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Daniel Carlson - Not a Drawing (Folkwit Records)

The advice that Daniel Carlson received during the making of his new album NOT A DRAWING was apparently 'less Paul McCartney, more Pink Floyd', although the songs here sound pretty much like lots of McCartney enhanced by Floyd gadgetry. Imagine a tank-topped fool on the hill dancing around a ruined...

Kirsty Merryn - She and I (Self Release)

Some really fine material here, each song an example of the work of a seemingly mature singer, songwriter and performer. Based in London, although originally from the New Forest, Kirsty Merryn presents quite a remarkable debut album, remarkable first and foremost for being just that, her debut. It...

TootArd - Laissez Passer (Glitterbeat)

From the funky opening guitar riff of the title song Laissez Passer (Let Him Pass) we immediately recognise the desert blues territory we've once again strayed into, with TootArd's six musicians foisting their own particular Golan Heights roots upon the genre. The band, whose name translates to '...

Amy McAllister - String on String (Self Release)

With her celestial voice and heavenly harp, it would be easy to make an angel of Amy McAllister for this review of her debut album, STRING ON STRING. Strip back the halos, wings and fluffy clouds, however, and you'll find an album that explores Celtic music with equal measures of sincerity,...

The Drystones - We Happy Few (Shedbuilt Records)

Six years since their first gig - an impromptu performance to fill a folk club slot at the last minute - British duo The Drystones present their third and most exciting album to date. Ford Collier (guitar and whistle) and Alex Garden (fiddle and guitar) once again manage to forge a clean and...

Alice Howe - You've Been Away So Long EP (Self Release)

Boston USA based performer Alice Howe marries a warm soulful vocal with a touch of Gillian Welch, an ability to pen timeless classic songs and impeccable guitar playing. Homeland Blues is perfectly crafted talking folk blues. Something of the tunes' lilt recalls Welch's Elvis Presley Blues , the...

Hot Tuna - Live at New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA 9.69 (Retroworld)

Bear with me for a moment as hopefully this will become both clear and relevant. I recently spent an enjoyable time watching the new Blade Runner sequel, a follow up to a film that my wife and I have enjoyed many times over the last 35 years. Although the film itself was well worth watching, what...

Jim Causley - I Am the Song (WildGoose Records)

Amongst his many projects, Jim Causley has long maintained a dedication to reviving and celebrating the poetry of his native West Country. His 2016 album The Clay Hymnal set the poems of Cornish poet Jack Clemo to music whilst his 2013 album Cyprus Well paid its respects to Jim's distant relative,...

Hannah Aldridge - Gold Rush (Rootsy Music)

Hannah Aldridge is Muscle Shoals born and raised, daughter of Walt Aldridge acclaimed songwriter, musician and producer at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. Clearly steeped in musical heritage, a sense of place and a life well lived her music oozes with quality and power. "Don't leave me like this I...

Gavin Sutherland - Wireless Connection (MIG)

It's been a couple of years since Gavin Sutherland's previous album A CURIOUS NOISE, the style of the songs of which I likened at the time to that of the late JJ Cale, with all his mystery, his Tulsa growl, his cliched laid-back bluesy sensibility. One-time member of the Sutherland Brothers Band...

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