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The Unthanks - How the Wild Wind Blows

City Varieties, Leeds Thursday 11 May 2017 This evening the city of Leeds was enjoying that all too familiar period which follows the fading of a sunny springtime afternoon, where those heading out for the evening - some bound for the local arena to see Iron Maiden - dodged and wavered around...

Carrie Elkin - The Penny Collector (Self Release)

Written in a year that was bookended by the birth of Elkin's first child and the process of caretaking her father through his final months, THE PENNY COLLECTOR is a diary, a poets song cycle through all the emotions that these journeys entail. Lyrically and musically Carrie Elkin manages to be...

Skinner and T'witch - The Fool's Journey (Self Release)

Those of us who spend time listening to dedicated folk and roots radio shows, broadcasting both here and around the globe, cannot fail to have become familiar with the work of this Leeds based duo in recent times. Always willing and able to marry traditional folk forms with often humorous and...

Kadia - The Outlandish Collection EP (Self Release)

Kadia first came to our attention by turning up at gigs and immersing themselves in the folk scene. We've seen them in audiences at concerts, watching intently from festival crowds, taking part in workshops, and providing some truly stonking support slots. Their Christmas 2016 support slot for Jim...

Bob Dylan

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Friday 5 May 2017 It's been a good while since I last attended an arena gig, preferring much smaller venues which appear to be better suited to music. These days if you want to see your heroes and idols, then the crush of an arena is quite possibly your only real option...

Johnny Cash - The Original Sun Albums 1957-1964 (Sun/Charly)

If you were to visit Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, you would no doubt be entertained by one of the studio’s current tour guides, who would willingly demonstrate to you just how Johnny Cash achieved his famous guitar sound; by placing a dollar bill between the fretboard of the...

Christy Scott - Amaranthine EP (Self Release)

Christy Scott is a young singer songwriter from the Scottish coastal town of Buckie. Now studying music at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, this self released EP is her first CD and is a long awaited release. Hearts Collide the EP opener is a strong start, with a gentle Folk Americana feel...

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