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Eoin Dillon - The Third Twin (Kila)

Eoin Dillon's playing of the Uilleann Pipes has contributed in no small measure to Kíla's unmistakable and distinct sound. Given that Kíla's albums, live concerts and festival appearances have showcased great musicianship from what could be described as a collective, of which Dillon is but a part,...

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3

Colm Ó Snodaigh - Giving (Kila)

Kíla's Colm Ó Snodaigh has chosen a completely different feel for this, his long overdue follow up to 1994's 'Éist' and a world away from anything he recorded with Kíla in his twenty year stint with the band. With the help of soprano saxophonist Richie Buckley and a tight rhythm section of Conor...

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3

Bob Cheevers - Fiona's World

Fiona's World is almost cinematic in its proportions, which has prompted me to outline a proposal for a new blockbuster. I think I'm going to cast Brad Pitt as our main protagonist, if that's okay with you Bob. I would have preferred Paul Giamatti but this has got to be a hit. Our leading lady will...

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3

David Munyon and Mary's Band - Some Songs For Mary (Mobile Home)

With the best will in the world it's difficult to avoid comparisons between David Munyon and JJ Cale; both have the distinct feel of deep Southern swamp-rock, a country sensibility and an exciting groove without seemingly breaking into so much as a slight sweat. I normally steer well clear of any...

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3

Reg Meuross - Dragonfly (Hatsongs)

When an album pops through your letterbox and drops onto your doormat, with a sleeve that credits well established musicians like Rabbit Bundrick (Keyboards) and BJ Cole (Pedal Steel) as well as from the younger end of the spectrum, Jackie Oates (Fiddle), then you drop everything, stick the...

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4

Nels Andrews - Off Track Betting (Reveal)

Sunday Shoes was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Nels Andrews handles this new set of nine self-penned songs on OFF TRACK BETTING with intelligent assurance. Todd Sickafoose's production is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Lanois particularly in his attention to detail, but is spared the...

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3

Heidi Talbot - In Love and Light (Navigator)

No stranger to those remotely familiar with Cherish the Ladies, Heidi Talbot brings forth her own unique voice with this, her follow up to 2004's DISTANT FUTURE. Delicately produced by Boo Hewerdine IN LOVE AND LIGHT is the perfect title for this selection of lovely and light songs. The occasional...

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4

Mark Gillespie - Unplugged (Chocolate Factory)

I first came across Mark Gillespie quite by accident, whilst browsing through the paperback section of his father's book shop in the heart of the Peak District. Gillespie's soulful reading of Bill Withers' classic Ain't No Sunshine filtered through the speaker above my head and I decided that it...

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3

Rosie Doonan - Moving On (Silvertop)

Rosie Doonan appears to be a somewhat unsettled figure at the moment; seeking out, with no perceivable comfort zone in her sights, the ideal setting for her own songs and her own distinctive voice. Experimenting with styles is a risky business and Rosie goes at it with all guns blazing. The...

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5

Bob Chiswick - Northern Air (Self Release)

Bob Chiswick's follow up to the 2002 CD ALL THE WAY TO EVERYTHING brings together a few recently written songs that he has been performing around the South Yorkshire area, most notably at his own acoustic music venue at the Regent Hotel in Doncaster during the ensuing years. Bob has a distinctive...

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3

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