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Jake Morley - Many Fish to Fry (Sandwich Emporium Records)

Handsomely packaged double disc set featuring eleven self-penned songs and bonus DVD together with equally handsome booklet containing lyrics and informative notes. With a percussive lap-tapping guitar style, Jake Morley provides a contemporary take on modern songwriting, which on this edition can...

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3

Kyle Carey - Monongah (Self Release)

Produced by Donogh Hennessy (Lùnasa, Lumiere, Sharon Shannon Band), Kyle Carey's debut album liberally mixes Appalachian, Cape Breton and Scottish influences, featuring a stella supporting cast including Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere), Aoife Clancy (Cherish the Ladies), Rosie MacKenzie (The Cottars),...

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3

Changing Horses - The Nashville Sessions (Friargate Records)

Six-track mini-album by British indie-folk duo Richard Birtill and Francesca Cullen, otherwise known as Changing Horses, demonstrating the duo's penchant for melodic yet almost edgy songs. Recorded in Nashville with Chris Donoghue (Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris) at the helm. Allan Wilkinson...

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3

Simon McBride - Nine Lives (Nugene Records)

Third album release by Belfast-born bluesman Simon McBride, who follows in the footsteps of fellow Irish bluesmen Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore with an album of nine gutsy blues numbers recorded live with an additional four acoustic tracks tagged onto the end. Wearing his influences (Hendrix,...

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3

The Hut People - Picnic (Fellside)

Unusual but infectious combination of accordion and percussion from two musicians who clearly enjoy a good tune. The fourteen tunes on PICNIC take us on a journey across continents as Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond tackle British, Nordic and Europen folk music, with hints of further a field, with West...

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3

Scotty Alan - Wreck and the Mess (Spinout Records)

Former Muldoons punk, Scotty Alan releases this his debut solo album, effectively mellowing slightly with fifteen self-penned songs. Produced by Bernie Larsen (Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, Jackson Browne), Alan is joined by a respected musical cast including David Lindley, Randy Mitchell,...

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3

Cherry Lee Mewis - Heard It Here First (CherryJam Music)

Third album release by Welsh-born Cherry Lee Mewis whose gutsy voice dominates the ten originals and one cover, Papa Charlie Jackson's Keep It Clean . Describing her band as 'lighter fluid to fuel my fire', Mewis is joined by Max Milligan on guitar Nicky Slater on dobro, Robbie Stewart-Mathews on...

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3

Eugene Twist - The Boy Who Had Everything (Tough Act)

Glasgow's Eugene Twist embarks on his own musical journey with this ambitious debut, which starts with a throttled saxophone intro, courtesy of Mike Brogan and threatens to continue throughout until the melodramatic tension subsides by the second song. After the excitement of the opener If There's...

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3

Eddie Gomez - Per Sempre (Varese Fontana)

The title of Eddie Gomez's latest release is entirely fitting. Indeed, it seems as if Puerto Rican double bassist Gomez has been around 'per sempre' - forever. Accompanist of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Benny Goodman and, most notably, Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez has long been a familiar name in the...

Anna Coogan and Daniele Fiaschi - The Nowhere, Rome Sessions (Self Release)

The nine songs on THE NOWHERE, ROME SESSIONS will be familiar to those who caught any of Anna Coogan's 2011 shows, where the Boston-based singer-songwriter teamed up with Roman guitarist Daniele Fiaschi, which has subsequently been described as a 'match made in Heaven'. Despite Anna's little...

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4

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