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)

THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER – Make Believe (own label)

You know that rare moment when you hear something for the first time and it rocks you back on your heels. That. That’s what I got when I picked a song at random from The Brewer’s Daughter’s press pack. The Brewer’s Daughter is Rhiannon Crutchley, she lives on a narrow boat, plays fiddle and guitar, … Continue reading THE BREWER’S DAUGHTER – Make Believe (own label)

The Brewer’s Daughter announces debut album

Rhiannon Crutchley, aka The Brewer’s Daughter is from Northampton, with English, Irish and Ukrainian heritage. Rhiannon has played fiddle for 20 years. She is a collector of traditional folk music from Britain, Ireland and Eastern Europe. Whilst playing fiddle with Tarantism (Britain’s most hard-working, long-running festival band) she also performs solo as The Brewer’s Daughter … Continue reading The Brewer’s Daughter announces debut album

MEGSON – Good Times Will Come Again (EDJ Records EDJ021)

For the first time in the twelve years they’ve been making music together, Teeside husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna have, in response to fan demand, recorded an album of all original material, although, as you would imagine, these are, like previous self-penned numbers still influenced by the Tyneside folk tradition and sung … Continue reading MEGSON – Good Times Will Come Again (EDJ Records EDJ021)

Deluxe re-issue of The Lake Poets debut album

The Lake Poets is Sunderland based singer-songwriter/guitarist Marty Longstaff. His self-titled debut album was released last autumn to excellent reviews and has spawned the singles ‘Your Face’ and ‘Edinburgh’. Since first being aired on 6 Music, the former has quietly gone about racking up over 3 million plays on  Spotify, while the latter has recently been playlisted … Continue reading Deluxe re-issue of The Lake Poets debut album

FAY HIELD – Old Adam (Soundpost Records SOPO 5003)

Fay Hield’s third solo album is all traditional except when it isn’t. That is, except when the tune is by Hield herself and/or Jon Boden or the song is written by Rudyard Kipling and Peter Bellamy or Tom Waits. Although not given full billing on the front cover, The Hurricane Party – Sam Sweeney, Rob … Continue reading FAY HIELD – Old Adam (Soundpost Records SOPO 5003)