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Various Artists - Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)

The word Makossa, immortalised on the international hit by MANU DIBANGO Soul Makossa , comes from the Douala word to dance. First and fore-most the POP MAKOSSA compilation is dance music. Whichever of the 12 tracks, recorded between 1976 and 1984, you start with you will not be sitting down for...

Alice Marra - Chain Up the Swings (Inner City Sound)

Alice is a member of Dundonian Indie Popsters The Hazy Janes, but she is presenting a set of her father Michael Marra's songs. Michael Marra's rich writing was rooted in the Folk tradition and shot through with a real sense of Scotland and Scottish life. After successful career as a musican and...

Solana - Camino (Self Release)

CAMINO is the third album by Bristol-based gypsy band Solana since their debut in 2012. The eight-track album once again presents a sublime splash of continental colour from a band whose name is Spanish for the "sunny side of a mountain". Indeed, the whole album is drenched in sun, from the light...

Hamsa - Lawless, Winged and Unconfined (Proper)

Opening with the most achingly beautiful clarinet you're ever likely to hear, LAWLESS, WINGED AND UNCONFINED is an album of searing and untameable expression from a band that injects new energy into klezmer. Led by clarinettist and composer Merlin Shepherd, Hamsa clearly thrive on improvised jams...

Lena Laki - Take Me With EP (Self Release)

Lena Laki is a London based German born singer who has progressed from Jazz and Folk covers to her own brooding 'Cohen-esque' material. TAKE ME WITH is her debut release and it is an assured opener with glorious arrangements and a confidence in its delivery. The songs are rich almost lush without...

Beverley Folk Festival

Beverley Racecourse, Beverley Friday 16 - Sunday 18 June 2017 Before making my way to the Racecourse itself on Friday afternoon, I deliberately took the alternative route at the Walkington junction and headed straight towards Beverley itself as if magnetically drawn to the imposing Minster, which...

Skipinnish - The Seventh Wave (Skipinnish Records)

The belief in the power of the Seventh Wave, when compared to those that came before, runs through folklore and legend the world across. This is Skipinnish's seventh album and arrives on a wave of popularity with successful single releases and sell out live shows across the country. There is a...

Vieux Farka Touré

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 15 June 2017 The last couple of times I've driven out of Leeds after a gig, I've found myself negotiating the late night backstreets of West Yorkshire at the approach of the witching hour, in search of vaguely familiar signs pointing towards home. This is due to...

Sam Amidon - The Following Mountain (Nonesuch)

There's nothing quite straightforward when it comes to Sam Amidon; there always seems to be a surprise around each corner. Highly experimental at the best of times, nothing really could have prepared our ears for the closing track on this Sam's sixth album THE FOLLOWING MOUNTAIN, where Sam's love...

Shortstuff - Big Blue (Blonde on Blonde)

British folk club circuit favourites since the mid-70s, Dave Thomas and Hugh Gregory - better known as Shortstuff - have finally been given the opportunity to release a selection of their archive recordings via their new collection, BIG BLUE. The acoustic bluesmen recently uncovered a selection of...

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