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The Wynntown Marshals - Westerner (Charger Records)

Formed in Edinburgh in 2007, the Wynntown Marshals' debut album WESTERNER showcases that rare ability to sound every bit as authentic as most of their American counterparts with tight arrangements and effortless flair. With a slight nod towards the likes of The Jayhawkes, Wilco and Ryan Adams, the...

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Otis Gibbs - Joe Hill's Ashes (Wanamaker)

When Billy Bragg invited Nashville-based Otis Gibbs up onstage at the Wold Top Marquee during last year's Beverley and East Riding Festival, we knew instantly that this singer-songwriter was the real deal. Vocally a mixture between the Tom's Waits and Russell and physically a hybrid of Billy's...

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April Maybe May - April Maybe May (Seahouse Records)

It's probably more relevant to re-name this duo 'August Possibly September' as we are thrown into the grasps of summer with eleven bright and breezy songs on April Maybe May's debut album. Formerly known as Fallen Leaves, Rosie Hillman and Matt Kassell have embarked on this latest musical journey...

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Jess Morgan - All Swell (Amateur Boxer)

It seems an age now since I first encountered Norwich based singer-songwriter Jess Morgan in the Basement Bar in York one chilly October evening way back in 2008, the performance of which left a memorable impression on me; it must have, I still think about it. In the meantime a handful of songs...

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Kim Guy - Wednesday's Child (Wyrdwyrks Records)

Previously known for her work on such projects as Elowen and the Rowan Amber Mill, Cornwall-based Kim Guy has me wondering how she finds the time to fit it all in. Her latest venture comes in the form of an atmospheric debut solo record on which the singer/multi-instrumentalist arranges and plays...

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Society - Songs From The Brickhouse (Self Release)

It seems a well trodden path to cite The Band as an influence on much of today's Americana, with many artists at some point being compared to arguably the most influential band of the last forty years. Some deserve that recognition more than others it has to be said and it should be seen as praise...

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4

Anna Coogan - The Nocturnal Among Us (Self Release)

There's very little on THE NOCTURNAL AMONG US that gives us a clue to Anna Coogan's original plan to work in the field of Opera. After becoming disillusioned with the academic constraints of Salzburg, coupled with equal measures of home sickness and love sickness, the Seattle-based singer-...

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O'Hooley and Tidow - Silent June (No Masters)

I think I know Belinda O'Hooley reasonably well, if not quite so much personally, then certainly through her songs. Yes I've bumped into her in clubs and at festivals over the past few years, where we've chatted together half a dozen times and shared a joke or two. We've played at the same birthday...

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Kris Drever - Mark the Hard Earth (Navigator)

If there's one thing that irritates Kris Drever, it has to be the Weatherman. Rejoicing in the wind and the rain, Kris Drever opens his new solo album, the eagerly awaited follow up to BLACK WATER, with the sole self-penned song on the record that also incidentally provides the album its title,...

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Macmaster Hay - Love and Reason (Self Release)

The very idea of a collaboration featuring little other than harp and drums at first seems a little adventurous, but this new album by Mary Macmaster, one of the world's leading innovators of the harp and it's various cousins, including the clarsach and the Camac elecro harp, together with notable...

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