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Bellevue Rendezvous - While Rome Burns (Journeyman)

With their wide repertoire of European tunes and a uniquely attractive sound, Scottish trio Bellevue Rendezvous make a welcome return with this impressive third album. WHILE ROME BURNS consists of ten instrumentals with such alluring titles as Vals etter Sigurd Aalmen, Hvit Marsj and Hicazkar Sirto...

Richard Durrant and Ismael Ledsesma - Durrant y Ledesma (The Burning Deck)

The Brighton-born guitarist and composer Richard Durrant is a musician who rigorously refuses to be labelled. A quick spin of any of his records - and there are many of them - demonstrates the diversity at work in this artist's repertoire. Durrant is as much a classical guitarist as he is a folk...

Tift Merritt - Stitch Of The World (Yep Roc)

With supporters like Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew Bird as well as Don Henley who recorded her song Bramble Rose from the debut album of the same name, many have wondered why Tift Merritt has not more firmly established herself at the top of the music tree. As this, Merritt's sixth studio album,...

Boo Hewerdine - Swimming in Mercury (Reveal)

This is a poppier Boo Hewerdine, who effortlessly manages to reference all the way across the broad music palette of late 60s or early 70s gatefold plush albums. The opening electronic chords of Satellite Town sounds disturbingly like the opening of Hewerdine the musical, with Boo's dry vocals...

Alun Parry - Freedom Rider (Self Release)

From street busker to the beating heart of a musical community, Alun Parry's output has reached the seven album mark and his commitment, his love of music and the quality of his writing and playing remain undiminished. As a protest singer with a particular love of Woody Guthrie, FREEDOM RIDER...

Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth (Celtic Collections)

Like a football manager with unlimited funds, Sharon Shannon has reached the point at which she can attract the best players that she wants, assembling a team of Champions League proportions. As could be expected with such talent on display, they are solid at the back, creative in midfield and...

Sound of the Sirens - For All Our Sins (DMF Records)

From the opening track Smokescreen Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, who are Sound Of The Sirens, offer an utterly captivating blend of vocal harmonies, strident acoustic guitars and infectious upbeat music. There is a venom and vim to their delivery, like American duo The Indigo Girls and 90's UK pair...

Front Country - Other Love Songs (Organic Records)

San Francisco Bay's 'roots pop' five-piece Front Country add a further dozen selections to their repertoire with this their second album, which for the most part showcases the songwriting credentials of singer Melody Walker, whose assured delivery sparkles throughout the album. Soulful, gritty and...

Track Dogs - Serenity Sessions (Monde Green Records)

The third album by Track Dogs, the Madrid-based quartet formerly known as the Garrett Wall Band, offers a fine balance of acoustic soul blended with gentle pop sensibilities, augmented by the band's ubiquitous trumpet sound, courtesy of Sheffield-born Howard Brown. Recalled for their pretty...

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