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VRi - Ty Ein Tadau (Erwydd Records)

Patrick Rimes, fiddle and viola, Jordan Price Williams, Cello and Aneirin Jones, fiddle, make up Welsh chamber folk trio VRi. On Ty EIN TADAU, the band's self produced debut album they are joined by vocalist, Beth Celyn. The trio's music is structured and layered like chamber music but has some of...

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4

Jamie Hutchings - Bedsit (Come to the Dark Side Luke)

Nine highly personal songs of a very much stripped down nature from Sydney-based singer songwriter Jamie Hutchings. The album title itself reflects the atmosphere of the songs; a lone voice from a room, emoting in a most introverted fashion with sparse arrangements, a gently strummed guitar with...

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4

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba - Miri (Outhere Records)

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba's fifth album MIRI is more of a reflective set than the muscular BA POWER, the band's previous album release four years ago. Kanougnon , the opening song, could in fact quite easily be taken as a lullaby, with Amy Sacko's soothing vocal and Bassekou Kouyate's fluid...

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4

Ranagri - Playing for Luck (Stockfish Records)

I guess any new offering from this exceptional Anglo/Irish acoustic quartet could be seen as an eagerly awaited event, indeed this particular release couldn't have arrived sooner. Musically inventive, whilst maintaining an easily accessible sound, Ranagri are a class act whose musical virtuosity...

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5

The Leylines - Recover Reveal (Self Release)

Formed more or less a festival band, or at least a festival is presumably the environment they work best, the West-country based band have now been around for a good five years and in that time have garnered a rather healthy following. This is possibly due to the sheer energy the five-piece band...

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4

Angus McOg - Beginners (A Buzz Supreme Records)

Five years on from ARNAUT, Angus McOg are back with BEGINNERS. Since the 2013 release the acoustic guitars, pump organ and Folk feel has evolved, with a wider musical palette now being dexterously wielded. The Wicker man Psych Folk vibe has metamorphosed into a shimmering Sigur Ros like pastoral...

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4

Matt Owens - Whiskey and Orchids (Urby Records)

A rather tasty collection of songs here, songs that form the basis of this Nigel Stonier produced debut solo outing from Noah and the Whale's bassist and co-founder Matt Owens. The eleven songs lean effortlessly towards a Country feel but appear to cover a broader canvas, with subjects ranging from...

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3

Tannara - Strands (Braw Sailin Records)

Tannara are an atmospheric traditional band. Tracks like Smiling and Good Ship on their second album STRANDS are glorious and beautifully played, building into dense music that is all swirling fiddle melodies and infectious rhythms. While the songs capture some of that emotional Celtic soul like...

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4

Claire Hastings - Those Who Roam (Luckenbooth Records)

THOSE WHO ROAM is the second album from former BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Claire Hastings. The album is a smooth mix of Traditional, Claire's own songs and a folked up version of the much covered King Of California by Dave Alvin. The band, Jenn Butterworth guitar, Laura Wilkie...

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4

Katherine Campbell - Robert Burns Tune Unknown (Self Release)

Released for Burns Day 2019 this is a labour of love. Singer and Robert Burns authority Katherine Campbell has selected 10 songs where the original tune is unknown or lost. The tunes and piano accompaniment are all Katherine's own. The considered beautiful piano, the wonderful recordings and...

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3

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