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O'Hooley and Tidow - Silent June (No Masters)

I think I know Belinda O'Hooley reasonably well, if not quite so much personally, then certainly through her songs. Yes I've bumped into her in clubs and at festivals over the past few years, where we've chatted together half a dozen times and shared a joke or two. We've played at the same birthday...

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4

Kris Drever - Mark the Hard Earth (Navigator)

If there's one thing that irritates Kris Drever, it has to be the Weatherman. Rejoicing in the wind and the rain, Kris Drever opens his new solo album, the eagerly awaited follow up to BLACK WATER, with the sole self-penned song on the record that also incidentally provides the album its title,...

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4

Macmaster Hay - Love and Reason (Self Release)

The very idea of a collaboration featuring little other than harp and drums at first seems a little adventurous, but this new album by Mary Macmaster, one of the world's leading innovators of the harp and it's various cousins, including the clarsach and the Camac elecro harp, together with notable...

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4

Gerry McNeice - Small Town Boy (Self Release)

I've been bumping into Otley based singer-songwriter, musician and bassist Gerry McNeice quite a lot just lately, who seems to be getting around just about everywhere. If he's not playing upright bass with the Duncan McFarlane Band or Morrising-On with some Flash Company, then he may well be...

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3

Fiddler's Bid - All Dressed in Yellow (Hairst Blinks Music)

I'm probably the wrong reviewer for this as I'm a long term believer in the 'less is more' concept, especially when it comes to fiddles. In fact I am pretty much grounded in the opinion that one fiddle is really enough in any context. Ok, maybe two as long as they're scraping along in harmony. Don'...

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3

Bellevue Rendezvous - Salamander (Journeyman)

Bellevue Rendezvous are an instrumental trio from Edinburgh featuring the varied talents of Gavin Marwick on fiddle, Ruth Morris on nyckelharpa and Cameron Robson on cittern, guitar and jaw harp. Edinburgh based Gavin Marwick is no stranger to the Scottish music scene and has performed at many...

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4

Cherry Lee Mewis - Southbound Train (Self Release)

When I first picked up from my door mat the envelope containing the new SOUTHBOUND TRAIN record by Cherry Lee Mewis, I found it difficult getting past the name on the sleeve. Was it a joke? The name sounded very much like one of those highly irritating tribute bands I have an aversion to and I was...

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3

Janet Robin - Everything Has Changed (Hypertension)

On the sleeve that accompanies the new album by Janet Robin, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED, we have the singer-songwriter-guitarist coming at us purposely with her acoustic Taylor - brandishing it more like - all smiles and ready for action. No stranger to the big stage, Janet Robin has worked with the...

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3

Leddra Chapman - Telling Tales (AIC)

With a handful of well crafted songs, a lucrative clothing sponsorship deal and the good looks she was born with, Anna Leddra Chapman has now uncorked the Champaign, aimed it squarely at the stern of her vessel and has successfully launched what looks like a very promising music career. With a...

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4

Jochen Roß and Jens-Uwe Popp - The Ten Islands (Independent)

For the most part THE TEN ISLANDS is an instrumental album, but like all good instrumental albums, it includes a handful of songs as well. Joking apart, the songs included on this album do serve to complement the instrumental pieces remarkably well, all three traditional songs beautifully sung by...

Star rating: 
3

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