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Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald - From the Fire (Freewheel)

This thoroughly enchanting ninth album release from Nevada City-based duo Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, once again demonstrates a varied approach to conveying modern folk songs and therefore maintains interest throughout. The duo incorporate political commentary, environmental issues and animal...

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3

Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere (Suitcase Town)

Johannesburg-born singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov creates a moody atmosphere from the outset with the enchanting opener Dandelion Wine on this his fourth solo album to date THE EMPTY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE originally released in 2009 but due for re-issue to coincide with his forthcoming UK tour...

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3

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big House - Lucky Devil (Self Release)

Never judge a book by its cover – that's what we're always told, anyway. And if we're to apply the same old cliché to long playing records, then surely LUCKY DEVIL by Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns isn't the good old fashioned New Orleans jazz/blues album that its cover would have us...

Chrissi Poland - Songs From the Concrete (Danben)

"If a song's about something I've experienced...it's good." That's what soul music is all about, according to the Queen herself, Aretha Franklin. Chrissi Poland's SONGS FROM THE CONCRETE is a soul-crammed scrapbook of life's trials, love's troubles and the tribulations of living in the real world...

Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson - Lady Diamond (Selwyn Music)

There's always a slight concern when reviewing music, whether it be for a new record or a live gig, that you might write something that at some later stage you might disagree with. The passage of time can often change your opinion or maybe in hindsight, reveal a moment of over-zealous enthusiasm...

Star rating: 
4

Pilgrims' Way - Pilgrim's Way (Self Release)

Named after one of Peter Bellamy's many songs based on Rudyard Kipling's poetry, Pilgrims' Way breathe new life into old songs for their debut EP of the same name. Lucy Wright's refreshing voice and convincing delivery is the focal point of this new outfit, augmented by two outstanding musicians in...

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4

David Williams - Chocolate Bar (Trapdoor Media)

The follow up to THE CRAZY KIND, the album that marked Williams' transition from award winning children's performer to grown up performer status comes in the form of CHOCOLATE BAR, fourteen self-penned songs that straddle the boundaries of bluegrass, blues, gospel, western swing, and mountain folk...

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3

Danny Schmidt - Man of Many Moons (Red House)

Released to coincide with his forthcoming UK tour, Austin's Danny Schmidt's seventh album MAN OF MANY MOONS sees a stripped down to the essentials record, a record the artist refers to as a 'stark and naked' record, with only the minimum accompaniment, allowing each of the songs to breath. The ten...

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4

Blazin' Fiddles - Thursday Night in the Caley (Blazin' Records)

With both Jenna Reid and Anna Massie climbing aboard the good ship Blazin' Fiddles, just in time for their forthcoming English voyage next month, which takes them from Morecambe to Durham by way of North Devon and Canterbury, the six-piece Scots powerhouse release THURSDAY NIGHT IN THE CALEY, Caley...

Star rating: 
3

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