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Tannara - Strands (Braw Sailin Records)

Tannara are an atmospheric traditional band. Tracks like Smiling and Good Ship on their second album STRANDS are glorious and beautifully played, building into dense music that is all swirling fiddle melodies and infectious rhythms. While the songs capture some of that emotional Celtic soul like...

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4

Claire Hastings - Those Who Roam (Luckenbooth Records)

THOSE WHO ROAM is the second album from former BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Claire Hastings. The album is a smooth mix of Traditional, Claire's own songs and a folked up version of the much covered King Of California by Dave Alvin. The band, Jenn Butterworth guitar, Laura Wilkie...

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4

Katherine Campbell - Robert Burns Tune Unknown (Self Release)

Released for Burns Day 2019 this is a labour of love. Singer and Robert Burns authority Katherine Campbell has selected 10 songs where the original tune is unknown or lost. The tunes and piano accompaniment are all Katherine's own. The considered beautiful piano, the wonderful recordings and...

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3

Scott Wainwright - Sentimental Debris (Self Release)

Scott is a master guitar player. After the layered lavish music of TALKING BACKWOODS his last album SENTIMENTAL DEBRIS is a tighter ship of solo guitar instrumentals recorded in one four hour session. If those parameters put pressure on Scott, it doesn't show in these measured shining acoustic...

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4

John Kilzer - Scars (Archer Records)

The sentiments in the opening verse, 'It ain't no big deal, I've got a flatbed truck, Half a tank of gas and sixteen bucks..' in a half Eagles, half Springsteen delivery, would probably not be immediately associated with the thoughts of an ordained Minister, yet this is by no means the only...

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3

The Brothers Gillespie - The Fell (Self Release)

The Brothers Gillespie, raised in Northumberland and now based in Hexham are a vocal guitar and fiddle duo. Laid out on paper the recipe is deceptively simple, two guitars, two brothers voices, whistle, fiddle and touches of percussion and clarsach. But sometimes, great ingredients and skilled...

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5

Reg Meuross - 12 Silk Handkerchiefs (Hatsongs)

A mixture of songs and spoken word telling the story of Lillian Bilocca in the wake of the tragic Hull triple trawler disaster of 1968, which claimed the lives of fifty-eight men. The six songs, together with their spoken introductions, evoke the true life characters involved in this struggle. Reg...

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3

Sver - Reverie (Folkhall Records)

Sver are a five piece Norwegian Swedish Folk Rock band and REVERIE is their forth album. Recorded live in Norway over two days, the album is an impressive mix of lively upbeat and more contemplative. The Doctor , written by fiddle player Olav Luksengard Mjelva to mark the qualification of his...

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4

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...

Star rating: 
4

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