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Larkin Poe - Fall/Winter EPs (Edvins)

Once again a seasonal Larkin Poe EP pops through the letterbox just in time for their eagerly awaited debut UK tour, along with their WINTER EP to boot. You know the story, you wait for a bus to come along, then along comes two at the same time. When I first heard the SPRING EP, I knew I was...

Star rating: 
5

Larkin Poe

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Monday 4 April 2011 Fresh from their weekend appearance at the Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival, where the band had the luxury of space on the large Kingstone School Hall stage, Larkin Poe squeezed into the relatively minute Wheelhouse for an intimate evening of fun and...

Bruce Cockburn - Small Source of Comfort (True North Records)

It's difficult to believe that this is Bruce Cockburn's 31st album to date, an astonishing achievement by any standard and one that sees a welcome return after a six year period away from the studio. Cockburn's four decades of productivity, both in terms of his music and his humanitarian work...

Star rating: 
4

Carrie Elkin - Call It My Garden (Red House Records)

In this follow up to 2007's THE JEOPARDY OF CIRCUMSTANCE, Carrie Elkin makes her debut on Red House Records and once again showcases her remarkably strong voice, a voice so strong that this reviewer has witnessed the singer-songwriter turn away from her audience so as not to blow them over! CALL IT...

Star rating: 
3

Amy Belle - Lost in the Short Cut (Dharma)

Fresh from busking the streets of Glasgow, the former Alice Band singer Amy Belle released her debut solo album some time ago now; a pretty commercial pop record it has to be said, despite a love for a more rootsy music. Legend has it that Long John Baldry discovered the young Rod Stewart playing...

Star rating: 
3

Cassie Taylor - Blue (Hypertension)

This soulfully bluesy debut from the daughter of Bluesman Otis Taylor, sees the multi-instrumentalist coming to grips with ten original songs from her own pen. Very much in tune with the music industry, having appeared with her father on stages around the world, not to mention contributing to his...

Star rating: 
3

Iain Morrison and Daibhidh Martin - Haunted Bird (Peatfire)

This collaborative project brings together the songwriting credentials of Scots Trad Music Composer of the Year Award winner Iain Morrison and the poetry of fellow Isle of Lewis storyteller Daibhidh Martin. Although this is by no means the first time these two friends have worked together, it is...

Star rating: 
4

Lazybirds - Broken Wing (Self Release)

Third album for North Carolina retro-funsters Lazybirds, who once again trawl the roots of Americana with fourteen selections made up primarily of traditional material with one or two additional surprises. Covering a broad variety of styles encompassing a good eighty years of music, songs likely to...

Star rating: 
3

Hickman and Quinn - Times (Self Release)

Ten self-penned songs emerge from the partnership of Shrewsbury-based duo James Hickman and Chris Quinn, finding their way onto this their debut album. The album, produced by Andy Bell, renowned for his previous work with Seasick Steve and KT Tunstall, has at its core a folk/roots agenda and offers...

Star rating: 
3

Malcolm Holcombe - To Drink the Rain (Music Road)

Malcolm Holcombe has one of those well-worn voices that you tend not to question. You instinctively believe that he has lived the life to the full extent and that what he says actually goes, without any doubts. It's Dave Van Ronk meets Guy Clark, with a touch of Townes Van Zandt thrown in. TO DRINK...

Star rating: 
3

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