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Don Partridge - The Highwayman (Longman Records)

Don Partridge briefly shot to fame in the late 1960s with his surprise hit single Rosie , which was destined to be added to the string of so-called one hit wonders of the time along with Zager and Evans and the Singing Postman, had it not been for his follow up hit Blue Eyes , which did marginally...

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3

Larkin Poe - Summer (Edvins)

Coming in almost hot on the tails of the spell-binding SPRING EP, Larkin Poe welcome in the summer, slightly later than advertised, with their predictably entitled follow up SUMMER EP, which presupposes there just might be a couple more to come before the year's out. They can just keep coming as...

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5

Po' Girl - Follow Your Bliss (Po' Girl)

In a recent British TV cop drama, a hospital male nurse with a familiar but unidentified accent was asked 'which part of the States do you come from?' to which the half agitated nurse replied, 'the Canadian ones'. I know what he means; it's difficult to shake off that vast expanse of a neighbour,...

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5

Ellen and the Escapades - Of All The Times (Self Release)

Ellen and the Escapades have had quite a year so far, not least for their triumphant win at this year's Emerging Talent competition held before amongst others, the Eavis family and Q Magazine in Glastonbury. With Ellen Smith's instantly recognisable voice, together with her tight band of musicians...

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3

Jilly Riley - I Don't See Colours I Just See Faces (Self Release)

In an effort to promote racial harmony, South Elmsall-based singer-songwriter Jilly Riley releases her soulful single I Don't See Colours, I Just See Faces, just at a time when we all need a bit of cheering up. With a nod to the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae or Joss Stone, this passionate new voice...

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4

Gill Sandell - Tarry Awhile (Rowan Tree)

Gill Sandell's debut album TARRY AWHILE has been some time in the making due to other commitments, not least her role in Emily Barker's Red Clay Halo, the four-piece all female acoustic band that is once again currently doing the rounds in the UK. The album has been prepared especially for this...

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4

Ben Prestage - Real Music (Nugene)

I suppose the worst thing you could do when you first become aware of Ben Prestage is to confuse him or compare him with Seasick Steve, which I imagine is often the case. Yes the full on beard is there, the baseball cap, the seated guitarist propping up an unusually designed homemade stringed...

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3

Chris While and Julie Matthews - Hitting the Ground Running (Fatcat)

Whenever the latest Chris While and Julie Matthews album arrives, it always goes without saying that you're going to be treated to an hour of quality music. It's then usually followed by a flick of the coffee percolator switch, maybe even worth risking a Kit-Kat at the same time, just to make the...

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4

Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo - Little Deaths (Digital Download)

As Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo prepare for the release of their third album ALMANAC in the autumn, they tease us mercilessly with the single Little Deaths , an enchanting taster of what's hopefully to come. Once again showcasing Emily's rich lead vocal, together with no small help from her...

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4

Heidi Talbot - The Last Star (Navigator)

The third solo album from former Cherish the Ladies vocalist Heidi Talbot sees the singer teaming up both personally and professionally once again with John McCusker who produces this delightful collection of songs. Heidi's Boo Hewerdine produced second album IN LOVE + LIGHT (2008) saw the first...

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4

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