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John Meed - Never Enough (Self Release)

The widely travelled John Meed delivers each of his songs in an uncomplicated and unpretentious singing voice, removed only slightly from an actual speaking voice, perfect for the sort of poetic songs he writes. On this, his seventh album release, the Manchester-born, now Cambridge-based singer...

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4

Thro' My Eyes: A Memoir - Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton

I picked up Iain Matthews' autobiography during the break between two sets at an intimate Matthews' Southern Comfort gig in an unassuming Pontefract pub, having just witnessed a rather fine opening set from the vantage point of a front row seat. I don't think I had any intention of buying this book...

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4

Raoul Vignal - Oak Leaf (Talitres)

French singer and guitarist Raoul Vignal creates a music that shimmers and rests lightly on your ears, without ever being throwaway or lightweight. Pepas Eyes features his perfect Nick Drake like acoustic guitar and a very intimate, hypnotic vocal. In a development from his previous album there are...

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5

Ewan Macintyre - Road Junkies (Broken Car Records)

Some albums, like hot baths on December evenings, let you lower yourself into them and recline there in utter comfort and satisfaction. Road Junkie, Ewan Macintyre's latest record, is one such LP, lapping at the ears with a wonderful warmth as each song froths with Tim S. Savard's fiddle, evocative...

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3

Simon Todd - Half Empty/Half Full (Ginger Tom Music)

Half empty half full, which every you decide initially, this is a grower, careful listening delivers nuanced intelligent songs and polished crafted music. Down To The River is delivered with a bite and vocal growl that reminded me of Don Henley's 80s Smugglers Blues . There is a bounce and jaunty...

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4

Great British Folk Festival 2018

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December 2018 The timing of the Great British Folk Festival is just about right, especially for those of us who particularly enjoy Wintertime; it sort of sets the seasonal mood and should any of the billed performers include just a...

Jaywalkers - Time To Save the World (Burnt Chilli Records)

The Jaywalkers deliver a rootsy, authentic Americana. Doubly iimpressive given that Mike Giverin, Jay Bradberry and Lucille Williams are a UK three-piece. Homage To The Fromage is a beautiful opener, picked or plucked strings, weaving fiddle and a thumping Double Bass beat. What Do I Know and This...

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4

Frank Burkitt Band - Raconteur (Self Release)

Originally from Edinburgh, Frank and partner Kara Filbey swapped late night music and Scottish pubs for North Island New Zealand in 2014. The addition of James Geluk on Double Bass, Cameron Burrell on Mandolin and Banjo and a different perspective on Americana, Roots music, Jazz, Country and all...

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4

Sver - Reverie (Folkhall Records)

Release Date: 30 November 2018 - Northern Sky's Marc Higgins is currently listening to this album and his review will follow soon.

Peter Hammill - X/Ten (Fie Records)

Release Date: 30 November 2018 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

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