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Daniel and Emma Reid - Life Continuum (Self Release)

Sweden-based duo, couple Daniel and Emma Reid perform songs, self-penned tunes and traditional material from both Scandinavia and the British Isles. The pairs playing is beautifully matched and striking. The choice of instruments, with Daniels' Saxophones and Flute twinning with Emma's Fiddles...

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4

Alistair McCulloch Trio - Off The Hook (Rostral Records)

The Alistair McCulloch Trio play a sharp clean version of Traditional Folk Music with a little jazz swing. The opening set 'Mazurkas' perfectly demonstrates the trios strengths. Beautiful, clear well defined Fiddle and Whistle lines weave around each other, as dexterous and captivating as birds in...

Star rating: 
4

Tami Neilson - Sassafrass! (Outside Music)

Sassafrass is a slang term for a sassy, feisty, spirited woman. As such it is a perfect term for this album from Tami Neilson that just glows with sass, positive attitude and spirit. Tami is a Canadian born, New Zealand resident singer songwriter and a one time member of The Neilsons. Released a...

Star rating: 
5

Stick in the Wheel - Lemady Arise EP

Slightly different to what we normally expect from Stick in the Wheel, but equally engaging nonetheless. The two tracks on this limited edition 7" demonstrates the band's experimental credentials, with a haunting take on Lemady Arise , featuring the voice of Wolf People's Jack Sharp, whilst the...

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4

Alden Patterson and Dashwood - By the Night (Self Release)

Once you twig that Alden, Patterson and Dashwood are in fact three people, the name tends to roll off the tongue a little easier. The three people in question are Christina Alden who sings a bit and plays guitar, Alex Patterson plays the fiddle and also sings a bit and finally Noel Dashwood adds...

Star rating: 
4

Scott Wainwright - Talking Backwoods (Saw Music)

Scott Wainwright is a sensitive vocalist and a fine guitar player with a captivating line in acoustic blues like the UKs answer to a slurred world weary Chris Smither. However, like Leo Kottke, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Michael Chapman and many many others Scott has much to say when he pushes the...

Star rating: 
5

Misner and Smith - Headwaters (Self Release)

Actors and Folk Rock Musicians Sam Misner and Megan Smith make parallels between acting and musical performances. "Each actor's job is to interpret someone else's words and trying to get to the heart of what it is the playwright is trying to express." A succinct description of the role of the...

Star rating: 
4

Nicki Bluhm - To Rise You Gotta Fall

Recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording studio, the former Gramblers' frontperson delivers an impressive debut solo album here, which delicately touches upon her personal circumstances, having gone through a divorce and the departure from her former band. Highly personal, the...

Star rating: 
4

Serious Child - Empty Nest (Self Release)

A fiftieth birthday present place on a five day songwriting workshop with Boo Hewerdine, led to Alan Young being persuaded by Boo to record an album that he would produce. From that birthday present and chance meeting came Serious Child the trio of Alan, Carla March on vocals and Steve Welsh on...

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3

Denys Baptiste - The Late Trane (Edition)

It's refreshing to hear John Coltrane's later and lesser known work revisited, even more so when said work is creatively reframed, often in more accessible settings. British saxophonist Denys Baptiste makes a fine job of it given that he, like Coltrane, is a reedsman with a sensitive and spiritual...

Star rating: 
3

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