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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

Battlefield Band - Zama Zama Try Your Luck (Temple)

For thirty years now Battlefield Band have been making their own distinctive blend of Scottish traditional and Celtic music and have released almost as many albums in that time. Now pretty much settled into their current line up of founder member Alan Reid together with Highland piper Mike Katz,...

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3

Corinne West - The Promise (Make)

THE PROMISE is the third album by Californian singer-songwriter Corinne West, which sets out to do what all third albums really ought to do, that is to sound more than a tad different from the others. Co-produced by Doug Cox, who also contributes a variety of guitars, including the Dobro and...

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3

Stephanie Lambring - Lonely to Alone (Self Release)

In a time when young performers are encouraged to enter the music industry by serving academic apprenticeships, most notably in the UK at Newcastle University with the Folk and Traditional Music BMus Honours degree, rather than just falling into it by coast to coast Transit van travel, doner kebab...

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4

Chris Scruggs - Anthem (Cogent)

It must be difficult for an artist to come from a musical dynasty of some considerable merit and constantly strive to avoid nostalgia trips, but at the same time maintain the integrity of the family name. Chris grew up having little to do with the Scruggs family, his mother choosing not to marry...

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3

Doug Cox - Without Words (Self Release)

Doug Cox approaches the Dobro as an undiscovered instrument and explores its potential as if he had just been given the very first prototype. Unafraid to fuse Classical elements with both Eastern and Western influences, bluegrass, pop, jazz and what you might possibly expect to hear on Mars, Cox...

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4

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