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Ruth Moody - The Garden (Red House Records)

This first solo outing for Wailin' Jennys' founder member Ruth Moody heralds an instantly impressive debut, an album filled with rootsy Moody originals, exemplified in the banjo-led title song, which opens this collection. Produced by David Travers-Smith, THE GARDEN features an array of notable...

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Rebecca Pronsky - Viewfinder (Nine Mile Records)

It's been almost five years since Brooklyn's Rebecca Pronsky released her first full-length record DEPARTURES & ARRIVALS (2007) and now its long awaited follow up comes along to coincide with her timely UK tour this coming January. VIEWFINDER has three outstanding features, Rebecca's instantly...

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Miho Wada - Para Ti (Florestar)

It's always nice when a record falls into your lap from nowhere and immediately confirms itself as a lifelong favourite. I was prompted to listen to Miho Wada's PARA TI after reading her name in several jazz journals and noting that she belongs to that, nowadays all too rare species, the jazz...

Louise Jordan - TEMPVS (Azania Ltd)

Having only just made that all important decision to do music seriously as a career less than a year ago, Louise Jordan has already produced her first EP and now a full-length album made up of both self-penned material and traditional songs. Unafraid to express herself with an almost classical/...

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St Agnes Fountain - The Best Of (Fat Cat)

St Agnes Fountain has become something of a seasonal institution, staging a series of Christmas shows for the last ten years, during which time they have released no fewer than six albums. For this their tenth anniversary, the 'Aggies' have put together a beautifully packaged double compilation CD...

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Patsy Matheson - Stories of Angels and Guitars (Tomorrow Records)

This atmospheric follow up to A LITTLE PIECE OF ENGLAND (2008) is scheduled to be released to coincide with Patsy Matheson's forthcoming 2012 tour, teaming up once again with former Waking the Witch band mate Becky Mills. STORIES OF ANGELS AND GUITARS is a mellow affair throughout, with delicate...

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Galia Arad - Ooh La Baby (Scarlet Records)

If Adele's debut album 19 was a chronicle to a 'rubbish boyfriend', then Galia Arad's follow up to her 2008 album SAND IN YOUR BED, is a veritable opera to another one. Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, this New York City-based singer-songwriter has an undeniable fun streak, quite possibly the...

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Blue O'Connell - Choose the Sky (Self Release)

Upon first hearing Charlottesville-based singer/guitarist Blue O'Connell's album CHOOSE THE SKY, with its complex guitar instrumentals and well-crafted self-probing songs, the standard of musicianship should come as no surprise, bearing in mind that Blue has experienced no less than 36 years of...

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Madison Violet - The Good in Goodbye (True North Records)

Toronto's Madison Violet return with a stylish follow up to the JUNO nominated NO FOOL FOR TRYING (2009) which established Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac once and for all as one of the outstanding Canadian duos in the Americana field. THE GOOD IN GOODBYE maintains the duo's trademark tight...

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Jerry Leger - Traveling Grey (Self Release)

Raised on a diet of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, the hereditary staple of his grandfather, father and mother respectively and fuelled by an observant nature, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jerry Leger writes and performs with a certain drive and immediacy, demonstrated once again on...

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