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Number 12

Whippersnapper - Promises (WPS WPS001) By the mid-1980s I was pretty much part of the local folk scene and hungry to book some of the great acoustic acts in the country, Martin Simpson, Bert Jansch, June Tabor etc. When Whippersnapper burst onto the scene with this first album Promises, they rose...

Number 171 - 10.04.11

Robin Hood's Bay - Richard Kitson (Home and Dry) My Love - Richard Kitson (Home and Dry) If I Knew - Stephanie Lambring (Lonely to Alone) Lonely To Alone - Stephanie Lambring (Lonely to Alone) Whole Lotta Nothin' Going On - Nigel Stonier (Notes From Overground) The Wood and the Wire - Fairport...

Number 11

Doc and Merle Watson - Red Rocking Chair (Flying Fish FF252) I first heard Doc and Merle Watson's Red Rocking Chair in the early 1980s on a vinyl LP which lived in Doncaster Central Music Library. I borrowed it and didn't want to give it back. I thought I had struck gold or found the holy grail or...

Number 170 - 03.04.11

Heartache Train - Jeff and Vida (Selma Chalk) Trance - Larkin Poe (Winter EP) The Warning Bell - Devon Sproule (I Love You Go Easy) Old Virginia Block - Devon Sproule (Keep Your Silver Shined) Montreal Waltz - Devon Sproule (Devon) Plea For A Good Night's Rest - Devon Sproule (Upstate Songs) Let’s...

Number 10

The Jimmy Giuffre Trio - The Train and the River (Atlantic Special 590011) One of the most memorable moments in the 1959 film documentary of the previous year's Newport Jazz Festival is the opening title sequence, where familiar names such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Dinah...

Number 169 - 27.03.11

One Day - Louise Orfila (That Girl) Ain't That the Way - Devon Sproule (Don't Hurry For Heaven) Foolish - Pepe Belmonte (The Hermit's Waltz) Jesse Likes Birds - Carrie Elkin (Call It My Garden) Edge of the World - Carrie Elkin (Call It My Garden) The Train and the River - The Jimmy Giuffre Trio (...

Number 168 - 20.03.11

Lucky You - The Believers (Lucky You) Who Am I Kidding - Amy Lashley (Travels of a Homebody) Yalla Yalla - Sultans of String (Yalla Yalla) Lie To Me Blues - Across the Borderline (Lie To Me) You Don't Need - Across the Borderline (Lie To Me) Dublin Blues - Across the Borderline (Lie To Me) Fourth...

Number 9

Arizona Smoke Revue - A Thundering on the Horizon (Rola R006) It's 1987 and I'm at the Cropredy Festival, Fairport Convention's annual bash, there specifically to catch John Martyn and Danny Thompson on the Friday night. We were running slightly late and could hear the wailing fiddle of Le Rue over...

Number 8

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (Liberty LBS83273) In 1969/1970 my record collection boasted a little red box full to bursting with 45rpm 'singles'. There was no crap in there. That little box was my pride and joy. Whilst the radio insisted we needed to hear Rolf Harris singing about Two...

Number 167 - 13.03.11

I Want To Be Loved - Foghorn Trio (Sud De La Louisiane) Calendar - Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo (Almanac) The Well-Dressed Son To His Sweetheart - Devon Sproule (Keep Your Silver Shined) I'm Beside You - Hickman and Quinn (Times) The Hanging of Jack Brown - Hickman and Quinn (Times) Late...

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