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Ross Couper and Tom Oakes - Fiddle and Guitar (Haystack Records)

There's something deeply exciting about the music of Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. Within the symbiosis of the duo's playing there lies an electricity that is managed so meticulously, remaining restrained during the gentlest moments then fizzing to the surface as each tune rises towards its climax...

Whyte - Fairich (Self Release)

Whether the term 'Gaelic Ambient Electronica' excites or offends the ear, this frankly resplendent collaboration from composer and musician Ross Whyte and Gaelic singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte is an album that simply has to be heard. FAIRICH is the Gaelic word for awaken, sense or feel, and from...

John Cee Stannard and Blues Horizon - To The River (Self Release)

For his latest release, John Cee Stannard continues to walk the path he began laying on such previous outings as STONE COLD SOBER, BUS DEPOT BLUES and THE DOOB DOO ALBUM. The songs are so deeply entrenched in Americana, particularly ragtime, early jazz and country blues, that it may come as a shock...

Porter Nickerson - Bonfire To Ash (Weasel Records)

Porter Nickerson are Carmen Nickerson a soulful vocalist and Willy Porter mean guitar player and vocalist with more than ten of his own albums under his belt. The pair met after the release of HOW TO ROB A BANK, Porter's 2010 album and began collaborating soon after. After working together on EP...

Jamie Francis - The Patient Neighbour (TCR Music)

Banjo player Jamie Francis has been the constant companion of folk troubadour Sam Kelly since they met at University, throughout their BBC Folk Award-winning Lost Boys and Changing Room incarnations, and has also played in Seth Lakeman's band. Francis is therefore more than adequately qualified to...

Over the Moon - Moondancer (Self Release)

Over The Moon are a Canadian Roots/Swing duo. MOONDANCER, their debut album was recorded in their ranch in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains and just oozes with integrity and charm. The album packaging features an atmospheric photograph of Over The Moon with Suzanne Lovesque and Craig...

Martin Simpson - Trails and Tribulations (Topic)

When Jackson C Frank first performed his song Blues Run the Game in the Bohemian folk clubs and beer cellars of the 1960s, the singer didn't leave the impression that he'd done all the hard travelling the song spoke of, due in part to his youthful appearance. The song now seems to have done all...

Wild Honey - Torres Blancas (Lovemonk Records)

Torres Blancas is the third album for Wild Honey the electronic folk pop vehicle for Spanish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Guillermo Farre. Torres Blanco is 10 tracks of bright upbeat hazy electronica, pop songs and beautifully sunny vocals. Farre's previous albums, EPIC HANDSHAKES...

Avital Raz - The Fallen Angel's Unravelling Descent (Sotones)

Avital Raz started out as a child singer of classical music in Jerusalem, after completing degrees in vocal performance and composition she studied Dhrupad singing in India. The Fallen Angel's Unravelling Descent' weaves through Troubadour Americana, Baroque choral singing, Indian Drones and the...

Addictive TV - Orchestra of Samples (K7)

Between 2010 and 2015 Graham Daniels an Mark Vidler visited over 25 Countries. From Brazil and Mexico to Senegal, China and back, filming and recording local musicians. This album an extension of their on-going live shows as Addictive TV, documents and celebrates the process of layering together...

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