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Massa Dembele - Mezana Dounia (Izniz)

Recorded in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, in the eastern region of Mali, this relatively short album, just eight compositions rendered in about 30 minutes, bears all the hallmarks of the enchanting traditional music of the jeli, whilst playing the kora-like kamala n'goni, not normally associated with...

Sarah-Jane Summers - VIRR (Eighth Nerve Audio)

When Sarah-Jane Summers confided in me, "it doesn't fall wholly within the traditional genre", little did I know precisely how far removed from your common or garden fiddle tunes album VIRR actually is. Highly experimental at its core, the twelve-track concept album explores the sonic possibilities...

Quetzal - The Eternal Getdown (Smithsonian Folkways)

The extensive sleeve notes contained within the handsome 44 page dual language illustrated booklet, detailing thoughts on social justice, race, anger, frustration, disillusionment and hopelessness amongst the indigenous peoples of Latin America, almost overshadows the music found within. One of the...

Warsaw Village Band - Sun Celebration (Jaro)

Opening with a swell of shimmering violins, dripping dulcimer notes and pounding percussion, SUN CELEBRATION proceeds with unrelenting currents throughout. This seventh album by the Warsaw Village Band marks twenty years of the Polish octet with a double-disc plunge into the rushing waters of the...

Duane Forrest - The Climb (Traaxx Music)

"Oh I was sitting at the edge of the sea" sings Duane Forrest at the start of the first song, backed by the ambiance of waves on an expansive tropical beach. Steam of consciousness lyrics, spilling over with evocative detail draw you in from the start. His warm and inviting voice is backed by a...

Amy Henderson - Soul for a Compass (Self Release)

Amy is a graduate of the prestigious National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School and the Folk and Traditional Music Degree at the University of Newcastle. The University course led to an interest in community arts along side her live performing. Coming through...

Elliott Brood - Ghost Gardens (Paper Bag Records)

For their sixth album release, the Juno-winning Ontario-based trio Elliott Brood have found themselves in unexpected reflective mood having stumbled across some old demos and song sketches that were thought long lost. Revisiting these song ideas, the band have polished up some of the material that...

House Above The Sun - Runaway Devil (Official Video)

House Above the Sun - Five Hours North (Self Release)

The first single and album opener on FIVE HOURS NORTH, the blues-based Runaway Devil , immediately demonstrates this band's Americana credentials, despite the intro's apparent Eastern influenced guitar riff. With Jim and Ariel Moreton at the helm, the London-based outfit stretch their own...

Kate Ellis - Carve Me Out (River Rose Records)

Listening to the songs of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-born, now London-based, singer songwriter Kate Ellis, reminds me of first hearing Nanci Griffith at the outset of the so-called New Country scene back in the mid-1980s, a time when country music became relevant once again after a period of...

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