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Dan Webster - Devil Sky (Self Release)

Dan Webster possesses a confident soulful voice, think Mike Scott of The Waterboys channelling rich Americana. Play Cards And Late Night Bars marries a Celtic lilt and violin with a driving tune and a punchy beat. Home Again is altogether more pensive and smooth. Dan Webster delivers a superb...

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4

Rachel McShane and the Cartographers - When All is Still

Some delightful arrangements of traditional songs each with a contemporary feel. Rachael's voice may not be quite as distinctive as Kate Rusby or Ruth Notman (for instance), but clearly her arrangements fall along similar lines. It's been almost ten years since Rachael's debut album NO MAN'S FOOL,...

Star rating: 
4

A Different Thread - On a Whim (Self Release)

Staffordshire's Robert Jackson and North Carolina's Alicia Best make up the formidable team of A Different Thread, a duo who blend their own particular roots with quite pleasing results. The dozen songs included here are all self-penned apart from the traditional The Prickly Bush , but it's...

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4

Yvonne Lyon - Everything's Fine EP (Self Release)

EVERYTHING'S FINE is a single taken from the eighth and latest album, METANOIA by Yvonne Lyon. Everything's Fine the track is a sparkly, light upbeat piece of Celtic Americana. Yvonne's voice within the first moments reminds me of both Eddi Reader, who she has toured with and Aimee Mann, two of my...

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4

Letitia VanSant - Gut It To The Studs (Self Release)

Letitia VanSant writes fine songs and delivers them in a voice that first demands, then holds your attention. The grit and rasp of experience mixes with a beautifully phrased delivery, like the burr on a country violin or the crackle in Stan Getz's low drawn out saxophone notes. There are the...

Star rating: 
5

Assynt - Road to the North (Self Release)

Assynt, are a new Scottish trio, playing self penned tunes influenced by the Highland and Gaelic Traditions. The band comprises David Sheddan Pipes and Whistles, Graham Mackenzie, Fiddle and Innes White Guitar and Mandolin. On this, their first album they are joined by BBC Radio Scotland's Young...

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4

Terence Blacker - Enough About Me (Self Release)

Terence Blacker is a singer songwriter and writer of wry offbeat songs. Like dry Jake Thackray and American Tom Lehrer, Blacker has the ability to look at the ordinary, everyday, that nobody writes about and turn out gems of social observation. Like Lehrer and Thackray his powers of observation are...

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4

The Hot Seats - Stupid Mountain Too Big (Self Release)

The Hot Seats, for the purposes of this, their first album in three years, are a five piece band from Richmond Virginia, with fiddle, guitars, banjos, bass and attitude. There are tracks like Ida Red and When You Were Young that are hot as their seats with frenetic playing and passionate vocals,...

Star rating: 
4

Gregory Page - A Wild Rose (Self Release)

While himself a North London born Irish-Armenian third generation musician with a grandfather Dave Page who was a master Uilleann Piper, Gregory Page describes his music as Americeltic. Like the Malian Griots the Pages are generationally alive with music, Gregory's parents met while their...

Star rating: 
3

Kila - Tóg é go Bog é (Kila Records)

If we were to gather together each Kila release along with all the various solo records and side projects, we would have a rather prolific collection to behold and Tóg é go Bog é would probably gleam as the band's stand out statement. Originally released on CD and cassette back in 1997, the album...

Star rating: 
4

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