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Miss Quincy - Your Mama Don't Like Me (Self Release)

Recorded in a log cabin amidst below zero temperatures up in Northern British Columbia, Miss Quincy's debut solo album reaches this reviewer in similar conditions, albeit the comparatively kinder snowy terrain of a seasonal South Yorkshire. The warmth created in the studio, aided by liberal...

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4

Eddie Martin - Folk & Blues (Blue Blood Records)

Eddie Martin is no stranger to either folk or blues and delivers a dozen new selections on this his eleventh album to date. With a sort of 'have National Resophonic guitar, blues harp, bass drum and dog, will travel' attitude, Eddie continues the traditional lineage of British blues players...

Star rating: 
3

Emily Smith - Traiveller's Joy (White Fall)

As an accomplished singer, Emily Smith is up there with the likes of Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis and Heidi Talbot without question. Added to this, her credentials as a fine songwriter and interpreter of traditional and contemporary songs, one wonders why her star has taken so long to rise. The Scots...

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4

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Music For The Kilted Generation (REL)

As a child being brought up in an environment of mum's Don Gibson and Eddie Arnold records, augmented by dad's token Glenn Miller and Count Basie LPs, stuffed into the limited space record compartment in the old teak radiogram cabinet, the arrival of the 1st Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders...

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3

Lunch at Allen's - More Lunch at Allen's (Linus)

Despite repeated denials that Lunch at Allen's is a songwriter's circle, it has to be said that this collective does come across as one and a good one at that too. Preferring to think of themselves merely as a 'revue', Marc Jordan, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and Cindy Church, pool their combined...

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3

Charlie Louvin - The Battle Rages On (True North)

One half of legendary gospel duo the Louvin Brothers, Charlie Louvin is still making music sixty years on from his first forays into music with his late brother Ira. Famed for their close harmony singing, the Louvin Brothers were a staple on the Grand Ole Opry stage from the mid 1950s to the early...

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3

Adrian Nation - Fall or Fly (Laburnum Bridge)

On this his second album, the follow up to SOWING SEEDS (2003), singer-songwriter Adrian Nation has managed to blend an English sensibility with a Celtic heartbeat, with ten self-penned songs and one instrumental. Teaming up with a stellar cast of musicians including at its core, Chris West on...

Star rating: 
4

Joni Mitchell Project - Conversation: The Joni Tapes Volume One (Old Dog)

For those who might expect a festival of post-modern contemporary vandalism, a veritable feast of pointless reworkings of a handful of Joni Mitchell's best loved songs, the suggestion is to look elsewhere. For those who might prefer a carbon tribute complete with all the weird and wonderfully...

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4

Rachel Harrington - Celilo Falls (Skinny Dennis)

Oregon-born Rachel Harrington teams up with Ronnie McCoury, Rod Clements, Dan Salini, Corby Sander and Jon Hamar for this her third album release in just a little over three years. Produced by Evan Brubaker, CELILO FALLS follows the steady stream of highly praised albums that began with THE...

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4

Churchfitters - Sing (Self Release)

Once again adorned in the kind of colourful artwork that jumps off the shelf with the sole intention of brightening your day, the seventh album from France-based Churchfitters offers another selection of varied compositions from the atmospheric opener Knee Deep , complete with weeping musical saw...

Star rating: 
3

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