A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Singles Bar 19KADIA are a young trio from Dorset who already have one album, East Of Alexandria, to their name. The Outlandish Collection is a five-track EP of traditional songs and tunes. The band comprises Lee Cuff on cello, double bass and piano; Chris Bailey on guitars and accordion and David Hoyland on mandolin and percussion. All three sing and with the range of instruments at their disposal they can produce a variety of sounds and moods. They open with the well known ‘Captain Ward’ followed by ‘The Cricketers Set’ which opens with ‘Cooley’s Reel’ (I would have sworn it was ‘Drunken Sailor’) and  ends with ‘King Of The Fairies’. Their lead single is ‘Lady Isabel & The Elf Knight’ and they finish with ‘The Keeper’ and ‘Randy Dandy’ – I never realised that the former was “full of innuendo and metaphor” and I wonder if our primary school teachers knew! I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more of Kadia.

A prelude to her forthcoming tour, California-based singer-songwriter/artist CORINNE WEST releases a cover of The Battlefield Band’s ‘The Yew Tree’ (Make Make 333). It’s far more stripped down than the original; West hauntingly intoning the lyrics about Scotland’s history, referencing the slaughter at Flodden Field and the preachings of John Knox, to the backdrop of a cello drone, giving it a potent protest feel.

Formerly trading as Alessi’s Ark, Alessi Laurent-Marke.has now pared herself down to just ALESSI and, after a three year absence following 2013’s The Still Life, is readying a new album, Love Is The Currency. As a taster she’s just self-released Wives (the limited edition 8” having sold out, it’s now available as a download), a swirringly atmospheric slice of chilled out folk-pop that muses on womanhood, women’s roles and responsibilities, and the importance of nurturing their own spirit as the best way to sustain a partnership.

‘He’ll Fight’ is the first single from the debut album by SPEAK, BROTHER an indie-folk quartet from the midlands. Written by singer and guitarist, James Herring, it’s a powerful song of drug addiction and redemption built on acoustic guitar and keyboards with solid bass and drums and clear harmonies. Speak, Brother are already making a name for themselves after two EPs and this song suggests that we can expect good things from their album.

Golden State songstress Corinne West takes the stage in Aldershot

Corinne West

West End Centre, Aldershot, on Wednesday May 3rd

Hailing from San Francisco, California, singer-songwriter Corinne West is a poet, tunesmith, visionary and a stellar performer. An established figure on the acoustic roots/folk scene, she has recorded five critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.

As well as receiving rave reviews globally, including from legendary BBC radio DJ Bob Harris, her current album Starlight Highway was selected by The Daily Telegraph as one of the top recordings of 2016. The ten tracks speak a lot to her life adventure, full of stories, people, places, and life’s ups and downs. The CD is atmospheric, effortlessly bringing together country and folk.

Corinne West’s distinctive style is marked by lush vocals, pristine guitar and bold lyricism that reflect grit, discerning optimism and a true love for the human experience. Her music evokes the eternal stories of mystic troubadours, while speaking to the sonic sensibilities of a modern audience with lush vocals and pristine guitar. She is equal parts angel and outlaw.

Barney Jeavons, Director of Aldershot’s West End centre told us: ‘Corinne West is folk, rock and ballad all rolled into one performer. For those lucky enough to join us at the West End Centre on Wednesday May 3rd, you’ll witness an evening that will live long in the memory.’

Tickets cost just £12 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased online at or via the venue’s Box Office by calling 01252 330040.

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‘Audrey Turn The Moon’ live:


Artist – Walter Strauss
Label – Redstone Records

“Glorious playing!” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 

“The man is class” fRoots magazine

2011 will see US guitarist and songwriter Walter Strauss releasing PLANET SOLITAIRE, a collection of ambitious solo recordings inspired by a diverse world of influences. There are multilayered instrumentals for the kora, a twenty-one stringed West African harp, rendered fluidly on the guitar, this shown perfectly on the track Djimbaseh. Continue reading Walter Strauss PLANET SOLITAIRE