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Solana - Camino (Self Release)

CAMINO is the third album by Bristol-based gypsy band Solana since their debut in 2012. The eight-track album once again presents a sublime splash of continental colour from a band whose name is Spanish for the "sunny side of a mountain". Indeed, the whole album is drenched in sun, from the light...

Hamsa - Lawless, Winged and Unconfined (Proper)

Opening with the most achingly beautiful clarinet you're ever likely to hear, LAWLESS, WINGED AND UNCONFINED is an album of searing and untameable expression from a band that injects new energy into klezmer. Led by clarinettist and composer Merlin Shepherd, Hamsa clearly thrive on improvised jams...

Lena Laki - Take Me With EP (Self Release)

Lena Laki is a London based German born singer who has progressed from Jazz and Folk covers to her own brooding 'Cohen-esque' material. TAKE ME WITH is her debut release and it is an assured opener with glorious arrangements and a confidence in its delivery. The songs are rich almost lush without...

Skipinnish - The Seventh Wave (Skipinnish Records)

The belief in the power of the Seventh Wave, when compared to those that came before, runs through folklore and legend the world across. This is Skipinnish's seventh album and arrives on a wave of popularity with successful single releases and sell out live shows across the country. There is a...

Sam Amidon - The Following Mountain (Nonesuch)

There's nothing quite straightforward when it comes to Sam Amidon; there always seems to be a surprise around each corner. Highly experimental at the best of times, nothing really could have prepared our ears for the closing track on this Sam's sixth album THE FOLLOWING MOUNTAIN, where Sam's love...

Shortstuff - Big Blue (Blonde on Blonde)

British folk club circuit favourites since the mid-70s, Dave Thomas and Hugh Gregory - better known as Shortstuff - have finally been given the opportunity to release a selection of their archive recordings via their new collection, BIG BLUE. The acoustic bluesmen recently uncovered a selection of...

Albert Hammond - In Symphony (BMG)

In other hands, an orchestrated release of one's back catalogue might prove to be something of an act of desperation. Indeed, who needs a large and expensive orchestra only to have it drowned out by the sound of a barrel being scraped? In the hands of legendary songsmith Albert Hammond, the reality...

Bellevue Rendezvous - While Rome Burns (Journeyman)

With their wide repertoire of European tunes and a uniquely attractive sound, Scottish trio Bellevue Rendezvous make a welcome return with this impressive third album. WHILE ROME BURNS consists of ten instrumentals with such alluring titles as Vals etter Sigurd Aalmen, Hvit Marsj and Hicazkar Sirto...

Richard Durrant and Ismael Ledsesma - Durrant y Ledesma (The Burning Deck)

The Brighton-born guitarist and composer Richard Durrant is a musician who rigorously refuses to be labelled. A quick spin of any of his records - and there are many of them - demonstrates the diversity at work in this artist's repertoire. Durrant is as much a classical guitarist as he is a folk...

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