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Sean Taylor - Walk With Me (Self Release)

Sean Taylor's fourth album begins with the piano accompanied Perfect Candlelight , a new departure for the North London based blues guitarist perhaps, with the sort of underplayed arrangement Ryan Adams would have used for the odd Sylvia Plath for instance. Similarly, For You touches on Taylor's...

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4

Reg Meuross - All This Longing (Hatsongs Records)

The black and white shot of a typewriter on the cover indicates something that we've all known for some time, that Reg Meuross is first and foremost a writer; a storyteller in song form. Following hot on the heels of his 2008 release DRAGONFLY, which brought the singer-songwriter to prominence as a...

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3

Catriona McKay and Chris Stout - White Nights (Self Release)

Initially creating a similar ambience to that which Adrian Johnston came up with for his wonderfully evocative soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom's film Jude in the early 1990s, the combined forces of Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, on Scottish harp and Shetland fiddle respectively, have likewise...

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3

Tony McLoughlin - Ride the Wind (Self Release)

Well travelled and clued-up musically, songwriter Tony McLoughlin delivers his fourth album RIDE THE WIND, the first to be recorded on home turf and with a handful of fellow countrymen. Gathering together a fine supporting cast of Irish musicians such as Ben Reel on guitars, Ronnie O'Flynn on bass...

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3

Celilo - Bending Mirrors (Homesweet Music)

The opening song on BENDING MIRRORS, Easter Lily could quite easily have been included in the organised chaos that was Journey Through the Past, Neil Young's ambitious early 1970s film soundtrack. Initially it has the same sort of jamming immediacy, then settles into a perfectly likeable rock...

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3

Colin Clyne - Doricana (Starving Dog)

Scottish-born singer-songwriter Colin Clyne returns with his second album, the follow up to his 2006 debut SONGS FROM THE COLD STORE, intent on creating a new genre. If the album's title attempts to describe a certain marriage between an ancient Scottish language and the more recent collective term...

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3

Saltfishforty - Netherbow (Cellar)

The popular Orkney duo consisting of Douglas Montgomery (fiddle, viola, vocals) and Brian Cromarty (guitar, mandola, vocals), collectively known as Saltfishforty and variously seen about as part of The Chair (formerly Lazy Boy Chair), release their third album as a duo, their last being five years...

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3

Jeni and Billy - Longing For Heaven (Jewell Ridge)

Jeni and Billy return with the follow up to their JEWEL RIDGE COAL record of last year, once again bringing with this release the authentic sounds of the Appalachian Mountains. With delightful harmonies and inspired part-singing, together with fine uncluttered instrumental accompaniment, the duo...

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3

Ian Bailey - Tower Songs (Northern Sun)

Beautifully packaged atmospheric third album on Northern Sun Recordings by Lancashire-based singer-songwriter Ian Bailey, whose thoughtful compositions offer the sort of dreamy escapism that allows us to forget the world temporarily. Comprising of songs written in the idyllic setting of Lindeth...

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4

Ewan McLennan - Rags and Robes (Fellside)

Anyone familiar with Ewan McLennan's music, either having seen him perform at a festival or folk club, or having heard him on the wireless recently, will no doubt be aware that some of the songs on RAGS AND ROBES first appeared a couple of years ago on his self-titled home-made debut. As is the...

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4

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