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Andy Steele - Night Fishing (Talking Elephant)

Sounding in places like early Tim Buckley, whilst in others like John Tams (imagine that), Cheshire-born Andy Steele creates a breezy atmosphere with the songs on this album; the arrangements seemingly acknowledging more than a passing nod to retro-folk, whilst maintaining a thoroughly contemporary...

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Jim Stapley - Live (Self Release)

Described as the 'whippet-thin master of soulful blues rock', this twenty-five year-old is possessed of the same spirit of the blues as the likes of Paul Rodgers, whether that be circa the Free or Bad Company era. So much so, that the singer has been known to rattle out pretty faithful versions of...

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Paul Liddell - Milestones and Motorways (Self Release)

Follow up to A LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DIARY, which in turn followed Paul's debut SKETCHY LITTLE PEOPLE, this third full length album from singer-songwriter Paul Liddell is probably as near to a complete solo effort as is possible. Paul plays all the instruments here, taking full control of all aspects...

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Ahab - KMVT (Navigator)

Ahab's breakthrough has been long overdue. With humble beginnings as the a.h.a.b. duo with Callum Anderson and Dave Burn, whose eponymous album was released in 2009, the expanded and renamed Ahab four-piece is now ready for what should be a promising career. With Seebs Llewellyn and Luke Price now...

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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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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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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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