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Jasmine Rodgers - Blood Red Sun (Self Release)

When I first met up with singer-songwriter Steve Rodgers a few years ago to chat to him about his songs, his music and his dad, I discovered there was a younger sibling in the family, who according to Steve, ran around stadiums with him, whilst dad Paul Rodgers of such notable bands as Free and Bad...

David Simard - The Heavy Wait (Self Release)

From the offset this is a very intense album. David Simard's delivery is considered and authoritative, there is space and emotion in everything he does here. The album is called THE HEAVY WAIT, a phrase which apparently became a mantra from the first session onwards. It could also refer to that...

The Changing Room - Names on a Wall EP (TCR Music)

The Changing Room commemorate both the fallen of World War One and The Lost Gardens Of Heligan with an EP entitled NAMES ON A WALL. The Armistice Day release adds significant poignancy, this years Remembrance Sunday recalling centenary of the Battle Of The Somme. A story less known is celebrated in...

Johnny Coppin - All on a Winter's Night (Red Sky Records)

Blessed with a voice as crisp and clear as a frosty morning and with sufficient depth to give it the warmth of a welcome glass of mulled wine, Johnny Coppin delivers a set of seasonal songs to accompany your festivities. Based on the content of his concerts of the same name and currently on tour,...

Michael Chapman - 50 (Paradise of Bachelors)

Michael Chapman is a survivor, a FULLY QUALIFIED SURVIVOR, his legendary second album, released in 1970, would have us believe. An Art College Photography lecturer, who'd paid his way through University by playing jazz guitar, Chapman found himself in rainy Cornwall in 1966. Broke, with only petrol...

Hickory Signals - Noise of the Waters (Self Release)

For their second EP, the Brighton-based duo Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti, otherwise known as Hickory Signals, present six songs ranging from traditional through to contemporary originals by way of a reconditioned James Joyce poem, from which the title derives. Prominent throughout is the voice of...

James Edge and the Mindstep - Machines He Made (Self Release)

The vinyl LP version of the second album release by James Edge and the Mindstep is presented as a two-disc set, handsomely packaged in a sturdy white gatefold sleeve, illustrated with four intriguing square Rothko-esque crimson panels designed by James Newman Gray. Just holding the sleeve whilst...

Session Americana with Jefferson Hamer - Great Shakes (Self Release)

Session Americana are a Boston based band who have been playing together since 2003, Jefferson Hamer, because of his album with Anais Mitchell is slightly better known in the UK, but don't be put off by a low profile, there is much here to reward the listener. A languid, west coast early 70s vibe...

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton - Symbiosis (Great White Records)

There is simply no other word which better describes the new album by Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton than the one they chose for its title. SYMBIOSIS presents nine tunes which perfectly demonstrate the magic that happens when two musicians find a deep connection through their music. And although these...

Emily Smith - Songs For Christmas (White Fall Records)

Since winning BBC Radio Scotland's Traditional Musician of the Year in 2002 Emily has produced a series of delightful albums that blend traditional and contemporary material in a beguiling way. She appeared in season four of The Transatlantic Sessions, BBCs excellent series of collaborations...

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