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The Railsplitters - Jump In (Self Release)

Occasionally, a CD drops into your lap and without so much as another thought, goes immediately onto the player. There's normally a reason for this; either the cover design is so utterly thrilling you just feel obliged to stick the record on, then again, it might be the name that you recognise and...

Darden Smith - Darden Smith/Trouble No More (Retroworld)

Darden Smith is an Austin resident, Texan born singer songwriter. Emerging as part of the mid-eighties New Country boom along with Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle. It is the languid observational style of Lovett that the strong opener Two Dollar Novels, with vocals from Nancy Griffith...

Ange Hardy - Bring Back Home (Story Records)

It's hard to believe that BRING BACK HOME is Ange Hardy's sixth studio album, how did that happen?! Hardy's prolific output in no way sacrifices quality over quantity, and in fact it is the consistently high standard of her music that never ceases to amaze her ever growing and appreciative audience...

Damien O'Kane - Avenging and Bright (Pure Records)

Following on from 2015's hugely successful AREAS OF HIGH TRAFFIC, Damien O'Kane returns with his much anticipated third solo offering AVENGING AND BRIGHT. The artwork on the new album suggests a continuation of the sartorial theme that adorned the cover of his previous album, with the then sharp...

Mairearad Green and Mike Vass - A Day a Month (Buie Records)

Clear musical expertise and panache, oozes from every pore, in this offering from Mairearad Green and Mike Vass. The collaboration, between these two exceptional musicians, creates a synergy rarely encountered. The intention of the pair was to meet one day each month, to play and arrange music...

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne - Outway Songster (Wild Goose Records)

Possibly a new name to many, CB-K may be a familiar face through his appearances as part of Granny's Attic, the young trio appearing with increasing frequency at events around the country. If this upwards trajectory wasn’t enough, Cohen has now commenced a series of solo appearances, featuring...

Johnny Cash - Greatest Hits (Charly)

The recent plethora of Johnny Cash re-issues through Charly, all seven original Sun LPs newly remastered and released on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, together with the slightly expanded CD box set featuring those seven albums plus a special bonus disc of rarities, has effectively put Cash's formative...

Lauren MacColl - The Seer (Fèis Rois)

Commissioned by Fèis Rois, THE SEER is a new work by Lauren MacColl, one of the finest contemporary fiddlers in Scotland today. If this was Prog Rock, this would no doubt be a concept album, but as we are knee-deep in the Scots tradition, let's call it a commissioned suite, based upon the...

Ross Ainslie - Sanctuary (Great White Records)

Ross Ainslie is an accomplished musician and composer, clearly always looking outwards and onwards. After years of playing with Salsa Celtica, India Alba, Treacherous Orchestra and alongside musicians like Jarlath Henderson and Charlie Mckerron, there are clearly a lot of elements and threads...

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