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Patsy Matheson - A Little Piece of England (Witch Records)

After the break up of Waking the Witch, the vocal tour de force that possibly didn't quite reach the lofty heights it should have, founder member Patsy Matheson returns with a delightfully stripped down album of self probing and observational songs as well as, for a change, a couple of timely...

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4

A.h.a.b. - Self Titled (White Wail)

Country inflected acoustics with a jaunty drive-time opener in Wish You , which it must be said is probably more suited to an open top convertible on Route 66 than a Kia Ceed on the M40 near Newbury on a rainy afternoon, but I'll use my imagination. If their song writing has been compared to that...

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3

Navaro - Under Diamond Skies (Halo)

Although the trio take their name form the surname of their main singer Beth Navaro, they are very much a three card trick and along with songwriters Pete White and Steve Austin, Under Diamond Skies brings together each of these disparate voices to produce a British country based album of some...

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3

Gren Bartley - Carry Her Safe (Musician Records)

On first listen, the opening song and title track to this collection of songs is almost like transporting oneself back in time, by approximately forty years, to Steve Tilston's debut AN ACOUSTIC CONFUSION. The youthful confidence of one of Britain's leading singer-songwriters and guitar players...

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4

Eoin Dillon - The Third Twin (Kila)

Eoin Dillon's playing of the Uilleann Pipes has contributed in no small measure to Kíla's unmistakable and distinct sound. Given that Kíla's albums, live concerts and festival appearances have showcased great musicianship from what could be described as a collective, of which Dillon is but a part,...

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3

Colm Ó Snodaigh - Giving (Kila)

Kíla's Colm Ó Snodaigh has chosen a completely different feel for this, his long overdue follow up to 1994's 'Éist' and a world away from anything he recorded with Kíla in his twenty year stint with the band. With the help of soprano saxophonist Richie Buckley and a tight rhythm section of Conor...

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3

Bob Cheevers - Fiona's World

Fiona's World is almost cinematic in its proportions, which has prompted me to outline a proposal for a new blockbuster. I think I'm going to cast Brad Pitt as our main protagonist, if that's okay with you Bob. I would have preferred Paul Giamatti but this has got to be a hit. Our leading lady will...

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3

David Munyon and Mary's Band - Some Songs For Mary (Mobile Home)

With the best will in the world it's difficult to avoid comparisons between David Munyon and JJ Cale; both have the distinct feel of deep Southern swamp-rock, a country sensibility and an exciting groove without seemingly breaking into so much as a slight sweat. I normally steer well clear of any...

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3

Reg Meuross - Dragonfly (Hatsongs)

When an album pops through your letterbox and drops onto your doormat, with a sleeve that credits well established musicians like Rabbit Bundrick (Keyboards) and BJ Cole (Pedal Steel) as well as from the younger end of the spectrum, Jackie Oates (Fiddle), then you drop everything, stick the...

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4

Nels Andrews - Off Track Betting (Reveal)

Sunday Shoes was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Nels Andrews handles this new set of nine self-penned songs on OFF TRACK BETTING with intelligent assurance. Todd Sickafoose's production is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Lanois particularly in his attention to detail, but is spared the...

Star rating: 
3

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