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Various Artists - Mac Ile: The Music of Fraser Shaw (Fraser Shaw Trust)

In May 2015, the Glaswegian piper, whistle player and composer Fraser Shaw passed away after his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was just 34. Almost immediately, Shaw's friends and family set up The Fraser Shaw Trust to raise money for the relief of MS, particularly in Argyll, Scotland, through...

Fools Gold - Fools Gold (Retr World)

At the same time that Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music, The Eagles' Hotel California and The Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station were being released to critical acclaim, another California outfit by the name of Fools Gold were hoping to find success with their own studio outings. Consisting of Tom Kelly...

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes - Fiddle and Guitar (Haystack Records)

There's something deeply exciting about the music of Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. Within the symbiosis of the duo's playing there lies an electricity that is managed so meticulously, remaining restrained during the gentlest moments then fizzing to the surface as each tune rises towards its climax...

Whyte - Fairich (Self Release)

Whether the term 'Gaelic Ambient Electronica' excites or offends the ear, this frankly resplendent collaboration from composer and musician Ross Whyte and Gaelic singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte is an album that simply has to be heard. FAIRICH is the Gaelic word for awaken, sense or feel, and from...

John Cee Stannard and Blues Horizon - To The River (Self Release)

For his latest release, John Cee Stannard continues to walk the path he began laying on such previous outings as STONE COLD SOBER, BUS DEPOT BLUES and THE DOOB DOO ALBUM. The songs are so deeply entrenched in Americana, particularly ragtime, early jazz and country blues, that it may come as a shock...

Porter Nickerson - Bonfire To Ash (Weasel Records)

Porter Nickerson are Carmen Nickerson a soulful vocalist and Willy Porter mean guitar player and vocalist with more than ten of his own albums under his belt. The pair met after the release of HOW TO ROB A BANK, Porter's 2010 album and began collaborating soon after. After working together on EP...

Jamie Francis - The Patient Neighbour (TCR Music)

Banjo player Jamie Francis has been the constant companion of folk troubadour Sam Kelly since they met at University, throughout their BBC Folk Award-winning Lost Boys and Changing Room incarnations, and has also played in Seth Lakeman's band. Francis is therefore more than adequately qualified to...

Over the Moon - Moondancer (Self Release)

Over The Moon are a Canadian Roots/Swing duo. MOONDANCER, their debut album was recorded in their ranch in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains and just oozes with integrity and charm. The album packaging features an atmospheric photograph of Over The Moon with Suzanne Lovesque and Craig...

Martin Simpson - Trails and Tribulations (Topic)

When Jackson C Frank first performed his song Blues Run the Game in the Bohemian folk clubs and beer cellars of the 1960s, the singer didn't leave the impression that he'd done all the hard travelling the song spoke of, due in part to his youthful appearance. The song now seems to have done all...

Moonbeams Festival

Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby Friday 7 - Saturday 8 July 2017 There are one or two events on the summer festival calendar that just seem to go above and beyond the call of duty, not only staging excellent programmes of concerts over the course of a couple of days, together with providing comfortable...

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