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Sultans of String - Yalla Yalla (Self Release)

With a long list of award credits, Canadian string ensemble Sultans of String release their second album following the success of their debut LUNA (2007) and once again engage in some highly dextrous musicianship fusing 'Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz...

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4

Marybeth D'Amico - The Light Inside (LongMan)

With this follow up to her 2008 debut HEAVEN, HELL, SIN AND REDEMPTION, Marybeth D'Amico once again delivers twelve fresh songs from her own pen, opting this time for a rockier edge with the help of producer Bradley Kopp's electric guitar together with a band comprising once again Paul Pearcy on...

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3

Ian McFeron - Summer Nights (Self Release)

Experience tells me that the best way to approach new music is by listening to the songs first before checking out who the artist is, much the same way as I prefer radio presenters to keep the source of the record from us until the end. This helps us to form an unbiased opinion. So with this in...

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3

Miss Tess - Darling Oh Darling (Miss Tess)

No matter where your tastes may lie, it's most likely that you'll reserve one or two musical taste-buds for at least one track on Miss Tess's DARLING OH DARLING – an album that ushers its listeners around a veritable museum of America's musical heritage. Riding Home is as good a place to start as...

Eliza Lynn - Together (Civility)

For Eliza Lynn's third album, following FRISKY AND FAIR (2005), THE WEARY WAKE UP (2007) and the more recent HAVEN (2009), the Nashville-based singer-songwriter has collected together nine songs written by others, chosen by her strong fan base. With TOGETHER, not only do we have an album of covers...

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3

Richard Durrant - The No 26 Bus to Paraguay (Longman)

This instrumental album release by guitar virtuoso Richard Durrant celebrates the music of Paraguayan composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré. With eleven carefully chosen pieces Durrant presents an album of personal favourites from the Barrios canon, each played with astonishing dexterity...

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3

Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill)

Follow up to SONG UP IN HER HEAD (2009), this second album by Sarah Jarosz explores some of the ever-widening musical territory this singer and multi-instrumentalist inhabits. With nine originals and two well-chosen non-originals, Radiohead's The Tourist , which is given a rootsy k.d. lang feel...

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4

Various Artists - Younger Than That Now (Fat Cat)

Released to coincide with Dylan's 70th birthday this double charity cd compilation offers a broad spectrum of Dylan covers within the British folk community and those associated with that community. With Circuit Music's Chris Eusden at the helm, a long time Dylan afficionado, the chosen songs and...

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4

Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald - From the Fire (Freewheel)

This thoroughly enchanting ninth album release from Nevada City-based duo Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, once again demonstrates a varied approach to conveying modern folk songs and therefore maintains interest throughout. The duo incorporate political commentary, environmental issues and animal...

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3

Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere (Suitcase Town)

Johannesburg-born singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov creates a moody atmosphere from the outset with the enchanting opener Dandelion Wine on this his fourth solo album to date THE EMPTY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE originally released in 2009 but due for re-issue to coincide with his forthcoming UK tour...

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3

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