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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Karine Polwart - Laws of Motion (Hudson Records)

Lavish praise, indeed, was heaped on Karine Polwart's last album and its wider theatrical project, A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE. It was well deserved praise and it certainly gives the ring of truth to that much overused phrase concerning the arrival of her 'much anticipated' follow up, LAWS OF...

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5

David Leask - Six in 6/8 (Self Release)

Six in 6/8, sounds like sleeve notes or an album title from 60s era Dave Brubeck as he pushed cool jazz time signatures. Nothing that simple though, of the musical genres and musicians gathered together, cerebral piano led jazz doesn't get a look in, except in as much as it led to layered textured...

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4

Breabach - Frenzy Of The Meeting (Self Release)

Prince's Strand is a slow swirling tune, written by Breabach's Piper James Duncan Mackenzie. Rather than insistent music to drive the feet this is steeped in atmosphere and portent. One of this Scottish bands strengths is that they are equally as at home playing for the listener as they are the...

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4

Sascha Osborn - Looking Out and After (Self Release)

Sascha Osborn is difficult to easily classify, her smooth voice, backing of acoustic instruments and electronics and her ability to blend spoken verse and sung lines are going to cause obsessive pigeon-holers heart failure. The light percussion and rhythm from Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds and...

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4

Liraz - Naz (Dead Sea Recordings)

If a glance along your record shelves presents a dangerous lack of Persian music, the situation can be easily remedied by grabbing a copy of Naz, the debut album by Israeli musician and actress Liraz. Video of Liraz- Nozi Nozi live from Anova Singing with a seductive Farsi tongue, Liraz presents an...

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3

Imar - Avalanche (Big Mann Records)

With its many collaborations, the word "supergroup" has become a mainstay of the contemporary folk scene. However, the word takes on a whole new suitability when applied to Glasgow-based combo Ímar. Consisting of current and former members of such renowned outfits as Mabon, Talisk, Mànran, RURA,...

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4

Gilmore and Roberts - A Problem Of Our Kind (GR Records)

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, five studio albums in, deliver that stripped back power folk rock that serves Seth Lakeman so well. At times this album pares back their sound a little and at other times it pushes it to big league. Gauntlet with a huge folk rock drum sound from Fred Claridge,...

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4

The Trials of Cato - Hide and Hair (Self Release)

HIDE AND HAIR is the debut album release from The Trials Of Cato, a young trio comprising William Addison, Robin Jones and Tomos Williams, who recently stormed the UK folk scene after honing their craft in the unlikeliest of locations, Beirut. Originally from Yorkshire and North Wales, the trio...

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4

Carr and Roswall - Time Flies (Dalakollektivet Records)

It's a rather unbelievable fifteen years since Ian Carr and Niklas Roswall dazzled us with their debut album STEP ON IT, whilst at the same time confirming their respective instrumental prowess on such tunes as the punchy Ghan Blenk and the dreamy Day on the River , and now they return to the...

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4

Esbe - Mystra (Self Release)

For her second album release, the London-based singer known as Esbe ventures into the Byzantine Empire, with a suite of engaging music that incorporates poetry and phonetic vocal sounds that relate to the Mystra Renaissance. Composed, arranged and performed by Esbe, the twelve enchanting songs take...

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3

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