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Martyn Joseph - Evolved (Pipe Records)

Twenty-five years and thirty albums along from his debut in 1983, Martyn Joseph has trod a consistent path, producing some of the most uncompromising and often hard hitting songs from the Welsh valleys. The Springsteen comparisons will always be there, but this matters little with such a prolific...

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4

Various Artists - Not In Our Name (Songs For Change)

In light of the recent announcement that British troops are to be taken out of Iraq by the end of May 2009, only then presumably to be redeployed in Afghanistan, makes the songs on NOT IN OUR NAME even more poignant. The title itself is a simple statement that needs no elaboration, and the artists...

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3

Jennifer Crook - A Few Small Things (Get Real Records)

Putting aside the Celtic harp for a moment, Jennifer Crook embarks on a basic singer songwriter excursion with ten accessible songs of considerable merit. Beautifully packaged, A FEW SMALL THINGS offers a glimpse into Jennifer's world, opening with some home thoughts from abroad in A Stranger in...

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Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts - Shadows And Half Light (Self Release)

I'm still undecided, even after all this time, about which is the most satisfying; to listen to an album by a relative unknown, then once it's been on the playlist for a good few runs-through and I've become accustomed to the sounds within, to then go out and catch the artist live as soon as...

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4

Jon Redfern - What Else But Love (Reveal)

The first song I heard on this, the third solo offering from Jon Redfern, was the ethereal Don't Worry , featuring a duet with one of this country's most distinctive voices, Becky Unthank, posted to me by a fellow Unthank aficionado as a matter of great urgency. The song, albeit barely two minutes...

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4

Metheglin - Raining in Paradise (Pipe Dream)

On first hearing Raining in Paradise, it's quite possible to imagine you have stumbled upon Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds for the Middle Ages, with its anthemic theme and a sort of David Hemmings' spoken coda, albeit in ye olde merrie Englishe this time. A few tracks later and the modern world has...

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3

Rónán Ó Snodaigh - The Last Mile Home (Kila)

The distinctive voice of some of Kíla's most outstanding performances, most recently in Leath Ina Dhiaidh A Hocht , the opener to their last album 'Gambler's Ballet', doing for Pachelbel's Canon what De Dannan did for Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba , has laid down another bunch of self-...

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3

Patsy Matheson - A Little Piece of England (Witch Records)

After the break up of Waking the Witch, the vocal tour de force that possibly didn't quite reach the lofty heights it should have, founder member Patsy Matheson returns with a delightfully stripped down album of self probing and observational songs as well as, for a change, a couple of timely...

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4

A.h.a.b. - Self Titled (White Wail)

Country inflected acoustics with a jaunty drive-time opener in Wish You , which it must be said is probably more suited to an open top convertible on Route 66 than a Kia Ceed on the M40 near Newbury on a rainy afternoon, but I'll use my imagination. If their song writing has been compared to that...

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3

Navaro - Under Diamond Skies (Halo)

Although the trio take their name form the surname of their main singer Beth Navaro, they are very much a three card trick and along with songwriters Pete White and Steve Austin, Under Diamond Skies brings together each of these disparate voices to produce a British country based album of some...

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