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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...

Jon Palmer Acoustic Band - The Silences In Between (Self Release)

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is one of a handful of Northern British outfits frequently booked for their fully functional credentials as an exciting live band, more than capable of finishing off an afternoon, an evening or an entire festival in style. Wearing their folk rock roots very much on...

Mark Lavengood - We've Come Along (Earthwork Music)

These days the Dobro might well be seen as an integral part of most modern Bluegrass outfits, yet we rarely see it in the hands of a lead player, rather somewhere to the side, its player poised over the instrument in one of two optimum positions; the traditional seated position with the guitar upon...

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