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Old Blind Dogs - Room With A View (OBD Music)

From first sight of the digi-pack sleeve this is clearly a considered album. A sense of timelessness and a sense of place seaps though everything. There is a playfulness through the presentation of the album, did the title suggest the sleeve or did the sleeve suggest the title, either way it works...

Gary Innes - ERA (Self Release)

Highland born accordionist Gary Innes is a founder member of the force that is award winning celtic band Manran. Since his first solo abum HOWS THE CRAIC in 2005, Gary has released a multiple collaborative albums with Breabach' Ewan Robertson, accordion band Box Club and played on three albums with...

Oka Vanga - Dance of the Copper Trail (Crazy Bird Records)

It's quite refreshing to hear songs treated to such sumptuous arrangements as those provided by husband and wife team Angela Meyer and William Cox, otherwise known as Oka Vanga, on this the duo's second album following the success of their award-winning 2014 debut instrumental release PILGRIM...

Emily Maguire - A Bit of Blue (Shaktu Records)

Emily Maguire is a British born singer songwriter and this is her fifth release and her first after a three-year break. Maguire a classically trained musician was out of action for two years, suffering from chronic tendonitis. Unable to play a bout of depression followed. Emily is the first to...

Ann Duggan - Dust Upon the Wind (Self Release)

By sheer coincidence, I listened to Ann Duggan's latest album release whilst sitting on a bench at Hull Paragon Interchange, coffee in hand, waiting for the next train bound for the equally alluring town of Doncaster. As the jingle-jangle of Rob Hines' guitar opens the first song, I'm amused by the...

The Rachel Hamer Band - Hard Ground (Self Release)

Hard Ground is rooted in the social history of the region and is delivered by a band with a considerable understanding of historical legacy and it's social and political influences. Here we have a fresh and contemporary, yet ultimately respectful approach to many traditional songs. A four piece...

Jenn and Laura-Beth - Bound (JBLB Records)

Jenn Butterworth (Anna Massie Band, Songs of Separation) and Laura-Beth Salter (The Shee, The MacLean Project) unite for a rather delightful slice of British Americana for an album's worth of gentle country-inflected songs and sore-finger styled instrumentals, each musician handling their guitar...

Ashley Henry - Ashley Henry's 5ive (Jazz Re:freshed)

With a forceful piano style that blends the heady intensity of Robert Glasper with the ruminative explorations of Jason Moran, Ashley Henry presents a collection of five compositions that formerly herald the arrival of Britain's latest young jazz sensation. A recent graduate of the Leeds College of...

Neil McSweeney - A Coat Worth Wearing LP (Hudson Records)

Atmospheric throughout, Neil McSweeney's latest release, his fourth full-length album to date, requires some immediate attention. The Andy Bell produced album features nine self-penned songs, each crafted with considerable care and each treated to some slick production. Often improvisational...

Son of the Velvet Rat - Dorado (Fluff and Gravy Records)

Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder have created a work of sprawling, melancholy beauty with DORADO that is, at once, a dusty landscape painting and a gritty dime store paperback. Consider Cooper Hill , a song that blends inspirations from the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Tom Russell...

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