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Patsy Matheson - A Little Piece of England (Witch Records)

After the break up of Waking the Witch, the vocal tour de force that possibly didn't quite reach the lofty heights it should have, founder member Patsy Matheson returns with a delightfully stripped down album of self probing and observational songs as well as, for a change, a couple of timely...

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4

A.h.a.b. - Self Titled (White Wail)

Country inflected acoustics with a jaunty drive-time opener in Wish You , which it must be said is probably more suited to an open top convertible on Route 66 than a Kia Ceed on the M40 near Newbury on a rainy afternoon, but I'll use my imagination. If their song writing has been compared to that...

Star rating: 
3

Navaro - Under Diamond Skies (Halo)

Although the trio take their name form the surname of their main singer Beth Navaro, they are very much a three card trick and along with songwriters Pete White and Steve Austin, Under Diamond Skies brings together each of these disparate voices to produce a British country based album of some...

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3

Gren Bartley - Carry Her Safe (Musician Records)

On first listen, the opening song and title track to this collection of songs is almost like transporting oneself back in time, by approximately forty years, to Steve Tilston's debut AN ACOUSTIC CONFUSION. The youthful confidence of one of Britain's leading singer-songwriters and guitar players...

Star rating: 
4

Eoin Dillon - The Third Twin (Kila)

Eoin Dillon's playing of the Uilleann Pipes has contributed in no small measure to Kíla's unmistakable and distinct sound. Given that Kíla's albums, live concerts and festival appearances have showcased great musicianship from what could be described as a collective, of which Dillon is but a part,...

Star rating: 
3

Colm Ó Snodaigh - Giving (Kila)

Kíla's Colm Ó Snodaigh has chosen a completely different feel for this, his long overdue follow up to 1994's 'Éist' and a world away from anything he recorded with Kíla in his twenty year stint with the band. With the help of soprano saxophonist Richie Buckley and a tight rhythm section of Conor...

Star rating: 
3

Cambridge Folk Festival 2008

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 31 July - Sunday 3 August 2008 The self appointed Cambridge Folk Festival weather forecasting team periodically stick their heads out of the festival meteorological office, namely the media caravan, in order to determine which of the two distinct atmospheric...

Doncaster Cultural Festival 2008

The Point, Doncaster Sunday 13 July 2008 The Doncaster Cultural Festival, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, was a most pleasant way of spending a Sunday afternoon here in my home town. Held in The Arts Park, which is sandwiched between the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and The...

Bob Cheevers - Fiona's World

Fiona's World is almost cinematic in its proportions, which has prompted me to outline a proposal for a new blockbuster. I think I'm going to cast Brad Pitt as our main protagonist, if that's okay with you Bob. I would have preferred Paul Giamatti but this has got to be a hit. Our leading lady will...

Star rating: 
3

Pentangle.

Royal Festival Hall, London Sunday 29 June 2008 When I was but a wee slip of a lad, fresh out of three cornered trousers, I distinctly recall putting aside my Monkees singles in favour of something much more meaningful and enlightening. I dutifully handed over the best part of three weeks paper...

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