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Kim Guy - Wednesday's Child (Wyrdwyrks Records)

Previously known for her work on such projects as Elowen and the Rowan Amber Mill, Cornwall-based Kim Guy has me wondering how she finds the time to fit it all in. Her latest venture comes in the form of an atmospheric debut solo record on which the singer/multi-instrumentalist arranges and plays...

Star rating: 
3

Society - Songs From The Brickhouse (Self Release)

It seems a well trodden path to cite The Band as an influence on much of today's Americana, with many artists at some point being compared to arguably the most influential band of the last forty years. Some deserve that recognition more than others it has to be said and it should be seen as praise...

Star rating: 
4

Anna Coogan - The Nocturnal Among Us (Self Release)

There's very little on THE NOCTURNAL AMONG US that gives us a clue to Anna Coogan's original plan to work in the field of Opera. After becoming disillusioned with the academic constraints of Salzburg, coupled with equal measures of home sickness and love sickness, the Seattle-based singer-...

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4

Claude Bourbon

The Wheelhouse, Wombwell Saturday 20 February 2010 The Wombwell Wheelhouse once again drew a packed audience tonight for the first appearance at the venue by French-born guitarist Claude Bourbon. The classically trained guitarist grew up in Canton de Vaud, Switzerland, where he developed a...

O'Hooley and Tidow - Silent June (No Masters)

I think I know Belinda O'Hooley reasonably well, if not quite so much personally, then certainly through her songs. Yes I've bumped into her in clubs and at festivals over the past few years, where we've chatted together half a dozen times and shared a joke or two. We've played at the same birthday...

Star rating: 
4

Kris Drever - Mark the Hard Earth (Navigator)

If there's one thing that irritates Kris Drever, it has to be the Weatherman. Rejoicing in the wind and the rain, Kris Drever opens his new solo album, the eagerly awaited follow up to BLACK WATER, with the sole self-penned song on the record that also incidentally provides the album its title,...

Star rating: 
4

Macmaster Hay - Love and Reason (Self Release)

The very idea of a collaboration featuring little other than harp and drums at first seems a little adventurous, but this new album by Mary Macmaster, one of the world's leading innovators of the harp and it's various cousins, including the clarsach and the Camac elecro harp, together with notable...

Star rating: 
4

Gerry McNeice - Small Town Boy (Self Release)

I've been bumping into Otley based singer-songwriter, musician and bassist Gerry McNeice quite a lot just lately, who seems to be getting around just about everywhere. If he's not playing upright bass with the Duncan McFarlane Band or Morrising-On with some Flash Company, then he may well be...

Star rating: 
3

Fiddler's Bid - All Dressed in Yellow (Hairst Blinks Music)

I'm probably the wrong reviewer for this as I'm a long term believer in the 'less is more' concept, especially when it comes to fiddles. In fact I am pretty much grounded in the opinion that one fiddle is really enough in any context. Ok, maybe two as long as they're scraping along in harmony. Don'...

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3

Bellevue Rendezvous - Salamander (Journeyman)

Bellevue Rendezvous are an instrumental trio from Edinburgh featuring the varied talents of Gavin Marwick on fiddle, Ruth Morris on nyckelharpa and Cameron Robson on cittern, guitar and jaw harp. Edinburgh based Gavin Marwick is no stranger to the Scottish music scene and has performed at many...

Star rating: 
4

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