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Underneath the Stars

Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley Friday 21 - Sunday 23 July 2017 Anyone vaguely familiar with the summer festival season will know only too well of the routines we go through, routines most of us take for granted. It usually goes something like this: we arrive on site as early as possible on...

Rio Mira - Marimba Del Pacifico (Aya Records)

Based in the coastal town of Esmeraldes in Ecuador, named after a river that runs from Ecuador into Columbia, formed as a collaboration by musicians from the two neighbouring countries and guided by the distinctive warm percussive tones of the marimba, this is stunning music that blurs boundaries...

King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die (Glitterbeat Records)

King Ayisoba, born Abert Apoozore in Ghana in the 1970s, makes an arresting and compelling music. His sound is in a tradition rather than traditional. He plays the Kologo, a West African stringed instrument that creates a pulsing percussive beat. But it is Ayisoba's vocals that stand out on first...

The Twisted Twenty - The Twisted Twenty (Penny Fiddle Records)

As the album opens, with its invigorating violins and glistening cittern, a refreshing optimism swells and rises, one that is most often attributed to the music of Bach and Handel. But instead of the Brandenburg Concerto or The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba , this is the Ragged Sailor Set by The...

Various Artists - Mac Ile: The Music of Fraser Shaw (Fraser Shaw Trust)

In May 2015, the Glaswegian piper, whistle player and composer Fraser Shaw passed away after his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was just 34. Almost immediately, Shaw's friends and family set up The Fraser Shaw Trust to raise money for the relief of MS, particularly in Argyll, Scotland, through...

Fools Gold - Fools Gold (Retr World)

At the same time that Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music, The Eagles' Hotel California and The Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station were being released to critical acclaim, another California outfit by the name of Fools Gold were hoping to find success with their own studio outings. Consisting of Tom Kelly...

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes - Fiddle and Guitar (Haystack Records)

There's something deeply exciting about the music of Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. Within the symbiosis of the duo's playing there lies an electricity that is managed so meticulously, remaining restrained during the gentlest moments then fizzing to the surface as each tune rises towards its climax...

Whyte - Fairich (Self Release)

Whether the term 'Gaelic Ambient Electronica' excites or offends the ear, this frankly resplendent collaboration from composer and musician Ross Whyte and Gaelic singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte is an album that simply has to be heard. FAIRICH is the Gaelic word for awaken, sense or feel, and from...

John Cee Stannard and Blues Horizon - To The River (Self Release)

For his latest release, John Cee Stannard continues to walk the path he began laying on such previous outings as STONE COLD SOBER, BUS DEPOT BLUES and THE DOOB DOO ALBUM. The songs are so deeply entrenched in Americana, particularly ragtime, early jazz and country blues, that it may come as a shock...

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