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DAVID GRUBB – Nano (Shake’Um’Dud)

David Grubb is a musician who doesn’t play by anybody else’s rules; a fiddle player with roots in traditional music and a composer with a ...
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Repertoire Records release new compilation of rare Keith Relf recordings

KEITH RELF: All The Falling Angels   SOLO RECORDINGS & COLLABORATIONS 1965-1976 REPERTOIRE RECORDS: REPUK 1385 – CD and DELUXE DOUBLE VINYL SET RELEASED FRIDAY, ...
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World Shanty Project – A Folking Great Shanty Community

John Tams endorses the start of the charitable ‘World Shanty Project’. A collection of singers and musicians from around the world get together to celebrate ...
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THE MAMMALS – Nonet (Humble Abode Music HAM 018)

The Mammals’ Nonet is a warm (with a big organic vibe and nine-piece ensemble) folk album that touches a bit of rock and gospel and ...
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REELY JIGGERED – Tricky Terrain (own label RJ32020)

Although Tricky Terrain is their third album, this is the first time that Reely Jiggered have come to my attention. The Clydeside trio are sisters ...
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Cecil Sharp House marks 90 years in June 2020

For ninety years, English folk music and dance have had an official home in a quiet corner of central London. Located behind a (usually) very ...
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Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell – Folking Live Video Archive 2006

Welcome to the second in the series of our 'Folking Video Archive' events. This section features hand-picked mini concerts from the folking video archive and ...
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ELIZABETH & JAMESON – Northern Shores & Stories (own label 0793618108441)

Most of our readership will recognise the view that illustrates Northern Shores & Stories; indeed many will have climbed those steps. The first sound we ...
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Swarbs Lazarus Folking Video Archive – Folking Live 2006

Welcome to the first in the series of our 'Folking Video Archive' events. This section features hand picked mini concerts from the folking video archive ...
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The Lockdown Stream 6 – Our Pick for This Week

Welcome to The Lockdown Stream 6. We have picked some more of our favourites 'watch again' gigs from the last week which we have been ...
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SINGLES BAR 51 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Making waves on the Suffolk acoustic scene, HOLLY D JOHNSTON bids for a wider audience with her self-released new EP, Illusive Harmony. Hattie Bennett on ...
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LISA MARINI – Born In Tribes (own label)

Lisa Marini’s Born In Tribes is filled with music that has been “summoned by a foolish magpie”. And what a wonderful sound that is to ...
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LOUISE JORDAN – Florence (Azania AZA06CD)

May 12 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the legendary Lady of the Lamp renowned for her service among the troops during the ...
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PAUL J BOLGER – Paul J Bolger (WIR 018-2)

Paul J Bolger last released an album twenty-five years ago. In the interim he has been working in visual arts and film rather than music ...
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The Magpies announce their debut album

It has only been a year since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene in the summer of 2019, but in that short space ...
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ANDREW HIBBARD – Andrew Hibbard (Sofaburn)

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Andrew Hibbard clearly sports a Dylan influence, perhaps rather too obviously so at times on numbers such as ‘Sweet Song’ and ...
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SALLY IRONMONGER & BRIAN CARTER – Sketches (own label)

The first song of this album, ‘Just A Song’, is such a perfect opener for a live set that I was almost surprised not to ...
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DOUGIE BURNS – Martha (own label DBCD-001)

An Inverness-based music journalist, author and singer-songwriter who also front seven piece outfit Dougie Burns & The Cadillacs, Burns is a familiar figure on the ...
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KIRSTY MERRYN – Our Bright Night (own label)

Against my expectations, One Bright Night drew me in and proceeded to seduce me. Kirsty Merryn is a singer/songwriter originally from the New Forest who ...
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The Lockdown Stream 5 – Our Pick for This Week

Welcome to The Lockdown Stream 5. We have picked some more of our favourites 'watch again' gigs from the last week which we have been ...
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PAUL COWLEY – Brandéha (Lou B Music LBM 006 2020)

I really liked Paul Cowley's 2018 album Just What I Know: it showed him to be a very competent singer and guitarist with an unusually ...
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Rootdogs release download album of live recordings

Mark T says: Due to the Covid outbreak my next full release in all formats Blues @ Zero has been postponed until 2021. As performing ...
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ELEANOR DATTANI – Darkness Into Light (Naplew Productions)

A Birmingham singer-songwriter, pianist and music teacher, Darkness Into Light is Eleanor's second album, the first since her debut (as Eleanor Williams) ten years ago ...
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TOM FAIRNIE – Lightning In The Dark (own label ESK010)

Based in Edinburgh, but the album recorded in Austin with session players who’ve worked with the likes of Dylan, Cash, Willie and Jackson, Lightning In ...
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The 2020 Folking Awards – The nominations

Welcome to the 2020 Folking Awards and thank you again to everyone who participated this year. The nominations were in eight categories and came from ...
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THE DANBERRYS – Shine (Singular Recordings)

The Danberrys’ Shine is filled with spooky Americana old time medicine show stuff. This record carves a deep wagon wheel groove, like (the world famous!) ...
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PHARIS AND JASON ROMERO – Bet On Love (Lula Records Lula-CD-2006)

Pharis and Jason Romero have released six albums but Bet On Love is only their second collection of all original songs. Their previous albums have ...
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SAM SLATCHER – Chaos & Solitude (own label)

When other artists are postponing their album releases, Sam Slatcher has brought his forward. It’s not a bad idea – he has a clear playing ...
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My Darling Clementine announce Country Darkness Vol 2

UK country-soul duo My Darling Clementine present the second instalment of their Country Darkness collection, the four-track EP continuing where Vol 1 left off, featuring ...
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JUNE TABOR & OYSTERBAND – Fire & Fleet (A Tour Momento) (Running Man)

As the title would suggest,  Fire & Fleet is a (limited edition) record of last year’s tour, although, not strictly a live document since four ...
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DYLAN McCARTHY – Lost & Found (own label)

Dylan McCarthy’s Lost & Found has deep bluegrass roots. But, ultimately, the album is a wonderful slice of instrumental music. You know, America’s a weird ...
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Watkins Family Hour announce new album

Watkins Family Hour - the acclaimed musical collective featuring Grammy Award-winning siblings Sara and Sean Watkins - will release their highly anticipated new album Brother ...
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The Lockdown Stream 4 – Our Pick for This Week

Welcome to The Lockdown Stream 4. We have picked some more of our favourites 'watch again' gigs from the last week which we have been ...
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Memory Afternoons – The Warm and Toasty Club live stream

Founded by Johnno Casson, The Warm and Toasty Club is a non profit community music, arts & history group based in Colchester, Essex. Usually, when ...
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SLAP GURU – Umashi’s Odyssey (Sixteentimes Music)

This isn’t folk music, but Pete Seeger still wouldn’t want to cut the power cables from Slap Guru’s new album, Umashi’s Odyssey. In truth, at ...
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INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – The Gap (Shoelay Music SHMU34)

The problem is that I think I’ve said everything I really need to say about India Electric Co. at least twice. Joseph O’Keefe and Cole ...
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GORDON THOMAS WARD – Eiderdown Vols 1 & 2 (own label)

While this 2-CD set is his third studio album, I have to admit it’s the first time I’ve come across the Maine-based singer-songwriter who, aside ...
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Food Roof Family – brand new video form the Levellers

Food Roof Family is the brand-new video form the Levellers, which is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming new studio album Peace ...
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Artist of the Day Project – Demi Marriner & Robbie Cavanagh

The Artist of the Day Project was setup by Demi Marriner & Robbie Cavanagh 36 days ago after losing the majority of their work due ...
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TERENCE BLACKER – Playing For Time (Talking Cat TCCD 1901)

They do say that nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Alternatively, I’ve heard that the older we get, the better we were. Somewhere between ...
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DAPHNE’S FLIGHT – On Arrival (Fat Cat Records FATCD043)

There’s an earthiness about Daphne’s Flight’s third studio album, On Arrival, that I really like. All the songs are written or co-written by the five ...
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Trad2Mad is back at Islington Folk Club

Get your competition entries in! With its origins in the folk, trad and blues scenes of the early 1960’s, Islington Folk Club is one of ...
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MOONRAKERS – Ebb & Flow (own label)

There has been a line-up change since the previous Moonrakers’ album with Jacqui Johnson’s cello and harmonium replacing Liz van Santen. This change gives Ebb ...
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The Lockdown Stream 3 – Our Pick for This Week

Welcome to The Lockdown Stream 3. We have picked some more of our favourites 'watch again' gigs from the last week which we have been ...
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TOM KITCHING – Seasons Of Change (Talking Cat TCCD 2001)

If you want to know more about Tom Kitching’s Busk England project please follow the links below but for now we’ll concentrate on the Seasons ...
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SHAYLER & BROOKE – Come The Turn Of The Season (own label SB001CD)

Come The Turn Of The Season is the debut full-length album by Kate Shayler and Chris Brooke following an EP, Colouring Outside The Lines. Kate ...
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Merry Hell share – and we mean share – digital single Beyond The Call

The night that the UK entered lockdown due to COVID-19, John wrote Beyond The Call as he reflected on the situation. A demo version was ...
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BLAKELEY & SON – Nuts & Bolts (Little-e Records)

Blakeley & Son’s Nuts & Bolts is (with the help of a feast of friends1) a colourful web of a folk record. Not only that, ...
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Elizabeth & Jameson announce debut album

Elizabeth & Jameson is an award-winning collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson have joined forces ...
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BEAU – The Magic Of Public Relations (Cherry Red BEAUTMOPR1)

Back in the day, when he was signed to John Peel’s Dandelion label, Trevor Midgley was very much part of the 60s protest folk troubadour ...
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TOM KITCHING – Seasons Of Change (Scratching Shed Publishing)

Tom Kitching is, if you need reminding, a fiddle player, a former musical partner of Gren Bartley and a founder member of Pilgrim’s Way. In ...
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Folk On Foot raises £89,000

“What a triumph and wonder of a day!” tweeted the author Robert Macfarlane, summing up the feelings of the many who joined in the Folk ...
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CHRIS RICKETTS – Songs In The Key Of Sea (Acoustic Fusion AF04)

Chris Ricketts: singer, songwriter, shantyman, cruise ship entertainer – don’t knock it as a way of honing your trade – is back from far oceans ...
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The Lockdown Stream 2 – Our Pick for This Week

Welcome to The Lockdown Stream 2. We have picked some more of our favourites 'watch again' gigs from the last week which we have been ...
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THE LOWEST PAIR – The Perfect Plan (Delicata Records DEL001)

I'm not averse to the occasional joke about banjos and banjoists, but when it comes to The Lowest Pair, I start to feel guilty. Kendl ...
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FINDLAY NAPIER & GILLIAN FRAME WITH MIKE VASS – The Ledger (Cheery 008)

Sometimes something crosses your desk which is just classy. The Ledger is one of those things. The album is due to be released on May ...
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MOONSHINE REBELS – Moonshine Rebels (1052355 Records DK)

Well, Moonshine Rebels are from Manchester, but they manage a pretty great Celtic tune. By the way, apparently Jenny had some chickens, which caught the ...
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BEN MORGAN-BROWN – Live In Lancashire (own label)

With physically going out and earning a living by playing to audiences currently not an option, many artists are making downloads of live recordings available, ...
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JACK SHARP – Good Times Older (From Here Records SITW015CD)

Any album from the From Here stable is worth a hearing and Good Times Older is no exception. Jack Sharp has spent thirteen years as ...
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HARBOTTLE & JONAS – Live At Acoustic Roots (own label)

While their planned tour fell victim to CoVid 19, Live At Acoustic Roots, recorded in Wigan on March 7 this year and available for download ...
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Towersey Festival postponed

A message from festival director Joe Heap We’ve been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to try and find a way to run Towersey ...
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Dan Whitehouse announces new double-CD

Dan Whitehouse releases a new double album Dreamland Tomorrow produced by Tom Rose and Boo Hewerdine. Released by Reveal Records on May 1st 2020. Monthly ...
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BORIS McCUTCHEON – As Old As Española (FVR-091)

You can’t help but have a good feeling about an album which is accompanied by a note that says “Note from the artist: For the ...
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SINGLES BAR 50 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

LA-based British musician LUKE SITAL-SINGH joins forces with a clutch of fellow singer-songwriters for his new EP, New Haze (Raygun), the opening track being the ...
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ELIZA CARTHY & BEN SEAL – Through That Sound (My Secret Was Made Known) (Hem Hem HHR202001)

A collaboration with the Fife-based composer, musician, songwriter and producer, and who would have been part of the Restitute tour before the cancellations, Through That ...
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The Lockdown Stream 1 – New Folking Feature

Welcome to The Lockdown Stream 1 We have picked some our favourites 'watch again' gigs from the last week or so which we have been ...
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ADAM AMOS & NOEL ROCKS – Back Up To Zero (own label ARBR001)

Amos and Rocks recorded two well-received albums in the 1980s but little has been heard from them as a duo since Adam moved abroad, apart ...
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JOHN CEE STANNARD – Folk Roots Revisited (Cast Iron Records)

John Cee Stannard’s Folk Roots Revisited is a wonderful flashback to the land of British singer-songwriter, circa 1970. But, oddly enough, it also nests nicely ...
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NAVARO – Diamond Skies & Desert Roads (Leading Horses Records LHREC05)

With their debut album, Under Diamond Skies, no longer obtainable Navaro have decided to make a selection from it available on-line and I must admit ...
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THE PINE HEARTS – Back To Sustain (own label)

The Pine Hearts are a string-band trio from Washington state: Joey Capoccia, who plays guitar and writes the band’s original material, Derek McSwain playing mandolin ...
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PETE MORTON – A Golden Thread (Further003)

Five years on from The Land of Time, the Leicester-born folkie returns with his fourteenth studio album, A Golden Thread: eight new self-penned songs, a ...
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ROBERT SEVERIN – Postcard From Budapest (RSM001)

Robert Severin is a British-Hungarian, Glasgow-based, singer songwriter who has just released his debut album, Postcard From Budapest. The album is a very personal response ...
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KUSH K – Lotophagi (blaublaurecords)

Kush K’s Lotophagi (aka Lotus Eaters) is a wonderful folk-rock-psych album filled with simpatico playing from Catia, Pascal, Nicola, and Paul. E. Cummings once wrote, ...
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PAVEY ARK – Close Your Eyes And Think Of Nothing (own label)

Pavey Ark are a seven-piece band from Hull although their name is taken from a Cumbrian Fell.. Close Your Eyes And Think Of Nothing is ...
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JUDY DYBLE – Weavings Of A Silver Magic (Cromerzone CZ00022)

The original female voice of Fairport Convention and subsequently part of Giles, Giles and Fripp and Trader Horne, Dyble retired from the music business in ...
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KIT HAWES & AARON CATLOW – Pill Pilots (BBCRD007)

Pill Pilots was released at the end of February. “This is good”, I was told. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are new to me (I’m ...
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PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER BIG BAND – Natural Invention (Gigspanner GSCD007)

It is, let’s be honest, something of a mouthful as names go, but, the line-up now comprising of Knight and core band members Roger Flack ...
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Lavinia Blackwall announces her first solo album

Lavinia Blackwall is already a well-known name in many circles. Her work with prolific Glaswegian psych-folk outfit Trembling Bells having earned her a reputation as ...
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Ben Reel releases his new album

Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh, Ireland.  Soon after high school at the age of 17 he started his musical career in ...
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SIOBHAN MILLER – All Is Not Forgotten (Songprint Recordings SPR004CD)

I have to say, and with a heavy heart, that I really didn’t like Siobhan Miller’s previous album and I’m pleased to say that to ...
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Folk performers urged to apply for grant funding

Alan Surtees Trust opens 2020 funding round A trust that aims to support and help develop the careers of young folk performers is inviting applications ...
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REVEREND SHAWN AMOS & THE BROTHERHOOD – Blue Sky (Put Together)

Reverend Shawn Amos & the Brotherhood with their new album, Blue Sky, tell us all to “Keep the faith. Have some fun. Spread a little ...
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Here’s news of a freebie from Jo Beth Young aka Rise

NEWS AND A LOCKDOWN GIFT TOMORROW  Hi and Greetings from my new mailing list! If you've been following any of my social media posts you ...
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CORMAC O CAOIMH – Swim Crawl Walk Run (own label)

Cormac O Caoimh is a singer/songwriter from Cork and Swim Crawl Walk Run is his fifth album, although the first to come our way. He’s ...
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The Ciderhouse Rebellion get together in isolation

Those daily press conferences keep reminding us, we are in ‘unprecedented’ times. As the country and economy grinds to a halt, musicians across the world ...
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CARUS THOMPSON – Shakespeare Avenue (Mind’s Eye Records 8687)

Forming Carus and the True Believers in Perth back in 1995, after three albums Thompson went solo in 2008 and has since himself released three ...
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JEZ LOWE – The Fellside Collection (Fellside FECD286)

This is 40 years’ worth of Jez Lowe from his first album The Old Durham Road, through the Bad Penny group days and down to ...
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Jerry Leger releases digital only album for Bandcamp Day

To coincide with "Bandcamp Day," Toronto singer-songwriter Jerry Leger has released a special new album, Songs From The Apartment, which will be available to download ...
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PHIL ‘SWILL’ ODGERS – Uke Town (own label)

For reasons you can discover by following the link below Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers has been obliged to release Uke Town, a double album of demos ...
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A message from Eliza Carthy

Dear friends, It has become imperative, in light of the current governmental advice regarding the dreaded C-word, for us to reschedule where we can our ...
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ANNA RENAE – Skin (own label)

At the risk of vilification from all sides I have to say that there are very few female singer/songwriters that really float my boat: a ...
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HENDERSON:HOOPER – Pete’s Trees (own label)

Sometimes you just need a little breathing space to indulge yourself in the enchanting continuum between musical genres. Having played with Judith Henderson in the ...
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Terence Blacker announces new album

Songwriter Terence Blacker has taken a new direction with music, recording twelve new songs with a group of European musicians in a studio in southern ...
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ALDEN PATTERSON AND DASHWOOD – Waterbound (own label)

One of the most delightful and breezily refreshing acts current treading the folk circuit, the Norwich trio, guitarist Christina Alden, fiddler Alex Patterson and dobro ...
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SALT HOUSE – Live at the West End Centre, Aldershot

Very nobly, I refrained from swapping my ticket for Salt House for one for the burlesque show taking place in the main venue. I’m glad ...
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CHRIS TITCHNER – Already Gone (Bridgefolk Records BFR 3002)

Raised in Vermont and now living in Raleigh, North Carolina, having released his debut, Moving Day, in 2005, it’s taken 15 years to get round ...
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ELIS MACFADYEN – Dreamers And Journeys (own label EM2019CD)

A familiar figure on the folk scene around Inverness, there is, to say the least, very little info on Macfadyen out there in internet land, ...
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SIAN – Sian (Sian Music SIAN001)

Sian’s self-titled debut album gives credence to Shakespeare’s words, “If music be the food of love, play on”. This is gossamer Gaelic music spun by ...
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Carus Thompson announces new album

Australian folk songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson returns to the UK in 2020 to launch his seventh studio album Shakespeare Avenue, along with a UK ...
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SINGLES BAR 49 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

MIKE TURNBULL writes about the places he lives and has lived and the history he enjoys – sometimes simultaneously. With his band THE SAFE KINGS ...
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William Prince – Reliever

Canadian singer songwriter William Prince had his brand new album Reliever selected as BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album Of The Week’ back in February, following lead ...
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RORY ELLIS – Inner Outlaw (own label)

The “Big Man” is back with his new album Inner Outlaw, this time in the guise of a Buck ‘Ned Kelly’ Rogers in the 21st ...
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MUIREANN NIC AMHLAOIBH—Thar Toinn/ Seaborne (Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh)

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh’s Thar Toinn (aka Seaborne) is a crystal brook twenty-one-minute “capsule project” of wonderful Irish folk music. The first song, ‘Faoiseamh Faoistine’, is ...
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Ray Cooper 2020 Interview – Promised Land Tour

Ray Cooper, former member of Oysterband, left the group 2013 and has now released three solo albums plus a song book. Ray, story-based singer songwriter ...
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HAMISH NAPIER – The Woods (Strathspey Records SRCD004)

The Woods is the third album in Hamish Napier’s Strathspey Pentalogy and it’s nothing less than a musical journey through the woodlands around Grantown-on-Spey where ...
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Video Wall 13 – still not superstitious

We'll start with what might have been a world premiere but we suspect that RAY COOPER has gone public with it already. Whatever - it's ...
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VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER – Sleep Deprivation (WetFootMusic WFM200201)

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer wrote Sleep Deprivation as an aid for touring musicians trying to stay awake while driving home from a gig. From ...
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THE HACKLES – A Dobritch Did As A Dobritch Should (Jealous Butcher JB178-CD)

You may well ask. Rather than something out of Harry Potter, the title refers to a famous Bulgarian circus dynasty, the patriarch, Lazaro Dobrich founding ...
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SALT HOUSE – Huam (Hudson Records HUD018)

Salt House’s Huam (the call of an owl) is an album of temporal beauty that touches the eternal. The poet Emily Dickenson (more about whom ...
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Phil “Swill” Odgers announces double album of demos

Swill is his usual forthright self: The recently defunct Crowd Funding Platform managed to create something terrific for fans and musician alike and then utterly ...
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The Unthanks announce new Diversions album

Live And Unaccompanied is not a live album. Well, it is, but it isn’t. More of that later. It's notable for yet another incarnation of ...
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CHRIS ELLIOTT AND CAITLIN JONES – Carry Me Home (own label)

Amongst the many charms of Carry Me Home, the fine debut album by Staffordshire duo, Chris Elliott (guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, vocals) and Caitlin Jones (harmonium, ...
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IAN CARR & THE VARIOUS ARTISTS – I Like Your Taste In Music (Reveal Records REVEAL087CDX)

It has been five years since Ian Carr took time out from being a go-to session guitarist to release his first “solo” album, Who He? ...
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WILLIAM K.z. – After A Long Time (Digital Download Only)

The title of William K.z.’s debut solo album, After A Long Time, derives from the period and nature of its gestation. After relocating to study ...
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ANTOINE & OWENA – Something Out Of Nothing (own label)

Something Out Of Nothing is the second album by Antoine Architeuthis and Owena Archer and I enjoyed their debut, Hands, Hearts & Hangings, very much ...
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GRANT PEEPLES – Bad Wife (Rootball Records)

Grant Peeples’ Bad Wife is a very current, interesting, and important folk record. It’s an album of songs all written by women performed by Grant ...
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BRONWYNNE BRENT – Undercover (own label)

Bronwynne Brent’s new album Undercover was released on February 28th. Her previous two albums received critical acclaim and led, amongst other live media appearances, to ...
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KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN – On Reflection (Iscream Music ISCD17)

Not exactly a best of, but, to mark their 25th anniversary, the Dartmoor-based husband and wife duo have turned over their back pages and rerecorded ...
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Jeffrey Foucault – new album

Blood Brothers, the much-anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves by  Jeffrey Foucault is a collection of reveries, interlacing memory with ...
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THREE CANE WHALE – 303 (Field Notes Records FN3)

303, released in November 2019 opens with the sound of footsteps on a path and three creaks of a gate opening and closing, presumably as ...
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David Foley & Jack Smedley announce debut album

Time To Fly is the debut album from David Foley & Jack Smedley. The new body of work, released on Friday 27th March 2020, is ...
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DAVID KEENAN – A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery (Rubyworks RWXCD372)

David Keenan released his debut album, A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery, in January. That rather bald statement doesn’t really give a sense of what’s in ...
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THE ROTUNDAS – Simple Songs From Simple Men (own label)

Their feet planted firmly in the same local folk soil as Jon Wilks, Nick Comley on guitar and vocals and lead singer Ian Grafton are ...
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The Shee announce late spring tour

There’s always something new with a tour from The Shee. Fans of the innovative, instrument-swapping sextet will be delighted to learn that this May marks ...
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Elephant Sessions announce new single

Elephant Sessions and Ros T team up for a new folk-electronic release. The new single is a remix from Glasgow based DJ, Ros T, of ...
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THREEPENNY BIT – King Ahtu (Little Folk Records LFR104)

Hampshire’s celebrated eight-piece ceilidh band returns with their fourth album of music that you don’t have to dance to…but you can if you wish. In ...
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DAVE ARTHUR – Someone To Love You (WildGoose Records WGS435CD)

Dave Arthur thought it would be a good idea to collect some of his favourite songs from the Rattle On The Stovepipe catalogue as a ...
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MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – The New Mine (MIG)

The New Mine is the second wonderful blast from the re-constituted Matthews Southern Comfort. A little history: I had lost track of Iain Matthews. But ...
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Hamish Napier announces third album in his Strathspey Pentalogy

The Woods is the third album from acclaimed musician and composer Hamish Napier, exploring and celebrating the ancient forests of his native Strathspey in the ...
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Suzanne Vega – new album and UK dates

Suzanne Vega will release her new album, of An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories (Cooking Vinyl) on May 1 2020. In celebration of ...
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ROBB JOHNSON – Eurotopia (Irregular IRR112V)

I know what you’re thinking: we’ve already reviewed Eurotopia. Well, yes and no. First we had the thirteen-track CD edition with The Irregulars and now ...
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STEPHANIE HATFIELD – Out This Fell (own label)

Always a question to wonder about – what should you do for Valentine’s Day that isn’t cheesy, superfluous or slushily romantic? How about listening to ...
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FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Shuffle And Go (Matty Grooves Records MGCD056)

Fairport Convention’s Shuffle And Go is a “green and pleasant” lovely folk album that winks and waves at the past, and (to almost quote Procol ...
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THE LOST BROTHERS – After The Fire After The Rain (Bird Dog Recordings BDR007)

Hailing from Tyrone and Meath, respectively, Northern Irish duo Mark McCausland (a cousin of Lonnie Donegan, apparently) and Osin Leech have made a point of ...
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Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow announce new album

Weaving a musical dialogue between fiddle, guitar and voice, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow explore the rich musical heritage of the British Isles, and create ...
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AL LEWIS – Te Yn Y Grug (Al Lewis Music ALM023)

There is a story behind this album and it’s somewhat involved so settle down at the back, please. Te Yn Y Grug (Tea In The ...
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Salt House announce new album

Huam is the eagerly awaited new album from Salt House which sees them solidify their reputation as fine interpreters of words both old and new ...
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THE CRAVATS – Hoorahland (Overground Records)

The Cravats’ Hoorahland whirls complex rock, punk, and jazz into a narcotic hurly-burly of melodic musical defiance. But is it folk? Well, I have a ...
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RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE – Through The Woods (WildGoose Records WGS432CD)

Who would have thought that Rattle On The Stovepipe had recorded their seventh album with Through The Woods. Founder members Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper ...
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Ian Carr announces new album

Widely considered to be one of the best and most original guitarists of his generation, Ian Carr has worked with many acclaimed artists including Kathryn ...
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RIBBON ROAD – Love On The Losing Side (Shipyard RRD012)

Bizarrely, just a few days after I was wondering when a new album might be in the offing, along came Love On The Losing Side, ...
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KARIN GRANDAL-PARK – Lives On The Line (Stories In Stone)

Karin Grandal-Park’s short album, Lives On The Line, is part of a series of community projects based in west Yorkshire. Karin concentrates on the history ...
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Serious Child (Alan Young) announces his second album

Time In The Trees is the second album from indie folk singer-songwriter Serious Child. Set for release on the Spring Equinox, Friday, 20 March 2020, ...
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CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING – Best of Luck (Anti)

Produced by Ben Harper and featuring both him and Dixie Chicks drummer Jimmy Paxson and bassist Mike Valerio, Best Of Luck is Florida-born, Asheville-based Stelling’s ...
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RY CAVANAUGH – Time For This (Cav Productions)

Ry Cavanaugh’s album Time For This could well be the soundtrack from a History Channel search for the grave of Henry David Thoreau. That sort ...
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Will Pound announces new album

As Britain prepares to depart the European Union and enter an uncertain future virtuoso musician Will Pound – one of the biggest names in UK ...
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THE LONE BELLOW releases HALF MOON LIGHT today

The Lone Bellow – Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, Brian Elmquist – have announced the release of their long-awaited new album, 'Half Moon Light' (Dualtone ...
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JOHN BLEK – The Embers (K&F Records K&F046)

The fifth album from the fingerpicking Cork singer-songwriter, conceived as the third in a series of four thematically-based releases that began with Catharsis Vol 1, ...
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ANDREW J NEWALL – Janus (own label AJN2019CD)

Andrew J Newall describes this album as being composed of the songs he’s known for when performing live. Some of them have been souped up ...
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NED ROBERTS – Dream Sweetheart (Aveline AVREC007CD)

Originally from York and now based in London, Ned Roberts’ big break came soon after he started writing and was discovered by producer Luther Russell, ...
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Frazey Ford – new album

Vancouver-based soul-Americana artist Frazey Ford announces her third album U Kin B The Sun due out February 7, 2020 on Arts & Crafts. At turns ecstatic and heavy-hearted, gloriously shambolic and deeply purifying, the ...
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SETH LAKEMAN – A Pilgrim’s Tale (BMG)

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the departure of The Mayflower from Plymouth, setting voyage to take its cargo of 102 persecuted Puritans, some ...
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THE ROWAN TREE – Kolar’s Gold (own label)

I’m not suggesting a trend, you understand, but there is some exciting music coming out of the west of England at the moment, not least ...
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KATHLEEN HEALY – Embracing The Journey (own label)

A singer-songwriter from Cape Cod, following a gap of some five years, Embracing The Journey is her second album and, as the title suggests, is ...
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KIRSTY ALMEIDA – Moon Bird (All Made Up)

Kirsty Almeida is a writer and singer whose musical and personal journey has taken her around the world.  Born in Scotland, her father's work has ...
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GLENN JONES – Ready For The Good Times (own label)

Based in North Carolina and bassist for the Peter Holsapple Combo, Jones also has his own career, Ready For The Good Times being his third ...
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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – The Unraveling (ATO – 0882388515)

Released on the 31st January, The Unraveling is Drive-By Truckers first new album in three and a half years. The delay possibly caused by the ...
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SARAH JANE SCOUTEN – Confessions (Light Organ Records)

Sarah Jane Scouten’s Confessions destroys polite convention: This album can, indeed, be judged by its cover. A snake curls around of a bottle of medicine, ...
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SINGLES BAR 48 – A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Yet another British-Asian who’s been drawn to British and American folk style, variously based in Oxford (where he heads a Beatles covers band) and Exeter, ...
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BROOKS WILLIAMS – Work My Claim (Red Guitar Blue Music RGBM – 2020)

Brooks Williams releases Work My Claim in February. It’s an album which celebrates thirty years as a touring musician and 30 years since his first ...
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ELLINOR & LEONOR – Årsringar (Kakafon Records, KAKACD036)

Årsringar may only be the second album in five years from Swedish/Belgian duo Ellinor Fritz (fiddle) and Leonor Palazzo (5-string cello), but music of this ...
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MATT McGINN – Lessons Of War (own label)

Initially, moved by seeing the image of a young refugee washed up on the shore, the County Down singer-songwriter set out to write a single ...
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LETITIA VANSANT – Circadian (own label)

Letitia VanSant’s debut album Gut It To The Studs was released eighteen months ago and had several memorable tracks on it which suggested that her ...
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CAVE FLOWERS – Cave Flowers (Hard Bark Records)

Cave Flowers’ self-titled album burns its own brand into the worn leather of alt-country rock ‘n’ roll. And that’s a difficult thing to do. The ...
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GILL LANDRY – Skeleton At The Banquet (Banquet Records)

Gill Landry releases his fifth album, Skeleton At The Banquet, this week with a couple of launch gigs in London on January 28th and 29th ...
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ANDY WHITE – Time Is A Buffalo In The Art Of War (Floating World FW046)

The first time I saw Andy White he still looked like Bob Dylan circa 1966 - I think I admired his nerve. I’ve tried to ...
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FIERCE FLOWERS – Mirador (Celebration Days Records)

Fierce Flowers’ Mirador is a delightful French album of folk music that travels from Paris to Americana backwoods with sepia tinged vocals, guitar, banjo, viola, ...
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Pavey Ark announce their debut album

Pavey Ark are a fast-rising alternative folk band from Hull, fronted by singer and songwriter Neil Thomas. Formed in 2016, their debut album Close Your ...
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SAM LEE – Old Wow (Cooking Vinyl COOKCD743)

It’s hard to credit that Old Wow is only Sam Lee’s third album. It seems that he’s been around forever, done so much and already ...
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Drive-By Truckers – New album The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers have unveiled the latest single from their much-anticipated new album, 'The Unraveling'. 'Thoughts and Prayers'. The powerhouse track is accompanied by an official ...
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John Blek announces his new album

After the fires of love, lust, life and revolution have burned out; the embers are all that remain. The Embers, the new album from John ...
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DEL SCOTT MILLER – Lantern (own label)

Del Scott Miller is from Barnsley and Lantern is his second solo album as a singer-songwriter. He’s also singer, writer and guitarist with Mynas and, ...
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GRAHAM LINDSEY – TradHead (Wavelength Media)

Quite frankly, Canadian Graham Lindsey’s acoustic Celtic TradHead, should have been called Never A Dull Moment, if one-time Faces member, ‘Maggie Mae’ solo star, (from ...
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ROBB JOHNSON & THE IRREGULARS – Eurotopia (Irregular IRR113)

As if to prove that not only does Robb Johnson have his finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist but that he’s actually ahead of ...
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Charles Foskett announces his long-awaited debut album

Late Bloomer started with the composition of only one song, ‘Pull On The Rope’ - it was an exercise of healing and distraction - mainly ...
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JON PALMER ACOUSTIC BAND – One Fine Day (Splid Records SPLIDCD 26)

Jon Palmer is a fine songwriter and a good bloke to have a pint with – both of which endear him to me. One Fine ...
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THE SMOKE FAIRIES – Darkness Brings The Wonders Home (Year Seven Records)

The Smoke Fairies new album, Darkness Brings The Wonders Home, is music that coughs up a bluesy and very British folk rock beauty. You know, ...
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GEMMA MAE ANDERSON – Life (own label GMAZE2CD)

Like many musicians, I'm all too well aware of the risks and consequences of joint damage and pain, especially in my own age group (let's ...
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THE OLD SWAN BAND – Fortyfived (Wild Goose WGS434CD)

The Old Swan Band, rightly lauded for its longstanding championing of English dance music, broke a 20-year recording hiatus in 2014 to mark its 40-year ...
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BLACKBIRD & CROW – Ailm (MIG MIG 01652)

I don’t believe that anyone has coined a term for the music that Blackbird & Crow play. I’d like to suggest “gothic folk-rock”. Other artists ...
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JULIE ABBÉ – Numberless Dreams (Anisogoma Records ANIS001)

She doesn’t sound it but Julie Abbé is French and grew up in Poitou-Charentes, south of Roquefort and North of Bordeaux, which sounds like a ...
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DEBORAH ROSE –The Shining Pathway (own label)

Originally from Newport in South Wales but now based in Worcester, the pure-voiced Rose comes impressively endorsed by no less than Mary Gauthier and Judy ...
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MIKE ZITO – Live From The Top (Gulf Coast Records)

Mike Zito, Blues Music Award winner whose 2018 album First Class Life entered the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart at number one, has re-released Live ...
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Andy White announces new album

Andy White is a Belfast singer-songwriter whose first EP Religious Persuasion, and 1986 debut album Rave On Andy White kick-started a career which includes twenty ...
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THE AERIALISTS – Dear Sienna (Fiddlehead Records)

Although The Aerialists’ Dear Sienna spins in a distant orbit around any Irish Pub’s dartboard hub, it’s a wondrous Canadian album filled with acoustic magic ...
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VARIOUS ARTISTS – Sounds From The Great Garden: A Lismore Gathering (Clincart Music CLINC770190010)

A double CD ‘concept’ album, the title refers to the historic description of the Scottish island of Lismore, the music within it, all recorded at ...
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DÀIBHIDH STIÙBHARD – An Sionnach Dubh (Wildtune Records)

Dàibhidh Stiùbhard’s An Sionnach Dubh (aka The Black Fox) is an album that touches deep Irish roots and is graced with immense subtlety. Dàibhidh’s vocals ...
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DAVEY DODDS – Toadstool Soup (Coalshed Music CSM031119)

Davey Dodds, rather belatedly it must be said, has had fame thrust upon him all because of a song he wrote back in the 1970s ...
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FRUITION – Broken At The Break Of Day (Fruition LCC FLC012)

A promising roots-rock five-piece from Portland, Oregon, Broken At The Break Of Day is their second mini-album in three months, a seven-track collection of catchy ...
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Irish duo Blackbird & Crow announce their second album

The musical cosmos of Blackbird & Crow is almost infinite, ranging from soul, blues, psychedelic rock, from Americana to Irish Folklore. Maighread Ni Ghrasta and ...
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THE EPSTEIN – Burn The Branches (Zawinul Records ZWRO102)

Having followed The Epstein for many years, I’m constantly reminded of how difficult it is for a top quality band to find the break they ...
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Sam Lee announces new album, Old Wow

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He is a multi award-winning singer with a rich and soulful voice, a committed folk song ...
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MARTYN JOSEPH – Days Of Decision (Pipe Records PRCD029)

What do we know about Phil Ochs? He was a member of the 50s/60s protest movement and a prolific songwriter admired by his contemporaries. He ...
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THUNDER AND RAIN – Passing In The Night (own label)

Thunder And Rain are a four-piece band from Colorado who play Americana-esque music that is influenced by a mix of styles from classic country to ...
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RAGTOP DOWN – Contents May Settle (own label)

They took their name from an old Little Feat song which should give you a clue about where they’re coming from. Except that Ben Tunningley, ...
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TOMMY SANDS – Fair Play To You All (Spring SCD 1066)

The picture on the cover of Tommy Sands recent album is a literal illustration of an old Irish saying which, in England, is only uttered ...
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JIM AND SUSIE MALCOLM – The Berries (Beltane Records Belcd113)

Jim and Susie Malcolm’s The Berries is an exquisite album of Scottish folk music. This is a record of harmony, in which Jim’s Scottish porridge-pure ...
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ARFUR DOO & THE TOERAGS – Till Death Us Doo Part (own label)

Unless you live in the Essex area some explanation may be required. Arfur Doo & The Toerags have been together for twenty years but have ...
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SAM WEBER – Everything Comes True (Sonic Unyon Records)

Sam Weber’s Everything Comes True is a warm walk in favorite forest. It’s a record of commercial appeal that still contains the wooded feel of ...
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Video Wall 12

Welcome to our final Video Wall of the year which also affords us a peek into 2020. With that in mind we begin with SAM ...
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