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Calamateur - Each Dirty Letter (Autoclave)

Going under the name Calamateur (Cal from the Steinbeck book East of Eden and Amateur from the Hal Hartley film), Inverness-based singer-songwriter Andrew Howie has maintained a prolific output over the past ten years producing a handful of EPs and mini albums together with a couple of full length...

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Niamh Boadle - Wild Rose (Self Release)

It would be more than enough to have Lancashire-based Niamh Boadle around purely as a traditional singer - a fresh young voice interpreting songs from the English, Scottish and Irish traditions - but in addition to this, Niamh also happens to be an informed guitar player and multi-instrumentalist...

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Saloon Dogs - Shooting Star (Self Release)

SHOOTING STAR has been a very slow train coming. Recorded by the newly formed Saloon Dogs, shortly after the breakup of their previous band The Bogarts in 1995, the band's debut album lay dormant for the next fourteen years after they folded in 1997, before the band had chance to release it. The...

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Andy Lucas - Weekend Millionaire (Crimp)

Cutting his musical teeth as a session musician and pianist throughout Scotland, singer-songwriter Andy Lucas steps out of the shadows to release his debut solo album WEEKEND MILLIONAIRE. Despite some pretty obvious influences, Lucas creates his own musical landscape, a landscape chock full of wry...

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Garforth and Myers - Bonfires (Self Release)

Some contemplative and mellow vocal harmonies set against a richly rhythmic backdrop courtesy of the towering combined force of the Andy Seward/Keith Angel collective, who also co-produce this four song EP BONFIRES from Barnsley duo Rory Garforth and Adam Myers. Well if that rhythm section is good...

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The Pines - Tremolo (Red House Records)

Following on from their Red House debut SPARROWS IN THE BELL, which in turn followed their self-titled debut on a previous label, Minneapolis-based band The Pines return with their third album to date, demonstrating their own distinctive blend of folk, blues and Americana. David Huckfelt and Benson...

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Sean Taylor - Walk With Me (Self Release)

Sean Taylor's fourth album begins with the piano accompanied Perfect Candlelight , a new departure for the North London based blues guitarist perhaps, with the sort of underplayed arrangement Ryan Adams would have used for the odd Sylvia Plath for instance. Similarly, For You touches on Taylor's...

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Reg Meuross - All This Longing (Hatsongs Records)

The black and white shot of a typewriter on the cover indicates something that we've all known for some time, that Reg Meuross is first and foremost a writer; a storyteller in song form. Following hot on the heels of his 2008 release DRAGONFLY, which brought the singer-songwriter to prominence as a...

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Catriona McKay and Chris Stout - White Nights (Self Release)

Initially creating a similar ambience to that which Adrian Johnston came up with for his wonderfully evocative soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom's film Jude in the early 1990s, the combined forces of Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, on Scottish harp and Shetland fiddle respectively, have likewise...

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Tony McLoughlin - Ride the Wind (Self Release)

Well travelled and clued-up musically, songwriter Tony McLoughlin delivers his fourth album RIDE THE WIND, the first to be recorded on home turf and with a handful of fellow countrymen. Gathering together a fine supporting cast of Irish musicians such as Ben Reel on guitars, Ronnie O'Flynn on bass...

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