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Bronwynne Brent

The Atkinson, Southport Wednesday 7 March 2018 Following a blast of winter the week before that caused me to miss her in Saltaire, I was eager to get out and about to catch Bronwynne Brent in Southport. A few years back, The Atkinson was converted from a building with two performance spaces into a...

3hattrio - Lord of the Desert (Okehdokee Records)

3hattrio are a band physically and musically rooted in the American desert southwest and their sacred homeland near Utah's Zion National Park. This is the sound of the Americana of the distant hills and bleached animal skulls of Georgia O'Keefe paintings. Desert music as grounded in a place as the...

Luke Jackson - Solo Duo Trio (First Take Records)

It used to be that the 'Live' album along with the 'Best Of', 'Covers' and 'B Side' releases were routine, cheap fillers to capitalise on commercial success. These days, for the jobbing musician who gets the bulk of their income from regular touring, selling CDs at gigs can also be a financially...

Ruth Notman

Carrington Folk Club, Nottingham Wednesday 21 February 2018 The Gladstone Hotel on Loscoe Street in the Carrington district of Nottingham, was built in 1882 and was once presided over by a landlord called George Fryer, an amateur heavyweight boxing champion back in the day. He was also occasionally...

Commander Cody - Flying Dreams and Rock n Roll Again (Retroworld)

It's difficult to think of the early Seventies Country Rock scene without at least one mention of the man known as Commander Cody (George Frayne), whose Lost Planet Airmen provided the perfect vehicle - in this case a truck or open top Cadillac or even an assortment of airplanes for that matter,...

Shankara Andy Bole - Rainbow Crow (Left Leg Records)

Compulsive scanners of album covers and details, those of us who spend hours hunched over boxes of records and Cds enter a zen like state. Fingers flicking eyes alert for gems. Everyone has their own talismans or touch stones they look for Beacons if you like shining through the unknown. It might...

Screaming Orphans - Taproom (Self Released)

Right from the off, TAPROOM is an album that demands attention. Ireland's Hour of Need (Gallant Heroes) has it all – arresting choir harmonies that put the Medieval Babes to shame, stirring Uilleann Pipes, tight production of the band's instruments and a brawny political message. And the energy and...

Jez Lowe - The Dillen Doll (Tanobie Records)

Released purely as an accompanying soundtrack to Jez Lowe's novel The Dillen Doll, the songs on this CD, released under the same name, appear as a suite, featuring several familiar songs from the North East, each joined in one continuous piece of music. The songs, some of which have been re-written...

Roger McGuinn - Peace on You (Retroworld)

The second solo album by The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, which was first released in 1974, could quite easily have been re-issued as a companion piece to the earlier ROGER MCGUINN (1973). Both have a similar sound in places although PEACE ON YOU seems to be a little more focused, rather than the...

Park Jiha - Communion (Glitterbeat)

This experimental debut solo album by minimalist South Korean musician Park Jiha, known for her work with fellow musician Jungmin Seo in the group 숨[suːm], is rich in atmosphere from the start. Park Jiha's tonal adventures are composed and performed on such traditional Korean instruments as the...

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