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Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle - We Still Love Our Country (Ninth Street Opus)

Austin-based Carrie Rodriguez teams up with Belfast-born Ben Kyle for this fine mini-album, featuring six country standards and a couple of originals, Kyle's Your Lonely Heart and the joint effort Fire Alarm , both of which sit comfortably alongside the more familiar songs, such as The Louvin...

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4

Kevin Henderson - Fin Da Laand Ageen (Sungaet Records)

Many fiddle based albums have found their way into the Northern Sky office over the years and I always seem to find it increasingly difficult to write anything about them, either profound, life-changing or even moderately worthwhile. I think this has something to do with my aversion to records that...

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3

The Quiet American - Volume II (Self Release)

With this fine mixture of familiar traditional songs and originals from the pen of Aaron Keim, otherwise known as The Quiet American, Vol II continues the journey originally set out in its 2009 predecessor. On that record, Keim used an 1890's wax cylinder machine to re-create a distinctly authentic...

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3

Chloe and Silas - Spring Hill (One Tree Hill)

It's always difficult to imagine anything other than a brimming smile upon Chloe Hall's face whenever she sings. It's that almost tangible enthusiasm that comes with each of her performances both on record and in a live setting that leaves you completely uplifted; good music for these times I...

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3

David Ferrard - Journeyman (Alter Road Records)

Produced by the same team who endeavour to make Karine Polwart's records sound so good, David Ferrard's third album showcases a dozen new self-penned songs that effectively take us on a journey through his past. Maintaining the tradition of songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Tom Paxton, the...

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3

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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