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The Innocence Mission - My Room In The Trees (Badman)

Any album that contains the lyric 'he said I could just take the canoe, whenever I need' makes me pay attention. Like some Lady of Shalott, I imagine Pennsylvania-born Karen Peris drifting along the lake, with her hand gently stroking the water as she sings each of the thirteen original songs on...

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3

Anthea Neads and Andy Prince - Penhayl (Rowan Leaf)

The follow up to Anthea Neads' debut solo album JARS OF CLAY, sees ex-Sham 69 bassist Andy Prince take on a more prominent role on PENHAYL, the title taken from a cottage in Cornwall where the album was recorded, once again providing bass, but this time promoted to equal share of the title credits...

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3

Ady Johnson - Tell the Worry Dolls (Self Release)

Said to relieve us of our worries if we share them before we sleep, the Worry Dolls of Guatemalan folklore serve as a metaphor for all the everyday concerns, woes and angst this Colchester-based singer-songwriter faces on a daily basis. This debut solo album from former FuzzFace frontman Ady...

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4

Rory Ellis - Perfectly Damaged (Self Release)

Fifth studio album from Melbourne-born, now re-located to Drysdale, Victoria, singer-songwriter Rory Ellis, whose gravel-voiced delivery has the power to captivate his audiences. PERFECTLY DAMAGED comprises ten original songs, with subjects covering Angels and Devils, growing old, trains, trucks...

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3

Lucy Ward - Adelphi Has To Fly (Navigator)

Lucy Ward could hardly be described as an overnight success having appeared on many a stage up and down the country since the age of 14, singing in pubs, clubs and at festivals, learning her craft as a performer and honing her skills as a storyteller along the way. Nor does the Derbyshire singer...

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4

Pilgrim's Way - Wayside Courtesies (Fellside)

Lucy Wright, Tom Kitching and Edwin Beasant have been delighting festival audiences up and down the country over the last couple of months, making a name for themselves as an impressive new folk combo. Stockport's Pilgrims' Way, named after one of Peter Bellamy's songs, based on Rudyard Kipling's...

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4

Sultans of String - Yalla Yalla (Self Release)

With a long list of award credits, Canadian string ensemble Sultans of String release their second album following the success of their debut LUNA (2007) and once again engage in some highly dextrous musicianship fusing 'Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz...

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4

Marybeth D'Amico - The Light Inside (LongMan)

With this follow up to her 2008 debut HEAVEN, HELL, SIN AND REDEMPTION, Marybeth D'Amico once again delivers twelve fresh songs from her own pen, opting this time for a rockier edge with the help of producer Bradley Kopp's electric guitar together with a band comprising once again Paul Pearcy on...

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3

Ian McFeron - Summer Nights (Self Release)

Experience tells me that the best way to approach new music is by listening to the songs first before checking out who the artist is, much the same way as I prefer radio presenters to keep the source of the record from us until the end. This helps us to form an unbiased opinion. So with this in...

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3

Miss Tess - Darling Oh Darling (Miss Tess)

No matter where your tastes may lie, it's most likely that you'll reserve one or two musical taste-buds for at least one track on Miss Tess's DARLING OH DARLING – an album that ushers its listeners around a veritable museum of America's musical heritage. Riding Home is as good a place to start as...

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