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Jon Palmer Acoustic Band - The Silences In Between (Self Release)

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is one of a handful of Northern British outfits frequently booked for their fully functional credentials as an exciting live band, more than capable of finishing off an afternoon, an evening or an entire festival in style. Wearing their folk rock roots very much on...

Mark Lavengood - We've Come Along (Earthwork Music)

These days the Dobro might well be seen as an integral part of most modern Bluegrass outfits, yet we rarely see it in the hands of a lead player, rather somewhere to the side, its player poised over the instrument in one of two optimum positions; the traditional seated position with the guitar upon...

Ron Pope - Work (Brooklyn Basement Records)

Ron Pope's presumed creed, a desire to work to live, rather than to live to work, as emphasised in this album’s title song, certainly seems to reflect a perfectly logical work ethic, yet with seven solo albums now under his belt in just fifteen years, there appears to be a contradiction in terms...

Michael Chapman and Ehud Banai - EB=MC2 (NaNa Disc)

This music, the album EB=MC2 and before that, Chapman and Banai's concerts together can ultimately be traced back to two valleys. One near Hawnby North Yorkshire, lush green and full of trees, the other, more austere, in northern Galilee. Michael Chapman, paying his way through Art College in the...

Holy Moly and the Crackers - Salem (Pink Lane Records)

There's little doubt that Holy Moly and the Crackers are one of the most vibrant live outfits in the country today, a band whose individual members attract your immediate attention, making it difficult for you to take your eyes off any one of them. There's the charismatic frontman Conrad Bird,...

Rafiki Jazz - Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records)

Things change as they travel, all things are broadened by travel and music is infused as it crosses the world. So Township Jazz of the 50s and 60s, filtered Post Bop through an African bounce and lightness of touch. Gambia's Bembeya Jazz National band synthesised Jazz, Cuban rhythms and Rock n Roll...

Ryan Young - Ryan Young (Ryan Young Music)

Voted 'Up and Coming Artist' at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in December 2016 and a finalist from BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Music Awards in both 2015 and 2016. Ryan Young has performed on the BBC Hogmany Show and at 'T'in the Park to around 80,000 people, sharing the main stage...

David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack (Acony)

Some years ago, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were at the forefront of a resurgence in the interest around American traditional music and its roots. It was a similar reaction against the schmaltzy aspects of Nashville to the one pushed forward by 'outlaw' and 'new' country acts before them...

Fine Lines - Hour of Need (Parade Recordings)

Before I start, I shall have to declare an interest – I like Fine Lines and looked forward to the release of this, their debut album with a fair degree of anticipation and on initial listening was not disappointed. However, in the interest of fairness and objectivity, HOUR OF NEED was shared with...

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