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Dan Walsh - Verging on the Perpendicular (Rooksmere Records)

The definition of a 'true great' is for me, the one who makes it all seem so effortless, somersaulting, and floating through the air whilst landing perfectly, wobble free, just as though little energy, and hours of practice were uninvolved. The technical skill in Dan Walsh's VERGING ON THE...

Damien McGeehan - The Tin Fiddle (Self Release)

Damien McGeehan's renown as one of Ireland's best fiddlers is founded on the fine contribution he made to the now disbanded Donegal fiddle trio Fidil. To many, then, an entirely solo project may seem like a brave departure, but due to some nifty production techniques and an exquisite handling of his...

Afenginn - Opus (Westpark)

OPUS is the sixth release from Danish outfit Afenginn and, perhaps, the most suitably titled of the bunch. The album is, in fact, a symphony of four movements inspired by the "uncontrollable, unforeseeable, yet still somehow navigable" nature of life. Indeed, the album was directly inspired by an...

Nick Byrne - Through the Tall Grass EP (Self Release)

The songs on this five track EP offer a slice of melodic, meditative acoustic folk pop. Nick has a pleasing voice with an earnest melancholic lilt. Plaintive ballads are underpinned by strings and an occasional electric slide. Opener Half ’ sets a layered vocal over a strummed jangling guitar in a...

Torgeir Waldemar - No Offending Borders (Jansen Plateproduksjon)

Being completely unfamiliar with Torgeir, I was unsure what to expect as the disc went into the player but what followed was a series of surprises, mostly positive and none unpleasant. As the music revealed itself, the first surprise was that the first track could have come straight out of the...

Steamchicken - Look Both Ways (Chicken Records)

Steamchicken musically stir together folk and Cabaret era swing jazz with panache and style. Formed by Ted Crum when he left Peeping Tom they have been playing festivals for twenty years. LOOK BOTH WAYS is their first album with vocalist Amy Kakoura and a fine listen it is too. From the opening...

India Electric Co - EC1M EP (Shoelay)

The day that downloads entered our music world, the game not only changed for listeners but musicians too. If you want evidence that the album concept died at that point (or, at least, took a long lay down on a couch), just check out how Ed Sheeran dominated the singles charts with the release of...

Elephant Sessions - All We Have Is Now (Elephant Records)

Elephant Sessions describe themselves as a neo-trad band. But by the end of this album you are left feeling that they have transcending traditional traditions and are very much whirling off into their own instrumental world. Against a rock solid back line musical rules are bent and rewritten in a...

Carrie Elkin - The Penny Collector (Self Release)

Written in a year that was bookended by the birth of Elkin's first child and the process of caretaking her father through his final months, THE PENNY COLLECTOR is a diary, a poets song cycle through all the emotions that these journeys entail. Lyrically and musically Carrie Elkin manages to be...

Skinner and T'witch - The Fool's Journey (Self Release)

Those of us who spend time listening to dedicated folk and roots radio shows, broadcasting both here and around the globe, cannot fail to have become familiar with the work of this Leeds based duo in recent times. Always willing and able to marry traditional folk forms with often humorous and...

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