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Old Sledge - Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (Self Release)

When I popped Old Sledge's debut album DON'T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN on the player, whilst reclining in an armchair casually perusing the accompanying cd sleeve, I imagined a bunch of hairy old time hillbillies out for a good time on the front porch. Further investigation revealed the band to consist...

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4

Battlefield Band - Line-Up (Temple)

As Alan Reid takes his final bow with the band he helped form 42 years ago, we see the only original member depart, leaving behind a supremely healthy band, reinvigorated with the addition of new member Ewen Henderson, who along with Mike Katz, Alasdair White and Sean O’Donnell takes his place in...

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3

Rory Gallagher - Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Records)

Ok – where to start? I knew about the 'lost' Rory album back in the 80's, when the TORCH album was mentioned in various articles and interviews (maybe around the time of JINX?). So like legions of other Rory fans, I was keen to hear any new material. His final studio album, FRESH EVIDENCE, was...

Pete Dilley - On Reflection (Self Release)

County Durham's Pete Dilley returns with a fresh set of self-penned songs following last year's FORECAST, his second self-released album. Once again Dilley's confident guitar playing is prominent throughout, together with his own distinctive way of telling stories. Joined by a handful of friends...

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3

Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest (Warner Brothers)

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings' mutual writer's block, which was reportedly responsible for the eight year gap between their last album and this their fifth album release THE HARROW AND THE HARVEST, probably presented the duo with a few years of unbridled frustration. From 1996 to 2003, the...

Star rating: 
5

The Innocence Mission - My Room In The Trees (Badman)

Any album that contains the lyric 'he said I could just take the canoe, whenever I need' makes me pay attention. Like some Lady of Shalott, I imagine Pennsylvania-born Karen Peris drifting along the lake, with her hand gently stroking the water as she sings each of the thirteen original songs on...

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3

Anthea Neads and Andy Prince - Penhayl (Rowan Leaf)

The follow up to Anthea Neads' debut solo album JARS OF CLAY, sees ex-Sham 69 bassist Andy Prince take on a more prominent role on PENHAYL, the title taken from a cottage in Cornwall where the album was recorded, once again providing bass, but this time promoted to equal share of the title credits...

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3

Ady Johnson - Tell the Worry Dolls (Self Release)

Said to relieve us of our worries if we share them before we sleep, the Worry Dolls of Guatemalan folklore serve as a metaphor for all the everyday concerns, woes and angst this Colchester-based singer-songwriter faces on a daily basis. This debut solo album from former FuzzFace frontman Ady...

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4

Rory Ellis - Perfectly Damaged (Self Release)

Fifth studio album from Melbourne-born, now re-located to Drysdale, Victoria, singer-songwriter Rory Ellis, whose gravel-voiced delivery has the power to captivate his audiences. PERFECTLY DAMAGED comprises ten original songs, with subjects covering Angels and Devils, growing old, trains, trucks...

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3

Lucy Ward - Adelphi Has To Fly (Navigator)

Lucy Ward could hardly be described as an overnight success having appeared on many a stage up and down the country since the age of 14, singing in pubs, clubs and at festivals, learning her craft as a performer and honing her skills as a storyteller along the way. Nor does the Derbyshire singer...

Star rating: 
4

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