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Various Artists - Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)

The word Makossa, immortalised on the international hit by MANU DIBANGO Soul Makossa , comes from the Douala word to dance. First and fore-most the POP MAKOSSA compilation is dance music. Whichever of the 12 tracks, recorded between 1976 and 1984, you start with you will not be sitting down for...

Alice Marra - Chain Up the Swings (Inner City Sound)

Alice is a member of Dundonian Indie Popsters The Hazy Janes, but she is presenting a set of her father Michael Marra's songs. Michael Marra's rich writing was rooted in the Folk tradition and shot through with a real sense of Scotland and Scottish life. After successful career as a musican and...

Solana - Camino (Self Release)

CAMINO is the third album by Bristol-based gypsy band Solana since their debut in 2012. The eight-track album once again presents a sublime splash of continental colour from a band whose name is Spanish for the "sunny side of a mountain". Indeed, the whole album is drenched in sun, from the light...

Hamsa - Lawless, Winged and Unconfined (Proper)

Opening with the most achingly beautiful clarinet you're ever likely to hear, LAWLESS, WINGED AND UNCONFINED is an album of searing and untameable expression from a band that injects new energy into klezmer. Led by clarinettist and composer Merlin Shepherd, Hamsa clearly thrive on improvised jams...

Lena Laki - Take Me With EP (Self Release)

Lena Laki is a London based German born singer who has progressed from Jazz and Folk covers to her own brooding 'Cohen-esque' material. TAKE ME WITH is her debut release and it is an assured opener with glorious arrangements and a confidence in its delivery. The songs are rich almost lush without...

Beverley Folk Festival

Beverley Racecourse, Beverley Friday 16 - Sunday 18 June 2017 Before making my way to the Racecourse itself on Friday afternoon, I deliberately took the alternative route at the Walkington junction and headed straight towards Beverley itself as if magnetically drawn to the imposing Minster, which...

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