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Birichen - Hush (Self Release)

Birichen is the creation of Highlands singer Catriona Sutherland. Joined by Iain-Gordan Macfarlane on fiddle and guitar and Robert McDonald on dobro slide guitar, this represents Catriona and Birichen's first release. Stand outs on this five track EP are opener Holding On To Each Moment and the...

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5

Larkin Poe - Venom and Faith (Tricki-Woo Records)

Those who were lucky enough to be around at the beginning of Larkin Poe's exciting 'journey', a journey that has been on an upwardly mobile trajectory since Rebecca and Megan Lovell first branched off from their elder sibling whilst adopting a name borrowed from one of their ancestors, will have...

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4

Talisk - Beyond (Talisk Records)

Beginning with its serene guitar/concertina/fiddle melody, one which urges the captivated listener to crank up the volume and fall willingly into a Celtic trance, the stunning Montreal - opening track of Talisk's latest album BEYOND - soon leaps into a compelling rhythmic gallop. It's a wonderfully...

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4

Jesse Matas - Tamarock (Self Release)

Jesse Matas has been a singer, songwriter and band front man for 22 years. He is also a published poet with a first collection due to be published In 2019. You can hear his rock poems on tracks like Monach where with a voice like Allan Ginsberg or Laurie Anderson Jesse is riffing on words and the...

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5

Hickory Signals - Turn to Fray (GF*M Records)

A fine collection of songs both new and old, original and traditional, each delivered in a clear and unpretentious manner with a clear and unpretentious message. The songs, whether borrowed from the tradition, Who Put the Blood, Bushes and Briars or adapted from poetry, Noise of the Waters (James...

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3

Hidden Cabins - The Hidden Cabins Band EP (Pyrrhic Victory Recordings)

Originally conceived as a duo, this New Jersey/North Carolina partnership Hidden Cabins, consisting of Craig Cirinelli and Brian Hofgesang, soon expanded enough to include new members Rich Perry on drums and Jason Del Guidice on bass, bringing to the party a much fatter and edgier sound. It was...

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4

Gaye Su Akyol - Istikrarh Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat)

After establishing herself as one of Turkey's most promising young performers with her last album HOLOGRAM IMPARATORLUGU in 2016, Gaye Su Akyol has in no way rested on her laurels, returning with an astonishingly well produced follow up. The ten tracks that make up ISTIKRARH HAYAL HAKIKATTIR...

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4

Katy Moffatt - Katy/Kissin' in the California Sun (Retro World)

If Retroworld were to reissue any two of Katy Moffatt's albums, then it might as well be the two that the Fort Worth, Texas-born singer songwriter made in the 1970s; her debut KATY and its hot on the heels follow up KISSIN' IN THE CALIFORNIA SUN. Like the Beatles, the Stones and Dylan (well almost...

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3

Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg - Twin Sons of Different Mothers (Retro World)

Reissue of Dan Fogelberg's collaborative album with Tim Weisberg. Very deliberately out of Fogelberg's recognisable style and with Weisberg's flute taking centre stage for much of the very short album, coming in at just over thirty minutes, the album is highly melodic, so much so it could easily...

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3

Yves Lambert Trio - Tentation (La Pruche Libre)

Very much inspired by The Temptation of Saint Anthony, the cheerfully smiling Yves Lambert is set amidst the Bosch-like serpents and fish-things on the cover etching of this latest release by Yves and his trio, Tommy Gauthier and Oliver Rondeau, who are equally pleased with themselves on the inner...

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3

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