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Chris Wood - So Much to Defend (RUF)

William Blake, in the oft quoted opening verse of To See A World talks about taking the time to look at, and find the sublime in the small and ordinary. "To see a world in a Grain of Sand And Heaven in a Wildflower" Philip Larkin, grumbling poet, had the gift of being even to mine through the...

Carol Fieldhouse - Linen (Self Release)

LINEN is a beautifully presented debut album, the artwork is soft and stylish, with welcomed liner notes. The whole album is written (or co-written) by Carol Fieldhouse with the exception of Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds , a brave choice of cover. The album has been beautifully produced by Boo...

Bargou 08 - Targ (Glitterbeat)

Blues enthusiasts familiar with the opening track on Paul Oliver's THE STORY OF THE BLUES double LP set from 1969, will be familiar with the tribal chants of the Fra-Fra Tribesmen of Ghana, recorded by Oliver himself as an indication of what is believed to be the origs of what we now refer to as...

Fairport Convention - 50:50@50 (Matty Grooves)

So, fifty years eh? Who'da thought? The institution that is Fairport Convention reaches half a century with an evident sense of joy, albeit tinged with some degree of sadness, in as much as one or two key players involved in this enduring story didn't quite make it through; Martin Lamble, Sandy...

Thom Hell - Happy Rabbit (Lost Boy Records)

The predominantly pink wash of colour on the cover artwork, together with the seemingly cheerful bunny illustration and accompanying album title gives absolutely no indication as to how good the music on Thom Hell's latest full-length release actually is. The Norwegian singer-songwriter (real name...

Cupola:Ward - Bluebell (Betty Beetroot)

The combination of the three-piece Cupola and the singular Lucy Ward is a Derbyshire marriage made in musical heaven. Whilst nodding to the instrumental prowess on display, it is the fusion of the entwined voices rising above all and every subject matter on display, creating a joyous sound, that...

Daria Kulesh - Long Lost Home (Self Release)

Fascinating and enjoyable in equal measure, the title of the Russo-Anglo chanteuse's album cannot be separated from the stories that make up the songs in an collection that is exotic in voice, instrumentation and subject matter. To mix geography and metaphor, the writer could rightfully be...

La Mambanegra - El Callegueso y su Mala Mana (Movimientos Records)

From the opening bars of Puro Potenkem , the lead song on the new album by Colombian orchestra La Mambanegra, there seems to be an immediate desire to drop everything - apart from a handy saucepan and wooden spoon - in order to shamelessly dance around the kitchen; the pan and spoon blending nicely...

Dipper Malkin - Tricks of the Trade (Self Release)

Dipper Malkin are the duo of John Dipper and Dave Malkin. Dipper could most recently be found playing fiddle with the Methera string quartet and is a veteran of the English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Rob Harbron while Malkin was a founder member of electro-trad. ensemble Tandem...

Steve Pledger - Somewhere Between (Noisy Dog)

We remain, constantly... Somewhere Between. 2016 an exceptional year in which Steve Pledger completes succesful nation-wide album tour and shares opportunity to return compliment to Ange Hardy (who having provided vocals on There We Are from STRIKING MATCHES AT THE WIND) to her duo album with Lukas...

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