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Rory Gallagher - Reissues (Sony Legacy)

The reissue of the first six Rory Gallagher albums is a timely reminder of how recorded music is changing. These remastered CD's are part of the Sony Legacy programme, intended to be the definitive edition of landmark albums by key artists. It is testament to the lasting appeal of the Irish blues...

Straylings - Entertainment on Foreign Grounds (Deadpan Records)

Bahraini/Austrian singer-songwriter Dana Zeera and London-born guitarist Oliver Drake, collectively known as Straylings, release their debut full length album a good four years after their first tentative steps into recording with the release of the Straylings EP in 2008. Two songs from that four...

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Bram Taylor - Jokers and Rogues (Fellside)

Bram Taylor's tenth album on Fellside keeps pretty much to the sort of material that has fed the standard 'singer/entertainer' repertoire over the years; songs that keep the sadly diminishing 'folk club' audiences happy. Chorus songs such as Pete Abbott's Windy Harbour , Bob Dylan's I Shall Be...

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Aly Cook - Brand New Day (Futures Entertainment)

BRAND NEW DAY is a good solid country-inflected album by one of New Zealand's most successful independent artists. Aly Cook presents eight co-written songs, for the most part co-written with producer Alan Jansson, with the one song Country Storm written with David Erik. Soulful in places,...

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Angela Perley - Fireside (Vital Music)

Columbia, Ohio-based Angela Perley releases her third EP in a proposed series of four, with the band she formed in 2009, The Howlin' Moons. The five country-flavoured originals included on FIRESIDE demonstrate a confident approach to song writing, with songs ranging from the radio-friendly I Like...

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Babajack - Rooster (KrossBorder Rekords)

The highly percussive blues of Malvern-based trio Babajack comes over as a richly observed and authentic sound, rooted in the old time rural blues of Leadbelly, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, whose portrait can be seen dominating the parlour featured in the sepia inlay booklet photographs. The...

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Bap Kennedy - The Sailor's Revenge (Proper)

Produced by Mark Knopfler at the British Grove Studios in London, Bap Kennedy’s fifth solo studio album features eleven mature self-penned songs that are both well-crafted and at once immediately accessible. With a rich acoustic base, helped along by some of the industry's best; Jerry Douglas on...

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4

Bard - The Springtime Fool (Woodburner Records)

Fresh and interesting folk sounds from London-born singer-songwriter Theo Bard and the band named after him. With eleven distinctively sounding self-penned songs, incorporating Ewan Bleach's prominent clarinet and Louisa Jones' accordion flurries that effectively give Bard their unique sound, THE...

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3

Becca Stevens Band - Weightless (Sunnyside)

I'll admit it, I was looking for the next Billie Holiday when I discovered Becca Stevens. It is, for me, a weekly ritual involving the scouring of music magazines and shops for that new voice, that next big thing in the Vocal Jazz section. And, occasionally, a Norah Jones or an Esperanza Spalding...

State of the Union - State of the Union (Reveal)i

Recorded in just one and a half days, the ten songs and one instrumental on STATE OF THE UNION combine the talents of two remarkable singer-songwriter/guitarists from both sides of the Atlantic. Now based in the Cambridge area, the Statesboro-born Georgia blues guitar picker Brooks Williams joins...

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4

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