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Joanna Chapman-Smith - Contraries (Woundup Records)

Joanna Chapman-Smith's follow up to her 2007 debut EYRE CORVIDAE takes us on a journey through the contraries in life, taking William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as a premise, exploring the polarised opposites of right and wrong, mind and body, good and bad. With a real tangible handle...

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3

Hungrytown - Hungrytown (Listen Here Records)

At first glance you might think you'd inadvertently walked into a scene from Annie Hall, with Alvy Singer and his eponymous heroine Annie, not so much wrestling with lobsters or watching the sun come up over Brooklyn Bridge, but maybe that memorable scene of Annie doing her cabaret turn.. la-di-da...

Star rating: 
4

Texas Tornados - Esta Bueno (Proper)

With the passing of both Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm, it was almost taken as a given that the Texas Tornados would never see the light of day again and their extraordinary Tejano brand of Tex-Mex would be assigned to the annals of history. As history has shown though, the music world keeps on...

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3

Lau Vs Karine Polwart - Evergreen (Self Release)

If like me, you were always convinced that Lau was a perfectly formed entity, comprising of three outstanding musicians; one who provides a distinctively fluid fiddle sound, another whose dual role is to provide the robust bottom end as well as throwing in the occasional discordant flight of fancy...

Star rating: 
4

Brooks Williams - Baby O! (Red Guitar Blue Music)

Statesboro-born Brooks Williams releases his 17th album and brings with it a veritable feast of feel-good blues, utilising his trusty bottleneck and resonator guitar to great effect throughout. The album, mostly made up of self-penned songs with a nod to one or two country blues giants such as Son...

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4

Nicky Swann - Matches and Dispatches (Self Release)

The county of Devon is becoming such a rich place for music these days, I have a feeling there's something in the water. Singer-songwriter Nicky Swann is by no means 'run of the mill' and apparently has no quarms in presenting us with the burden of pigeon hole-ing. Equally comfortable with country-...

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4

Trent Miller and Skeleton Jive - Cerberus (Hangman Records)

The guise of Trent Miller and the Skeleton Jive suggests that the London-based singer-guitarist has cobbled together a band for his debut record CERBERUS, but it appears that Miller is on his tod on this one. Armed with just guitar and harmonica rack, together with a world weary booze-drenched...

Star rating: 
3

The Wynntown Marshals - Westerner (Charger Records)

Formed in Edinburgh in 2007, the Wynntown Marshals' debut album WESTERNER showcases that rare ability to sound every bit as authentic as most of their American counterparts with tight arrangements and effortless flair. With a slight nod towards the likes of The Jayhawkes, Wilco and Ryan Adams, the...

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3

Otis Gibbs - Joe Hill's Ashes (Wanamaker)

When Billy Bragg invited Nashville-based Otis Gibbs up onstage at the Wold Top Marquee during last year's Beverley and East Riding Festival, we knew instantly that this singer-songwriter was the real deal. Vocally a mixture between the Tom's Waits and Russell and physically a hybrid of Billy's...

Star rating: 
4

April Maybe May - April Maybe May (Seahouse Records)

It's probably more relevant to re-name this duo 'August Possibly September' as we are thrown into the grasps of summer with eleven bright and breezy songs on April Maybe May's debut album. Formerly known as Fallen Leaves, Rosie Hillman and Matt Kassell have embarked on this latest musical journey...

Star rating: 
3

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