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Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards - California Calling (Compass Records)

There's an immediate warmth to Laura Cortese's new album CALIFORNIA CALLING, which features her band, the Dance Cards, namely Valerie Thompson (cello), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle) and Natalie Bohrn (bass), together with multi-instrumentalist/producer Sam Kassirer. Musically speaking, the songs cover a...

Saskia Griffiths-Moore - Night and Day (Music Without Measure)

One or two firsts here, notably the first time I've reviewed an album produced by an artist who once established a Harley Street practice, who then went on to travel and explore music. Not so new and unusual are the musicians Saskia has hooked up with, each of whom have previously been given column...

Kate Rusby - Angels and Men (Pure Records)

The wings are out for Christmas as Barnsley's favourite daughter pops down from the top of the tree to celebrate the festive season in song. Surrounding herself with members of her own touring band, including husband Damien O'Kane and accordion player Nick Cooke, both of whom also take care of...

John Hassell - Dream Theory in Malaya (Glitterbeat)

To listen to a reissue of Jon Hassell's seminal 1981 DREAM THEORY IN MALAYA album is to realise how fine it sounds, how little it has dated and how much it sounds like music that was to come after it. The strange mystical blown tones of Hassells compressed, pitch shifted and layered trumpet inhabit...

Molly Evans - Deep Time and Narrow Space (Self Release)

Let's start with the most important part of a good review: this EP is spectacularly good. Go and buy a copy now. Done that? Okay, good. Now we can start talking about it… and that might start to get complex…. because much like the oral folk tradition, or Chinese whispers, or the Hollywood...

Greg Russell - Inclined to be Red (Fellside Records)

A hugely enjoyable collection from Greg Russell, who many of you may know from his outings with playing partner Ciaran Algar, collaborators, The Transports and the Shake The Chains Project. Starting with a track from the latter, telling of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the UK's first female doctor...

Blue Rose Code - The Water of Leith (Navigator)

After four studio albums and two concert sets of perfection, where Ross Wilson's burred soulful vocals glide skip and slide over sublime music, offering a personal vision of a world that is emotionally charged and exploding with physical and metaphysical beauty. It is frankly a mystery why Blue...

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Thursday 16 November 2017 Amongst the rich array of percussion instruments that dominated the right hand side of the stage tonight, was a Heath Robinson contraption consisting of a horizontal tube hovering above a white transparent plastic storage box, which would later...

Brother Roy - Last Man Standing (Self Release)

It's rewarding to hear a record so chock full of songs rich in melody, with lush orchestrations, maturely written lyrics and embellished with the sound of a sweet Hammond organ, occasionally swirling along in the mix as if it was 1965 again. Heartbreaker , the opening song, ticks the same boxes...

Edgelarks - Edgelarks (Dragonfly Records)

Standing back to back on the sleeve of their latest album, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin enchant before a single note is played. Birds circle the margins as the duo's newly adopted name suggests, serving as an eloquent introduction to the twelve songs included within, which enchant equally...

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