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Cormac Begley - Cormac Begley (Self Release)

Cormac Begley is an award-winning player and an innovator. The Irish Times described his concertina playing as a 'masterclass in timeless musicianship'. Cormac plays in a number of duets, with Liam O Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh from Hardanger D'Amore, Rusad Eggleston of...

Ben Glover - The Emigrant (Proper Records)

Ben Glover's vocal pleasingly combines the lilt of Mike Scott with the growl and fire of David Gray. With a childhood in a sleepy Northern Ireland village and eight years in Nashville Ben has a foot in both camps. He is a personification of the Transatlantic Sessions spirit and TV show. On songs...

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

The Basement Bar, York Wednesday 19 April 2017 It seems quite a while ago since I last attended a gig at the Basement Bar in York, in fact it probably is. The bar, situated beneath one of the city's most popular cinema theatres, has a cavernous feel about it, with its blacked-out decor and basic...

Vieux Farka Toure - Samba (Six Degrees Records)

You only ever get one chance at a first impression and so to take advantage of the full impact of your first impression of this wonderful album, I suggest you turn the volume up to eleven, especially on Homafu Wawa , with its homage to Bob Marley's I Shot the Sheriff in its opening riff. There's...

Tamikrest - Kidal (Glitterbeat)

The one thing we can always rely on when it comes to the sound of what we now refer to as Sahara Blues, is the utterly infectious groove that seems to permeate each song and the opening few bars of Mawarniha Tartit exemplifies this notion perfectly. Little changes in that groove throughout the song...

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