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Iain Morrison and Daibhidh Martin - Haunted Bird (Peatfire)

This collaborative project brings together the songwriting credentials of Scots Trad Music Composer of the Year Award winner Iain Morrison and the poetry of fellow Isle of Lewis storyteller Daibhidh Martin. Although this is by no means the first time these two friends have worked together, it is...

Star rating: 
4

Lazybirds - Broken Wing (Self Release)

Third album for North Carolina retro-funsters Lazybirds, who once again trawl the roots of Americana with fourteen selections made up primarily of traditional material with one or two additional surprises. Covering a broad variety of styles encompassing a good eighty years of music, songs likely to...

Star rating: 
3

Hickman and Quinn - Times (Self Release)

Ten self-penned songs emerge from the partnership of Shrewsbury-based duo James Hickman and Chris Quinn, finding their way onto this their debut album. The album, produced by Andy Bell, renowned for his previous work with Seasick Steve and KT Tunstall, has at its core a folk/roots agenda and offers...

Star rating: 
3

Malcolm Holcombe - To Drink the Rain (Music Road)

Malcolm Holcombe has one of those well-worn voices that you tend not to question. You instinctively believe that he has lived the life to the full extent and that what he says actually goes, without any doubts. It's Dave Van Ronk meets Guy Clark, with a touch of Townes Van Zandt thrown in. TO DRINK...

Star rating: 
3

Holly Taymar - Never Winter Mind (Self Release)

One of the most distinctive voices in the Yorkshire area, York-based singer-songwriter Holly Taymar follows her second full-length album WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO with this five-song EP, featuring four self-penned songs and just the one cover - and what a cover - the heart-wrenching She's Leaving...

Star rating: 
4

King King - Take My Hand (Manhaton Records)

Currently going down a storm at concerts and at blues festivals up and down the country, Alan Nimmo's band King King are delivering some stunningly soulful blues to the masses, indicating that Stevie Nimmo's kid brother is no one trick pony. Cutting his musical teeth as one half of the Nimmo...

Star rating: 
4

The Unthanks - Last (RabbleRouser/EMI)

Album number four in just a little over as many years for Northumbria's busiest siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank, who since our last meeting have been toddling off to Africa with Damon Albarn, conducting special concerts featuring the songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony and the Johnsons, talking us...

Star rating: 
5

Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)

Imagine finding your name on the list of nominees for the Best New Artist Grammy award. Quite an honour, I'm sure you'll agree, and something that is bound to get your heart racing or at least give you a clammy pair of palms. Now look a little further down the list. Sadly, you appear to be sharing...

Steve Knightley - Live in Somerset (Hands On Music)

We've all probably had that niggling thought whilst waiting patiently in the queue at the end of a gig, 'I wonder if this CD is going to be anything like what we've just heard?' I dare say there's been the occasional disappointment when we've got the thing home only to find it drowned in production...

Star rating: 
3

Jonathan Day - Carved in Bone (Niimika)

The Shropshire countryside is embedded in the very fabric of this first proper release by Jonathan Day, a writer, painter and poet whose curiosity has taken him around the world and back on a journey of self-discovery, from Johannesburg to the heart of the Black Country, his true inspirational home...

Star rating: 
3

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