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Gren Bartley

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 18 January 2019 Gren Bartley returns after a sabbatical of sorts, time away to reflect, gather his thoughts, recharge his batteries and evidently bond with his new best friend, his new shining resonator guitar, which now presumably occupies many of his waking...

Kim Richards - Leaves That Fly (Self Release)

Kim Richards is an artist, designer, teacher, musician, singer and songwriter from Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. Exposed to traditional music sessions at home, writing songs for as long as she can remember and making cassette recordings since she was seven, this assured and well crafted album...

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4

Dan Rauchwerk - We Are More Than What We Leave Behind (Self Release)

Dan Rauchwerk is a founding member of the Folk group The Lords Of Liechtenstein. On WE ARE MORE THAN WE LEAVE BEHIND, you can hear the sound of his band coming through, but there is a slower tempo feel to the songs with air and space in the arrangements. Dan's voice is more resonant and richer on...

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4

Frank Carline

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 11 January 2019 With the last scraps of turkey (or your own particular veggie option) well and truly disposed of and the multitude of tree pines almost completely swept up, together with those resolutions made and broken within minutes of one another, we step...

Robb Johnson - Ordinary Giants (Irregular Records)

Ordinary Giants is a song suite by songwriter and performer Robb Johnson that explores the life and times of Ron Johnson, his father, a family history of the Second World War and the Welfare State. Robb has already released GENTLE MEN, Mojo Magazine’s Folk album of the month in 1997, exploring...

Star rating: 
5

Nancy K Dillon - A Game of Swans (Rose Rock Records)

Nancy K Dillon has a warm, pure voice that you could listen to all night. There is that lilt that recalls a more Country Indigo Girls and some of Nancy Griffith's crystal purity. Dutchman's Gold shows her ability to weave stories out of touchstone lyrical elements to make textbook Americana. Nancy...

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4

Iona Fyfe - Dark Turn Of Mind EP (Cairnie Records)

Fresh on the tails of 2018’s excellent AWAY FROM MY WINDOW, Iona Fyfe returns with a six track release, DARK TURN OF MIND. Iona's 2018 debut album after a series of Eps established her as one of Scotland's finest ballad singers and rooted in the tradition while not afraid to experiment and absorb...

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4

Danni Nicholls - The Melted Morning (Self Release)

Release Date: 12 April 2019 - We try to review each new release submitted, time permitting. Apologies for any we don't manage to get around to. If this item is considered, it will appear in our reviews section shortly.

Alastair Savage - When Barley Reaches Shore (Woodland Records)

There is something deeply atmospheric and evocative about Alistair Savage's playing, there is sweet with a touch of dark melancholy. Solo violin tracks like Marquis Of Tullibardine manage to dance and pop with a lively rhythm and energy. The playing is never overly furious and frantic, there is...

Star rating: 
3

Night Tree - Dedications (Self Release)

While sounding like they come from everywhere, drawing in Irish, traditional, classical, bluegrass and European jazz, this American Swedish band came together as members of Boston's New England Conservatory. Dedications is the band's second album and it is a stunner. The first track, the curiously...

Star rating: 
4

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