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Fela Kuti - Box Set #4 (Knitting Factory)

There's little doubt that Fela Kuti's popularity grew after his death in 1997. Re-issues of his albums, under various guises including Koola Lobitos, Nigeria 70, Africa 70 and Egypt 80, have come and gone over the last couple of decades since his untimely death, with each LP release finding new...

Peatbog Faeries - Live @ 25 (Peatbog Records)

The Peatbog Faeries have been delivering their special blend of twisted Scottish Traditional Music, Electronica, Folk, Jazz and Rock since 1991. Their exciting Celtic Fusion music has been wryly described as Acid Croft. Given the Peatbog Faeries origins in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Acid Croft...

The Transports - A Tale of Exile and Migration (Hudson Records)

An epic staged 'folk-opera' collaboration featuring members of The Young'uns, Faustus and Bellowhead along with folk royalty Nancy Kerr and Greg Russell, The Transports toured to massive acclaim in 2017, and this live recording of that production heralds a further tour in January 2018 which will...

Coca Tenorio - Cold Like Stones (Self Release)

Drenched in shimmering Spanish guitar, tropical rhythms and songs with distinct Ecuadorian flavours, COLD LIKE STONES couldn't be less Scottish. And yet the entirety of this enticing new album by Coca Tenorio was recorded at Watercolour Studios in the West Highlands of Scotland, not far from the...

Coast - Windmills in the Sky (Ruabhal Records)

Once you've heard the powerfully painterly soundscapes of Is Sinn Na Tuinn Air Bhàrr A' Chuain , the first track on WINDMILLS IN THE SKY, there's no letting go of this wonderfully sprawling new album from Scottish folk rockers Coast. With its frothing mixture of highland folk sounds, gleaming...

The Railsplitters - Jump In (Self Release)

Occasionally, a CD drops into your lap and without so much as another thought, goes immediately onto the player. There's normally a reason for this; either the cover design is so utterly thrilling you just feel obliged to stick the record on, then again, it might be the name that you recognise and...

Darden Smith - Darden Smith/Trouble No More (Retroworld)

Darden Smith is an Austin resident, Texan born singer songwriter. Emerging as part of the mid-eighties New Country boom along with Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle. It is the languid observational style of Lovett that the strong opener Two Dollar Novels, with vocals from Nancy Griffith...

Ange Hardy - Bring Back Home (Story Records)

It's hard to believe that BRING BACK HOME is Ange Hardy's sixth studio album, how did that happen?! Hardy's prolific output in no way sacrifices quality over quantity, and in fact it is the consistently high standard of her music that never ceases to amaze her ever growing and appreciative audience...

Damien O'Kane - Avenging and Bright (Pure Records)

Following on from 2015's hugely successful AREAS OF HIGH TRAFFIC, Damien O'Kane returns with his much anticipated third solo offering AVENGING AND BRIGHT. The artwork on the new album suggests a continuation of the sartorial theme that adorned the cover of his previous album, with the then sharp...

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