Tuesday 15 June 2021

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Who He?- Ian Carr

Who He?- Ian Carr

Sessions lead to anonymity. Discuss… Ian Carr’s pedigree as a guitarist is in no doubt, his name credited on albums by the likes of Swap, Heidi Tablot, John McCusker, Eddi Reader and Kate Rusby. None of those artists carry makeweights, so understand Mr. Carr is...

Into the Sea- Dean Owens

Into the Sea- Dean Owens

I first saw Dean Owens play at The Slaughtered Lamb in London a few years ago, opening for the brilliant American songwriter Nels Andrews, and I don’t know if it’s because I’d already made the association, but the lush, sweeping Americana of this new record does call...

Illusion- Snowapple

Illusion- Snowapple

One from the ‘beyond’ section of the review stack, Snowapple are a theatrical, close harmony, Dutch trio. Despite sending no explanation with their album I can tell you theyare Una, Laurien and Laura- thank heaven for the internet. Illusion has an almost Alice in...

Spokes EP- Sam Kelly

Spokes EP- Sam Kelly

You either have to overlook or forgive the fact that Sam Kelly was once involved with reality TV – I won’t name the show, but it does have an individual named Mr Cowell in charge. Thankfully he survived unscathed and has come up chipper and is certainly wiser for the...

From the Storm- The Blue Pig Orchestra

From the Storm- The Blue Pig Orchestra

Fylde-centric and proud of it, the Blue Pigs play the strip between Blackpool, Fleetwood and Thornton-Cleveleys, eternally bound to the Lancashire coast. Since last summer they’ve featured the talents of mega fiddler Richard Curran. From The Storm is their second...

Fate EP- Hannah Sanders

Fate EP- Hannah Sanders

It’s quite a surprise – very pleasant mind – when Hannah Sanders leaps from the CD player clean across the kitchen and hooks her take of I’ll Weave My Love A Garland clean into your psyche.With a background in unadorned folk harmony and a lengthy stay in the US of A...

Alone on the World Stage- Cameron Blake

Alone on the World Stage- Cameron Blake

Cameron Blake entered the folk scene in 2009 and really hasn’t looked back since. His latest offering Alone On The World Stage promises to be his best yet, with contemporary folk songs, excellent lyricism and adroit guitar work. Considering the album largely features...

Songs About Other People- Harry Harris

Songs About Other People- Harry Harris

People have been expecting big things of Harry Harris since the release of his self-titled album at the tender age of 17. Some years later Harry returns with his brand new album Songs About Other People and reaffirms the praise he had previously received. Harry’s song...

Blackbirds – Gretchen Peters

Blackbirds – Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters latest album is a timely look at mortality and the accretion of experience we build up as the years rack up. The lauded Nashville singer songwriter has won enough awards to fill many mantlepieces over her career, and was recently inducted to the...

Silence & Tears – Galley Beggar

Silence & Tears – Galley Beggar

Someone, somewhere, sometime obviously whispered in Galley Beggar’s ear that wearing your influences on your sleeve is all very well, you can probably get away with it for a while but sooner or later you’ve got to stand up and be yourself. Welcome to Silence &...

Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Mad Max: Fury Road Review

Finally, a blockbuster movie that delivers on the promise of its trailers. Movie goers tend to be sceptical of teasers and trailers these days, studios churn out slick marketing campaigns that hype movies to unattainable levels. Just look at  Ridley Scott's Prometheus...

Kings Of The South Seas

Kings Of The South Seas

Be careful next time you wander into the musty interior of the local second hand book shop, that’s what Ben Nicholls did and his casual purchase became an obsession. Kings of the South Seas are a branch of his diverse melodic creation which concentrates on the...

LORE by Elder – review

LORE by Elder – review

It has been four years since Elder's last album, the excellent Dead Roots Stirring. This follow up carries on with the Massachusetts trios endlessly inventive ability to meld heavy rock, psych melodies and a stoner vibe into sonic landscapes that suck you in like a...

The Lowest Pair – The Sacred Hearts Sessions

The Lowest Pair – The Sacred Hearts Sessions

Arrgghhhh the noise. The violent babble of modernity. The digital burr. The screaming chaos of the world setting itself on fire. The squawking spew of celebrity. The chattering whiffle and whibble of political discourse. Atrocities at every turn. Fear rising....

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes

This sump­tuous gra­phic novel do­cu­ments and dra­ma­ti­ses the life of the le­gen­da­ry Woody Gut­hrie, a mu­si­ci­an who con­ti­nues to fa­sci­na­te and in­flu­ence to this day, ne­ar­ly fifty years after his death. He wrote hund­reds of folk songs, many of them...

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

I rarely see movies – which is maybe something I shouldn’t readily admit to potential backers of the film script I’m supposedly writing. Last film I saw, in fact, was Les Miserables - stirring stuff, but who the hell cast Russell Crowe?!? However, lured by the offer...

Composer chosen for Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies

Composer chosen for Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies

It is generally a given that John Williams scores Spielberg's films, due to a minor health issue (now corrected apparently) Williams won't be scoring his new film 'Bridge of Spies'. Instead the composer will be Thomas Newman, who also happens to be scoring the new...

The Toerag Sessions – Emily Barker

The Toerag Sessions – Emily Barker

Emily Barker's career has gone through many incarnations, and as a performer she is as happy performing solo to a small audience as she is fronting a band to thousands. Her songwriting alone has a depth that few attain, her most recent album with the Red Clay Halo...

Perfidia by James Ellroy

Perfidia by James Ellroy

The start of a new LA quartet is a big day for Ellroy fans, for the uninitiated his original crime fiction quartet encompassed the novels The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz, all of them are set in 1950s LA and follow a connected set of...

Railroad Earth – Last Of The Outlaws

Railroad Earth – Last Of The Outlaws

With a name borrowed from Jack Kerouac and a musical philosophy which sees them soaked in heritage to the point where trying to pin any badge of style on them is useless, Railroad Earth are pretty distinctive. Dotting the album cover with old time images and...