reverberating rock ‘n’ roll guitar, blazing gypsy jazz fiddle, slapped bass and rambunctious rhythm slathered in vocal harmonies and witty tongue twisting lyrics.

“With all five members converging on an intertwined set of influences from yesteryear, their music goes beyond mere revivalism and strives to breathe a formidable exhalation of fresh air in the direction into rockabilly, skiffle and undertones of folk.” Tenement TV

‘Everything We’ve Done Up Until Now Except What We’ve Done Since‘ delivers authentic roots songs dealing with contemporary commonplace topics. From guitarist Timmy Allan’s “Chapati 3”, a lamentful love ballad for a closed West End takeaway to  “Ring, Ring, Angus!” –  “
a short sharp shot of rockabilly that will get you dancing” (Americana UK) detailing Santamaria’s frustrations of being unable to contact Glaswegian painter and collaborator Angus Fernie on the telephone, the album is laden with spades of AFP’s signature roguish charm and humour. 

‘Everything We’ve Done Up Until Now Except What We’ve Done Since’ is out September 27th.

September 28th – Drygate, Glasgow
October 4th – Brig Below, Edinburgh
October 5th – Green Note, London
October 11th – Hunter S. Thompson, Dundee
October 12th – Mad Hatters, Inverness
October 16th – The New Delphi Club, Hull *
October 17th – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton *
October 19th – The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen *
November 2nd – Twa Tams, Perth

* supporting Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra


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