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Danny Schmidt - Man of Many Moons (Red House)

Released to coincide with his forthcoming UK tour, Austin's Danny Schmidt's seventh album MAN OF MANY MOONS sees a stripped down to the essentials record, a record the artist refers to as a 'stark and naked' record, with only the minimum accompaniment, allowing each of the songs to breath. The ten...

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4

Blazin' Fiddles - Thursday Night in the Caley (Blazin' Records)

With both Jenna Reid and Anna Massie climbing aboard the good ship Blazin' Fiddles, just in time for their forthcoming English voyage next month, which takes them from Morecambe to Durham by way of North Devon and Canterbury, the six-piece Scots powerhouse release THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE CALEY, Caley...

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3

Ciara Sidine - Shadow Road Shining (Self Release)

From the bottleneck slide guitar opener to the traditional Riding Home, we are eased into a quality rootsy record from Dublin's Ciara Sidine, who sounds equally as good as anyone from the other side of the pond. With a refreshing confidence Sidine presents an outstanding debut, creating a healthy...

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3

Colm Mac Con Iomaire - The Hare's Corner (Plateau)

This inventive debut album by The Frame's fiddle player Colm Mac Con Iomaire provides a rich musical soundscape based upon several 'little ideas' that have been lying dormant in the former Kila fiddler's head for some time. Taking the opportunity between heavy touring schedules, the Dublin-born...

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3

Annlaug - November (Fivereld)

The thought of listening to a full album's worth of Norwegian songs was at first a daunting prospect. Then along came Annlaug. This impressive debut from the Bergen-based singer-songwriter and fiddler Annlaug Borsheim, cleverly sees her mixing those native Norwegian folk influences with Celtic...

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4

Across the Borderline - Lie To Me (Borderline Talent)

This collaborative project, which has brought together the combined forces of Austin-based BettySoo and Canadian resophonic guitar wizard Doug Cox, geographically sees these two musicians separated by 2500 miles, but there is no question that they are virtually joined at the hip with their musical...

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3

Charlie Dore - Cheapskate Lullabyes (Black Ink Music)

The first thing that impresses me about Charlie Dore's new release CHEAPSKATE LULLABYES is the cover artwork, which cleverly incorporates an etching by American realist painter Edward Hopper with an iconic Penguin book cover, giving the impression of a well-thumbed Classic novel. This goes...

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4

Maia - Maia (Vandal)

After being rather impressed by their late night performance at The Unthanks' Trades Club after-show/tour party in Hebden Bridge, I thought a few words were in order to make up for having missed Maia's debut album when it was first released just over a year ago. Sandwiched between two pieces of...

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3

Hungrytown - Any Forgotten Thing (Listen Here!)

Once again husband and wife team Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson offer up another dozen gentle and uplifting self-penned songs on this their second album. Recorded in their Vermont 'Song Catcher' home studio and produced by Anderson, the songs on ANY FORGOTTEN THING sound as timeless as any...

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3

Jeff Lowe - Suicide River EP (HeartQuake)

This handsomely packaged single release from London-born Jeff Lowe contains two compositions, the modern fantasy Suicide River and accompanying song, Travesty of Justice , which in my day would have been referred to as the 'B' side. Both are tasters of what is to follow on the forthcoming album...

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3

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