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Vieux Farka Touré

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 15 June 2017 The last couple of times I've driven out of Leeds after a gig, I've found myself negotiating the late night backstreets of West Yorkshire at the approach of the witching hour, in search of vaguely familiar signs pointing towards home. This is due to...

Sam Amidon - The Following Mountain (Nonesuch)

There's nothing quite straightforward when it comes to Sam Amidon; there always seems to be a surprise around each corner. Highly experimental at the best of times, nothing really could have prepared our ears for the closing track on this Sam's sixth album THE FOLLOWING MOUNTAIN, where Sam's love...

Shortstuff - Big Blue (Blonde on Blonde)

British folk club circuit favourites since the mid-70s, Dave Thomas and Hugh Gregory - better known as Shortstuff - have finally been given the opportunity to release a selection of their archive recordings via their new collection, BIG BLUE. The acoustic bluesmen recently uncovered a selection of...

Albert Hammond - In Symphony (BMG)

In other hands, an orchestrated release of one's back catalogue might prove to be something of an act of desperation. Indeed, who needs a large and expensive orchestra only to have it drowned out by the sound of a barrel being scraped? In the hands of legendary songsmith Albert Hammond, the reality...

Bellevue Rendezvous - While Rome Burns (Journeyman)

With their wide repertoire of European tunes and a uniquely attractive sound, Scottish trio Bellevue Rendezvous make a welcome return with this impressive third album. WHILE ROME BURNS consists of ten instrumentals with such alluring titles as Vals etter Sigurd Aalmen, Hvit Marsj and Hicazkar Sirto...

Richard Durrant and Ismael Ledsesma - Durrant y Ledesma (The Burning Deck)

The Brighton-born guitarist and composer Richard Durrant is a musician who rigorously refuses to be labelled. A quick spin of any of his records - and there are many of them - demonstrates the diversity at work in this artist's repertoire. Durrant is as much a classical guitarist as he is a folk...

Tift Merritt - Stitch Of The World (Yep Roc)

With supporters like Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew Bird as well as Don Henley who recorded her song Bramble Rose from the debut album of the same name, many have wondered why Tift Merritt has not more firmly established herself at the top of the music tree. As this, Merritt's sixth studio album,...

Richard Dawson

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Friday 9 June 2017 There seems to be a buzz at the moment surrounding North East singer-songwriter Richard Dawson's latest album release PEASANT, which is receiving major media attention, a four-page feature in the July edition of Uncut magazine no less and his song Ogre...

Boo Hewerdine - Swimming in Mercury (Reveal)

This is a poppier Boo Hewerdine, who effortlessly manages to reference all the way across the broad music palette of late 60s or early 70s gatefold plush albums. The opening electronic chords of Satellite Town sounds disturbingly like the opening of Hewerdine the musical, with Boo's dry vocals...

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