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Iona Fyfe - Go Away From My Window (Cairnie Records)

After a couple of Eps, AWAY FROM MY WINDOW is the debut album from folk singer Iona Fyfe and a concept album to boot. Surrounded by nimble sympathetic players Iona presents a set of traditional songs and songs by contemporary Scots writers including. Fyfe herself. The variety and pedigree of...

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4

Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers (Proper)

If the young songwriter of the early 1970s was concerned about what might be at the end of the rainbow, then it stands to reason that the fully mature songsmith of forty-odd years on would be concerning himself with the 'rattle within'. The life cycle isn't over yet by any means, though an artist...

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5

Two Niles To Sing A Melody - The Violins & Synths Of Sudan (Self Release)

All the capital cities of the world are in possession of their own rich cultural heritage and Khartoum is certainly no exception. In this release, we find some of the Sudan's own musical highlights from the period between the 1970s and 1990s. Some of the titles reveal the struggles ordinary people...

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3

Jez Lowe

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 21 September 2018 There's nothing quite so rewarding to a music club's organising committee, than for them to be searching the back rooms for more chairs, even as early as 7.30pm. It was already a good night even before a single word had been sung, a single chord...

Tony Kofi - Point Blank (Last Music Company)

As the British Isles endures its strangest days for generations, there are a few remaining things of which this country should be proud. One of them is Tony Kofi, a jazz musician of Ghanaian descent who has, over the last couple of decades, risen to the peak of the British jazz scene with true...

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4

Alina Bzhezhinska - Inspiration (Ubuntu Music)

Jazz and the harp have enjoyed some lovely flirtations and full-blown affairs over the years, most notably via the music of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Now another female artist is ushering the harp into the spotlight. The UK-based Polish musician Alina Bzhezhinska's second album INSPIRATION...

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5

Stella Chiweshe - Kasahwa: Early Singles (Glitterbeat)

For world perspective, if we consider that the biggest UK single of 1973 was Dawn's ever-so-twee Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree and by 1983 we had arrived at the dazzlingy colourful Karma Chameleon , courtesy of Culture Club, then Stella Chiweshe's run of singles, released exclusively...

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4

Tia McGraff - Stubborn in My Blood (Bandana Records)

Tia McGraff has one of those voices, that blends angelic note hitting ability with just enough rasp or crackle to give her life lesson lyrics gravitas and weight. There is a little of the Country Blues burr of a sweet Bonnie Raitt or even Bonnie Tyler with a touch of Dolly Parton. It's a confident...

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4

Ruston Kelly - Dying Star (Rounder Records)

There's something of a buzz going around town at the moment in anticipation of South Carolina-born, Nashville-based Ruston Kelly's debut full-length album release and UK tour, which are both now very much upon us. Not only does DYING STAR boast a lead track ( Jericho ), a first single release (...

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4

Mark Harrison - The Panoramic View (Self Release)

A curious release this time from country blues devotee Mark Harrison, with each of the songs prefaced by a spoken introduction by the familiar voice of Gail Porter, who effectively saves us the bother of reading the sleeve notes. There's a demo feel to each of the songs, as if they haven't been...

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3

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