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Sarah MacDougall - The Greatest Ones Alive (Rabbit Heart Music)

One of the things that immediately strikes an empathetic chord with Vancouver-based Sarah MacDougall's latest release THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE is the track listing on the back of the cd, which clearly divides the disc into two halves, Side 1 and Side 2, just like the good old days. I'm all for...

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4

Tim Edey and Brendan Power - Wriggle and Writhe (Gnatbite Records)

Two outstanding musicians on both the acoustic and Celtic music scenes and both of whom already have successful solo careers, Tim Edey and Brendan Power have joined forces in a feast of electrifying fun and musical dexterity for one of the most eagerly awaited collaboration albums since the duo...

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4

Mark Atherton - To Bring Me To You (Self Release)

This is the fourth album by Derbyshire-based singer-songwriter Mark Atherton, whose delicate approach to song writing and gentle, almost placid vocal style, creates a pretty laid-back atmosphere from the start. The dozen original songs here include tender love songs such as Look at Me, You and I...

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3

Will Scott - Keystone Crossing (Weather-Tone)

New York-based singer-songwriter Will Scott returns with his third album release and follow up to GNAWBONE (2009), which once again demonstrates a distinctively soulful alt-country Americana feel throughout. KEYSTONE CROSSING sees Scott sharing much of the song writing credits with producer/...

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3

Various Artists - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Deluxe Edition (Universal)

It is without question that the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? brought bluegrass and other roots musics to a much wider audience, selling in excess of nine million copies and influencing an incalculable number of new singers and musicians who have since made...

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4

Annabelle Chvostek - Live From Folk Alley (Self Release)

This first live release from one of Canada's outstanding songwriters, Annabelle Chvostek's LIVE AT FOLK ALLEY features ten songs performed in front of a live audience at New York's BluSeed Studios in 2010. With a fair amount of between song banter, which goes some way towards introducing us to her...

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4

Steve Tilston - The Reckoning (Hubris Records)

We all come to music in different ways. Sometimes we are unlucky enough to have our 'first impressions' marred by an uncharacteristically poor performance, thus putting us off a particular artist for good; at other times we may just be in the right place at the right time. The first time I took any...

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4

JT Nero - Mountains Forests (Self Release)

Anyone fortunate enough to have caught either Po' Girl or JT and the Clouds in concert will know this new venture to be a match made in Heaven. JT Nero, also known as Jeremy Lindsay, teams up with Po' Girl's Allison Russell for a beautiful collaboration featuring the musicians from both of their...

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5

Nick Lowe - The Old Magic (Proper)

It's been a while since Nick Lowe's last album, the widely acclaimed AT MY AGE (2007), which seemed to acknowledge Lowe's status as an elder statesman of British song writing. Long gone are the youthful days of Lowe's involvement with pub rock, punk rock and what was then known as the new wave,...

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3

Rita Hosking - Burn (Self Release)

We are immediately up to speed as to where Rita Hosking is coming from in the opening lines to Something You Got, where the singer not only name checks Johnny and June Cash, but also Van Morrison as well, citing all three as pretty much the ideal place to start when it comes to writing a good love...

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4

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