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Gecko Turner - Soniquete: The Sensational Sound of Gecko Turner (Lovemonk)

The best of the highly infectious sound of Spanish-born singer songwriter and musician Gecko Turner, featuring fourteen tracks, each lifted from previous releases with exception of Cortando Bajito , a brand new track. The combination of jazz, blues, samba, reggae, hip-hop and electronica, is...

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3
Paris to Austin - Martha Fields

Martha Fields - Dancing Shadows (Self Release)

Martha Fields has bona fide Southern swagger, that is clear from the start of this fine album and demonstrated consistently throughout. Sukey a song for Martha's Cherokee ancestor who lived and raised seven children in a West Virginia Cave, crackles with attitude. Drums are taut and the electric...

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4

Eddi Reader - Cavalier (Reveal Records)

Vocalist with 80s band Fairground Attraction, Solo performer and musician for nearly thirty years Eddi Reader is an unstoppable force, a sparkling, shimmering whirlwind of musical energy. She has a huge presence that fills a space, turning venues of all sizes into her parlour as she chats with the...

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5

Karine Polwart - Laws of Motion (Hudson Records)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH (November 2018) Lavish praise, indeed, was heaped on Karine Polwart's last album and its wider theatrical project, A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE. It was well deserved praise and it certainly gives the ring of truth to that much overused phrase concerning the arrival of her 'much...

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5

Bert Jansch - Just a Simple Soul (BMG)

It was during the 1992 documentary 'Acoustic Routes', a film about Bert Jansch and his contemporaries, that fellow Scot Billy Connolly traced the career of this highly charismatic singer, songwriter and legendary guitarist, by taking a closer look at Bert's various LP cover shots, which according...

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5

The Whispering Tree - Invisible Forces (Eyelash Soup Music)

Opening with the hauntingly beautiful These Houses , a song about the monuments of homes that live on after we're gone, INVISIBLE FORCES is an album that creeps into your ear and lingers there like, as the song says, "a ghost from another time". There is, indeed, something timeless about the music...

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4

David Messier - Time Bomb (Self Release)

This impressive second offering from Austin-based singer songwriter David Messier has a certain urgency about it as the title suggests, with eleven strong and highly melodic songs, not least the opening track. Television is Better Than Love , boldly asserts that this is indeed so, especially in the...

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4

Rachel Newton - West (Self Release)

There is a special power and a particular pleasure to be found in solo instrument recordings. Grace, beauty, art and the bravery of having no where to hide or nothing to hide behind. Rachel Newton, Singer, Harpist and 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Award Musician Of The Year, brings a fine voice and...

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4

Gary Stewart - Oh My Weary World (Self Release)

There's so many different sides to Gary Stewart that it's difficult to keep up. Not only is Gary the gun-for-hire drummer who beats the blue blazers out of Hope and Social's kit as well as that of other bands including Ellen and the Escapades, he has also enjoyed a stint as one Rosie Doonan's...

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4

Annie Dressner - Broken Into Pieces (Self Release)

Since moving to the UK seven years ago, New York City-born Annie Dressner has been steadily building a reputation for herself as a fine new voice on the acoustic music scene. Having made one album already, STRANGERS WHO KNEW EACH OTHER'S NAMES (2011), and receiving airplay along the way, along with...

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4

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