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Roosevelt Dime - Steamboat Soul (Self Release)

Like a breath of fresh air Roosevelt Dime's new album STEAMBOAT SOUL comes at a time when we could all do with a little bit of New Orleans spark and glow. Following their impressive debut CROOKED ROOTS (2009) this new album evokes the spirit of New Orleans and the Mississippi River, incorporating...

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4

Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps

The Rock, Maltby Friday 17 September 2010 With two highly respected solo careers behind them, Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps have joined forces to play a few shows as a perfectly complimentary duo. Tonight, the two musicians reached day five of their current twenty-nine date British tour,...

Rebekah Findlay - Northern Skies (Self Release)

Velvety voiced North Yorkshire singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - with clearly an impeccable taste in song/album naming - Rebekah Findlay releases her debut album with a handful of self-penned songs, mixed with a scattering of traditional material as well as the odd poem thrown in...

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4

Gary Stewart - Boy Cries Wolf (Babaganoush)

Gary Stewart has become very much part of the Leeds music scene over the last few years, working in a variety of outfits such as Hope and Social and the Rosie Doonan Band, equally at home occupying the drummer's seat as he is assuming the role of second guitarist. Whilst maintaining a shadowy...

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4

The Orbitsuns - First Drink of the Day (313 Records)

If you judge a book by its cover, then you will probably have a preconceived idea of what to expect from this latest offering from Detroit's The Orbitsuns before you even press the play button. The stark white image on a jet black ground depicts a fiery bottle containing everything from guitars,...

Star rating: 
3

Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps - Magnetic Skyline (Tin Angel)

Putting aside their respective solo careers, Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps have joined forces to form a perfectly complimentary working partnership, a decision that seemed destined to happen. A good sixteen years as a respected solo singer/guitarist, Kelly Joe found time last year to work...

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4

The Old Dance School - Forecast (Transition)

With the follow up to The Old Dance School's debut BASED ON A TRUE STORY (2008) this fine seven-piece mini orchestra has once again created a memorable piece of work in FORECAST. Handsomely packaged in a beautifully photographed sleeve, depicting the old disused Point of Ayr lighthouse at Talacre...

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4

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts - Up From the Deep (GR)

Horizon award nominees Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts return with the follow up to their 2008 debut album SHADOWS AND HALF LIGHT. With Katriona's natural sense of melody combined with Jamie's rhythmic drive, the Barnsley-based duo continue to deliver their distinctively rich and inventive...

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4

Becky Syson - Weave Your Dreams EP (Arboretun Records)

Nottingham-based singer-songwriter Becky Syson releases her latest EP containing four new songs, following the 2008 release of her debut full length album H.O.L.L.A.N.D. subtitled Hope Our Love Lasts and Never Dies in case you were thinking it was about a place in the Western Netherlands. The songs...

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3

Jenna and Bethany Reid - Escape (Lofoten Records)

Based on a little known incident that occurred in 1943 during the Nazi occupation of Norway, this part instrumental, part narrative suite was the brainchild of young Shetland fiddler and pianist Bethany Reid, who along with her sister Jenna, composed, arranged and performed this original suite of...

Star rating: 
4

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