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Mairearad Green and Mike Vass - A Day a Month (Buie Records)

Clear musical expertise and panache, oozes from every pore, in this offering from Mairearad Green and Mike Vass. The collaboration, between these two exceptional musicians, creates a synergy rarely encountered. The intention of the pair was to meet one day each month, to play and arrange music...

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne - Outway Songster (Wild Goose Records)

Possibly a new name to many, CB-K may be a familiar face through his appearances as part of Granny's Attic, the young trio appearing with increasing frequency at events around the country. If this upwards trajectory wasn’t enough, Cohen has now commenced a series of solo appearances, featuring...

Johnny Cash - Greatest Hits (Charly)

The recent plethora of Johnny Cash re-issues through Charly, all seven original Sun LPs newly remastered and released on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, together with the slightly expanded CD box set featuring those seven albums plus a special bonus disc of rarities, has effectively put Cash's formative...

Lauren MacColl - The Seer (Fèis Rois)

Commissioned by Fèis Rois, THE SEER is a new work by Lauren MacColl, one of the finest contemporary fiddlers in Scotland today. If this was Prog Rock, this would no doubt be a concept album, but as we are knee-deep in the Scots tradition, let's call it a commissioned suite, based upon the...

Ross Ainslie - Sanctuary (Great White Records)

Ross Ainslie is an accomplished musician and composer, clearly always looking outwards and onwards. After years of playing with Salsa Celtica, India Alba, Treacherous Orchestra and alongside musicians like Jarlath Henderson and Charlie Mckerron, there are clearly a lot of elements and threads...

Thunder and Rain - Start Believing (Self Release)

Video of Thunder and Rain - "Cut the Wire" (Official Music Video) Listening to Thunder and Rain's new album START BELIEVING reminds me of first hearing the Rankin Family back in the Nineties, their rich harmonies and rock/pop/country sensibility a reward for anyone who cares to...

Rhiannon Scutt - #9 EP (Self Release)

When musical partners Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby, otherwise known as Rita Payne, parted company a couple of years ago, the news came as a bit of a shock and with a fair deal of sadness. This seemingly perfectly formed duo, with instantly recognisable melodies and unmistakable vocal harmonies,...

Head for the Hills - Potions and Poisons (Self Release)

The Colorado-based four-piece roots outfit Head for the Hills openly admit that there's no re-inventing the wheel here on their fourth album release, but there again, if it ain't broke, why fix it? One thing's for certain, what we get from the band is variety; one minute experimental bluegrass, the...

Assembly Lane - Northbound (Self Released)

Upon first hearing Assembly Lane's debut album NORTHBOUND, the last place that came to mind was Newcastle upon Tyne, but this is indeed the city the four members of the band, Tom Kimber, Niles Krieger, Bevan Morris and Matthew Ord chose as their base. Their fresh take on bluegrass and traditional...

India Electric Co - Seven Sisters EP (Self Release)

With a cumbersome monika that could easily be mistaken for a utility card on the Asian edition of Monopoly, the London-based Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe present the second in a trilogy of EP releases, the title of which once again relates geographically to the duo. Following on from EC1M, named...

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