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Due to the sheer volume of submissions, Northern Sky is unable to treat every release to a full review, instead we offer here a selection of shorter reviews complete with star ratings, which we hope will be useful:
With each of the five lengthy tracks indicating they are either acoustic or electric, we feel suitably warned, especially as the Neil Young-like rockers take flight. So Young-like, that the opener Sylvia has more Southern Man references than Lynyrd Skynyrd could shake a stick at. Interesting.
Two northern songwriters join forces for both new songs and old, including a revisit to A Place They Called 'Forgotten Town', a hit for The Christians for whom Priestman wrote the songs. We are reminded of the quality of Priestman's songwriting, together with some equally fine songs from Glover.
Twenty years into her recording career with seven previous solo albums under her belt, Scots singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon releases METANOIA (a new way of seeing), in which she sees things a little differently in a dozen splendid songs, some new, some revisits, with strong performances throughout.
Fifth album release by American singer songwriter Zoe Mulford. Now resident in the UK, Zoe accompanies herself on both guitar and banjo, her songs resonating with these times. Little wonder then that The President Sang Amazing Grace has just been covered by Joan Baez.
Once again Stout and McKay deliver a striking selection of intuitive instrumental pieces for both fiddle and harp with breathtaking results. The arrangements are adventurous, instinctive and immediately accessible with agile yet seemingly effortless playing, especially on the haunting Tingaholm.
Yarrow Valley-influenced song and poetry cycle by rising Scots singer Lori Watson, whose treatment of traditional themes is handled with considerable attention to detail, creating an immediately tangible sense of atmosphere and place. Also includes a rather lovely version of October Song.
Picture this, an English country garden drenched in wild flowers as spring morphs into summer; a singer gently plucks her guitar beneath a daisy chain halo, a wistful voice singing an ethereal song, bees busily pollinating, butterflies dancing upon a gentle breeze..
Boldwood's second album unearths more 18th century English instrumental music, each tune recalling a period when folk and classical music happily co-existed with little fuss. Classically trained, each of the four musicians of Boldwood demonstrate their chops in a dozen beautifully arranged pieces.
A fine blend of Celtic Americana with Appalachian undertones, Kyle Carey delivers a dozen songs predominantly from her own pen but with a further nod to Nanci Griffith on Trouble in the Fields. Joined by a stellar cast of supporters including Rhiannon Giddens, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick.