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Number 48

Joe Ely - Honky Tonk Masquerade (MCA MCF 2832) The 1970s produced some of the most stomach-churning country and western records ever to infiltrate national radio and the top 40 charts. All the Tammys, Dollys, Kennys and Glenns made country music famous again but for all the wrong reasons. It made...

Number 208 - 25.12.11

Medicine Show - James Low Western Front (Whiskey farmer) Sleep Shapes - Straylings (Entertainment on Foreign Grounds) Well Run Dry - Fish and Bird (Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void) Magic Christmas Tree - Pilgrims' Way (EP) The Garden - Ruth Moody (The Garden) Within Without You - Ruth...

Number 47

Clive Gregson and Christine Collister - Home and Away (Cooking Vinyl Cook003) After the break up of Any Trouble in 1984, Clive Gregson first of all went solo and then joined Richard Thompson's band, where he would meet up with vocalist Christine Collister. It must have been around 1986 when Richard...

Number 207 - 18.12.11

Ooh La Baby - Galia Arad (Ooh La Baby) Play On - Larkin Poe (Thick As Thieves) Traveling Shoes - Ruth Moody (The Garden) Fallen By the Wayside - Madison Violet (The Good in Goodbye) Christy Ellen Francis - Madison Violet (The Good in Goodbye) Bye Bye Montreal - Amelia Curran (Hunter Hunter) Just a...

Number 46

Pretty Things - Freeway Madness (Warner Brothers K46190) I was always amused by the name this bunch chose for their band; a less pretty bunch you could not imagine. They're still going strong and I met up with Phil May earlier this year, therefore I can confirm that with age their aesthetic...

Number 45

Steve Tilston - Collection (Transatlantic TRA252) Steve Tilston was just 22 when he made this his second LP. The Liverpool-born singer-songwriter has subsequently become one of the British folk scene's most enduring songwriters and a fascinating and accomplished guitar player. If Steve's debut LP...

Number 206 - 11.12.11

I Wish You Well - Cara Dillon (After the Morning) Hard Working Man - Seth Lakeman (Hearts and Minds) Everything - Elly Kellner (Elly Kellner EP) Letting the Mad Dogs Lie - Matthews Southern Comfort (Kind of New) Time Will Show the Wiser - Fairport Convention (Fairport Convention) Woodstock -...

Number 205 - 04.12.11

Paranoid Big Brother - 3 Daft Monkeys (Social Vertigo) Add Me - Chumbawamba (The Boy Bands Have Won) Room 215 - Peatbog Faeries (Dust) Traiveller's Joy - Emily Smith (Traiveller's Joy) Waltzing's For Dreamers - Emily Smith (Traiveller's Joy) Adoon Winding Nith - Emily Smith and Jamie McLellan (...

Number 44

Robin and Barry Dransfield - The Rout of the Blues (Trailer LER 2011) Despite this record being recorded in 1970, I didn't hear it until much later. It wasn't until I started singing in folk clubs with childhood friend Malc Ware, who encouraged me to sing harmony with him, that I became interested...

Number 43

Amazing Blondel - Fantasia Lindum (Island ILPS 9156) There's been three distinctive Blondel periods in my life. The discovery, the re-discovery and then finally the, erm, re-re-discovery. The discovery occurred in the early 1970s when I found their fourth LP England in a second hand shop and I...

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