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Martyn Joseph – Far from Silent

Far from Silent” is about real life, people and experiences. When you listen to the words behind the songs you begin to understand the depth to Martyn’s world. Like the destruction of communities, cultures and traditions portrayed in the song “All in the Past” or the irony and false obsession in the words to “Celebrity“. Martyn Joseph is a visual cinema with the perfect sound track. I remember my first screening of “The Mayor of Candor Lied” a roller coaster period drama with an ending that will give Spielberg a run for his money. By far the most poignant song on the album Continue reading Martyn Joseph – Far from Silent

Lorraine Jordan – This Big Feeling

“This Big Feeling” has it all: Syncopated rhythms where guitar, cello, accordion and bouzouki work together in perfect harmony, blended with soft rhythmic swing vocals that accompany travelling blues, to the sunnier rhythms of Hawaiian slide guitar, mixed with meandering accordion and gospel undertones.

“This Big Feeling” is a huge achievement. Lorraine has not only composed and written the majority of songs and plays guitar/ bouzouki or percussion on all of the tracks, but also has gathered together a tightly knitted group of musicians who underpin the wonderful depth to her vocal range giving the album tremendous feeling, expression and composition.  The Folkmaster

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Artist web link: https://www.lorrainejordan.net/

Celtus – What goes Around

Celtus - What goes Around“What goes Around” builds a new refined pyramid of sound, vocal and spirit. John and Pat McManus are at the heart of this new structure, which is held together with the strongest set of songs to date, heavenly harmonies and exciting new concepts. Track Analysis: “What Goes Around”, Eastern Techno-folk flavour with funky Bodhran. “Breathe”, a wonderful, smooth, polished love song that takes you to a sacred place. “Angel”, beautiful acoustic guitar and vocals that shine with compassion. “Perfection”, an anthem of harmony. “Jigsaw”, interesting fusion of musical styles that will make you smile. “Changes” – It’s a single! “Touch Too Much”, a touching little ditty. “Live Again” – guitar, uilleann pipes and whistles pinned to a solid backbeat of touching vocals. “Liberate” – Celtic mouth music. “Shelter” – “The Cathedral” of hope and a message of peace. “Hole Inside My Heart” – an awe-inspiring piece of music. “Departure”, an instrumental so beautiful in composition, that it will take your breath away.  The Folkmaster

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Gjallarhorn – Sjofn

Gjallarhorn SjofnGjallarhorn’s unique mix of world music finds its roots in the Swedish folk music of Finland. It features a layered style of mythical medieval ballads, whirling minuets, prayers in runo-metric chants and Icelandic rimur epics.

There are some moments of sheer improvisation and others that are “composed” and influenced in the classic Indian style.

Twin fiddles or fiddle and viola add depth and variation and a wonderful slide-didge creates a sharmanistic pulse that underpins many of the compositions. Jews Harp is also used to produce really interesting effects and Afro-Cuban, Indian and Middle-Eastern percussion heightens the dance as the drum beats out a trance-like rhythm. Continue reading Gjallarhorn – Sjofn

Eliza Carthy – Angels & Cigarettes

Interesting concept that explores a yearning for what you can’t have and an addiction for what you shouldn’t have.

Stylistically, the album reflects its title as an emotional melting pot of past and present states.

“Angels & Cigarettes” contains 10 carefully chosen tracks that subtly complement each other – like the opening track “Whispers of Summer”, which has a lovely upbeat feel and happily bobs along with its cheeky fiddle parts – compared to the “Train Song” which gently builds its rhythm to a faint Latin beat.

Eliza has assembled a collection of works that have a modern edge. Some of the most notable highlights are: the seductive night-time jazz backbeat of “Whole”: Van Dyke Parks pedal steel guitar on “Perfect”; and the progressive dance beat of “Breathe” with its undercurrent of piano – and the moment of collision – when breathing stops.

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Calico – Songdogs

Songdogs is the second album by Irish band Calico and takes its name from the book written by the Dublin-born author Colum McCann.

This album contains ten tracks, seven are original instrumentals, one is an original song and two are contemporary songs.

The new album features a 5-piece line up of Tola Custy (fiddle), Deirdre Moynihan (fiddle, vocals), Diarmaid Moynihan (pipes/ whistles), Donncha Moynihan (guitars) and Pat Marsh (bouzouki).

Songdogs is an outstanding album of scintillating Celtic rhythms mixed with moments of intimate and unspoilt vocal charm. From the haunting pipes of the “Elysian Fields”, the tragic lyric of the “Metal Drums”, to the surprisingly uplifting “Midnight at the Mausoleum”, and the fast paced dexterity of “Hooverville”: which, all-in-all, was definitely our bag.

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