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Leddra Chapman - Telling Tales (AIC)

With a handful of well crafted songs, a lucrative clothing sponsorship deal and the good looks she was born with, Anna Leddra Chapman has now uncorked the Champaign, aimed it squarely at the stern of her vessel and has successfully launched what looks like a very promising music career. With a...

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4

Jochen Roß and Jens-Uwe Popp - The Ten Islands (Independent)

For the most part THE TEN ISLANDS is an instrumental album, but like all good instrumental albums, it includes a handful of songs as well. Joking apart, the songs included on this album do serve to complement the instrumental pieces remarkably well, all three traditional songs beautifully sung by...

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3

Various Artists - The Village (429 Records)

With three stunning Dylan covers to get this little celebration underway, Rickie Lee Jones, The Duhks and Lucinda Williams prove once again that Dylan songs are very often done much better by others than by the man himself. Rickie Lee Jones takes on a sort of Three Dog Night Mama Told Me Not To...

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3

Gerry Rafferty - Life Goes On (Hypertension)

Many of us who have followed Rafferty's career with any modicum of interest would be happy, I would imagine, to see his smiling face once again, as included in the booklet that accompanies this collection. Photographed with Enzina Fushini before Mont-Saint-Michel in France, the singer-songwriter...

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4

Various Artists - Folk Delivering Hope (Independent)

It was a moment of inspiration when folk DJ Tony Hitchcock of Sine FM pointed out to fundraising co-ordinator Eileen Myles of the AHS Foundation, that with such an array of talent due to play at a forthcoming Doncaster charity concert in aid of earthquake victims in Kashmir, there must be an...

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3

Stevie Coyle - Ten In One (Tuna Mine Music)

Concept albums worried me back in the 1970s and they worry me today still. Unfortunately, the term has found itself forever associated with Arthurian knights on skates, prancing around the ice rink astride pantomime horses strapped to the midriff, whilst our grumpy old caped crusader tinkles the...

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4

Robin James - Saint Jude (Pocket Size)

If I was a script writer for Little Britain or The Fast Show and I was toying with the idea of coming up with a character to help lampoon the whole genre of self-indulgent singer-songwriters who walk amongst us, a character who could potentially embody all the foibles of the genre, encompassing the...

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2

The Feedback File - Still Revolving (Independent)

If like me, you become slightly irritated when you come across cards stuffed in independent record shop CD browsers with tempting messages like 'if you like Nick Drake, you'll love this', then forgive me, but allow me to scribble that message right here. It's not the introspective lyricism of the...

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3

Marybeth D'Amico - Heaven, Hell, Sin and Redemption (Independent)

Marybeth D'Amico certainly wasn't born with the songwriting bug, despite growing up in a musical environment that included harmonizing with her siblings to records by Peter, Paul and Mary or Crosby Stills and Nash. Nor I assume did she spend her formative years before the mirror with hairbrush in...

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3

Owen Harvey - Disappearing Strangers (Self Release)

Owen Harvey is a young Nottingham-based songwriter with a taste for a very distinctly acoustic sound, which he is currently providing tasters for at various support spots around the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area, warming up audiences for the likes of Steve Earle, Nik Kershaw and most recently...

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3

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