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John Smith

Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds and Upper Chapel, Sheffield Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April 2017 A most common name for a very uncommonly talented musician. The previous Sunday on the Radio Leeds Durbervilles Folk and Roots Radio Show they had joked about his name. They asked if it was real and...

Elliott Morris - Lost and Found (Dominoes Club Records)

With a string of EPs under his belt, Lincolnshire-based singer-songwriter Elliott Morris has finally released his long-awaited full-length debut record, an album of finely-crafted originals that are accompanied by some highly accomplished arrangements ( One More Day, Let it Out ) and trademark...

Dreadzone - Dread Times (Dubwiser Records)

Dreadzone are a British institution. A band who since its formation in 1993 by ex Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts, has continued to morph and absorb influences. Alongside a warm embracing keyboard stew that sounds vintage and now, expect the unexpected, North African music, Ska revival,...

Ewan MacPherson - Fetch (Shoogle Records)

This masterful instrumental album by Ewan MacPherson (Fribo/Salthouse/RoughCoastAudio/Shooglenifty) brings together a bunch of high quality players that one feels were not picked just because they were close at hand. FETCH showcases the talents of several hand-picked collaborators in order to bring...

Steve Soden and the Sweet Peas - Welcome to the Asylum (PB Music)

Slightly eccentric third album by Birmingham-based singer-songwriter and poet Steve Soden, who for this album gathers over twenty musicians together over a twelve month period to record the dozen songs that makes up WELCOME TO THE ASYLUM. The songs have a highly retro feel, particularly the opening...

Madison Violet - The Knight Sessions (Big Lake Music)

Toronto-based Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have been writing, recording and touring together since 1999 (believe it or not), and over those 18 years the duo known as Madison Violet has consistently produced convincingly good songs and delivered them with sumptious arrangements and...

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