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Urban Folk Quartet - Off Beaten Tracks (Self Release)

Multi-influenced cross-genre music at its best, The Urban Folk Quartet stretch the boundaries further with their latest release OFF BEATEN TRACKS. Following their self-titled 2010 debut, together with a stunning limited-edition live album, their second studio album is a mixture of the two, studio...

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4

Girlyman - Supernova (Girlyman Inc)

The fifth studio album from the thoroughly entertaining Atlanta-based quartet Girlyman and the first to feature former Po' Girl drummer JJ Jones. After an extraordinarily good run as a successful three-piece tight harmony band, the band faced an unexpected turn of events as Doris Muramatsu was...

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4

The Imagined Village - Bending the Dark (ECC Records)

This third album release by the mighty Imagined Village comes along despite just about every imaginable obstacle thrown in its way; from family illness and personnel changes to all manner of disruptions to service, both unexpected and unrequired. Afro Celt Sound System's Simon Emmerson and Co are...

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4

Miss Quincy - Like the Devil Does (Self Release)

Canada's Jodie Peck once again applies her deep red lipstick, pops on her familiar feathered trilby and slings her faithful electric Epiphone sunburst guitar over her shoulder and stands before her vintage microphone, assuming the role of her alter-ego Miss Quincy ready to deliver ten new songs,...

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3

Norman Bergen - Symphony Of Love (North Mountain Music)

There's a distinct joy amongst the thirteen-tracks that make up Norman Bergen's SYMPHONY OF LOVE – a joy that derives from an unequivocal passion for music and the melodies that weave their way through the tapestries that are our lives. Bergen's own tapestry is something to behold. His songs have...

Holly Taymar and Christopher Bilton - Never Winter Mind Part Two (Self Release)

This second installment of Holly Taymar's NEVER WINTER MIND EP series, once again features a handful of self-penned songs, this time co-written with partner Chris Bilton, using his formal name for the first time on any of the York-based singer-songwriters records. The half-dozen songs included find...

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3

Hillfolk Noir - Radio Hour ( Self Release)

Following hot on the tail of last year's SKINNY MAMMA'S REVENGE, the latest offering form Hillfolk Noir is created as an old-timey radio show, complete with airwave crackles, introductions and the occasional advert for 'Wild Root Cream Oil', reminiscent of the Who's Sell Out album. Fronted by...

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3

Cera Impala and the New Prohibition - Higher Place (BCB Records)

Everything you might expect from a 'wild banjo-wielding mama' and more. Berlin-based Cera Impala puts a new slant on old timey mountain music with her hard driving clawhammer style banjo on this second album with her band The New Prohibition, the follow up to 2007's BUSTED. The trio comprise...

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3

Hannah James and Sam Sweeney - State and Ancientry (RootBeat Records)

Waiting in the wings to perform at the Gainsborough Folk Festival a good few years ago, I watched the very young Hannah James play an unfeasibly large accordion that almost completely obscured her tiny frame and I recognised immediately a burgeoning talent who was just getting to grips with her...

Star rating: 
4

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