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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Niteworks - Air Faìr An Là (Comann Music)

Niteworks is Ruairidh Graham, Allan MacDonald, Christopher Nicolson and Innes Strachan. On AIR FAIR AN LA the Niteworks quartet is augmented by guest vocalists Julie Fowlis, Ellen MacDonald, Iain Morrison, Scottish Gaelic vocal trio Sian and traditional string ensemble Kinnaris Quintet. The music...

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5

The Hot Seats - Stupid Mountain Too Big (Self Release)

The Hot Seats, for the purposes of this, their first album in three years, are a five piece band from Richmond Virginia, with fiddle, guitars, banjos, bass and attitude. There are tracks like Ida Red and When You Were Young that are hot as their seats with frenetic playing and passionate vocals,...

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4

Gregory Page - A Wild Rose (Self Release)

While himself a North London born Irish-Armenian third generation musician with a grandfather Dave Page who was a master Uilleann Piper, Gregory Page describes his music as Americeltic. Like the Malian Griots the Pages are generationally alive with music, Gregory's parents met while their...

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3

Kila - Tóg é go Bog é (Kila Records)

If we were to gather together each Kila release along with all the various solo records and side projects, we would have a rather prolific collection to behold and Tóg é go Bog é would probably gleam as the band's stand out statement. Originally released on CD and cassette back in 1997, the album...

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4

The Shackleton Trio - Fen, Farm and Deadly Water (Self Release)

The Shackleton Trio, formerly the Georgia Shackleton Trio, features fiddle player Georgia, guitarist Aaron Bennett and Nic Zuppardi playing mandolin. The trio plays a effortless sounding blend of music that draws in influences from the American, British and Scandinavian traditions. The band is...

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5

Various Artists - Destination Fellside Recordings 1976-2018 (Fellside 2018)

After 42 years and the release of over 600 albums Paul and Linda Adams, who have run Fellside almost single handed are moving into semi-retirement, with the label continuing in a lower key way. DESTINATION is a taking stock and a celebration of Fellside one of the biggest independent Folk labels in...

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5

Trail West - From The Sea To The City (Self Release)

Trail West are a six piece from Glasgow. FROM THE SEA TO THE CITY refers to the journey that many Gaels make, at some point in their life, moving from their homes by the sea to the city, relocating for education or for work. The journey opens with Bernies Second Debut a great mix of sensitive power...

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3

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Amanda Shires - To the Sunset (Silver Knife Records)

When I was first given the opportunity to speak to Amanda Shires back in 2012, I felt I was talking to an artist entrenched in what we know as the sound of Americana, but I soon discovered her desire to make radio-friendly pop songs too; "if they don't have drums on the track, nobody's gonna hear...

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5

Philip Marino - Chasing Ghosts (Self Release)

Philip Marino, American born and resident in Essex, has a great voice, an intimate, emotional instrument with a little vibrato that draws you into his songs. There is a soulful spiritual rumble to Marino's singing like Jeffrey Foccault or Brett Sparks from The Handsome Family. There is a real sense...

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4

Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records)

Whilst Nashville remains the capital of country music for many, there's an increasing interest in songwriters with a rougher edge hailing from other areas of the USA's southern states. Music fans are well aware of the scene in Austin and the surrounding areas of Texas but now we're hearing great...

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4

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