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Vishten - Horizons (Self Release)

Vishten are an Acadian trio, playing music that pushes the Cajun music envelope, drawing in Celtic music, contemporary sounds to Canadian Folk. The band have been together for 15 years, if like me, this, their six album is your introduction then prepare to be swept away, intrigued and entertained,...

Star rating: 
4

William Tyler - Goes West (Merge Records)

William Tyler is a gifted but unclassifiable guitarist and GOES WEST, his first since 2016'’s stunning MODERN Country, manages to show another aspect of his writing and playing. DESERET CANYON originally released as Paper Hats in 2009, then reissued in 2015 credited to Tyler is four sides of...

Star rating: 
5

Deer Tick - Mayonnaise (Partisan Records)

Mayonnaise seems to be an odd title for this collection of songs by Rhode Island band Deer Tick, that is until it becomes clear that this release of 'odds and sods' is intended as additional dressing for the main course, that being the band's previous albums VOL 1 and VOL 2 released simultaneously...

Star rating: 
3

Michael Chapman - True North (Paradise of Bachelors)

February 2019 sees the latest album by Michael Chapman, English and unashamedly proud Northern guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. TRUE NORTH, wrapped in vintage photos, including some of Chapman's own dating from his time as an Art College photographer tutor and an earlier family portrait,...

Star rating: 
5

VRi - Ty Ein Tadau (Erwydd Records)

Patrick Rimes, fiddle and viola, Jordan Price Williams, Cello and Aneirin Jones, fiddle, make up Welsh chamber folk trio VRi. On Ty EIN TADAU, the band's self produced debut album they are joined by vocalist, Beth Celyn. The trio's music is structured and layered like chamber music but has some of...

Star rating: 
4

Jamie Hutchings - Bedsit (Come to the Dark Side Luke)

Nine highly personal songs of a very much stripped down nature from Sydney-based singer songwriter Jamie Hutchings. The album title itself reflects the atmosphere of the songs; a lone voice from a room, emoting in a most introverted fashion with sparse arrangements, a gently strummed guitar with...

Star rating: 
4

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba - Miri (Outhere Records)

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba's fifth album MIRI is more of a reflective set than the muscular BA POWER, the band's previous album release four years ago. Kanougnon , the opening song, could in fact quite easily be taken as a lullaby, with Amy Sacko's soothing vocal and Bassekou Kouyate's fluid...

Star rating: 
4

Ranagri - Playing for Luck (Stockfish Records)

I guess any new offering from this exceptional Anglo/Irish acoustic quartet could be seen as an eagerly awaited event, indeed this particular release couldn't have arrived sooner. Musically inventive, whilst maintaining an easily accessible sound, Ranagri are a class act whose musical virtuosity...

Star rating: 
5

The Leylines - Recover Reveal (Self Release)

Formed more or less a festival band, or at least a festival is presumably the environment they work best, the West-country based band have now been around for a good five years and in that time have garnered a rather healthy following. This is possibly due to the sheer energy the five-piece band...

Star rating: 
4

Angus McOg - Beginners (A Buzz Supreme Records)

Five years on from ARNAUT, Angus McOg are back with BEGINNERS. Since the 2013 release the acoustic guitars, pump organ and Folk feel has evolved, with a wider musical palette now being dexterously wielded. The Wicker man Psych Folk vibe has metamorphosed into a shimmering Sigur Ros like pastoral...

Star rating: 
4

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