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Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence - A Cruel Kindness (Fellside)

With a shared love of both traditional music and rock music, Rallion's Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence have found some time in their busy schedule to record their first duo album. The thirteen songs and tunes on A CRUEL KINDNESS reveal their combined passion for the music and bring together their...

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3

Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell - Kite (RabbleRouser Music)

With KITE, Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell's debut full length album, we should prepare ourselves to enter another world of musical possibilities altogether. Following their earlier EP, THE NORTH FARM SESSIONS, this new collection of songs is once again produced by The Unthanks' very own Adrian...

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4

Circus Envy - Secrets (Blue Book)

This second album release from East Yorkshire-based folk quintet Circus Envy follows their well-received EP release A NEW DAWN (2010) and once again presents a flavour of the band's growing reputation as a fine live outfit. With Leigh Hirst on vocals, James Paddison on bass, piano and vocals, Mike...

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Simon Stanley Ward - Myself To Blame (Self Release)

Unafraid to level with us right from the get go, this 24 year-old London-based British Country singer confesses that he's not the real thing, whatever that's supposed to mean. In American Voice he tells us that he has no credentials; that he's a fake and a phoney, but he appears to have taken to...

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Water Tower Bucket Boys - Where the Crow Don't Fly EP (Self Release)

With four albums released in just over as many years, this four-piece Portland-based revivalist outfit continue to deliver their high octane bluegrass sound with the energy of a 1970's punk band. At times sounding a little like The Band, partially due to Kenny Feinstein's vocal, which bears an...

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Lisa Marie Glover - Einzelkind (Self Release)

There's something of a Laura Veirs about Leeds-based singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Glover. Following on from her 2007 debut TEA IN THE SKY, these ten new self-penned songs on EINZELKIND (German for 'only child', which Lisa is), have a similar quality; perhaps reminiscent of that distinctively...

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Anna Coogan - The Wasted Ocean (Self Release)

It's barely eighteen months since Seattle-based Anna Coogan released her debut solo album THE NOCTURNAL AMONG US in 2010 although it seems that so much has happened in the meantime. With a busy touring schedule, which saw Anna cross the Atlantic for a handful of shows in the UK to promote that...

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4

Catherine MacLellan - Silhouette (True North Records)

This eagerly anticipated fourth album from Canadian singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan comes hot on the heels of WATER IN THE GROUND (2009), her first release on True North Records, which in turn followed two independent releases, DARK DREAM MIDNIGHT (2004) and CHURCH BELL BLUES (2006). The...

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Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion - Bright Examples (Ninth Street Opus)

The songs on BRIGHT EXAMPLES are unsurprisingly literate, in view of the fact that one half of this husband and wife team is a direct descendant of Woody Guthrie (granddaughter) whilst the other is the grandnephew of Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck. What is surprising is just how melodic...

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3

Jessica Lawson - Molly of the Tyne (Paper Plane)

West Yorkshire-based Jessica Lawson sees the autoharp as the perfect accompanying instrument for her voice, a confident voice imbued with a sometimes brooding nature, ideally pitched for the subjects she writes about. The five-track MOLLY OF THE TYNE EP is just a snapshot of what Jessica is all...

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