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Warsaw Village Band - Sun Celebration (Jaro)

Opening with a swell of shimmering violins, dripping dulcimer notes and pounding percussion, SUN CELEBRATION proceeds with unrelenting currents throughout. This seventh album by the Warsaw Village Band marks twenty years of the Polish octet with a double-disc plunge into the rushing waters of the...

Duane Forrest - The Climb (Traaxx Music)

"Oh I was sitting at the edge of the sea" sings Duane Forrest at the start of the first song, backed by the ambiance of waves on an expansive tropical beach. Steam of consciousness lyrics, spilling over with evocative detail draw you in from the start. His warm and inviting voice is backed by a...

Amy Henderson - Soul for a Compass (Self Release)

Amy is a graduate of the prestigious National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School and the Folk and Traditional Music Degree at the University of Newcastle. The University course led to an interest in community arts along side her live performing. Coming through...

Elliott Brood - Ghost Gardens (Paper Bag Records)

For their sixth album release, the Juno-winning Ontario-based trio Elliott Brood have found themselves in unexpected reflective mood having stumbled across some old demos and song sketches that were thought long lost. Revisiting these song ideas, the band have polished up some of the material that...

House Above The Sun - Runaway Devil (Official Video)

House Above the Sun - Five Hours North (Self Release)

The first single and album opener on FIVE HOURS NORTH, the blues-based Runaway Devil , immediately demonstrates this band's Americana credentials, despite the intro's apparent Eastern influenced guitar riff. With Jim and Ariel Moreton at the helm, the London-based outfit stretch their own...

Kate Ellis - Carve Me Out (River Rose Records)

Listening to the songs of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-born, now London-based, singer songwriter Kate Ellis, reminds me of first hearing Nanci Griffith at the outset of the so-called New Country scene back in the mid-1980s, a time when country music became relevant once again after a period of...

Dona Onete - Banzeiro (Mais Um Discos)

The voice of the feisty 78 year-old Brazilian singer Dona Onete takes you a little by surprise upon first hearing it. There's not the slightest glimmer of a shrinking violet here, instead we find a singer who certainly means business, in fact there's almost a sense that Dona is making up for lost...

Moirai - Here and Now (WildGoose Records)

Let us consider the cover artwork for HERE & NOW, the new album by Moirai (pronounced More-eye). There's something exceptionally refreshing and rejuvenating about those swirling colours, something within the subtle changes in shades that invites us deeper into the work itself. The same could...

Commoner's Choir - Commoner's Choir (No Masters)

We had absolutely no expectations for this album, no preconceptions whatsoever. We're going to come right out with it and say that "The Commoners Choir" is one of the most significant album releases of the past five years. This is an album that has got us excited, enthused, and outright riled up...

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