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Du Glas - Too Many Ghosts (Self Release)

Debut album from Penzance-based four-piece country/folk combo, whose name translates from the Cornish as 'blue/black.' Of the thirteen songs here, a dozen are originals written by the band's guitar player Anthony Power, with just the one cover, Jean Richie's staple The L and N Don't Stop Here...

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3

Merry Hell - Anthems to the Wind (Self Release)

For the last eight years the band formerly known as Tansads has been trading under the Merry Hell banner and bringing to each of their many concert appearances just that. They're undoubtedly an exciting live band, full of energy and vitality, yet their anthemic songs have found an equally...

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4

Porchlight Smoker - 4 (Long Way Home Music)

Brighton-based British/American alt-country quartet Porchlight Smoker return with just under a dozen predominantly self-penned originals on this the band's fourth album release, aptly entitled 4 (Four). The band's choice of covers sit well with their original songs, such as Gillian Welch's mournful...

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3

Barnstormer 1649 - Restoration Tragedy (Self Release)

If like me your knowledge on Attila The Stockbroker is sadly lacking and limited to his performance poetry, politics and music of the 1980s then prepare to be confounded and taken in by RESTORATION TRAGEDY. Barnstormer 1649 is the band who deliver what they describe as Roundhead Renaissancecore ...

Star rating: 
4

Joe Pisto and Fausto Beccalossi - Interplay (Belfagor)

A sort of 'meeting of the spirits' featuring Joe Pisto's informed guitar playing and Fausto Beccalossi's enchanting accordion flurries. Predominantly instrumental with a few moments of scat vocals, INTERPLAY is a delightful experience, which I imagine could be enjoyed in a variety of ways; in a...

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4

Kim Richards - Leaves That Fly (Self Release)

Kim Richards is an artist, designer, teacher, musician, singer and songwriter from Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. Exposed to traditional music sessions at home, writing songs for as long as she can remember and making cassette recordings since she was seven, this assured and well crafted album...

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4

Dan Rauchwerk - We Are More Than What We Leave Behind (Self Release)

Dan Rauchwerk is a founding member of the Folk group The Lords Of Liechtenstein. On WE ARE MORE THAN WE LEAVE BEHIND, you can hear the sound of his band coming through, but there is a slower tempo feel to the songs with air and space in the arrangements. Dan's voice is more resonant and richer on...

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4

Robb Johnson - Ordinary Giants (Irregular Records)

Ordinary Giants is a song suite by songwriter and performer Robb Johnson that explores the life and times of Ron Johnson, his father, a family history of the Second World War and the Welfare State. Robb has already released GENTLE MEN, Mojo Magazine’s Folk album of the month in 1997, exploring...

Star rating: 
5

Nancy K Dillon - A Game of Swans (Rose Rock Records)

Nancy K Dillon has a warm, pure voice that you could listen to all night. There is that lilt that recalls a more Country Indigo Girls and some of Nancy Griffith's crystal purity. Dutchman's Gold shows her ability to weave stories out of touchstone lyrical elements to make textbook Americana. Nancy...

Star rating: 
4

Iona Fyfe - Dark Turn Of Mind EP (Cairnie Records)

Fresh on the tails of 2018’s excellent AWAY FROM MY WINDOW, Iona Fyfe returns with a six track release, DARK TURN OF MIND. Iona's 2018 debut album after a series of Eps established her as one of Scotland's finest ballad singers and rooted in the tradition while not afraid to experiment and absorb...

Star rating: 
4

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