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Ellen and the Escapades - Of All The Times (Self Release)

Ellen and the Escapades have had quite a year so far, not least for their triumphant win at this year's Emerging Talent competition held before amongst others, the Eavis family and Q Magazine in Glastonbury. With Ellen Smith's instantly recognisable voice, together with her tight band of musicians...

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3

Jilly Riley - I Don't See Colours I Just See Faces (Self Release)

In an effort to promote racial harmony, South Elmsall-based singer-songwriter Jilly Riley releases her soulful single I Don't See Colours, I Just See Faces, just at a time when we all need a bit of cheering up. With a nod to the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae or Joss Stone, this passionate new voice...

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4

Gill Sandell - Tarry Awhile (Rowan Tree)

Gill Sandell's debut album TARRY AWHILE has been some time in the making due to other commitments, not least her role in Emily Barker's Red Clay Halo, the four-piece all female acoustic band that is once again currently doing the rounds in the UK. The album has been prepared especially for this...

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4

Ben Prestage - Real Music (Nugene)

I suppose the worst thing you could do when you first become aware of Ben Prestage is to confuse him or compare him with Seasick Steve, which I imagine is often the case. Yes the full on beard is there, the baseball cap, the seated guitarist propping up an unusually designed homemade stringed...

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3

Chris While and Julie Matthews - Hitting the Ground Running (Fatcat)

Whenever the latest Chris While and Julie Matthews album arrives, it always goes without saying that you're going to be treated to an hour of quality music. It's then usually followed by a flick of the coffee percolator switch, maybe even worth risking a Kit-Kat at the same time, just to make the...

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4

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

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