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Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar - The Queen's Lover (Fellside)

Formed just one year ago, this young duo release their debut album on Fellside, which features fifteen songs and tunes, some familiar, some not so, but each showcasing a confidence beyond their years. Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar mix English and Celtic traditional music with contemporary songs to...

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Antony and the Johnsons - Cut The World (Rough Trade)

After a steady stream of emotionally-charged, positively unique and often genuinely bewitching studio albums, Antony and the Johnsons have made the very sensible decision to release a live album. CUT THE WORLD comprises a selection of live recordings taken from the band's September 2011 concerts at...

Steve Thompson (Aka Blabbermouth) - Ramble (Self Release)

Bone-fide rambler/troubadour Steve 'Blabbermouth' Thompson alights from his 45ft narrow boat, which he shares with his wife and cat, to release his latest collection of self-penned songs, each of which delivers a gentle message ranging from the light and whimsical to potent observations of the...

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Dunwells - Blind Sighted Faith (Playing in Traffic Records)

Leeds-based brothers David and Joseph Dunwell team up with a couple of cousins and a close friend who form The Dunwells, whose impressive musical style recalls the West Coast sound captured by the likes of CSNY and The Eagles, especially on Follow the Road , which could quite easily have...

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Dana and Susan Robinson - American Hornpipe (Self Release)

The fourth album release by Dana and Susan Robinson demonstrates just how effortless the duo seem to blend their Appalachian, British and African influences in order to bring something new to the table. Fearless in their approach (who else would tackle Who Killed Cock Robin and make it sound so new...

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Luke Jackson - More Than Boys (Pipe Records)

With a clear crisp acoustic sound, Canterbury-based Luke Jackson's confident approach to songwriting is evident here in these songs, each effectively bidding a fond farewell to childhood. Still a teenager, this young musician marks out the transition into adulthood with eleven touching songs that...

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Susan Cattaneo - Little Big Sky (Jersey Girl Music)

If you think that these days singer-songwriters are all far too serious for their own good, Susan Cattaneo offered up a delightful reality check with her Heaven Looks a Lot Like New Jersey video, sporting a big hairdo back over the New Year period, which the New Jersey-raised singer made in...

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Karine Polwart - Traces (Hegri Music)

Karine Polwart once remarked that she wished she could be a 'wee bit more Billy Bragg' when writing and performing her gentle protest songs. It's my belief that Karine's songs are so powerful because of the gentle way she delivers them. We have hearts and brains and don't need to be bombarded with...

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4

Various Artists - Electric Eden (UMC)

Released to accompany Rob Young's best-selling book of the same name, ELECTRIC EDEN comprises thirty-six carefully chosen songs from an impressive back catalogue of vintage records each selection marking their own contribution to a changing world of British folk music and the burgeoning late 1960s...

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Furnace Mountain - The Road To Berryville (Self Release)

Recorded over a two day period, the follow up to Furnace Mountain's groundbreaking fourth album FIELDS OF RESCUE once again features more authentically sounding down home vocals and assured playing by one of Virginia's leading Appalachian combos. Recorded before a live audience, this latest bunch...

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