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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

The Quebe Sisters Band - Timeless (Fiddletone)

When you first hear the sibling harmonies of Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe on this record, you would be forgiven for thinking these recordings were made several decades ago in the heyday of Bob Wills' particular brand of Western Swing, especially when backed by the tight rhythm section of Joey...

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4

Demon Barbers - The Adventures of Captain Ward (Self Release)

Just when it seemed the world was bereft of a super hero, along comes the formidable Captain Ward, the swashbuckling pirate extraordinaire, as created by Tony Hall for the cover of the third full length Demon Barbers album THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN WARD. The cover, reminiscent of the Mothers of...

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4

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