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Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo - Little Deaths (Digital Download)

As Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo prepare for the release of their third album ALMANAC in the autumn, they tease us mercilessly with the single Little Deaths , an enchanting taster of what's hopefully to come. Once again showcasing Emily's rich lead vocal, together with no small help from her...

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4

Heidi Talbot - The Last Star (Navigator)

The third solo album from former Cherish the Ladies vocalist Heidi Talbot sees the singer teaming up both personally and professionally once again with John McCusker who produces this delightful collection of songs. Heidi's Boo Hewerdine produced second album IN LOVE + LIGHT (2008) saw the first...

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4

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies - Wotcheor! (Tantobie Records)

Wakey Wakey!! Jez Lowe invites us to tune into the WOTCHEOR! radio show, with his Bad Pennies, Kate Bramley on fiddle and mandolin, Andy May on Northumbrian pipes, piano, harmonium and accordion and David De La Haye on fretless bass and percussion with all providing vocals, together with a full...

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3

Mabon - Live at the Grand Pavilion (Easy On The Records)

I first became aware of Welsh band Mabon at the Shepley Spring Festival in 2009, where their energetic and vibrant wall of sound warmed the cockles of hearts and bones simultaneously. Drawing from many influences including the traditional music of the Celts, French mazurka and Galician munera, the...

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3

Various Artists - All Along the Wall (Fellside)

Originally commissioned by Cumbria's Brampton Live in January 2010, All Along the Wall is a project that brought together five notable songwriters and two poets in order to collaborate over a five day period, leading up to the performance we hear on this CD, recorded live at The Wave in Maryport...

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4

Tensheds - Crazy Beautiful (White Wail)

You get to the stage where you think nothing can possibly surprise you. When I first saw the publicity shots and cover artwork for Tensheds' second album CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, the follow up to CLOCKWORK (2008), I think I must have had my judgemental hat on, for I just didn't expect to find anything...

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3

Roosevelt Dime - Steamboat Soul (Self Release)

Like a breath of fresh air Roosevelt Dime's new album STEAMBOAT SOUL comes at a time when we could all do with a little bit of New Orleans spark and glow. Following their impressive debut CROOKED ROOTS (2009) this new album evokes the spirit of New Orleans and the Mississippi River, incorporating...

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4

Rebekah Findlay - Northern Skies (Self Release)

Velvety voiced North Yorkshire singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - with clearly an impeccable taste in song/album naming - Rebekah Findlay releases her debut album with a handful of self-penned songs, mixed with a scattering of traditional material as well as the odd poem thrown in...

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4

Gary Stewart - Boy Cries Wolf (Babaganoush)

Gary Stewart has become very much part of the Leeds music scene over the last few years, working in a variety of outfits such as Hope and Social and the Rosie Doonan Band, equally at home occupying the drummer's seat as he is assuming the role of second guitarist. Whilst maintaining a shadowy...

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4

The Orbitsuns - First Drink of the Day (313 Records)

If you judge a book by its cover, then you will probably have a preconceived idea of what to expect from this latest offering from Detroit's The Orbitsuns before you even press the play button. The stark white image on a jet black ground depicts a fiery bottle containing everything from guitars,...

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3

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