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BKO - Mali Foli Coura (Buda Musique)

BKO are a quintet of musicians from Mali. At their core is French percussionist Aymeric Krol, who in Bamako to study percussion under the master musician Ibrahima Sarr assembled the core group of musicians that form the band. Originally the BKO Quintet, releasing an EP in 2012 and an album in 2013...

Matthews Southern Comfort - Like a Radio (MIG)

If you were to hear a conversation between Iain Matthews and Martin Simpson you would struggle to identify which one was speaking, so similar are their voices and accents. This probably has something to do with the fact that they are both from Scunthorpe, born seven years apart in the North...

Laura Mulcahy - Funeral, Home, Lizard (Self Release)

Uncompromising, intense and unique. Laura Mulcahy blends ordinary and extra ordinary. Laura's voice can be layered gossamer beauty or it can be a raw punk folk eldritch. Against Mulcahy's acoustic guitar on tracks like Real Estate or Murmuration there is a raw folk quality, untampered or untamed...

Peter Knight's Gigspanner Big Band - Live (Self Release)

I have to confess right from the start that Peter Knight's violin work whilst in his former band Steeleye Span somehow passed me by. Perhaps I was just distracted by the band's stripy tank tops and flowery shirts or Maddy Prior's exhausting cavorting, or perhaps - and more than likely I hasten to...

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente - The Morning Tempest (Oakridge Records)

This rather splendid and tasteful debut by the award winning Scots/Spanish duo Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente, sees a musical partnership that finds little difficulty traversing the wealth of Gaelic and Scots traditions with nine immediately accessible songs. Whilst their handsomely printed press...

Blitzen Trapper - Wild and Reckless (Universal Music Group)

Wild and Reckless is the album that grew out of a musical/rock opera that Blitzen Trapper performed over a period of months at a theatre in their home town of Portland, Oregon. An everyday dystopian tale of a bad boy turned cop then gone rogue, 13 year old killer girls, street sirens in black Trans...

Salt House - Undersong (Make Believe Records)

And then there were three. When the Scots band Salt House first set out on their adventures back in 2013, they were a quartet made up of four musicians whose debut album was greeted with critical acclaim. Since then, the band have undergone some changes, with original members Ewan MacPherson and...

String Sisters - Between Wind and Water (Self Release)

Formed at Celtic Connections in 1998, String Sisters boasts no fewer than six of the world's best fiddlers. Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Catriona Macdonald (Shetland), Emma Härdelin (Sweden), Liz Carroll (United States), Liz Knowles (United States) and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Ireland) comprise the...

Frigg - Frost On Fiddles (Self Release)

After a five year recording hiatus, Frigg have delivered a brawny eighth album that, once again, demonstrates the Finnish band's extraordinary energy and invention. Their previous release POLKA V (2012), which was named Folklandia's Folk Album of the Year and earned the septet a Teosto Prize...

Adrian Nation - Anarchy and Love (Laburnum Bridge Records)

Adrian Nation has a rumble of a voice and an easy delivery, the words tumble from his mouth, seeming as effortless as rain on a tin roof but as perfectly formed as water drops. Whether performing his own songs or interpreting others material as the album opens with a powerful reading of Runrig's...

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