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Andrew J Newall - Reflections From An Airport (Self Release)

It's been a while since a song brought a tear to these hardened eyes, but Andrew J Newall's Everyday , a song for his son, lost to a road traffic accident at a very young age, did just that. Perhaps it's due to the song's absence of sentimentality that affected me most, just a simple love letter to...

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4

John Metcalfe - Absence (Neue Meister)

The ambient trance-like soundscapes created by John Metcalfe, assisted in no small part on this occasion by the voice of Rosie Doonan, one of the UK's most underrated vocalists, makes for a desirable feast. There's nothing throw away here, nothing to ignore. It could very well be a film score to...

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4

The Tannahill Weavers - Orach (Compass Records)

Named for Paisley's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, The Tannahill Weavers performed first in 1968, recording their first album ARE YE SLEEPING MAGGIE in 1976, the first release on Plant Life Records, a label owned by Steeleye Span's Nigel Pegrum. Along with...

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4

Tumbling Souls - Between the Truth and the Dream (Wee Studio Records)

The Tumbling Souls play a Old Time smooth 50s Country with the warm pop harmonies of Eddie Cochran or early Roy Orbison. This is music of the Wild West, the West West Atlantic Coast of Scotland and The Hebrides that is. Willie Campbell's bright valve radio vocals croon through Don't Be Afraid Of...

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4

Besides Daniel - Teeming (Self Release)

All references point to this album being correctly entitled T E E M I N G, rather than just plain old Teeming, a term defined by Danny Brewer as being 'in motion with life', which pretty much reflects how the Georgia-based musician known as Besides Daniel sees himself at the moment, and which...

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4

The New York All Stars - Burnin' In London (Ubuntu Music)

My one and only trip to Birdland - New York's premier jazz club - was inspired by my adoration of two great sax men. The concert, back in 2012, was a celebration of the late, great John Coltrane and was led by renowned hard-bop player Eric Alexander, a saxophonist who has been building a towering...

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3

Northern Flyway - Northern Flyway (Hudson Records)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH (October 2018) Before relistening to NORTHERN FLYWAY for this review, Karine Polwart's POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE and KELD by You Are Wolf were on heavy rotation on the stereo. Both are excellent albums by accomplished singers and fine musicians. What connects these three projects...

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5

Iona Fyfe - Go Away From My Window (Cairnie Records)

After a couple of Eps, AWAY FROM MY WINDOW is the debut album from folk singer Iona Fyfe and a concept album to boot. Surrounded by nimble sympathetic players Iona presents a set of traditional songs and songs by contemporary Scots writers including. Fyfe herself. The variety and pedigree of...

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4

Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers (Proper)

If the young songwriter of the early 1970s was concerned about what might be at the end of the rainbow, then it stands to reason that the fully mature songsmith of forty-odd years on would be concerning himself with the 'rattle within'. The life cycle isn't over yet by any means, though an artist...

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5

Two Niles To Sing A Melody - The Violins & Synths Of Sudan (Self Release)

All the capital cities of the world are in possession of their own rich cultural heritage and Khartoum is certainly no exception. In this release, we find some of the Sudan's own musical highlights from the period between the 1970s and 1990s. Some of the titles reveal the struggles ordinary people...

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3

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