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Gerry McNeice - Small Town Boy (Self Release)

I've been bumping into Otley based singer-songwriter, musician and bassist Gerry McNeice quite a lot just lately, who seems to be getting around just about everywhere. If he's not playing upright bass with the Duncan McFarlane Band or Morrising-On with some Flash Company, then he may well be...

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3

Fiddler's Bid - All Dressed in Yellow (Hairst Blinks Music)

I'm probably the wrong reviewer for this as I'm a long term believer in the 'less is more' concept, especially when it comes to fiddles. In fact I am pretty much grounded in the opinion that one fiddle is really enough in any context. Ok, maybe two as long as they're scraping along in harmony. Don'...

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3

Bellevue Rendezvous - Salamander (Journeyman)

Bellevue Rendezvous are an instrumental trio from Edinburgh featuring the varied talents of Gavin Marwick on fiddle, Ruth Morris on nyckelharpa and Cameron Robson on cittern, guitar and jaw harp. Edinburgh based Gavin Marwick is no stranger to the Scottish music scene and has performed at many...

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4

Cherry Lee Mewis - Southbound Train (Self Release)

When I first picked up from my door mat the envelope containing the new SOUTHBOUND TRAIN record by Cherry Lee Mewis, I found it difficult getting past the name on the sleeve. Was it a joke? The name sounded very much like one of those highly irritating tribute bands I have an aversion to and I was...

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3

Janet Robin - Everything Has Changed (Hypertension)

On the sleeve that accompanies the new album by Janet Robin, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED, we have the singer-songwriter-guitarist coming at us purposely with her acoustic Taylor - brandishing it more like - all smiles and ready for action. No stranger to the big stage, Janet Robin has worked with the...

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3

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

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