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Jim Ghedi - A Hymn For Ancient Land (Basin Rock)

Rob Young's fascinating book, Electric Eden: Unearthing Britains Visionary Music successfully expands an examination of English Folk Music, looking backwards and forwards at that peculiarly British strand of pastoral music, connecting Fairport Convention, Pink Floyd and Apex Twin. On the otherside...

Winter Wilson - Far Off on the Horizon (Self Release)

This may or may not be the right time or place to pick up on a few niggles, but there again, when is a good time and where is a good place? Recently, the British folk scene has been awash with an almost relentless parade of themed projects, recordings and shows of the Full English Elizabethan...

Ben Morgan-Brown - Cold Rooms EP (Self Release)

Having just lent my thoughts to the debut album by Midnight Skyracer, the recently formed Anglo-Irish all-female bluegrass quintet, we turn to another Josh Clark-produced release, this time the third EP by Exeter-based singer-songwriter and guitar player Ben Morgan-Brown. Ben's fluid acoustic...

Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp - The Poacher's Fate (Broken Token Records)

If you're going to make a traditional folk album, it's significantly helpful to be immersed in the genre. And, as the senior librarian at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Laura Smyth is positively drenched. She's also fortunate enough to possess a gorgeous voice that, with help from the album...

Maimu Jõgeda - Pühendus (Self Release)

There are few better ways to spend thirty-three minutes than in the company of Maimu Jõgeda's captivating accordion. On PÜHENDUS, the young musician invites us to explore the landscapes of her native Estonia via twelve original instrumentals, all played with palpable emotion and dexterity on a...

Midnight Skyracer - Fire (Self Release)

I was well aware as I faffed about with the settings on my Nikon D5100 that we were steadily losing light on the opening night of the 2017 Cambridge Folk Festival, just after Midnight Skyracer left the club tent, following their rather tastefully rendered Thursday evening set. We missed our...

Tyler Childers

Jimmy's, Northern Quarter, Manchester Thursday 1 February 2018 It was Independent Venue Week, a celebration of smaller venues at a time when many are under threat from city centre developers looking to build anything but places for live entertainment. I was headed over to the Northern Quarter of...

Niall McGuigan - Awareness (Self Release)

Niall McGuigan is a musician and music therapist from Co Monaghan Ireland. He is a musical journeyman playing in bands that span from rock to reggae, funk to metal. He is a traveller and similar to the Australian Aboriginal idea of Songlines, his music and his songs are a record and a reaction to...

American Young - AY (Curb Records)

American Young are musician songwriter Kirsty Osmunson and producer songwriter Jon Stone. Already established as writers for Lee Brice, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and many others this is their first album. AY was released in the US on Curb Records in 2016 and to celebrate their...

Martin Hayes Quartet

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 27 January 2018 It was with a spot of unfortunate programming that I first experienced the gentle music of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, which happened shortly after the debut appearance of the Afro Celt Sound System at the Cambridge Folk Festival back in 1997...

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