Kaia Kater announces new album

The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: … Continue reading Kaia Kater announces new album

THE FAR FLUNG COLLECTIVE – Far Flung Corners (Anna-Wendy Music FFC001)

Originally a schools-based music education project by the University of the Highlands and Islands in collaboration with Soundstorm Music Education Agency exploring the similarities and differences, past and present, between the cultural and physical landscapes of South West England and the Scottish Outer Hebrides, this evolved into Far Flung Corners,  a fully-fledged artistic collaboration between … Continue reading THE FAR FLUNG COLLECTIVE – Far Flung Corners (Anna-Wendy Music FFC001)

ATLANTIC UNION – Homeward (Blue Island Records BI201601)

Atlantic Union is a long-established acoustic trio from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Their third CD Homeward features a new thematic approach as well as a change of personnel since their last album, 2004’s The Whole Dance. With the departure of Andrew Lang and the arrival of Jane Ogilvie, Sally Goddard is the only member of the … Continue reading ATLANTIC UNION – Homeward (Blue Island Records BI201601)

BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE – A Burdensome Year (Gin House Records)

When I first heard of Benjamin William Pike’s latest CD A Burdensome Year (released on January 27th 2017), my interest was piqued by a suggested comparison to Michael Chapman. (That’s the folky/bluesy/jazzy singer and guitarist, not the Chinnichap chap who wrote and produced hits for the likes of Sweet, Suzi Quatro and Blondie in the … Continue reading BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE – A Burdensome Year (Gin House Records)

New duo Fleetwood Cave announce debut album and spring tour

Fleetwood Cave, the new folk duo featuring Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave, will be launching their new album, ‘People Like Us’ with a tour of England and Wales starting in late January 2017. Marion and Gregg met through new folk supergroup TRADarrr, who will be visiting Canterbury later in the year. Both are familiar faces … Continue reading New duo Fleetwood Cave announce debut album and spring tour

WINTER MOUNTAIN – I Swear I Flew (Astral Fox WMISIF001CD)

Originally twin peaks, the departure of Martin Smyth has seen a change in the topography, meaning I Swear I Flew, the follow up to the eponymous debut is now a solo project for Cornwall’s Joe Francis. Not that he’s entirely alone, with a clutch of musicians providing drums, pedal steel, banjo, slide, fiddle and cello. He’s … Continue reading WINTER MOUNTAIN – I Swear I Flew (Astral Fox WMISIF001CD)