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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...

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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...

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3

James Findlay - Sport and Play (Fellside)

If you were to hear this voice first, then discover the fresh-faced youth on the cover next, you would probably be somewhat perplexed. With a strong and convincingly mature voice, 20 year-old Dorset-born singer, guitarist and fiddle player James Findlay presents a dozen songs, mostly traditional...

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4

Little Miss Higgins - Across the Plains (Little Miss Higgins Music)

Jolene Higgins has been using the 'Little Miss Higgins' moniker since 2002, a name that was given to her by 'some crazy Greek guy' that just stuck. Although we initially feel these stage names are something new, we couldn't be more wrong. Most blues men and women since the early days have taken...

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4

BettySoo - Heat Sin Water Skin (Self Release)

On this third full length album by second-generation Korean singer-songwriter BettySoo, the Gurf Morlix produced HEAT SIN WATER SKIN sees the release of possibly the breakthrough album the singer has been waiting for. Leaning towards the folk-rock end of the musical spectrum, BettySoo adds some...

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4

Sue Aston - Between Worlds (Genius Loci)

Between Worlds could perhaps refer to the space between the world of Classical music and folk music, both delicately explored here by a musician passionate about both. As the lyrics to the album's opening song suggests, it is the place where the sea meets the land that the title actually refers to...

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3

Brian Franke - Six Blocks Down (Self Release)

New Jersey-born but now Washington DC-based singer-songwriter Brian Franke delivers a fine debut fusing rock, pop and folk with an indie spirit and assured vocal prowess. His debut album SIX BLOCKS DOWN comprises eight self-penned songs that show an artist unafraid to straddle the boundaries, at...

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3

Dan Wilde - This is the Place (Littlest Mojo)

This debut release by Blackpool-born singer-songwriter Dan Wilde, reveals a musician who manages to combine a great sense of melody with an expressive flair for song structure with a dozen original compositions of startling quality. With one of those voices that expresses the sort of ordinary...

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4

Lucky Bones - Together We Are All Alone (Lucky Bones Promotions)

The first full blown album by Dublin's Eamonn O'Connor was recorded in Bastrop, a few miles out of Austin, Texas, during an intensive period of creativity. With co-producer Stephen Ceresia on hand to share some of the musical vision with the songwriter, TOGETHER WE ARE ALONE, showcases eleven...

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3

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