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Adrian and Meredith - More Than a Little (Vertigo Productions)

Nashville is a city filled with Cowboys, Urban and Country and a myriad of 'sat on a stool' James Taylor wannabe songwriters. East Nashville duo Adrian and Meredith cut through it all, decisively and confidently with their own compelling raw roots sound. Part energy infused spit n sawdust bluegrass...

Justin Adams - Ribbons (Wayward/DJA)

Both on his own records and as a sideman Justin Adams has always an compelling listen. From Justin's early days with Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart, he played memorably with Robert Plant, injecting Plant's music with a dose of electric Saharan blues. Adams partnership with Drecker, vocalist on...

Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics II (Beeswing)

Richard Thompson returns with his trusty Louden to deliver the second helping of outstanding acoustic performances; two-way family favourites rescued and warmly refurbished from his own vast back catalogue. His Fairport days are fondly recalled in Genesis Hall , previously investigated in a similar...

Keith James - Tenderness Claws (Hurdy Gurdy)

Known for his meticulous dissection of Nick Drake's idiosyncratic guitar techniques, which he handles with surgical precision, Keith James takes a series of poems written by some of our most noted poets and tenderly delivers each one wrapped in melodies all his own with arrangements courtesy of...

Josienne Clarke and Kit Downes - Such a Sky EP (Self Release)

There are voices.. and then there are voices; voices that take us on a journey, where the actual vocal inflections and sonic nuances are infinitely more important than the words themselves. Take for instance Josienne Clarke's multi-layered vocal on the coda of the opening song here, Out of View ,...

Taarka - Fading Mystery (Self Release)

The word taarka refers to the process of roasting spices in Indian cooking. When spice seeds are added to hot oil, they bring forth the intense flavours that provide the base for all Indian culinary delicacies. It should be easy, then, for a reviewer to get a hold of such etymology and squeeze it...

Vasen - Brewed (Northside)

There's one thing a band can be sure of after 28 years together, that their performances will be tight. Väsen, a threesome who have been playing together since the late 1980s and have released no fewer than seventeen albums, are so tightly bound that their handling of opulent Swedish folk is as...

Harri Endersby - Homes/Lives (Ivy Crown Records)

There is a swagger, a potential that bursts out of every note of Homes / Lives, Harri Endersby debut album release. Her voice, solo or in a multi chorus is assured, confident and always demanding of your attention. The band, Endersby, Rich Marsh and the wonderfully named Curtis Wayne Pierce Jr,...

Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child (Legacy)

Into his eighties, still touring, still recording, Willie Nelson has an energy and career that has never stopped revealing musical treasure. GOD'S PROBLEM CHILD is the first album of new songs since his BAND OF BROTHERS release in 2014. And, yes, it’s another treasure trove of great songs. With his...

Ashley Hutchings - Street Cries (Talking Elephant)

The re-issue of Ashley Hutchings' collection of dark traditional songs STREET CRIES, which contains revamped material, songs altered to suit the present day back then at the turn of the Millennium, clearly indicates that nothing much has changed over the last sixteen years. Dressed in a new sleeve...

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