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CARA DILLON – Wanderer (Charcoal CHARCD009)

Following last year’s release of her first Christmas album, Upon A Winter’s Night, Dillon returns to secular form with a predominantly traditional collection, again produced by and featuring husband Sam Lakeman. Pivoting around an underlying theme of transition and departure, whether that be through emigration or the search for love, ...
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Katie Melua to release double-CD version of In Winter

In late 2016, Katie Melua and the Gori Women’s Choir released the now silver certified In Winter, an album (and associated live show), which received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike.  That artistic and touring journey resulted in many incredible experiences for them all, and this revised edition ...
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DAVY GRAHAM – Folk, Blues & Beyond (Bread & Wine BRINECD1)

Davy (or Davey) Graham's Folk, Blues & Beyond is a reissue of his 1965 Decca album on licence to Bread and Wine Records/East Central One, due for release on October 27th 2017. It retains the same tracks and running order as the original vinyl release and the Topic reissue CD ...
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Singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin announces debut album

I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut is the debut album of London-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Tuplin and follows two independently released EPs: Open Letters (2016) and Carry The Fire (2014).  His voice has a uniqueness expressing itself through the less commonly used, lower register and his song-writing extends beyond the conventions ...
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CIARA SIDINE – Unbroken Line (own label)

It’s been six years since the Irish singer-songwriter and book editor released her debut, but she’s finally got round to a second, one drawing an Americana and country blues, filtered through her Gaelic heritage and featuring the stunning guitar work of Conor Brady. Thematically, it balances with the pointedly and ...
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Findlay Napier announces his new album, Glasgow

Following huge acclaim for his 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons, Scotland’s Findlay Napier again unites superb songwriting, magpie-minded imagination and compellingly vivid vocals on his new album Glasgow. A characteristically wry yet lyrical, offbeat yet heartfelt paean to his adopted home town - marking 20 years since Napier ...
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Robbie Cavanagh announces new album

Robbie Cavanagh returns with his stunning second album To Leave / To Be Left, out 13th October via At The Helm Records Recorded at Eve Studios near Manchester, To Leave / To Be Left finds Robbie Cavanagh (sounds like 'Copa Cabana’) building upon his debut with eleven new tracks exploring, “leaving ...
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EDGELARKS – Edgelarks (Dragonfly DRCD004)

Having previously traded under their own names, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have decided to save space on the album sleeves (well, after this one anyway) by reinventing themselves as Edgelarks. Fans will be pleased to know, however, that, musically, the duo haven’t rung too many changes. Featuring contributions from ...
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JEREMY PINNELL – Ties of Blood and Affection (Sofaburn SBR2-032)

Opening your album with the line “laid up in the house full of hookers and wine” is a pretty good way to get the listener’s attention, but you still have to keep it. And, on this, his second release, the Kentucky country singer-songwriter does that effortlessly, both on that opening ...
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The Young’uns – new video, ‘Be The Man’, and tour dates

'Be The Man' - official video: October Tour Dates 15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club  https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/the-younguns/  0871 472 0400. 17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog https://theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572817?locale=en-GB 01874 611622 18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/younguns-strangers-album-tour/ 01704 533 333 19 LEEDS City Varieties   https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/online/YoungUns 0113 243 0808 20 MANCHESTER Home - Folk Festival  https://www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk 21 BIRMINGHAM Mac https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-younguns-strangers-album-tour ...
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THE EAST POINTERS – What We Leave Behind (East Pointers Music EPCD17)

A trio from Canada’s East Coast, fiddler and nasally-voiced singer Tim Chaisson, banjo player Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron serve up bluegrassy songs and instrumentals in equal measure, the former getting What We Leave Behind rolling with a medley of the moodily atmospheric banjo-led ‘Tanglewood’ and the more spirited ...
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THE RAILS – There Are Other People In This World Not Just You (The Orchard PSYCHED CD010)

Their debut album Fair Warning, being one of the finest folk albums of 2014, expectations were high for a follow-up from Kami Thompson and James Walbourne. They have been matched and, in some cases, exceeded. As you’ll be well aware Thompson is the daughter of Richard and Linda and, as ...
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GOOD LOVELIES ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES

You hear it a lot these days – the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts – and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies. Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters ...
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JOOST DE LANGE’S ROCK BLUES EXPERIENCE – Live In Antwerp (own label)

Joost de Lange, though well known as guitarist with Zeeland band Yes You Did (among others), has fairly recently emerged as a vocalist/guitarist with his own band Joost de Lange's Rock/Blues Experience, also featuring Mitchell Goor on bass and Ramses Donvil on drums. The band's latest CD is Live In ...
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KARINE POLWART Announces New Album – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance

Karine Polwart - five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - will release her new album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance via Hudson Records on November 17, 2017. Written in collaboration with the Scottish sound designer Pippa Murphy, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ is the musical accompaniment to ...
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Edgelarks – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – New Album and Tour Dates

We were recently treated to the hatching of Edgelarks (the new name for duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) at the Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis last Sunday evening. The name change also spearheads the launch of the new album by the same name that is released 6.10.17. The ...
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SHAKE THE CHAINS – Shake The Chains (Quercus Records QRCD003)

Even supposing you knew nothing about this album, a quick glance down the track listing would instantly identify Shake The Chains as a politically conscious project. A new generation of protest songs sit comfortably alongside some old standards. Despite Edwyn Collins’ complaint in ‘A Girl Like You’ about “too many ...
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Hobgoblin Music celebrates its 40th anniversary with unique album

Founded in the autumn of 1976, Hobgoblin Music has turned 40! Hobgoblin Music has been trading in the UK for 40 years across many locations, both in their shops and on their travelling festival stall. Millions of musicians have passed through their doors, and they’ve been lucky enough to employ ...
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The Shee Cancel Continuum Autumn 2017 Tour

We are very sorry to announce that our October tour will no longer be taking place. We were due to play at Nettlebed Village Club, Pitville Pump (Cheltenham), MAC Birmingham and ARC Stockton on Tees, but as two of our band members are currently dealing with serious health issues – ...
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THE EVERYDAY SINNERS – Shakedown (Coll 051)

The lead singer is called Jack Cade, after the man who led a rebellion to end government corruption in 1450, and it’s no surprise that some of the songs on Shakedown, the new album by The Everyday Sinners, have a strong political message. The style is vibrant, by turn driving ...
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BLUE ROSE CODE – The Water Of Leith (Navigator NAVIGATOR103)

Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson, has a deservedly growing reputation, with luminaries as diverse as Edith Bowman, Ewan McGregor and Ian Rankin among his fans. Time Out described the music as “Imagine John Martyn meeting a young Van Morrison and being shipwrecked with bundle of Chet Baker records." The ...
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JOLIE HOLLAND & SAMANTHA PARTON – Wildflower Blues (Cinquefoil Records CINQ-CD-017)

If you’re struggling to remember, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton are former members of the wonderful Be Good Tanyas, the exact status of whom is currently uncertain. Jolie actually left the band before their debut album was released but she is now reunited with Samantha for Wildflower Blues, their debut ...
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Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion – first new album for fourteen years

Known for creating a Celtic cauldron of eclectic bardic beats and credited for the Welsh folk revival of the 90’s – Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion are back with a brand new album.   Their latest release Dal i ‘Redig Dipyn Bach (Still ploughing on a little bit) has them throwing a ...
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HEAD FOR THE HILLS – Potions And Poisons (Head For The Hills)

Despite a slightly altered line up (with original mandolinist, Mike Chappell departing to pursue other endeavours) the Colorado-based quartet, Head For The Hills, are back with another album, in the form of the self-produced and self-released, Potions And Poisons, which will be available from November 1st. While its predecessor, Blue ...
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SAM KELLY talks to Folking’s Su O’Brien

Pretty Peggy, the much-anticipated second album from Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys is released on 6th October, so Folking.com caught up with Sam, freshly arrived back at home in Cornwall, to find out more. “I’ve not been back for about two months”, Sam admits, as The Lost Boys have ...
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SATUO – Earned (Lindo LINDO 044)

Satuo is an Austrian folk-rock quintet although you wouldn’t pick out their nationality until about half-way through when they switch from English. And maybe the hint of lead vocalist Laura Maria Korhonen’s accent. And perhaps the way that they mix styles in a way that a British or US band ...
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ELLIOTT BROOD – Ghost Gardens (Paper Bag Paper114)

Not an individual artist, but the collective name of an Ontario trio who play fizzed up roots Americana with a poppy edge, Ghost Gardens is their sixth album but the songs themselves come from a stash of lost demos recorded some fifteen years ago, now revisited with a new lick ...
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MARRY WATERSON & DAVID A. JAYCOCK – Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love (One Little Indian Records TPLP1419CDP)

Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock release their second album as a duo, Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love, on the 29th of September 2017. Sadly, the promotional copy of the CD I received didn't include information on who else played what, but I understand from Marry's web site that ...
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MIKE BROOKFIELD – Brookfield (Golden Rule Records GRCD003)

Mike Brookfield has followed up his debut album Love Breaks The Fall with a blues-soaked CD simply and eponymously titled Brookfield, due for release on September 22nd. Mike's own web site describes the CD as "11 tracks of burnin' blues rock", which is not a bad description: he clearly knows ...
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Portland’s John Craigie Announces October UK Tour Dates

Portland-based songwriter John Craigie has announced a UK tour this October; following the release of new record No Rain, No Rose earlier in the year. The extensive tour includes shows in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield and London’s Green Note on October 19th. Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, ...
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WILLIE WATSON – Folksinger Vol.2 (Acony ACNY1714)

Formerly part of the Old Crow Medicine Show and currently a member of the David Rawlings Machine, the grainy-voiced LA-based folkie follows up his solo debut, Folksinger Vol.1 with an appropriately sequentially titled sequel. Produced by Rawlings, again he digs deep into American folk music for his material, some of ...
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RICHARD THOMPSON – Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing Records BSW016P)

October 6th will see the third instalment of Richard Thompson’s Acoustic series, and having seen two instalments of Classics, our attention is now turned to some of the more obscure works in Thompson’s catalogue, with Acoustic Rarities due for release on the singer’s Beeswing label. Like Classics, Rarities is made ...
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BRUCE COCKBURN – Bone On Bone (True North TND 678)

Having released twenty-four studio albums, starting with his self-titled 1970 debut, at almost yearly intervals, the acclaimed Canadian singers-songwriter found himself hitting a creative block following 2011’s Small Source of Comfort, partly from the distraction of becoming a father again and partly because he’d poured all his energy into penning ...
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GALLERY 47 – Adversity Breeds (Bad Production Records)

Gallery 47 might sound like a high street card shop, but is the working name adopted by prolific singer-songwriter, Jack Peachey. Originally Nottingham-based, he relocated to London, has already released three well-received albums and toured with the likes of Paul Weller and Ian McCulloch (to name but two). Adversity Breeds ...
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PETE McCLELLAND – Carolina Sky (Hobgoblin Records HOBCD1016)

Although a co-founder of Hobgoblin Music and a member of several different folk bands, Pete McClelland has only just released an album in his own right. Inspired by nearly forty years of Stateside road trips soundtracked by country music, McClelland describes Carolina Sky as a “real and imagined journey across ...
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The Urban Folk Quartet announce their autumn tour

Following the success of their Live III album tour, The Urban Folk Quartet head back out on the road for a series of shows that will see the band travel from the South of Devon to the Scottish Borders. The 2016-2017 Live III tour was The UFQ’s longest and most ...
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Marry Waterson and David A Jaycock – new single and album

Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock have revealed the first single (and accompanying video) taken from their second album as a duo, the haunting folk lament ‘Small Ways And Slowly’. The pair are set to release the wonderful new album, Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love, via One Little Indian Records on 29th September. Featuring ...
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SEAN COONEY talks to Folking about writing songs and life as a Young’un

The Young’uns have come a long way in a very short time. I asked Sean Cooney what he attributed this to – apart from natural talent and charisma – and it came down to one word: passion. The beginnings of the group came in a moment of revelation. “Michael Hughes ...
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Richard Thompson announces Acoustic Rarities

Following the release of Acoustic Classics Vol. II to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October 6, just ahead of his UK tour that month. Acoustic Rarities is new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, ...
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THE BARA BARA BAND – The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Vine) (Singaround Records Sing06)

From the opening rolling guitar of ‘Mists Of Time’, The Bara Bara Band’s second album, The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Vine), makes itself comfortably at home. The album’s (rather lengthy) title derives from this first song with its Appalachian-influenced jaunty fiddle/banjo interplay and its celebration of heritage and ...
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MARK OLSON – Spokeswoman Of The Bright Sun (Glitterhouse GRCD918)

Co-founder of seminal alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks and subsequently the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, you would naturally expect Mark Olson’s new project with wife Ingunn Ringvold, who did the string arrangements as well as playing chamberlin, mellotron and qanon, to plough a similar Americana furrow. However, Spokeswoman of the ...
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HEATHER LYNNE HORTON – Don’t Mess With Mrs. Murphy (At The Helm)

One half of The Westies alongside husband Michael McDermott, like him Horton also has a solo career, one which, aided and abetted by multi-instrumentalist Lex Price, she resumes here with her strongly feminist fuelled second album about women addressing the struggle of reconciling their multiple roles with the search for ...
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JACK RUTTER – Hills (own label RUTTCD024)

Look, I’m sorry. I know that this record won’t be released for a while yet and you can’t get your hands on it but I’ve been sitting on it for several weeks with barely concealed impatience and now is the time. The first thing I want to say is that ...
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RED SHOES – It Isn’t Over Yet (Cedarwood CEDAR15)

Okay, first off let me declare that I’ve known Mark and Carolyn Evans, who are the core of Birmingham-based Red Shoes, for some 30 years. This, however, has no bearing on what I think of their music. Even had I not known them, I would still be a massive fan ...
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ANNA COOGAN OCTOBER UK TOUR DATES

US singer-songwriter and former fisheries biologist, Anna Coogan, is excited to announce her return to the UK this October, following the release of her well received new record ‘The Lonely Cry of Space & Time’ in April. The live dates include a show at London’s Sound Lounge on Thursday October ...
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Harp And A Monkey: Martin Purdy talks about their new single

Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims…we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp And A Monkey. Formed in 2008, these harp and banjo driven electro-folk experimentalists have been building up a loyal following via ...
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MAIREARAD GREEN MIKE VASS – A Day A Month (Buie Records BUIECD004)

Scottish musicians lead very busy lives. In fact, I sometimes wonder how they keep track of what they are playing where and when and with whom. So it was that when Mairearad Green and Mike Vass decided that they wanted to play together they tried to set aside a day ...
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Bruce Cockburn announces thirty-third album: Bone On Bone

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Bruce Cockburn. Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums every couple of years. But that output suddenly ran dry in 2011 following the release of Small Source Of Comfort. There were ...
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Heather Horton announces new solo album

Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy is out in the UK on 1st September via At The Helm Records You may already know Heather as singer, songwriter, fiddle player and one half of The Westies (the other half of which is her husband Michael McDermott). TheWesties, received vast, critical acclaim while ...
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LUKAS NELSON & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL – Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real (Fantasy)

I’m sure it’s true of daughters and mothers too, although, off the top of my head, I can’t think of a case to cite, but sons of famous singing fathers generally get a hard time of it, always finding themselves compared to dad even if the music sounds completely different ...
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David Crosby announces new solo album – Sky Trails

David Crosby is set to release his new solo album Sky Trails – his third solo album in four years - on September 29th via BMG. Sky Trails continues Crosby’s unexpected late-period resurgence; in his eighth decade, Crosby is not only surviving, but thriving personally and creatively. The album takes ...
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Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson) announces new album

Blue Rose Code, aka acclaimed singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, releases The Water Of Leith, his first album for Navigator Records on October 27 on CD, download and album stream. A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross writes from the heart eschewing any specific genre and the twelve new songs on The ...
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Hobgoblin founder Pete McClelland announces debut solo album

Carolina Sky is a collection of Pete McClelland's original songs and is his first solo release, recorded in Sussex and in Nashville during late 2016. Inspired by becoming a grandfather in 2011 the spark was lit and songs began to flow. Pete has driven, along with his wife Mannie, across ...
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KEVIN CRAWFORD – Carrying the Tune (Brooklyn Boy Records BBR 001)

Carrying The Tune is the third solo album in the extensive discography of the critically acclaimed flautist Kevin Crawford, and accompanied by bouzouki (Mick Conneely and John Doyle), guitar (Doyle) and bodhrán (Brian Morrissey), it is immersed, as ever, in the sounds of Celtic tradition, displaying Crawford’s virtuosity at every ...
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BEMIS – A World Of Difference (Mayfield Records)

“I’ve got the new Bemis album for you”, said the boss. ‘Fine”, I said wondering what he was going on about. I Googled them and it turns out that they make toilet seats. Ah, not them, then. Bemis are a folk-rock band from Portsmouth and A World Of Difference is ...
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Megson announce autum tour

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, revered duo Megson hit the road once again in 2017, with a string of dates booked across the UK through September, October and November for their Pushing On tour. The husband and ...
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The Young’uns road trip and tour dates

Teesside trio The Young’uns have embarked on a road trip to meet four men who have inspired songs on their acclaimed new album Strangers (out Sept 29) – two in the UK, one in France and one in Germany. First Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle were in their ...
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Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth – Poor Man’s Paradise reissued

With a career that stretches back to the 1960s, vocalist Tracy Nelson has pursued her own path through roots music. A skilled, acclaimed interpreter of songs, Tracy  Nelson was an early supporter of songwriters such as Steve Young, John Hiatt, and Eric Kaz. ‘Poor Man’s Paradise’ was originally recorded and ...
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DAVID RAWLINGS – Poor David’s Almanack (Acony)

The material is all new, but, in part because several are based on traditional stories and songs, the feel is ageless as David Rawlings evokes a sense of a vanished rural America in a similar gothic folk manner to his longtime musical partner, Gillian Welch who, as ever, joins him ...
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THE YOUNG‘UNS – Strangers (Hereteu Records YNGS17)

The Young’Uns have come a long way in a few short years. Strangers is their fourth studio album, coming a mere three years after they turned professional. The trio are strong singers, they enjoy the sort of on-stage banter that only good friends can get away with and they have ...
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