Tuesday 15 June 2021

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Watershed – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Watershed – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin had a huge debut with 'Mynd' so expectations are high for their follow up. If you have seen them live over the past year or so you will know their repertoire goes far beyond the songs on Mynd, festival appearances in particular have...

Mountain Meeting – Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson

Mountain Meeting – Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson

Mountain Meeting is indeed a good name, within Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson's music is a sense of massive space underscored with a level of detail that focuses ones attention ever deeper. Their debut album consists of eleven tracks that are their interpretations...

Conflict Tourism – Gilmore & Roberts

Conflict Tourism – Gilmore & Roberts

Katriona and Jamie return with their fourth album, 'Conflict Tourism', and they continue their upward trajectory. This time around there is a central theme of them as observers of the threads of conflict running through us and the world that we live in. During the...

The Untied Knot – Shooglenifty

The Untied Knot – Shooglenifty

Acid Croft, the original and genuine, since 1990. Now with added mouth music. Accept no substitutes. Most I guess would have been quite contented with another straight forward Shooglenifty album, but when you’re the originators of a whole new funky Caledonian genre...

Navajos & Pirates – na-mara

Navajos & Pirates – na-mara

Note the absent capitals – somewhat confusing – 'na-mara' alias Paul McNamara and Rob Garcia, delve into the continent to source a good percentage of this, their third album, whether it be the adaptation of Spanish and French trad or as inspiration for their own...

Blackhouse – The Peatbog Faeries

Blackhouse – The Peatbog Faeries

Received wisdom guides that reviews always begin with some kind of background, an explanation maybe….well, fiddlesticks to that. Put straight, you need Blackhouse, don’t read any further, it’s seven shades of brilliant! Received wisdom you see could never apply to The...

Yeti Love

Yeti Love

Yeti Love is a duo of songwriters Peter Hamilton and Dave Sears. Hamilton is half Spanish with roots in Galicia and a lot of the rhythmic patterns of the regions folk music have fed into Yeti Loves sound. Add to that his and Sears backgrounds in rock bands and you...

The Ties That Bind – Mawkin

The Ties That Bind – Mawkin

The art of folk rocking with taste and dexterity has latterly been Mawkin’s effective calling card which The Ties That Bind cements with considerable aplomb. It’s testament to a repertoire which whilst electric and edgy, is never once OTT or less than thoughtful. This...

Today Is The Tomorrow We Were Promised Yesterday – Samuel Taylor

Today Is The Tomorrow We Were Promised Yesterday – Samuel Taylor

Now, here’s an idea, Samuel Taylor – not Sam notice, very formal – has hit on the notion of travelling here and there around the globe and recording in likable localities if he gets the itch. This one’s been created in Nashville, Tenessee, hence the subtitle and it’s...

Coracle – Emily Portman

Coracle – Emily Portman

It’s a dark place that Emily Portman writes about or imagines. There is little light, in a world full of natural, wild and rustic imagery, a place where lore and the supernatural twist what we think we already know and understand. At times it’s down-right disturbing,...

The Girl I Left Behind Me – India Electric Company

The Girl I Left Behind Me – India Electric Company

Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, two migratory Devonians with strong ties to Midge (Ultravox) Ure, are the centre of India Electric, the sort of act you just can’t pin down for love nor money. And that’s the very reason they’re so glorious. You’d expect something quite...

News From Nowhere – Mr. Love & Justice

News From Nowhere – Mr. Love & Justice

Lots of bands now come as a collective rather than a fixed line up, umbrella organisation means that whilst key individuals retain control others can be cherry picked to suit certain songs. The man with the ideas here is singer songwriter Steve Cox, obviously in love...

Family Man – Glenn Hodge Banned

Family Man – Glenn Hodge Banned

Rallying cry for lost voices as they try to provide for their family in a self and money obsessed society. Glenn Hodge is the mouth piece for those disaffected by the ‘me’ philosophy which permeates Britain at all levels. Family man charts the paths to encourage...

Light Over There

Light Over There

FM pop mixes country overtones, made remarkably by Rex Haberman, a seasoned Minneapolis rocker and Alleen Henderson, a relative novice from the west coast of Ireland. They’ve never met in real life. Five tracks which hurl out of the speakers with the best of the...

The Bell That Never Rang – Lau

The Bell That Never Rang – Lau

Is there any point in really trying to predict Lau’s creative path? Answer no, not in the least, which relieves the listener of one burden and increases the enjoyment of The Bell That Never Rang all the more. Perspective is a different thing entirely, there was no way...

Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

This is Demon Barbers’ first full-length album in five years. Constant touring as a band and The Lock In dance roadshow has generated a repertoire and reputation that flies high when it comes to producing innovative live entertainment. It is, however, not quite so...

TradArrr – Cautionary Tales

TradArrr – Cautionary Tales

Let’s make no bones about it. This is an album that is about to blaze a fresh, new trail on the well-trodden path of British folk rock. Right from the opening track, a feisty, full-on note-for-note transcription of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ orchestral English Folk Song...

Still – Richard Thompson

Still – Richard Thompson

Still, isn’t a word I readily associate with Richard Thompson, there’s been an awful lot of Thompson around lately, three albums in a short spell- if you count Family an excursion into the creative talents of his nearest and dearest- as an RT effort. After heaps of...

Raised By Wolves – Jenny Ritter

Raised By Wolves – Jenny Ritter

“Her songs go straight to your heart,” reports Jenny Ritter’s website. If by direct they mean straightforward then, I agree. However there are more layers to Raised By Wolves than just mere style. A lot of the appeal is in the arrangements which begin to instill a...

The Rose Of Roscrae – Tom Russell

The Rose Of Roscrae – Tom Russell

To call this ambitious is a bit like saying Terry Wogan’s Irish, a statement of the obvious. Russell’s a gravel voiced Texan purveying a dusty Americana, long a critical favourite, however this sprawling concept taxes all his creative facilities, to chronicle the...