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Dan Webster - Devil Sky (Self Release)

Dan Webster possesses a confident soulful voice, think Mike Scott of The Waterboys channelling rich Americana. Play Cards And Late Night Bars marries a Celtic lilt and violin with a driving tune and a punchy beat. Home Again is altogether more pensive and smooth. Dan Webster delivers a superb...

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4

Lindisfarne

The Dome, Doncaster 14 September 2018 When Lindisfarne appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1995, many of those present would not have seen the passing of Alan Hull coming later that year, an event that would have no doubt drawn a line under the band's existence. Almost thirty years...

Dur-Dur Band - Dur Dur of Somalia Vols 1 and 2 (Analog Africa)

Analog Africa continue in their endeavour to introduce new audiences to the authentic sounds of Africa, bringing to our attention what could possibly be described as the musical treasures of the continent, with the reissue of the first two volumes of the Dur-Dur Band of Somalia's back catalogue...

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4

Rachel McShane and the Cartographers - When All is Still

Some delightful arrangements of traditional songs each with a contemporary feel. Rachael's voice may not be quite as distinctive as Kate Rusby or Ruth Notman (for instance), but clearly her arrangements fall along similar lines. It's been almost ten years since Rachael's debut album NO MAN'S FOOL,...

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4

A Different Thread - On a Whim (Self Release)

Staffordshire's Robert Jackson and North Carolina's Alicia Best make up the formidable team of A Different Thread, a duo who blend their own particular roots with quite pleasing results. The dozen songs included here are all self-penned apart from the traditional The Prickly Bush , but it's...

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4

Yvonne Lyon - Everything's Fine EP (Self Release)

EVERYTHING'S FINE is a single taken from the eighth and latest album, METANOIA by Yvonne Lyon. Everything's Fine the track is a sparkly, light upbeat piece of Celtic Americana. Yvonne's voice within the first moments reminds me of both Eddi Reader, who she has toured with and Aimee Mann, two of my...

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4

Take Three Girls...

Roots Music Club Friday 7 September 2018 The start of the new Autumn season at the Roots Music Club may have been low key in terms of audience numbers, but the usual standard was maintained as three local female performers made up the bill for the opening concert. It actually makes a change to...

Bridget St John

The Greystones, Sheffield Thursday 6 September 2018 On the way to Sheffield tonight I set myself a task, to write a piece about the singer songwriter Bridget St John whilst deliberately omitting the name of John Peel, which I soon found to be impossible; those two names are so inextricably linked...

Letitia VanSant - Gut It To The Studs (Self Release)

Letitia VanSant writes fine songs and delivers them in a voice that first demands, then holds your attention. The grit and rasp of experience mixes with a beautifully phrased delivery, like the burr on a country violin or the crackle in Stan Getz's low drawn out saxophone notes. There are the...

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5

Assynt - Road to the North (Self Release)

Assynt, are a new Scottish trio, playing self penned tunes influenced by the Highland and Gaelic Traditions. The band comprises David Sheddan Pipes and Whistles, Graham Mackenzie, Fiddle and Innes White Guitar and Mandolin. On this, their first album they are joined by BBC Radio Scotland's Young...

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4

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