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Mick Ryan - Here at the Fair (Wild Goose Records)

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Deer Tick - Mayonnaise (Partisan Records)

Mayonnaise seems to be an odd title for this collection of songs by Rhode Island band Deer Tick, that is until it becomes clear that this release of 'odds and sods' is intended as additional dressing for the main course, that being the band's previous albums VOL 1 and VOL 2 released simultaneously...

Star rating: 
3

Michael Chapman - True North (Paradise of Bachelors)

February 2019 sees the latest album by Michael Chapman, English and unashamedly proud Northern guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. TRUE NORTH, wrapped in vintage photos, including some of Chapman's own dating from his time as an Art College photographer tutor and an earlier family portrait,...

Star rating: 
5

VRi - Ty Ein Tadau (Erwydd Records)

Patrick Rimes, fiddle and viola, Jordan Price Williams, Cello and Aneirin Jones, fiddle, make up Welsh chamber folk trio VRi. On Ty EIN TADAU, the band's self produced debut album they are joined by vocalist, Beth Celyn. The trio's music is structured and layered like chamber music but has some of...

Star rating: 
4

Jamie Hutchings - Bedsit (Come to the Dark Side Luke)

Nine highly personal songs of a very much stripped down nature from Sydney-based singer songwriter Jamie Hutchings. The album title itself reflects the atmosphere of the songs; a lone voice from a room, emoting in a most introverted fashion with sparse arrangements, a gently strummed guitar with...

Star rating: 
4

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba - Miri (Outhere Records)

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba's fifth album MIRI is more of a reflective set than the muscular BA POWER, the band's previous album release four years ago. Kanougnon , the opening song, could in fact quite easily be taken as a lullaby, with Amy Sacko's soothing vocal and Bassekou Kouyate's fluid...

Star rating: 
4

Ranagri - Playing for Luck (Stockfish Records)

I guess any new offering from this exceptional Anglo/Irish acoustic quartet could be seen as an eagerly awaited event, indeed this particular release couldn't have arrived sooner. Musically inventive, whilst maintaining an easily accessible sound, Ranagri are a class act whose musical virtuosity...

Star rating: 
5

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