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Drever, McCusker and Woomble

The Duchess, York Tuesday 11 February 2009 The Duchess in York is fast becoming one of my favourite venues, not just for the standard of gigs they put on, but for the relaxed and easy going atmosphere. The venue itself is both dark and cavernous, but at the same time comfortable and comforting...

Drever, McCusker and Woomble

Drill Hall, Lincoln Sunday 8 February 2009 On each of the several occasions I've arrived at the Drill Hall in Lincoln, I've habitually taken up my regular seat by the bar in the Armoury Cafe, taken out my notepad and jotted down a few preliminary notes in the deserted confines of the foyer, before...

David Ferrard - Broken Sky (Flamingo Records)

David Ferrard is a young Scottish/American topical songwriter who blends together his two genetic cultures remarkably well. Reminiscent of the 1960s protest singers, notably Harvey Andrews, both in terms of topical song writing and in sweetness of voice, Ferrard's thoughtful songs cover a variety...

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3

Sarah McQuaid - I Won't Go Home 'til Morning (Self Release)

It's been a long while since I got up extremely early on a Sunday morning, before light even, curled up on the sofa with the old Ipod, rested my head on a cushion and read through all the sleeve notes from start to finish including the lyrics, the comments, the personnel list and production credits...

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3

Rodina - Over The Sun (AM Records)

If you are poring over the brochures whilst the last of the snows turn to sludge, pondering upon where you might spend some Summer days later in the year, then you could do a lot worse that have Rodina's debut as the soundtrack to your daydreams. Summer is a-coming after all. With Latin rhythms...

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3

Arlo Guthrie

The Duchess, York Sunday 1 February 2009 Arlo Guthrie admits that the one question he is frequently asked wherever he goes and wherever he plays is 'what was it like at Woodstock?' to which he often has to reply with a series of half remembered memoirs and half elaborated upon mythologies. It...

Martyn Joseph - Evolved (Pipe Records)

Twenty-five years and thirty albums along from his debut in 1983, Martyn Joseph has trod a consistent path, producing some of the most uncompromising and often hard hitting songs from the Welsh valleys. The Springsteen comparisons will always be there, but this matters little with such a prolific...

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4

Various Artists - Not In Our Name (Songs For Change)

In light of the recent announcement that British troops are to be taken out of Iraq by the end of May 2009, only then presumably to be redeployed in Afghanistan, makes the songs on NOT IN OUR NAME even more poignant. The title itself is a simple statement that needs no elaboration, and the artists...

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3

Jennifer Crook - A Few Small Things (Get Real Records)

Putting aside the Celtic harp for a moment, Jennifer Crook embarks on a basic singer songwriter excursion with ten accessible songs of considerable merit. Beautifully packaged, A FEW SMALL THINGS offers a glimpse into Jennifer's world, opening with some home thoughts from abroad in A Stranger in...

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3

Lucy Kaplansky

Memorial Hall, Sheffield Sunday 14 December 2008 It takes a consummate professional to respond positively to requests from the audience; not to whinge and refuse on the grounds that the singer can't remember the song, but to just play it, almost as if it had been planned that way. This happened not...

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