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Lucky Bones - Together We Are All Alone (Lucky Bones Promotions)

The first full blown album by Dublin's Eamonn O'Connor was recorded in Bastrop, a few miles out of Austin, Texas, during an intensive period of creativity. With co-producer Stephen Ceresia on hand to share some of the musical vision with the songwriter, TOGETHER WE ARE ALONE, showcases eleven...

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3

Ewan Robertson - Some Kind of Beauty (Greentrax)

As a member of one of the most exciting new bands to emerge over the last few years, Ewan Robertson has put some time aside to record his own debut album SOME KIND OF CERTAINTY. There is some kind of certainty that as a solo artist this young singer could make just as much of a splash as Breabach,...

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4

Dead Rock West - Bright Morning Stars (Red River)

Second offering from Californian duo Dead Rock West, who with this release trawl the country folk bayous and bluesy gospel backwoods with a deeply engaging journey through the past. With BRIGHT MORNING STARS Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen update the spirit of Blind Willie Johnson with the...

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4

Martin Sexton - Sugarcoating (Kitchen Table)

Martin Sexton likes to keep it real, whether writing from his own personal experiences or the times we live in, there's always integrity present in the songs he writes. SUGARCOATING is Sexton's eighth studio album to date and is potentially a career best. Recorded over a period of seven days, using...

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3

Rua Macmillan - Tyro (Greentrax)

This thoroughly enjoyable instrumental album from the recipient of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2009, reveals the work of a musician who is unafraid to mix the traditional with the contemporary, spiced up with generous helpings of original material, with an...

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3

Susan Cattaneo - Heaven to Heartache (Jersey Girl Music)

Following on from her 2009 debut BRAVE AND WILD, Boston's Susan Cattaneo returns with the more country oriented HEAVEN TO HEARTACHE, showcasing a dozen new self-penned songs. Practicing what she preaches, the Berklee College of Music teacher ensures that her songs are imbued with the right...

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3

Red Shoes - Ring Around the Land (Cedarwood)

If you ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, you'll no doubt see a fine lady upon a white horse, or so the nursery rhyme goes. The lady in question, together with her bold Welsh cob, features on the front cover and throughout the booklet that accompanies this debut album by Birmingham husband and...

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3

Kate Rusby - Make the Light (Pure Records)

Kate Rusby's ninth solo album is made up entirely of self-penned material, an idea apparently suggested by Jennifer Saunders. Kate's exemplary track record as an interpreter of traditional songs is well documented, so too is her remarkable aptitude for recognising a good contemporary song when she...

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4

Jaywalkers - 16 Miles (Self Release)

When Jaywalkers' debut album dropped onto the doormat in December, I did what I usually do, that is to discard the press release, ignore the cover artwork, although it was difficult in this case to avoid being charmed by the two pairs of legs dangling nonchalantly from the top of the brick wall on...

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4

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Gilbertville (Hypertension)

Utter the name Gilbert O'Sullivan to the nearest human being and it's highly probable that they will respond with one of a handful of customary retorts. They may mention his cloth cap, that song about getting married or something about Bonaparte Shandy. The comedians amongst them will, no doubt,...

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