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Richard Durrant - Stringhenge (Self Release)

Richard Durrant is a gifted and lyrical guitar player that is abundantly clear from this double CD release. On the first disc, playing a concert guitar crafted from a 5,000 piece of English bog oak, a four string Tenor guitar and a much more humble ukulele, Richard plays a set of mostly Bach...

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4

Pilgrim St - The EP (Self Release)

From the energetic folk punk of My Little Blackbird , to the more reflective pensive atmosphere of Giving It Up This Time , Pilgrim St are an always engaging listen. Emerald has the chiming mandolin energy of the quieter moments of Led Zeppelin Three or Four, its tempo and bounce sounding like a...

Star rating: 
3

Phillip Henry - True North (Dragonfly Roots)

Saving the right moment to sit down and listen to Phillip Henry's debut solo album has been well worth the wait. I held off until its release date with an hour of undisturbed quiet in order to absorb the material and soon realised 11 songs and 54 minutes later, that I'd written nothing but a bunch...

Star rating: 
5

a'Nish - Way of the Gull (Purt Sheearan Records)

a'Nish - not to be confused with the Indian singer nor the Bombay-born British sculptor - is the name of a superb Brit five-piece who combine Irish, Scottish, Manx and Scandinavian folk traditions to create a wonderfully infectious sound. Their latest album, WAY OF THE GULL, is a follow up to their...

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4

Young Waters - Young Waters (Monokrome Music)

With comparisons already made to such acts as the Incredible String Band and Fleet Foxes, this young five-piece outfit describe their music as 'twisted neo-folk', which provides us with something of an idea of what to expect prior to hearing them. When we do hear them, there's something quite...

Star rating: 
5

Vidar K Schanche - Awakening (Self Release)

The Norwegian guitarist and composer Vidar K. Schanche has put his heart and soul into AWAKENING, a project that has been years in the making. The result is a sprawling, cinematic album which exists in the space between dream and reality and addresses the longing for what we gain and lose...

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3

Kitty Macfarlane - Namer of Clouds (Navigator)

When I first heard Kitty Macfarlane's debut EP, TIME AND TIDE, in the Spring of 2016, it was immediately obvious to me that we had a major new talent on our hands, a singer, songwriter and importantly, a new nature conscious presence on the British folk and acoustic music scene. The unaccompanied...

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5

Floating Circles Quartet - Eleven Yesterdays Ago (Self Release)

If you're unfamiliar with London based combo the Floating Circles Quartet, the opening bars of their four-track debut EP might prepare you for an impressive half hour with a fine guitar-based jazz outfit. But soon their key ingredient rises to the surface - that gorgeously pure clarinet of Aiden...

Star rating: 
3

Sans - Kulku (Cloud Valley)

Since A Is For Andrew Z If For Zither in 1972, multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer Andrew Cronshaw has been making unclassifiable music that lives in the sifting sandscapes between the genres that we create to try and describe music. For forty years Andrew produced a succession of exciting,...

Star rating: 
5

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