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Just Beyond The Shine –  Peach and Quiet

Just Beyond The Shine –  Peach and Quiet

This is a quality CD that comfortably straddles the line between country and Americana. Peach and Quiet are Heather Read and Jonny Miller. They have an established reputation on the Canadian roots scene and judging by this it’s well deserved. They offer up songs with...

Temperature’s Rising – Milton Hide

Temperature’s Rising – Milton Hide

This should be called Country and Wilmington music. Let me explain. Milton Hide are Jim and Josie Tipler from Wilmington, Sussex and they take their name from a patch of woodland near their home. They are a folk duo that do what good folksingers do. They wander...

Beeswing by Richard Thompson

Beeswing by Richard Thompson

One of the benefits of career longevity is the amassed treasure of past recordings that can be compiled, reworked or repackaged. Inevitably, there is plenty to write about too. That's how we end up with Richard Thompson's first autobiography, 'Beeswing'. It...

Sounds Like Knockengorroch – Various Artists

Sounds Like Knockengorroch – Various Artists

Double CD  as diverse as the Knockengorroch gathering itself – hopefully Covid clear, held this coming September – which was laid over due to circumstances and replaced by a digital event. Most of this eclectic roster have become firm festival favourites, whilst...

Also/Abbey Cottage – Eddie Baird

Also/Abbey Cottage – Eddie Baird

From the archives of Lincolnshire guitarist Eddie Baird comes a two fer reissue on Manchester's worthy Epona label. You may know his name from The Amazing Blondel, if you've the original Island LPs where they dressed as dandies, revealing a music rooted in centuries...

Still Time – Karen Matheson

Still Time – Karen Matheson

Begun a decade ago ‘Still Time,’ sat on the shelf as Matheson’s life unfolded personal loss, brought back during the difficult days of lock down, reflection meant focus updated the tracks and completion. Over seen by husband Donald Shaw who handles multiple...

Todd Rundgren’s Clearly Human Virtual Concert

Todd Rundgren’s Clearly Human Virtual Concert

So, Todd Rundgren, the Nutty Professor of rock’n’roll returns, but this time to your living room via his 2021 Clearly Human virtual tour, featuring 25 performances, each tailored to a different US city but all emanating each night from Chicago. The 8pm start time may...

Songs Of Old Govan  – Norrie MacIver & The Glasgow Barons

Songs Of Old Govan  – Norrie MacIver & The Glasgow Barons

So there I was the other night flicking lazily through the channels in a frustrating search for something worth viewing, when I chanced upon the BBC’s Scots Gaelic channel Alba. What this worthy station was broadcasting meant I stopped channel hopping and viewed with ...

We Will Meet Again – Merry Hell

We Will Meet Again – Merry Hell

Another shot of bouncy positivity clothed in a glorious melody, with singalong refrain and a huge, voluminous guitar solo from the north-west’s eternal optimists. No other band has strived harder to foster communal spirit and shared sympathies in these difficult...

Intarsia – Sistere

Intarsia – Sistere

Sistere is a duo comprising percussionist Jo May and singer and multi- instrumentalist Sarah Matthews. Jo was orchestrally trained but since 1996 she has plied her trade all the way from Sidmouth to Senegal and has focussed a lot of her attention on the balafon (a...

Winter Sun – Brian Connaughton  

Winter Sun – Brian Connaughton  

This is an adventurous work  which comprises a single nineteen minute track that tells a saga-like story set in the style of an ancient ballad. It’s presented against a musical backdrop that uses settings which encompass simple finger-style guitar, an Appalachian...

Anoura – Anansy Cissé

Anoura – Anansy Cissé

World Music, as defined a few years back, has taken a change in direction as the internet has made music from around the globe readily available to all. Sometimes, distinct musical genres get blurred into what gets described as 'fusion music' - a terrible terminology....

Royal York Crescent E.P.  – Ian A. Anderson

Royal York Crescent E.P.  – Ian A. Anderson

Fifty one years ago the folk boom was booming, especially in Bristol, where a fresh faced, long haired, floppy hat wearing country blues guitarist started a label, “ to be to contemporary folk what Trailer Records was to the traditionalists.” That hat and the guitar...

Vincular – Ron Jappy

Vincular – Ron Jappy

The only problem with being an in demand Scots musician, like young Ron here, is that when it comes to a solo album you’re that used to being a team player you naturally follow the pattern when it comes to your own work. Fortunately for Ron and for us, his mates on...

Voodoo Bones & Vaudeville Blues – Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls

Voodoo Bones & Vaudeville Blues – Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls

Despite all the voodoo, hoodoo and heavy eyeliner, Jo Carley and her associates have come through a couple albums of heavy magic and spooked blues’n’rhythm to some acclaim. This, their third, is any way you care to look at it, most likely their best yet, although it...

Seeker – Brigitte DeMeyer

Seeker – Brigitte DeMeyer

If Brigitte DeMeyer can stand comparison to Emmylou Harris then co-conspirator/proudcer Jano Rix is her Daniel Lanois. Even if she can’t then ‘Seeker,’ is still a pretty cool thing. Writing what she terms ‘greasy southern soul,’ DeMeyer bounces country clichés clear...

In Which – The Teacups

In Which – The Teacups

This nineteen track CD celebrates twenty years of The Teacups and to mark their decision to finally go their separate ways. Alex, Kate, Rosie and Will came together in 2010 at the Folk Music Degree course at Newcastle University where they discovered a shared love of...

Edge of the World –  Judy Fairbairns

Edge of the World –  Judy Fairbairns

Deeply personal songs that reflect the way of life for this resident of the Isle of Mull and to expand on her absorbing personal blog /2013 memoir ‘Island Life’.  It seems a shame I have not heard of Judy before. She has a beautiful, pure and simple voice. With...

Unsung – John Villiers

Unsung – John Villiers

John Villiers is the alter ego of reggae and blues guitarist Andy Parker, well known for the kind of laid back instrumentals you put on to accompany that drink when you get home late. This is something very different. Lock down saw John use a small collection of...

The Dig

The Dig

The story of the excavation of the Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon burials in Suffolk in 1939 starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan.