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The Young'uns - Strangers (Hereteu Records)

The Stockton on Tees Folk Club alumni have rightly inherited the mantle of the folk world's star acapella trio from the recently retired Coope, Boyes and Simpson. Strangers, their fourth studio album, is their strongest yet and contains some potentially classic original songs from the BBC Radio 2...

Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes (Community Music)

Passing The Den at one of the UK's biggest folk festivals this year, some of these songs beckoned and one felt instantly transported from the flat summer fens of Cambridge to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, through sound alone. This is a delightful album made up of fourteen songs that...

Dan Raza - Two (Deep River)

Dan Raza has a fine and lyrical set of pipes with a depth that suggests someone who has lived beyond his years. There is a rich blues quality and a celtic lilt to his singing. On tracks like Silent's The Night Wind or Don't Shoot The Stars Down there is a definite Waterboys, or less well known,...

The Mining Co - Mountain Fires (Self Release)

Since their last album BURNING SUN AND THE ATOMIC POWER WITHIN The Mining Co have expanded that album's inviting alt country sound, stirring in 50s and 60s singer songwriters, retro keyboards, strings and brass. From the start this album builds on the earlier 2016 release. The rich voice with its...

Hafdis Huld - Dare To Dream Small (Red Grape Music)

Icelandic singer Hafdis joined Icelandic electronica band GusGus at its inception and was vocalist with FC Kahuna on their album MACHINE SAYS YES and the hypnotic single Hayling . Hafdis also appeared on Tricky's Knowle West Boy album. DARE TO DREAM SMALL is Haidis' fourth solo album. It's Huld's...

Lal and Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus (Domino)

Up on Yorkshire's east coast, the folk family that started with Watersons and developed into Carthys with the arrival of Martin has been central to the English folk music scene of recent years. Scourers of secondhand music will tell you that BRIGHT PHOEBUS by Lal and Mike Waterson has been one of...

Richard Thompson - Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing Records)

Released ahead of his Autumn tour, Richard Thompson revisits some of the more obscure songs from his back catalogue. We really have to go back to 1976 for his very first career retrospective, the Island double set GUITAR/VOCAL, which saw the release of a collection of live recordings, studio...

Bob Leslie - Land and Sea (Big Red Records)

"Salt wind stings my eyes blowing up from the sea" so Bob Leslie sings on Orkneyjar, one of the highlights from his latest record LAND AND SEA, an album that captures the mists and winds of the Scottish land and seascapes via twelve original songs from this fine singer songwriter. Each song...

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