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Gigspanner - The Wife of Urban Law (Self Release)

The arrival of any new Gigspanner album is always preceded by eager anticipation in these quarters and the trio's fourth album to date is no exception. So good is Peter Knight's trio, I've come to expect nothing short of musical excellence in both their choice of material and their intricate...

The Foxglove Trio - Distant Havens (Foxglove Records)

The task of following their 2015 debut THESE GATHERED BRANCHES was always going to be a bit of an uphill slog for The Foxglove Trio. Amazingly, however, these three outstanding musicians appear to have skipped effortlessly up the incline with DISTANT HAVENS, an album that keeps your ear superglued...

Megan Henwood - River (Dharma Records)

Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2009 with her brother Joe Henwood, Megan has released a trio of albums, this being the third and an EP with Jackie Oates. Over the last six years, MAKING WAVES, HEAD HEART HAND and now RIVER have charted Henwood's slow burn development into an...

Davy Graham - Folk Blues and Beyond (Bread and Wine)

Listening back to what is now considered a folk classic, FOLK, BLUES AND BEYOND, Davy Graham's second album release, now sounds pretty pedestrian in the vocal department, although his mastery of the acoustic guitar is still startlingly vibrant. Whether tackling blues standards such as Cocaine, Rock...

Richard Thompson

Sheffield City Hall Wednesday 25 October 2017 Distracted by the news of the death of Fats Domino, the real 'King of Rock n Roll' according to Elvis Presley, I wasn't aware, as I took a leisurely sip of 'Starry Night' in the Frog and Parrot on Division Street, half listening to the strains of Johnny...

Jack Rutter - Hills (Self Release)

Still in his mid twenties, as well as being a member of both Seth Lakeman's and Jackie Oates' band, Jack Rutter is already a highly respected singer, guitarist and interpreter of traditional material. HILLS is his debut solo album, a pure and unadorned set of tracks, with one voice and one...

The Young'uns

Leeds City Varieties Thursday 19 October 2017 The ghosts of music hall stars past echo around the glittering, newly refurbished 'Good Old Days' theatre, as support act accordion and percussion duo The Hut People pose the question 'how many different percussion instruments can you cram into a twenty...

Hartlepool Folk Festival

National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool Friday 13 - Sunday 15 October 2017 With its cobbled quayside, authentic nineteenth century seaport buildings and imposing masts of the HMS Trincomalee, the National Museum of the Royal Navy could be the most appropriate setting in the world for a folk...

The Young'uns - Strangers (Hereteu Records)

The Stockton on Tees Folk Club alumni have rightly inherited the mantle of the folk world's star acapella trio from the recently retired Coope, Boyes and Simpson. Strangers, their fourth studio album, is their strongest yet and contains some potentially classic original songs from the BBC Radio 2...

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