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Doug Cox - Without Words (Self Release)

Doug Cox approaches the Dobro as an undiscovered instrument and explores its potential as if he had just been given the very first prototype. Unafraid to fuse Classical elements with both Eastern and Western influences, bluegrass, pop, jazz and what you might possibly expect to hear on Mars, Cox...

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4

The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming (EMI)

There exists at least one copy of THE BAIRNS that includes all five autographs rather than the customary four. After some arm twisting at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2007, where the celebrated album was launched, I cockily insisted that the fifth member of the Winterset, Adrian McNally, put his...

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5

KTB - Indelible Ink (Independent)

I think the last time I singled out a song to play on repeat throughout the night was Jeff Buckley's Everybody Here Wants You , which would have been ready for the bin by the time I'd finished with it, had it been on vinyl that is. I enjoy wearing out good records; it's an enormously fulfilling...

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5

Jess Morgan - Crosses EP (Independent)

Jess Morgan's long awaited debut album is recorded, in the can and ready for a bright pair of ears to stumble upon, preferably someone with distribution connections, and one who is prepared to get this ball rolling. In the meantime Jess has managed to finance the release of a single/EP, call it...

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4

Nancy Wallace - Old Stories (Midwich)

Nancy Wallace has once again managed to turn out a spellbinding performance this time in her own right. Her work with The Memory Band on their albums THE MEMORY BAND and APRON STRINGS could almost be seen as a mere apprenticeship for what was to follow and what may very well continue to develop...

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4

Holly Taymar - Waking Up Is Hard To Do (GenieCake)

I first came across Holly Taymar in York one night doing one of the three showcase support spots for visiting Americans Rod Picott and Amanda Shires. I was knocked out by her songs then and I've continued to watch her progress with keen interest. I think this is because Holly sings the sort of...

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4

Ben TD - Tiny Movements (Lo Five)

Australian singer songwriter Ben TD, who is now based in Glasgow, has released his debut album TINY MOVEMENTS after serving his apprenticeship in the band Ruby's Grace along with his brother Sam. Since then Ben has made two important decisions, the first being to move to the opposite side of the...

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3

Nell Bryden - Live From Iraq (157 Records)

Released not so much as a follow up to the Second Time Around album but more of a token of something to put us on with, until the new studio album comes out later this year, LIVE FROM IRAQ, gives us a taste of Nell's vibrant and energetic live shows whilst she entertains troops in the Middle East...

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3

Pamela Wyn Shannon - Courting Autumn (Girlhenge Records)

My initial interest in Pamela Wyn Shannon was sparked by her rumoured return to the annual Nick Drake Gathering in Tanworth-in-Arden in 2007, where she would possibly be performing later that Summer. I found the songs the singer had uploaded onto her website thoroughly engaging and interesting and...

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4

Bex Marshall - Kitchen Table (House of Mercy)

Bex Marshall comes along at a time when female singer songwriters are just about as plentiful as hydrogen. Rather than thinking in terms of KT Tunstall though, I'm more inclined to think along the lines of a younger version of Bonnie Raitt. Seldom do we hear such blues inflected rawness in female...

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3

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