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Matt Owens - Whiskey and Orchids (Urby Records)

A rather tasty collection of songs here, songs that form the basis of this Nigel Stonier produced debut solo outing from Noah and the Whale's bassist and co-founder Matt Owens. The eleven songs lean effortlessly towards a Country feel but appear to cover a broader canvas, with subjects ranging from...

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3

Tannara - Strands (Braw Sailin Records)

Tannara are an atmospheric traditional band. Tracks like Smiling and Good Ship on their second album STRANDS are glorious and beautifully played, building into dense music that is all swirling fiddle melodies and infectious rhythms. While the songs capture some of that emotional Celtic soul like...

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4

Claire Hastings - Those Who Roam (Luckenbooth Records)

THOSE WHO ROAM is the second album from former BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Claire Hastings. The album is a smooth mix of Traditional, Claire's own songs and a folked up version of the much covered King Of California by Dave Alvin. The band, Jenn Butterworth guitar, Laura Wilkie...

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4

Katherine Campbell - Robert Burns Tune Unknown (Self Release)

Released for Burns Day 2019 this is a labour of love. Singer and Robert Burns authority Katherine Campbell has selected 10 songs where the original tune is unknown or lost. The tunes and piano accompaniment are all Katherine's own. The considered beautiful piano, the wonderful recordings and...

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3

Scott Wainwright - Sentimental Debris (Self Release)

Scott is a master guitar player. After the layered lavish music of TALKING BACKWOODS his last album SENTIMENTAL DEBRIS is a tighter ship of solo guitar instrumentals recorded in one four hour session. If those parameters put pressure on Scott, it doesn't show in these measured shining acoustic...

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4

Southport Jazz Festival 2019

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport Thursday 31 January - Sunday 3 February There's something genuinely bewitching about the Southport Jazz Festival. An enigmatic charm seems to rest over the winter event without the need for the glistening ice and snow that covered the rest of the country this weekend...

John Kilzer - Scars (Archer Records)

The sentiments in the opening verse, 'It ain't no big deal, I've got a flatbed truck, Half a tank of gas and sixteen bucks..' in a half Eagles, half Springsteen delivery, would probably not be immediately associated with the thoughts of an ordained Minister, yet this is by no means the only...

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3

The Brothers Gillespie - The Fell (Self Release)

The Brothers Gillespie, raised in Northumberland and now based in Hexham are a vocal guitar and fiddle duo. Laid out on paper the recipe is deceptively simple, two guitars, two brothers voices, whistle, fiddle and touches of percussion and clarsach. But sometimes, great ingredients and skilled...

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5

Grace And Danger: A Celebration Of John Martyn

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sunday 27 January 2019 Featuring in order of appearance: Greg Lawson and Friends, Danny Thompson, Eric Bibb, Katie Spencer, John Smith, Eddi Reader, Ross Wilson, Lucy Rose, Rory Butler and Paul Weller. In 2010 at Celtic Connections I saw one of my favourite gigs of all...

Reg Meuross - 12 Silk Handkerchiefs (Hatsongs)

A mixture of songs and spoken word telling the story of Lillian Bilocca in the wake of the tragic Hull triple trawler disaster of 1968, which claimed the lives of fifty-eight men. The six songs, together with their spoken introductions, evoke the true life characters involved in this struggle. Reg...

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3

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