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Celilo - Bending Mirrors (Homesweet Music)

The opening song on BENDING MIRRORS, Easter Lily could quite easily have been included in the organised chaos that was Journey Through the Past, Neil Young's ambitious early 1970s film soundtrack. Initially it has the same sort of jamming immediacy, then settles into a perfectly likeable rock...

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3

Colin Clyne - Doricana (Starving Dog)

Scottish-born singer-songwriter Colin Clyne returns with his second album, the follow up to his 2006 debut SONGS FROM THE COLD STORE, intent on creating a new genre. If the album's title attempts to describe a certain marriage between an ancient Scottish language and the more recent collective term...

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3

Saltfishforty - Netherbow (Cellar)

The popular Orkney duo consisting of Douglas Montgomery (fiddle, viola, vocals) and Brian Cromarty (guitar, mandola, vocals), collectively known as Saltfishforty and variously seen about as part of The Chair (formerly Lazy Boy Chair), release their third album as a duo, their last being five years...

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3

Jeni and Billy - Longing For Heaven (Jewell Ridge)

Jeni and Billy return with the follow up to their JEWEL RIDGE COAL record of last year, once again bringing with this release the authentic sounds of the Appalachian Mountains. With delightful harmonies and inspired part-singing, together with fine uncluttered instrumental accompaniment, the duo...

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3

Ian Bailey - Tower Songs (Northern Sun)

Beautifully packaged atmospheric third album on Northern Sun Recordings by Lancashire-based singer-songwriter Ian Bailey, whose thoughtful compositions offer the sort of dreamy escapism that allows us to forget the world temporarily. Comprising of songs written in the idyllic setting of Lindeth...

Star rating: 
4

Ewan McLennan - Rags and Robes (Fellside)

Anyone familiar with Ewan McLennan's music, either having seen him perform at a festival or folk club, or having heard him on the wireless recently, will no doubt be aware that some of the songs on RAGS AND ROBES first appeared a couple of years ago on his self-titled home-made debut. As is the...

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4

Kacey Cubero - Fill Your Cup (Sweetest Meanest Music)

Kacey Cubero's third album release is a rich mixture of soulful Americana and melodic alt-country, with intelligently written songs and a bright and breezy approach to arrangement and performance. The versatile alt-country singer-songwriter moves effortlessly between bluegrass ( Two Trains ),...

Star rating: 
3

Skerryvore - Skerryvore (Tyree)

The third album from one of Scotland's most exciting bands to emerge over the last decade. Formed in 2004, Skerryvore have shaped their unique sound, which fuses traditional dance tunes with a hard-edged rock base and a healthy leaning towards soulful country balladeering. Formed on the Isle of...

Star rating: 
4

Folk Delivering Hope

The Regent, Doncaster Thursday 15 July 2010 This latest Folk Delivering Hope concert followed the first successful AHS Foundation benefit concert last year, where such artists as Clive Gregson, Jez Lowe, Ray Hearne, Steve Womack and Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts gave their time and effort, not...

Larkin Poe - Spring (Edvins)

In the long lamented vinyl days, interestingly enough making their return with a vengeance, my understanding of the initialism 'EP' always stood for 'extended play', roughly defined as a 'single' with a couple of supplementary tracks included. Larkin Poe's SPRING EP with no less than 9 songs is for...

Star rating: 
5

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