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Delta Ladies - Hillbilly Trance (Self Release)

Vi Martin and Dee Stone, otherwise known as the Delta Ladies, no doubt named after one of Leon Russell's finest songs, present their own take on deep and dark Americana in this remastered and expanded reissue of their HILLBILLY TRANCE album, named for their own idiosyncratic style, which is a...

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Kelly Oliver - Botany Bay (Self Release)

British folk singer Kelly Oliver returns with this her third full-length album to date, this time produced by Stu Hannah, featuring a selection of exclusively traditional ballads collected from her native county of Herefordshire. With storytelling at the forefront, songs such as The Trees They Do...

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Gren Bartley - Quiet (Wooden Walls Records)

Gren Bartley has been enjoying a sabbatical over recent years, very much off the music scene, a scene that Gren has contributed so handsomely to over the years, therefore it has come as a pleasant surprise to see him return with a new album, which the singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitar player...

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4

Bokante and Metropole Orkest - What Heat (Real World)

From the first few bars of album opener All the Way Home , we detect that this bunch of musicians mean business, an outstanding collaboration between multi-cultural supergroup Bokanté and the Metropole Orkest, featuring the sultry voice of the Montreal-based Guadeloupian Creole singer Malika...

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Storm Jameson - The Year of Orbison (Flood Music)

There's a brooding undercurrent to much of the material on THE YEAR OF ORBISON, the new release by Matt Gold and Jim Tashjian, collectively known as Storm Jameson, presumably named for the 20th century Whitby-born novelist. Whilst the Chicago-based duo's treatment of Jesus on the Mainline retains...

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4

Ben Kunder - Better Human (Comino Music)

This second offering from Ben Kunder follows hot on the heels (well almost) of his impressive debut GOLDEN (2015) and once again showcases the Toronto- based singer songwriter's knack of writing easily accessible indie-pop tunes, each written from the heart. The title song, Better Human, gets right...

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3

Winston McAnuff and Fixi - Big Brothers (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

French/Jamaican collaboration featuring 1970s Roots Reggae stalwart Winston McAnuff (Electric Dread, Inna De Yard) and French accordionist Fixi, who pool their respective influences in a hotpot of vibrant rhythms, including Cuban styled piano, reggae, electronica and a shimmering vocal contribution...

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3

Richard Durrant - Stringhenge (Self Release)

Richard Durrant is a gifted and lyrical guitar player that is abundantly clear from this double CD release. On the first disc, playing a concert guitar crafted from a 5,000 piece of English bog oak, a four string Tenor guitar and a much more humble ukulele, Richard plays a set of mostly Bach...

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4

Pilgrim St - The EP (Self Release)

From the energetic folk punk of My Little Blackbird , to the more reflective pensive atmosphere of Giving It Up This Time , Pilgrim St are an always engaging listen. Emerald has the chiming mandolin energy of the quieter moments of Led Zeppelin Three or Four, its tempo and bounce sounding like a...

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3

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