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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...

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4

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...

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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

Kaz Murphy - Ride Out the Storm (Self Release)

In a career that has taken him from South Jersey, through Philadelphia, on to Santa Fe and Seattle and then more recently Los Angeles, singer songwriter Kaz Murphy has spread his dulcet tones far and wide. With one or two notable liaisons along the way, from his friendship with Dave Van Ronk and...

Star rating: 
3

Sound of the Sirens - This Time (DMF Records)

Sound Of The Sirens, Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are a West Country folk duo. This is worth stating at the start, as there are points during THIS TIME, their second album, where you'd swear blind there was loads of them, rather than two fine vocalists with guitars, mandolins, a Piano and some...

Star rating: 
4

Eliza Carthy - Restitute (Under The Bed)

Restitute Verb: to restore to a former state or position; give back, refund. The predominant narrative accompanying Eliza Carthy's new album speaks to it representing an act of reparation and redress for a 'monumental' (if unspecified) rip-off enacted on Eliza and her Wayward bandmates. As a symbol...

Star rating: 
5

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