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Battlefield Band - Zama Zama Try Your Luck (Temple)

For thirty years now Battlefield Band have been making their own distinctive blend of Scottish traditional and Celtic music and have released almost as many albums in that time. Now pretty much settled into their current line up of founder member Alan Reid together with Highland piper Mike Katz,...

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3

Corinne West - The Promise (Make)

THE PROMISE is the third album by Californian singer-songwriter Corinne West, which sets out to do what all third albums really ought to do, that is to sound more than a tad different from the others. Co-produced by Doug Cox, who also contributes a variety of guitars, including the Dobro and...

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3

Stephanie Lambring - Lonely to Alone (Self Release)

In a time when young performers are encouraged to enter the music industry by serving academic apprenticeships, most notably in the UK at Newcastle University with the Folk and Traditional Music BMus Honours degree, rather than just falling into it by coast to coast Transit van travel, doner kebab...

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4

Chris Scruggs - Anthem (Cogent)

It must be difficult for an artist to come from a musical dynasty of some considerable merit and constantly strive to avoid nostalgia trips, but at the same time maintain the integrity of the family name. Chris grew up having little to do with the Scruggs family, his mother choosing not to marry...

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3

Doug Cox - Without Words (Self Release)

Doug Cox approaches the Dobro as an undiscovered instrument and explores its potential as if he had just been given the very first prototype. Unafraid to fuse Classical elements with both Eastern and Western influences, bluegrass, pop, jazz and what you might possibly expect to hear on Mars, Cox...

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4

The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming (EMI)

There exists at least one copy of THE BAIRNS that includes all five autographs rather than the customary four. After some arm twisting at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2007, where the celebrated album was launched, I cockily insisted that the fifth member of the Winterset, Adrian McNally, put his...

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5

KTB - Indelible Ink (Independent)

I think the last time I singled out a song to play on repeat throughout the night was Jeff Buckley's Everybody Here Wants You , which would have been ready for the bin by the time I'd finished with it, had it been on vinyl that is. I enjoy wearing out good records; it's an enormously fulfilling...

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5

Jess Morgan - Crosses EP (Independent)

Jess Morgan's long awaited debut album is recorded, in the can and ready for a bright pair of ears to stumble upon, preferably someone with distribution connections, and one who is prepared to get this ball rolling. In the meantime Jess has managed to finance the release of a single/EP, call it...

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4

Nancy Wallace - Old Stories (Midwich)

Nancy Wallace has once again managed to turn out a spellbinding performance this time in her own right. Her work with The Memory Band on their albums THE MEMORY BAND and APRON STRINGS could almost be seen as a mere apprenticeship for what was to follow and what may very well continue to develop...

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4

Holly Taymar - Waking Up Is Hard To Do (GenieCake)

I first came across Holly Taymar in York one night doing one of the three showcase support spots for visiting Americans Rod Picott and Amanda Shires. I was knocked out by her songs then and I've continued to watch her progress with keen interest. I think this is because Holly sings the sort of...

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4

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