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Holy Moly and the Crackers - Salem (Pink Lane Records)

There's little doubt that Holy Moly and the Crackers are one of the most vibrant live outfits in the country today, a band whose individual members attract your immediate attention, making it difficult for you to take your eyes off any one of them. There's the charismatic frontman Conrad Bird,...

Rafiki Jazz - Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records)

Things change as they travel, all things are broadened by travel and music is infused as it crosses the world. So Township Jazz of the 50s and 60s, filtered Post Bop through an African bounce and lightness of touch. Gambia’s Bembeya Jazz National band synthesised Jazz, Cuban rhythms and Rock n Roll...

Ryan Young - Ryan Young (Ryan Young Music)

Voted 'Up and Coming Artist' at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in December 2016 and a finalist from BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Music Awards in both 2015 and 2016. Ryan Young has performed on the BBC Hogmany Show and at 'T'in the Park to around 80,000 people, sharing the main stage...

David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack (Acony)

Some years ago, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were at the forefront of a resurgence in the interest around American traditional music and its roots. It was a similar reaction against the schmaltzy aspects of Nashville to the one pushed forward by 'outlaw' and 'new' country acts before them...

Fine Lines - Hour of Need (Parade Recordings)

Before I start, I shall have to declare an interest – I like Fine Lines and looked forward to the release of this, their debut album with a fair degree of anticipation and on initial listening was not disappointed. However, in the interest of fairness and objectivity, HOUR OF NEED was shared with...

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