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Gary Stewart - Oh My Weary World (Self Release)

There's so many different sides to Gary Stewart that it's difficult to keep up. Not only is Gary the gun-for-hire drummer who beats the blue blazers out of Hope and Social's kit as well as that of other bands including Ellen and the Escapades, he has also enjoyed a stint as one Rosie Doonan's...

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4

Annie Dressner - Broken Into Pieces (Self Release)

Since moving to the UK seven years ago, New York City-born Annie Dressner has been steadily building a reputation for herself as a fine new voice on the acoustic music scene. Having made one album already, STRANGERS WHO KNEW EACH OTHER'S NAMES (2011), and receiving airplay along the way, along with...

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4

Nathan Bell - Er Gwaetha Pawb a Phopeth (Angry Stick)

You wait, a day, for a fine album by a sharp, finger picking, country tinged singer songwriter then, like buses, two come along at the same time. Nathan has released the stunning studio album Loves Bones And Stars, Love's Bones And Stars and this a live album Er Gwaetha Pawb A Phopeth Live In Wales...

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4

Nathan Bell - Loves Bones and Stars, Love's Bones and Stars (Angry Stick)

Nathan Bell, freelance writer, Guitar teacher and singer songwriter, has already released what he describes as three albums about being a working class American. Nathan calls these his Family Man albums. Philosophical, after a health scare that he himself belittles, Nathan realised he was...

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5

Bixiga 70 - Quebra Cabeca (Glitterbeat)

Now well into their eighth year, the São Paulo-based 10-piece collective release their fourth album with no small fanfare. Once again their Afro-Brazilian roots are explored in eleven exhilarating instrumental pieces, each a fusion of belting horns and driving percussion. With their usual comfort...

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4

Iain Thomson - No Borders (Self Release)

Iain Thomson, brought up in Dumfries, piano player since the age of seven, guitarist and singer since his teens, one time Singing Shepherd; Hill Farmer on the Isle of Mull, brings a wealth of life and experience to his playing, song writing and performance. That life is etched into Ulla Ohman's...

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4

Sharon Lazibyrd - Half Shame and Half Glory (Self Release)

Somerset singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sharon Lazibyrd cites both Julian Cope and PJ Harvey as influences, yet neither are really evident in her music and songs, which lean more towards her own idiosyncratic songwriting and folk storytelling, in fact, More For Less comes more or less...

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3
Miles Hunt - Fits And Starts

Miles Hunt - The Custodian (Good Deeds Records)

Revisited and well rehearsed in preparation for his forthcoming UK tour, the Wonder Stuff frontman selects thirty songs from his prolific back catalogue and presents them in stripped down acoustic form. The title of the two-disc set comes from a conversation with fellow singer songwriter Tom...

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3

Alan Prosser - 5/4AP (Rafting Dog Records)

If I didn't so rigorously adhere to the old adage 'never judge a book by its cover', then I might just have missed this one, and that would've been a shame. Dreadful cover aside, the songs are quite exciting, especially Simple is Never Easy , which tears into the running order almost from the start...

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4

Raintown Seers - The Mermaids Pool (Self Release)

Now into their sixth year, the Derbyshire-based folk quartet Raintown Seers present a new collection of songs, largely written by the band’s singer/guitarist Neil Fisher, with the exception of the traditional Bonny Ship the Diamond and Ewan MacColl's Champion at Keeping 'em Rolling , both of which...

Star rating: 
3

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