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JT Nero - Mountains Forests (Self Release)

Anyone fortunate enough to have caught either Po' Girl or JT and the Clouds in concert will know this new venture to be a match made in Heaven. JT Nero, also known as Jeremy Lindsay, teams up with Po' Girl's Allison Russell for a beautiful collaboration featuring the musicians from both of their...

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5

Nick Lowe - The Old Magic (Proper)

It's been a while since Nick Lowe's last album, the widely acclaimed AT MY AGE (2007), which seemed to acknowledge Lowe's status as an elder statesman of British song writing. Long gone are the youthful days of Lowe's involvement with pub rock, punk rock and what was then known as the new wave,...

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3

Rita Hosking - Burn (Self Release)

We are immediately up to speed as to where Rita Hosking is coming from in the opening lines to Something You Got, where the singer not only name checks Johnny and June Cash, but also Van Morrison as well, citing all three as pretty much the ideal place to start when it comes to writing a good love...

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4

Elbow Jane - The Boldest Blood (Fellside)

Merseyside quintet Elbow Jane return to Fellside for the follow up to 3-SIDE ISLAND, which helped the band gain the reputation they thoroughly deserve. With live appearances that reveal a band that resembles a bunch of favourite cousins returning from their travels to entertain the whole family,...

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3

Red Sky July - Red Sky July (Proper)

The now familiar and ultimately more accessible technical aspects of demo sharing was largely responsible for the inception of this debut album by husband and wife team Shelly and Ally McErlaine. As a basic track travelled the relatively short distance via email from Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine'...

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3

Society - A Crooked Mile (Self Release)

After the first few bars of Wheels a Turning, it's easy to forget that this band is just a trio; The Band in their heyday had five members and Society make the same sort of noise, in fact Martyr's Avenue is probably the best song that The Band didn't record. If it's easy to forget that Society is a...

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4

Brothers Reid - Top of the Old Road (Fat Hippy)

A fine debut from Aberdeen-based brothers Michael and Christopher Reid, who along with Grant Anderson on bass, Rory Comerford on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and keyboards and Alan Haste on drums, deliver a fine album of nine self-composed songs, each with a distinctively memorable hook, from the rock-...

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3

Robert Brown - Road Dog (Topers Rant Records)

Sandwiched between two versions of the title song, the first with full band accompaniment, the second a very much stripped down to essentials acoustic version, the songs on this debut are presented with an assured confidence, demonstrating the potential importance of this emerging talent. ROAD DOG...

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3

Chris Stout's Brazilian Theory - Live in Concert (Chris Stout Music)

The annual Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, which kicks off the UK festival calendar prides itself on bringing together diverse musical forms with often interesting results. In 2010 Shetland fiddler Chris Stout (Fiddler's Bid/McKay and Stout) teamed up with regular musical partner and...

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3

Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence - A Cruel Kindness (Fellside)

With a shared love of both traditional music and rock music, Rallion's Fiona Cuthill and Stevie Lawrence have found some time in their busy schedule to record their first duo album. The thirteen songs and tunes on A CRUEL KINDNESS reveal their combined passion for the music and bring together their...

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3

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