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Larkin Poe - Thick As Thieves (Self Release)

In barely eighteen months Northern Sky has been fortunate enough to have taken delivery of no less than five EPs by arguably the best little band to have emerged from the States in the last ten years. Easy to say, but difficult to pinpoint precisely where their appeal lies. It's a mixture of...

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4

Merry Hell - Blink... And You Miss It (Mrs Casey Records)

Formed from the ashes of Nineties cult band The Tansads, this new eight-piece rootsy folk rock outfit release their debut album in the same manner as the 'you know when you've been Tango'd' ad; surprising, direct and immediately felt. This exciting, no-nonsense approach to music making hits you...

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4

Bo Weavil - Roots EP (Self Release)

Recalling the music of the 1920s and 1930s, Manchester-based Bo Weavil take to authentic American roots music like ducks to water; it's as if it were in their blood. With an emphasis on Old Time and country blues styles, their influences are peppered with the occasional seasoning of Celtic...

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3

Appalachia - Live (Self Release)

To refer to this West Country roots music quartet as merely a bluegrass band would be an injustice. The band combine a host of influences from old time and country blues to jazz and ragtime, albeit with a strong bluegrass flavour, providing a rich melting pot of styles on this live set, which...

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Fish and Bird - Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void (Fiddle Head Records)

The current line-up of Canada's Fish and Bird sprung from the original duo of Taylor Ashton and Adam Iredale-Gray, whose two previous albums FISH and BIRD (2007) and LEFT BRAIN BLUES (2009) started the ball rolling for this young roots band with a distinctively contemporary edge. Taking their name...

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3

Amelia White - Beautiful and Wild (Self Release)

Dedicated to 'the ever present lives and spirit of Cheryl Wolf and Duane Jarvis', Virginia-born singer-songwriter Amelia White gathers a strong supporting cast for this her fifth album to date, which features several original songs and the one cover, a dreamy interpretation of Bryan Ferry's More...

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4

Ruth Moody - The Garden (Red House Records)

This first solo outing for Wailin' Jennys' founder member Ruth Moody heralds an instantly impressive debut, an album filled with rootsy Moody originals, exemplified in the banjo-led title song, which opens this collection. Produced by David Travers-Smith, THE GARDEN features an array of notable...

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4

Rebecca Pronsky - Viewfinder (Nine Mile Records)

It's been almost five years since Brooklyn's Rebecca Pronsky released her first full-length record DEPARTURES & ARRIVALS (2007) and now its long awaited follow up comes along to coincide with her timely UK tour this coming January. VIEWFINDER has three outstanding features, Rebecca's instantly...

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4

Miho Wada - Para Ti (Florestar)

It's always nice when a record falls into your lap from nowhere and immediately confirms itself as a lifelong favourite. I was prompted to listen to Miho Wada's PARA TI after reading her name in several jazz journals and noting that she belongs to that, nowadays all too rare species, the jazz...

Louise Jordan - TEMPVS (Azania Ltd)

Having only just made that all important decision to do music seriously as a career less than a year ago, Louise Jordan has already produced her first EP and now a full-length album made up of both self-penned material and traditional songs. Unafraid to express herself with an almost classical/...

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3

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