JED GRIMES – North Face (Blue Guitar Records BGCD016)

After the full-blown Heart & Hand Jed Grimes takes himself back to basics. North Face is all traditional, featuring Jed’s multi-layered strings and with just Michael Doonan for company. The only problem is that it’s far too short, just six tracks even with the extended instrumental, ‘Spalpeen Aroon/An Phisloach’. Jed opens the set with a … Continue reading JED GRIMES – North Face (Blue Guitar Records BGCD016)

The Lake Poets (Marty Longstaff) plays North-East dates

The Lake Poets is Sunderland based singer-songwriter Marty Longstaff. Following an appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend he plays a number of dates in the North-East during August and September. A show in Times Square, Newcastle on 6th August at which he will be supporting Brian Wilson is followed by intimate sets at Fausto in Sunderland on 18th and 20th. He then … Continue reading The Lake Poets (Marty Longstaff) plays North-East dates

CATHERINE MacLELLAN – If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan (True North TND670)

The name might not be familiar, but you should certainly be familiar with the late Gene MacLellan’s songs, if not as a performer himself (though he did make four albums), but as writer whose work has been covered by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez and Elvis. One in particular should stand out, that … Continue reading CATHERINE MacLELLAN – If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan (True North TND670)

Jenny Lysander – debut album, Northern Folk

In September 2012, nineteen-year-old Swedish songwriter Jenny Lysander posted a cover of Piers Faccini’s ‘Time Of Nought’ on YouTube. A couple of months, and several Facebook messages later, Piers and Jenny decided to meet in London. Listening to Jenny’s demo – and despite the hum and hiss of her home Garageband recordings – Piers was … Continue reading Jenny Lysander – debut album, Northern Folk

WHISKEY MOONFACE: New album – One Blinding Dusky Dusk

Whiskey Moonface are Ewan Bleach on clarinet, Jim Ydstie on double bass lead by the stunning vocals of accordionist and song-writer Louisa Jones. One Blinding Dusky Dusk is their debut album release. It features guest performances from fiddle player Alistair Caplin from the John Langan band, violinist Mirabelle Gillis, trombone player Sky Murphy, drummer John … Continue reading WHISKEY MOONFACE: New album – One Blinding Dusky Dusk

THE DEPORTEES – The Birth Of Industry (own label DEP-001)

The Deportees are a five piece band from the Aberdeen area and The Birth Of Industry is their debut album. They make a big, powerful sound full of pounding drums, crashing piano chords, organ, electric guitar and four-part harmonies. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure this record out. The initial impression is … Continue reading THE DEPORTEES – The Birth Of Industry (own label DEP-001)