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Chris Scruggs - Anthem (Cogent)

It must be difficult for an artist to come from a musical dynasty of some considerable merit and constantly strive to avoid nostalgia trips, but at the same time maintain the integrity of the family name. Chris grew up having little to do with the Scruggs family, his mother choosing not to marry...

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3

Angie Palmer

The Duchess, York Thursday 24 September 2009 I bumped into Angie Palmer outside The Duchess just as dusk approached on a relatively warm York evening, just as the singer-songwriter was making her way down to the neighbouring Fibbers night club, where another gig was about to commence. "Hope you're...

Henry Priestman and Amy Wadge

The Duchess, York Tuesday 22 September 2009 Sharing the bill on a relatively quiet night at the Duchess in York, fellow singer-songwriters Henry Priestman and Amy Wadge brightened up an otherwise gloomy prospect at one of the best live venues in the city. I've stopped asking myself where everybody...

Doug Cox - Without Words (Self Release)

Doug Cox approaches the Dobro as an undiscovered instrument and explores its potential as if he had just been given the very first prototype. Unafraid to fuse Classical elements with both Eastern and Western influences, bluegrass, pop, jazz and what you might possibly expect to hear on Mars, Cox...

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4

Corinne West and Doug Cox

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Sunday 30 August 2009 Corinne West appeared in Wombwell tonight as part of the Barnsley House Concerts series, together with Canadian Dobro and slide guitarist Doug Cox, co-producer of Corinne's current album THE PROMISE. The flags were out for our visitors from across the...

The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming (EMI)

There exists at least one copy of THE BAIRNS that includes all five autographs rather than the customary four. After some arm twisting at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2007, where the celebrated album was launched, I cockily insisted that the fifth member of the Winterset, Adrian McNally, put his...

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5

KTB - Indelible Ink (Independent)

I think the last time I singled out a song to play on repeat throughout the night was Jeff Buckley's Everybody Here Wants You , which would have been ready for the bin by the time I'd finished with it, had it been on vinyl that is. I enjoy wearing out good records; it's an enormously fulfilling...

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5

Jess Morgan - Crosses EP (Independent)

Jess Morgan's long awaited debut album is recorded, in the can and ready for a bright pair of ears to stumble upon, preferably someone with distribution connections, and one who is prepared to get this ball rolling. In the meantime Jess has managed to finance the release of a single/EP, call it...

Star rating: 
4

Voices for Nature

Old Moor RSPB, Wombwell Saturday 15 August 2009 Carrie Elkin and Robby Hecht were the guests of the Barnsley House Concerts at the Wheelhouse tonight, their gig being the climax of an eventful day in and around Wombwell in the heart of the Dearne Valley. During the afternoon, the nearby Old Moor...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2009

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 30 July - Sunday 2 August 2009 At any other time of the year, the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall would more or less echo the tranquility of other more well known city locations, such as the various college gardens or the handful of idyllic beauty spots down by...

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