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Coven - Unholy Choir EP (Self Release)

This time last year, O'Hooley and Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie gathered together as a collective under the guise of 'Coven' in order to tour a selection of songs the six women had worked on during the previous year. One year on and the busy singers and musicians, namely Belinda O’Hooley,...

Jim Lauderdale - London Southern (Proper)

There's something of the 'elder statesman' about Jim Lauderdale as he poses for the cover portrait of his latest album release; part George Jones, part Townes Van Zandt, part Willie Nelson, but pretty much totally Jim Lauderdale. The lines on his tanned face indicate a life lived, lessons learned,...

Chris Wood - So Much to Defend (RUF)

William Blake, in the oft quoted opening verse of To See A World talks about taking the time to look at, and find the sublime in the small and ordinary. "To see a world in a Grain of Sand And Heaven in a Wildflower" Philip Larkin, grumbling poet, had the gift of being even to mine through the...

James McMurtry UK Tour

Greystones (Sheffield), Oran Mor (Glasgow), The Cluny (Newcastle), The Maze (Nottingham) and The Brudenell Club (Leeds) Wednesday 1 - Monday 6 February 2017 Support Alice Drinks The Kool Aid (all gigs) Nathan Bell - Glasgow Only "The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest...

Carol Fieldhouse - Linen (Self Release)

LINEN is a beautifully presented debut album, the artwork is soft and stylish, with welcomed liner notes. The whole album is written (or co-written) by Carol Fieldhouse with the exception of Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds , a brave choice of cover. The album has been beautifully produced by Boo...

Bargou 08 - Targ (Glitterbeat)

Blues enthusiasts familiar with the opening track on Paul Oliver's THE STORY OF THE BLUES double LP set from 1969, will be familiar with the tribal chants of the Fra-Fra Tribesmen of Ghana, recorded by Oliver himself as an indication of what is believed to be the origs of what we now refer to as...

Fairport Convention - 50:50@50 (Matty Grooves)

So, fifty years eh? Who'da thought? The institution that is Fairport Convention reaches half a century with an evident sense of joy, albeit tinged with some degree of sadness, in as much as one or two key players involved in this enduring story didn't quite make it through; Martin Lamble, Sandy...

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