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Joshua Burnell - The Road To Horn Fair (Misted Valley Records)

Joshua Burnell started recording this record in 2015, quickly after INTO THE GREEN and before THE SEASONS PROJECT, his last album. This is a culmination, at least so far, of his interest in Folk song and Folk Music. From the start it is clear there is a joy in the songs, a joy in the playing and...

Star rating: 
5

Mikey Kenney - The Reverie Road (Penny Fiddle Records)

Mikey Kenney is a musician and balladeer from Liverpool. THE REVERIE ROAD is his third album and is released on Penny Fiddle Records. Tracks like the opener Bacca Pipes a dreamy variation of the tune Greensleeves, show he is a fine interpreter of both English and Irish music, while The Path I Walk...

Star rating: 
4

Katie Spencer - Weather Beaten (Self Release)

I first became aware of the young singer songwriter Katie Spencer a few years ago at the Beverley Folk Festival, not as a performer, but as a teenager, just crossing a field with a large guitar case in her hand, her hair fashioned like David Bowie's character in the film Labyrinth; well not quite...

Star rating: 
4

The Trials of Cato

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 8 March 2019 Every now and again a band of musicians come along and appear to tick just about every box in terms of their musical ability, their vocal prowess and their taste, all matched measure for measure with their personal appeal and likeability factor...

Rouse Ye Women!

CAST Theatre, Doncaster Wednesday 6 March 2019 I had a bit of a moment during tonight's performance of Neil Gore's folk ballad opera Rouse Ye Women, when I unexpectedly found myself playing a minor role. When I say a minor role, I mean a miniscule role, but a role nevertheless. Bryony Purdue...

Grainne Holland - Corcra (Self Release)

After two albums of traditional songs, CORCRA, her third is Grainne Holland's first of her own songs. Holland has gathered an impressive band of musicians to back her, Aidan O'Rouke from Lau, Brian Finnegan from Flook and many others. With Grainne's powerful voice, fine songs, captivating...

Star rating: 
4

Serious Sam Barrett - Where The White Roses Go (Ya Dig Records)

WHERE THE WHITE ROSES GO from the second it bursts from the speakers is an intense mixture of tender and tough. A solid insistent banjo drives the title track conjuring up straight away Bert Jansch and the Jack Orion album. Serious Sam Barrett has a fine, earnest vocal, delivering his songs with...

Star rating: 
4

Greg Hancock - The State of My Hair (Self Release)

A thoroughly engaging suite of highly personal songs from Devon-based singer songwriter Greg Hancock, who showers his memories with an almost tangible sense of warmth. Despite changing the names of some of the real life friends, associates and relations depicted in these stories, the characters...

Star rating: 
4

Elles Bailey - Road I Call Home (Outlaw Music)

The young Bristol-based singer songwriter Elles Bailey effortlessly straddles the lines between country and blues with her second album release, the follow-up to her 2017 debut WILDFIRE. Recorded in both Nashville and Wales, the album sees the husky voiced singer on good form with eleven songs...

Star rating: 
4

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