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Country Lips - Till the Daylight Comes (Self Release)

The recent resurgence in good old fashioned honky-tonk has delivered its fair share of pleasingly twangy albums over the last few years. Sam Outlaw's Ry Cooder-produced album ANGELENO saw a breath of fresh western wind blow through the country scene last year, as did Canadian cowboy Daniel Romano's...

Victoria Klewin and the True Tones - Dance Me To Heaven (Self Release)

Forgive the brazen cliche but Victoria Klewin could sing the phonebook and make it sound gorgeous. And when she's finished with that, she could make a start on the charity bags that also come through the door, along with the adverts for double glazing and new driveways. Thankfully, the Bristol-...

David Youngs - In Between Silence (Asana)

David Youngs is a melodic, quirky and an always interesting guitar player, if me telling you that isn't enough, then it should be abundantly clear by the end of this his latest album. From the first notes of Where Memories Go the opener, a combination of his technique and his ability to weave in...

Aurelio - Darandi (Real World Records)

During his thirty-year career in music, Honduras-born musician Aurelio Martinez has become known as the master of Garifuna music, specifically the style known as paranda, which is imbued with infectious and inviting dance rhythms. His fourth album to date, DARANDI, once again features a plethora of...

Sarah-Jane Summers and Juhani Silvola - Widdershins (Dell Daisy Records)

You get the distinct feeling, with Sarah-Jane Summers and Juhani Silvola's latest outing WIDDERSHINS, that you're in earshot of a fascinatingly impassioned conversation. And there's no need to eavesdrop; on the contrary, the tête-à-tête is going on right under your nose, brazen as can be, without...

Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum - The Space Between (Edition Records)

When two of the finest British jazz guitarists come together to record at one of this country's most inspiring studio environments, it's not surprising that the resulting album is a veritable masterpiece. THE SPACE BETWEEN is the second collaboration from Manchester guitarists Mike Walker and...

Police Dog Hogan - Wild by the Side of the Road (Major Tom Records)

Formed in 2009, Police Dog Hogan are a hard-gigging, riveting band, full of personality and presence. With a string of festival appearances and a Bob Harris session under their collective belts, they are deservedly going places. Hopefully this excellent CD will take them a stage closer. It may be...

The Carrivick Sisters - 10 Years Live (Self Release)

"We've been playing publicly and releasing CDs for ten years, so this is a celebration of all that!" begins Laura Carrivick in her introduction to this live recording, made at the stunning Convent, Stroud back in October 2016. It's difficult to accept that these highly talented young twins from...

Robyn Stapleton - Songs of Robert Burns (Laverock Records)

Robyn Stapleton was BBC Scotland's Young Traditional Musician in 2014, releasing her debut album in 2015. Brought up in South West Scotland, Robyn traces her introduction to singing, to the poetry of Robert Burns. Her sleeve note introductions to each track explain her personal connections to the...

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