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Adrian Nation - Fall or Fly (Laburnum Bridge)

On this his second album, the follow up to SOWING SEEDS (2003), singer-songwriter Adrian Nation has managed to blend an English sensibility with a Celtic heartbeat, with ten self-penned songs and one instrumental. Teaming up with a stellar cast of musicians including at its core, Chris West on...

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4

Joni Mitchell Project - Conversation: The Joni Tapes Volume One (Old Dog)

For those who might expect a festival of post-modern contemporary vandalism, a veritable feast of pointless reworkings of a handful of Joni Mitchell's best loved songs, the suggestion is to look elsewhere. For those who might prefer a carbon tribute complete with all the weird and wonderfully...

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4

Rachel Harrington - Celilo Falls (Skinny Dennis)

Oregon-born Rachel Harrington teams up with Ronnie McCoury, Rod Clements, Dan Salini, Corby Sander and Jon Hamar for this her third album release in just a little over three years. Produced by Evan Brubaker, CELILO FALLS follows the steady stream of highly praised albums that began with THE...

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4

Churchfitters - Sing (Self Release)

Once again adorned in the kind of colourful artwork that jumps off the shelf with the sole intention of brightening your day, the seventh album from France-based Churchfitters offers another selection of varied compositions from the atmospheric opener Knee Deep , complete with weeping musical saw...

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3

Kimmie Rhodes - Miracles on Christmas Day (Sunbird Records)

Christmas comes but once a year and when it comes it brings with it the usual barrage of familiarity such as Jimmy Stewart charging up the snowy streets of Bedford Falls like Jerry Lewis on crack, or the Queen's dreary speech at 3pm prompt or the plethora of seasonal hits, some of which constitute...

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3

Alexander Wolfe - Morning Brings a Flood (Dharma Records)

The debut album from New Cross based singer-songwriter Alexander Wolfe finds itself in the 'if you like Nick Drake, you'll like this' section of the record store, which really may as well be distributed throughout the store in several other sections as well including Paul Weller's, Tom Baxter's,...

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4

Circus Envy - A New Dawn (Self Release)

Hull-based alt-folk quintet Circus Envy have been mixing with the right people since their debut album TAKE ME HOME a couple of years ago. A NEW DAWN sees a collaboration with Megson's Stu Hannah, currently gaining a reputation as a fine producer with a sensitive ear and a tasteful disposition,...

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3

Don Partridge - The Highwayman (Longman Records)

Don Partridge briefly shot to fame in the late 1960s with his surprise hit single Rosie , which was destined to be added to the string of so-called one hit wonders of the time along with Zager and Evans and the Singing Postman, had it not been for his follow up hit Blue Eyes , which did marginally...

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3

Larkin Poe - Summer (Edvins)

Coming in almost hot on the tails of the spell-binding SPRING EP, Larkin Poe welcome in the summer, slightly later than advertised, with their predictably entitled follow up SUMMER EP, which presupposes there just might be a couple more to come before the year's out. They can just keep coming as...

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5

Po' Girl - Follow Your Bliss (Po' Girl)

In a recent British TV cop drama, a hospital male nurse with a familiar but unidentified accent was asked 'which part of the States do you come from?' to which the half agitated nurse replied, 'the Canadian ones'. I know what he means; it's difficult to shake off that vast expanse of a neighbour,...

Star rating: 
5

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