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Kaz Murphy - Ride Out the Storm (Self Release)

In a career that has taken him from South Jersey, through Philadelphia, on to Santa Fe and Seattle and then more recently Los Angeles, singer songwriter Kaz Murphy has spread his dulcet tones far and wide. With one or two notable liaisons along the way, from his friendship with Dave Van Ronk and...

Star rating: 
3

Rab Noakes and Rod Clements

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 1 March 2019 Tonight at the Roots Music Club, there was the usual proverbial calm before the storm, no one quite sure who might turn up or indeed how many. An original member of Lindisfarne propped up the bar at the back of the hall, a stoic Buster Keaton...

Sound of the Sirens - This Time (DMF Records)

Sound Of The Sirens, Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are a West Country folk duo. This is worth stating at the start, as there are points during THIS TIME, their second album, where you'd swear blind there was loads of them, rather than two fine vocalists with guitars, mandolins, a Piano and some...

Star rating: 
4

Eliza Carthy - Restitute (Under The Bed)

Restitute Verb: to restore to a former state or position; give back, refund. The predominant narrative accompanying Eliza Carthy's new album speaks to it representing an act of reparation and redress for a 'monumental' (if unspecified) rip-off enacted on Eliza and her Wayward bandmates. As a symbol...

Star rating: 
5

Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldand - Grit (Greywood Records)

Ontario-born singer songwriter and former boxer Gordie Tentrees, together with fellow Canadian companion of the road Jaxon Haldane, take their respective guitars, harmonica, dobro, porch board bass, tambourine, musical saw, cigar box guitar, banjo and mandolin and serve up a feast of acoustic songs...

Star rating: 
3

Chris Grant - The Road (Spey Valley Records)

No stranger to Glasgow's thriving 'open mic' scene, the Morayshire-born singer songwriter Chris Grant delivers a further dozen songs here on his seventh album, each of which showcase his distinctive soulful growl, reminiscent of Cocker (Joe, not Jarvis) and each performed with a similar passion...

Star rating: 
3

Rachel Croft - Hours Awake (Self Release)

Rachel Croft is a North Yorks based singer and musician of considerable talents, vocally and instrumentally. This is her debut album, collecting songs written over the last five years. Straight off HOURS AWAKE grabs you and takes no prisoners. Old Climbing Tree is moody and ethereal with a...

Star rating: 
4

Kel Assouf - Black Tenere (Glitterbeat)

For anyone new to the raw and pulsating sound of desert blues, Kel Assouf pretty much lays out the essential tenets of the genre on this album. The Nigerien guitarist Anana Ag Naroun brandishes his trusty Gibson 'Flying V' like any western rock god and his licks dominate the band's sound. Augmented...

Star rating: 
4

Innes Watson - Guitar Colloquium (Isle Music)

Innes Watson is a Glaswegian multi instrumental musician (although on this album he plays guitar), a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, appearing regularly in my music collection and on at least twenty four records over the last fifteen years. Despite all of the above, this is Innes’...

Star rating: 
5

Ruth Notman and Sam Kelly - Changeable Heart (Pure Records)

The Mansfield-born, now Derbyshire-based Ruth Notman and Bristol-based Sam Kelly have effectively pooled their respective talents to present a mixed set of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs, on this their debut duo album, together with the help and assistance of a handful of select...

Star rating: 
5

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