ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Amanda Shires - To the Sunset (Silver Knife Records)

When I was first given the opportunity to speak to Amanda Shires back in 2012, I felt I was talking to an artist entrenched in what we know as the sound of Americana, but I soon discovered her desire to make radio-friendly pop songs too; "if they don't have drums on the track, nobody's gonna hear...

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Latest Northern Sky Podcast

Feel free to listen to our fortnightly podcast with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous editions...

Gregory Page - A Wild Rose (Self Release)

While himself a North London born Irish-Armenian third generation musician with a grandfather Dave Page who was a master Uilleann Piper, Gregory Page describes his music as Americeltic. Like the Malian Griots the Pages are generationally alive with music, Gregory's parents met while their...

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Kila - Tóg é go Bog é (Kila Records)

If we were to gather together each Kila release along with all the various solo records and side projects, we would have a rather prolific collection to behold and Tóg é go Bog é would probably gleam as the band's stand out statement. Originally released on CD and cassette back in 1997, the album...

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The Shackleton Trio - Fen, Farm and Deadly Water (Self Release)

The Shackleton Trio, formerly the Georgia Shackleton Trio, features fiddle player Georgia, guitarist Aaron Bennett and Nic Zuppardi playing mandolin. The trio plays a effortless sounding blend of music that draws in influences from the American, British and Scandinavian traditions. The band is...

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Various Artists - Destination Fellside Recordings 1976-2018 (Fellside 2018)

After 42 years and the release of over 600 albums Paul and Linda Adams, who have run Fellside almost single handed are moving into semi-retirement, with the label continuing in a lower key way. DESTINATION is a taking stock and a celebration of Fellside one of the biggest independent Folk labels in...

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Coming Soon: Bridget St. John

The Greystones, Sheffield Thursday 6 September 2018 Bridget St. John was born and raised in London. After graduating from Sheffield University in 1968, Bridget made her first demo with John Martyn's help, on a reel to reel tape deck owned by singer/songwriter, Al Stewart. Within weeks Bridget was...

Musicport Festival

Whitby Pavilion, Whitby Friday 19 - Sunday 21 October 2018 In a time when it's getting increasingly difficult to bring world class acts to the UK from all around the world, it's enormously encouraging that despite these problems, a relatively small town on the North Yorkshire coastline continues to...

Sixty Moments

What started as a sixty day countdown (to my retirement) on social media, principally out of boredom, has become an enjoyable wander down memory lane, looking back at some of the records that have informed, enlightened and enlivened my life so far, as well as highlighting one or two turning points...

Trail West - From The Sea To The City (Self Release)

Trail West are a six piece from Glasgow. FROM THE SEA TO THE CITY refers to the journey that many Gaels make, at some point in their life, moving from their homes by the sea to the city, relocating for education or for work. The journey opens with Bernies Second Debut a great mix of sensitive power...

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