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Scott Wainwright - Sentimental Debris (Self Release)

Scott is a master guitar player. After the layered lavish music of TALKING BACKWOODS his last album SENTIMENTAL DEBRIS is a tighter ship of solo guitar instrumentals recorded in one four hour session. If those parameters put pressure on Scott, it doesn't show in these measured shining acoustic...

Star rating: 
4

John Kilzer - Scars (Archer Records)

The sentiments in the opening verse, 'It ain't no big deal, I've got a flatbed truck, Half a tank of gas and sixteen bucks..' in a half Eagles, half Springsteen delivery, would probably not be immediately associated with the thoughts of an ordained Minister, yet this is by no means the only...

Star rating: 
3

The Brothers Gillespie - The Fell (Self Release)

The Brothers Gillespie, raised in Northumberland and now based in Hexham are a vocal guitar and fiddle duo. Laid out on paper the recipe is deceptively simple, two guitars, two brothers voices, whistle, fiddle and touches of percussion and clarsach. But sometimes, great ingredients and skilled...

Star rating: 
5

Reg Meuross - 12 Silk Handkerchiefs (Hatsongs)

A mixture of songs and spoken word telling the story of Lillian Bilocca in the wake of the tragic Hull triple trawler disaster of 1968, which claimed the lives of fifty-eight men. The six songs, together with their spoken introductions, evoke the true life characters involved in this struggle. Reg...

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3

Sver - Reverie (Folkhall Records)

Sver are a five piece Norwegian Swedish Folk Rock band and REVERIE is their forth album. Recorded live in Norway over two days, the album is an impressive mix of lively upbeat and more contemplative. The Doctor , written by fiddle player Olav Luksengard Mjelva to mark the qualification of his...

Star rating: 
4

Du Glas - Too Many Ghosts (Self Release)

Debut album from Penzance-based four-piece country/folk combo, whose name translates from the Cornish as 'blue/black.' Of the thirteen songs here, a dozen are originals written by the band's guitar player Anthony Power, with just the one cover, Jean Richie's staple The L and N Don't Stop Here...

Star rating: 
3

Merry Hell - Anthems to the Wind (Self Release)

For the last eight years the band formerly known as Tansads has been trading under the Merry Hell banner and bringing to each of their many concert appearances just that. They're undoubtedly an exciting live band, full of energy and vitality, yet their anthemic songs have found an equally...

Star rating: 
4

Porchlight Smoker - 4 (Long Way Home Music)

Brighton-based British/American alt-country quartet Porchlight Smoker return with just under a dozen predominantly self-penned originals on this the band's fourth album release, aptly entitled 4 (Four). The band's choice of covers sit well with their original songs, such as Gillian Welch's mournful...

Star rating: 
3

Barnstormer 1649 - Restoration Tragedy (Self Release)

If like me your knowledge on Attila The Stockbroker is sadly lacking and limited to his performance poetry, politics and music of the 1980s then prepare to be confounded and taken in by RESTORATION TRAGEDY. Barnstormer 1649 is the band who deliver what they describe as Roundhead Renaissancecore ...

Star rating: 
4

Joe Pisto and Fausto Beccalossi - Interplay (Belfagor)

A sort of 'meeting of the spirits' featuring Joe Pisto's informed guitar playing and Fausto Beccalossi's enchanting accordion flurries. Predominantly instrumental with a few moments of scat vocals, INTERPLAY is a delightful experience, which I imagine could be enjoyed in a variety of ways; in a...

Star rating: 
4

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