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Boldwood: second album available soon

Glory Of The West is Boldwood's second full length album, coming a decade after their debut album, Feet, Don't Fail Me Now, which was released in 2007 to great acclaim, and also included many previously unrecorded tunes. The band was awarded Fatea magazine's Tradition Award in 2008. This long awaited ...
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KYLE CAREY – The Art Of Forgetting (Riverboat Records TUG 1109)

The Art Of Forgetting is Kyle Carey’s third album. Carey describes her style as ‘Gaelic Americana’. ‘Gaelic Americana’ is a fusion of Celtic and Appalachian musical traditions – and if that sounds odd, it’s worth understanding the depth of Carey’s musical knowledge: a Fulbright Fellowship to begin her study of ...
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CORRIE SHELLEY – The Leaf And The Cane (Own Label CSSSMCD002)

You know how it is, you spend 30 years busy doing other life stuff away from music, then seemingly effortlessly drop two self-composed albums within the space of a year. Corrie Shelley certainly knows how that goes, since her second album The Leaf And The Cane hit the shops late ...
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No Petticoats Here: Inspirational First World War Women

Critically acclaimed musician and singer Louise Jordan performs No Petticoats Here to tell the stories of remarkable women from the First World War. Based on extensive research and combining original live music with recorded sound, this one-woman performance is a theatre concert like no other; a rich visual and auditory ...
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ANTI RECORDS TO RE-RELEASE TOM WAITS’ ENTIRE 1970s ELEKTRA ASYLUM CATALOGUE

HISTORIC DEBUT ALBUM ‘CLOSING TIME’ TO BE RELEASED ON 9 MARCH ALSO ON 9 MARCH, ‘HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT’, ‘NIGHTHAWKS AT THE DINER’, ‘SMALL CHANGE’, ‘FOREIGN AFFAIRS’, ‘BLUE VALENTINE’ AND ‘HEARTATTACK AND VINE’ AVAILABLE ON STREAMING SERVICES AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS. VINYL VERSIONS WILL BE RELEASED THROUGHOUT 2018 CD VERSIONS OF ...
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Michael Chapman tours in April

2016 was a landmark year for Michael Chapman. As well as celebrating his 75th birthday it was also 50 years since he first went on the road professionally. We organised some special events to mark this important milestone in his life and career - including a short residency in London, ...
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Reverend Shawn Amos – Breaks it Down

We would like to introduce you to; The Reverend Shawn Amos, a Los Angeles-based, chart-topping bluesman ready to turn any venue into a 1960s’ Chicago blues club. His foot-stomping, harp-wailing performances, guarantee to energize the faithful, and convert the wayward to the Rev’s message of booty-shakin’, deeply joyful blues. The ...
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MIRIAM COOKE – Freefalling (First Night)

A former fashion model turned archaeologist, actress, broadcaster, folk singer and, er baboon stylist, raised in an Irish farming community, Cooke trades in a very British acoustic folk pop with a voice that’s earned her comparisons to the young Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Kate Bush and Sandy Denny, her songs ...
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The High Kings announce UK tour dates

The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s Folk Heritage, are delighted to announce the first UK shows on their DECADE - The Best of The High Kings, 10th Anniversary Tour in March 2018. The dates will feature new member George Murphy, who was drafted into the band late in ...
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AMIT DATTANI – Santiago (own label AD001)

One half of the Mellow Peaches, Amit Dattani, will release his debut solo Long-Player on March 4th. While much of the Peaches’ output is somewhere in the country-blues vein, it is not too surprising that Santiago, Dattani’s solo offering, is not too different. Eight out of the album’s ten tracks ...
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GERI VAN ESSEN – A New Hiding Place (own label)

Coming to folk music by way of children’s choirs in the Netherlands, now based in East London, van Essen is gifted with a gentle, pure at times slightly quivering vocal that, on occasion, reminds me of Kate McGarrigle. A New Hiding Place, her debut album (she released a single recording ...
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys on tour

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys head out on the road again in March in support of their recently extolled new album, Pretty Peggy, released on Navigator Records last October. The band is nominated in the Best Group category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 (alongside Elephant Sessions, ...
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The Self Preservation Society

Here is something that must have been a lot of fun to do... Released by ECC Records - 19th February 2018 - A really folking brilliant, folk-rocking and beautiful listen, I can tell you - the folkmaster. ‘The Self Preservation Society’, a stunning vinyl-only triple compilation album, three years in ...
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FALSE LIGHTS – Harmonograph (Wreckord Label FL003)

The second crop of fruit from the joint project between Sam Carter and Jim Moray brings in Stuart Provan on drums and adds Archie Churchill-Moss’s melodeon to Tom Moore’s violin with Barnaby Stradling on bass. As with their Salvor debut, it’s rooted in traditional folk songs given a contemporary and ...
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KEITH KENDRICK & SYLVIA NEEDHAM – Shine On (WildGoose WGS 423 CD)

If you like your folk music robust and uncluttered, you probably have, in your collection, at least one album by Keith Kendrick and his partner Sylvia Needham. Shine On is very much a reflection of their live act; a mixture of traditional and written songs by friends old and new, ...
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MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – Like A Radio (MIG MIG02023)

Matthews Southern Comfort – that’s a name we haven’t heard for a while and, to be honest, I’m not sure why we’re hearing it now. If you remember the MSC that had their greatest hit with ‘Woodstock’ featuring Gordon Huntley’s pedal steel – this isn’t them. If you remember Iain’s ...
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THE LYNNeS – Heartbreak Song For The Radio (The LYNNEs Records TLR 2018-01)

Although they’ve shared a stage several times and written songs together over the past ten years, fellow Canadians Lynne Miles and Lynne Hanson haven’t actually recorded together. That oversight’s rectified with this debut album, Heartbreak Song For The Radio, one that plays to their shared strengths in, as the title ...
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JOSIE DUNCAN & PABLO LAFUENTE – The Morning Tempest (Own Label JDP2018CD)

The Morning Tempest, the debut album from Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente follows on from their 2016 EP, Half Of What You See. Arising, as is increasingly the case these days, from out of a successful crowdfunding campaign, it serves to illustrate the enormous amount of interest in this duo ...
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REG MEUROSS – Songs About A Train (Hatsongs HAT012)

A companion piece of sorts to 2011’s The Dreamed And The Drowned in that it’s another limited edition (1000) collection of previously unreleased material, the tracks here spanning 2013-2017 and, as with its predecessor, Songs About A Train while not conceived as a unified album, the quality of the writing ...
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JOHN OATES with the Good Road Band – Arkansas (PS Records PSR006CD)

After 46 years of making blue eyed soul, both as half of Hall & Oates and as a solo performer, John Oates has gone Americana, making the record he says he’s always wanted to make. Quite why it’s taken him so long is a matter of conjecture, but now that ...
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Wildwood Jack announce new album – touring this year

After selling their home to hit the road the acoustic folk and roots duo Wildwood Jack have been living the life of musical troubadours for over four years and their adventures and stories are bound together in this brand new album Liberty Ship. Bringing together the sound of Folk, Americana ...
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Port Cities – Canadian band announce debut album and UK tour

Canadian band Port Cities are still bathing in the afterglow of November's Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. In light of such accolades then, its only right that the band launch themselves back ...
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MOLLY TUTTLE TO TOUR THE UK

From her history-making win for Guitarist of the Year at the 2017 IBMA Awards to 1M streams and counting on Spotify, all signs indicate that MOLLY TUTTLE is the next in a line of storied performers like Vince Gill and Alison Krauss who used their consummate musicianship to break boundaries ...
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BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN – Hearts of Glass (BNC BNCCD006)

Her twelfth solo album (she also released Liv On, a collection of healing songs with Olivia Newton-John and Amy Sky in 2016), this is her first new material since The Mighty Sky six years ago and also the first where she’s handed over complete control of production to someone else, ...
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LORI WATSON – Yarrow Acoustic Sessions (Isle Music Scotland ISLE05CD)

If the word you usually associate with the Scots is “dour” ‘I’m afraid this album may reinforce your prejudices. As I understand it Yarrow Acoustic Sessions is the prequel to a full album – working drawings if you will. Lori is supported by Duncan Lyall, who also produced the record, ...
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STICK IN THE WHEEL – Follow Them True (From Here)

Let me start by confessing that I never quite took to their hugely acclaimed 2015 debut, but the arrival of their English Folk Field Recordings collaborative project prompted a reassessment and, with the arrival of their own second album, I’ve become a decided convert. I won’t bother going over the ...
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CAITLIN KING – Flower Crown (SoSlam)

Musicians, like policemen, are looking younger and there is a new young musician on the beat.  Southend-on-Sea based Caitlin King has only just turned 16 and has released a début EP Flower Crown which shows a lot of promise. Caitlin has been writing since she was 12 and it's encouraging ...
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MAEVE MACKINNON – Strì (Own Label, MM003)

Launched this weekend as part of Celtic Connections 2018, comes Maeve Mackinnon’s third studio album, Strì (meaning “strive”). After a couple of years of touring with Stepcrew and others, Mackinnon returns to home turf with an album of songs with a distinctly female perspective. Inspired by Mackinnon’s love of waulking ...
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SALT HOUSE – Undersong (Make Believe MBR7CD)

There have been changes in the Salt House with Jenny Sturgeon joining Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl and having a big impact as songwriter and lead vocalist alongside Ewan. What hasn’t changed is their use of literature as well as traditional sources to inspire their music. Undersong is only their ...
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BRONA McVITTIE – Live at the Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall, London

London is a city divided by the Thames, so “heading south of The River” always adds a little something to an occasion.  In this case it was only just south, to the Tea House Theatre based in an old Victorian public house that opened in 1886 on the site of ...
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You Are Wolf announces her second album

You Are Wolf is the alt-folk project of award-winning composer and vocalist Kerry Andrew. Releasing her second album Keld in March, it is the follow-up to her 2014 debut Hawk To The Hunting Gone, a record that explored British birds and folklore. Now working as a trio with multi-instrumentalist Sam ...
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Sarah McQuaid CD launch tour – 25th January 2018

While I've been living in West Cornwall for nearly two years now, and have checked out some local open mics and even a folk club or two, I hadn't managed to get to a Proper Concert until now, when Sarah McQuaid launched her new album , If We Dig Any ...
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Don McLean – new album and British and Irish tour dates

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, Don McLean is one of America’s most beloved country artists. Botanical Gardens, his 19th studio album and first in eight years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date, as he puts it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago ...
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HC McENTIRE –Lionheart (Merge MERG602)

While still fronting Mount Moriah, Heather McEntire has taken time out to record a solo album, Lionheart, recorded in the living room of her house and featuring guitarist Phil Cook and Mount Moriah bassist Casey Toll, but otherwise predominantly female musicians, among them Amy Ray, Tift Merritt and Angel Olsen, ...
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MIKE TURNBULL – Circlet Of Gold (own label)

I started to listen to Circlet Of Gold and got so wrapped up in the opening track that I had do some research and by the time I’d done that I had to start listening again. No bad thing, actually. Mike Turnbull is a singer-songwriter from the Lake District whose ...
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DOUGIE MacLEAN – New Tomorrow (Dunkeld Records DUNCD039)

There they are: the familiar ringing guitar, the unmistakeable melodic cadences. The last Dougie MacLean album I got was his 40th anniversary concert set, Till Tomorrow, and I wonder if that day has arrived in the form of his latest CD. Perhaps not: the songs are a mixture of great ...
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WINTER WILSON – Far Off On The Horizon (own label, WWCD009)

Winter Wilson’s eighth album, Far Off On The Horizon, does not do showy or flashy. It just calmly and confidently insinuates its way into the "it’s a keeper!" section of the CD collection, song by well-crafted song. And each song is most artfully put together with thoughtful lyrics and fully-formed ...
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MARY GAUTHIER – Rifles & Rosary Beads (Proper PRCD145)

Founded by Darden Smith some five years ago, SongwritingWith: Soldiers is a charitable organisation that brings together musicians and often wounded (physically, spiritually and mentally) veterans, those still in active service and their families in a short retreat to write songs of an Americana persuasion together in an attempt to ...
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Lori Watson announces two new albums

Scots Singer of the Year 2016-17, Lori Watson is a fiddle player, singer and composer. She has drawn on the rich tradition of the Scottish Borders throughout her artistic life, including experimental works and a PhD thesis and creative folio exploring innovation and contemporary traditional music practice. A folk musician ...
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YVONNE LYON – Metanoia (own label)

Metanoia is Yvonne Lyon’s eighth album and is a mixture old tracks revisited and brand new tracks. The collection opens with an Americana track laced with a helping of bluegrass: ‘Where The Poor Find Gold’. It is a good opener with a moderately lively tempo, and my pick of the ...
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Breabach piper James Duncan Mackenzie announces new solo album

Breabach piper and flautist, James Duncan Mackenzie, from the Isle of Lewis, launches his second solo album, Sròmos, a collection of newly composed melodies. The album is named after an abandoned settlement on the banks of Loch Seaforth on Lewis, which was one of many townships cleared in the 19th ...
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ERIC ANDERSEN – Silent Angel: Fire and Ashes of Heinrich Böll (Meyer Records no. 221)

Since The Cologne Concert LP in 2011, Eric Andersen’s output on the Meyer label has been prolific to say the least; and only months since releasing an album dedicated to the works of Lord Byron, here he is again with Silent Angel: Fire and Ashes of Heinrich Böll. As the ...
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Salt House announce their new album

Five years on from their debut, which announced a major new force on the scene, Scottish band Salt House release their new album Undersong. Produced by folk heavyweight Andy Bell (Martin Simpson, Songs of Separation, Jon Boden, Furrow Collective), the album instills a special sense of place, recorded in a ...
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BRICKWORK LIZARDS – Haneen (Lazima Records)

You probably couldn’t invent the way this band came about - but the results are very impressive and the beginning is entirely in keeping with the eclecticism of the music. Ten years ago, Egyptian vocalist and oud-player Tarik Beshir met Oxford rap scene stalwart Tom O’Hawk after a chance encounter ...
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Rich Krueger releases long-awaited album

The long awaited full-length album by Chicago folk rocker, Rich Krueger, Life Aint That Long is released on  Friday, January 26th with a celebration performance to be held in Berwyn, IL. Here's Krueger's sound as described by The Pasadena Weekly: "Veteran Chicago guitarist/pianist Krueger delivers a winningly unpretentious, lyric-focused set that plugs ...
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STEVE HACKETT Wuthering Nights : Live in Birmingham

On 26th January 2018, Inside Out Music release Wuthering Nights : Live in Birmingham, the new live release from guitar legend Steve Hackett. Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett’s recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. Available as Special Edition 2DVD + 2CD Digipak, ...
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NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS – Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me (Dusty Willow DWR004)

“Concerning Love, Madness & Obsession” is what is says.  I’m never sure what to expect from Naomi Bedford but I’m not sure that this was it. Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me sort of picks up on Tales From The Weeping Willow except that it’s more Americana, verging on C&W ...
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ASH GRAY – Chicken Wire (Labelship Records – LC24628)

Despite being something of a veteran on various indie circuits – on two continents, no less – Chicken Wire is only the second solo album by Ash Gray. As a native of Austin, Texas and a resident of Sheffield, England, Gray manages to bring both surroundings together on this Long ...
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Heather Downie announces her first solo album

Harpist and singer Heather Downie was introduced to Scottish music by the late Martyn Bennett at the age of nine and has been involved in music ever since. Graduating from the RSAMD with a first class honours degree, Heather went on to achieve distinction in her postgraduate diploma in performance ...
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Son Of Town Hall – spring tour dates

Welcome to the world of Son Of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England,and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Son of Town Hall was born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the ...
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