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Saltfishforty - Netherbow (Cellar)

The popular Orkney duo consisting of Douglas Montgomery (fiddle, viola, vocals) and Brian Cromarty (guitar, mandola, vocals), collectively known as Saltfishforty and variously seen about as part of The Chair (formerly Lazy Boy Chair), release their third album as a duo, their last being five years...

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3

Jeni and Billy - Longing For Heaven (Jewell Ridge)

Jeni and Billy return with the follow up to their JEWEL RIDGE COAL record of last year, once again bringing with this release the authentic sounds of the Appalachian Mountains. With delightful harmonies and inspired part-singing, together with fine uncluttered instrumental accompaniment, the duo...

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3

Ian Bailey - Tower Songs (Northern Sun)

Beautifully packaged atmospheric third album on Northern Sun Recordings by Lancashire-based singer-songwriter Ian Bailey, whose thoughtful compositions offer the sort of dreamy escapism that allows us to forget the world temporarily. Comprising of songs written in the idyllic setting of Lindeth...

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4

Ewan McLennan - Rags and Robes (Fellside)

Anyone familiar with Ewan McLennan's music, either having seen him perform at a festival or folk club, or having heard him on the wireless recently, will no doubt be aware that some of the songs on RAGS AND ROBES first appeared a couple of years ago on his self-titled home-made debut. As is the...

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4

Kacey Cubero - Fill Your Cup (Sweetest Meanest Music)

Kacey Cubero's third album release is a rich mixture of soulful Americana and melodic alt-country, with intelligently written songs and a bright and breezy approach to arrangement and performance. The versatile alt-country singer-songwriter moves effortlessly between bluegrass ( Two Trains ),...

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3

Skerryvore - Skerryvore (Tyree)

The third album from one of Scotland's most exciting bands to emerge over the last decade. Formed in 2004, Skerryvore have shaped their unique sound, which fuses traditional dance tunes with a hard-edged rock base and a healthy leaning towards soulful country balladeering. Formed on the Isle of...

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4

Larkin Poe - Spring (Edvins)

In the long lamented vinyl days, interestingly enough making their return with a vengeance, my understanding of the initialism 'EP' always stood for 'extended play', roughly defined as a 'single' with a couple of supplementary tracks included. Larkin Poe's SPRING EP with no less than 9 songs is for...

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5

Daniel Hertzov - Believing (Red Cat Productions)

There is little on BELIEVING, other than the name Hertzov possibly, that indicates this singer-songwriter originates from Moscow. Having lived in the USA for the best part of his life, Daniel has crafted his musical endeavours whilst listening to rock music in Boston. Eventually moving to the UK...

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3

Winter - A Matter of Time (East Central One)

Looking every bit Johnny and Edgar's kid sister, AnnaLena Winter (no relation) has rock chick written all over her, from her faded denim jeans and black leather jacket upwards as she sits for the cover shot, not exactly smiling, but with grinning, almost confrontational eyes. Seated to the left...

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3

Richard Kitson - Home and Dry (Self Release)

Barnsley-based Richard Kitson has been playing around the South Yorkshire area since 2004 as a solo singer-songwriter/guitarist. Having dabbled in the post-punk band Strawberry Jack in 1999 he went on to further dabble in a handful of blues-based outfits before heeding to the urge of trying his...

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3

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