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Sweet Gum Tree - Sustain the Illusion (The Orchard/Plastic Head)

With SUSTAIN THE ILLUSION, songwriter Arno Sojo, better known as Sweet Gum Tree, returns with another set of dreamy works of lyrical allure - his fifth release since 2010's THE VULNERABLE ALMIGHTY and his long-awaited follow up to 2014's superb THE SNAKES YOU CHARM AND THE WOLVES YOU TAME. Produced...

The Andrew Collins Trio - And It Was Good (Self Release)

Bluegrass has come a long way since the first Appalachian settlers began bashing, bowing and plucking whatever instruments they had to hand. Indeed, the music has enjoyed a long history of evolution, and whilst much of what Bill Monroe would recognise as bluegrass is still very much alive and well...

Cormac Begley - Cormac Begley (Self Release)

Cormac Begley is an award-winning player and an innovator. The Irish Times described his concertina playing as a 'masterclass in timeless musicianship'. Cormac plays in a number of duets, with Liam O Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh from Hardanger D'Amore, Rusad Eggleston of...

Ben Glover - The Emigrant (Proper Records)

Ben Glover's vocal pleasingly combines the lilt of Mike Scott with the growl and fire of David Gray. With a childhood in a sleepy Northern Ireland village and eight years in Nashville Ben has a foot in both camps. He is a personification of the Transatlantic Sessions spirit and TV show. On songs...

Vieux Farka Toure - Samba (Six Degrees Records)

You only ever get one chance at a first impression and so to take advantage of the full impact of your first impression of this wonderful album, I suggest you turn the volume up to eleven, especially on Homafu Wawa , with its homage to Bob Marley's I Shot the Sheriff in its opening riff. There's...

Tamikrest - Kidal (Glitterbeat)

The one thing we can always rely on when it comes to the sound of what we now refer to as Sahara Blues, is the utterly infectious groove that seems to permeate each song and the opening few bars of Mawarniha Tartit exemplifies this notion perfectly. Little changes in that groove throughout the song...

Elliott Morris - Lost and Found (Dominoes Club Records)

With a string of EPs under his belt, Lincolnshire-based singer-songwriter Elliott Morris has finally released his long-awaited full-length debut record, an album of finely-crafted originals that are accompanied by some highly accomplished arrangements ( One More Day, Let it Out ) and trademark...

Dreadzone - Dread Times (Dubwiser Records)

Dreadzone are a British institution. A band who since its formation in 1993 by ex Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts, has continued to morph and absorb influences. Alongside a warm embracing keyboard stew that sounds vintage and now, expect the unexpected, North African music, Ska revival,...

Ewan MacPherson - Fetch (Shoogle Records)

This masterful instrumental album by Ewan MacPherson (Fribo/Salthouse/RoughCoastAudio/Shooglenifty) brings together a bunch of high quality players that one feels were not picked just because they were close at hand. FETCH showcases the talents of several hand-picked collaborators in order to bring...

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