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Sver - Reverie (Folkhall Records)

Sver are a five piece Norwegian Swedish Folk Rock band and REVERIE is their forth album. Recorded live in Norway over two days, the album is an impressive mix of lively upbeat and more contemplative. The Doctor , written by fiddle player Olav Luksengard Mjelva to mark the qualification of his...

Star rating: 
4

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 25 January 2019 I don't know why it should come as such a surprise to us when Christina Alden, Alex Patterson and Noel Dashwood break out their instruments from their respective cases and stand next to one another on stage; for some reason we just don't expect...

Du Glas - Too Many Ghosts (Self Release)

Debut album from Penzance-based four-piece country/folk combo, whose name translates from the Cornish as 'blue/black.' Of the thirteen songs here, a dozen are originals written by the band's guitar player Anthony Power, with just the one cover, Jean Richie's staple The L and N Don't Stop Here...

Star rating: 
3

Merry Hell - Anthems to the Wind (Self Release)

For the last eight years the band formerly known as Tansads has been trading under the Merry Hell banner and bringing to each of their many concert appearances just that. They're undoubtedly an exciting live band, full of energy and vitality, yet their anthemic songs have found an equally...

Star rating: 
4

Porchlight Smoker - 4 (Long Way Home Music)

Brighton-based British/American alt-country quartet Porchlight Smoker return with just under a dozen predominantly self-penned originals on this the band's fourth album release, aptly entitled 4 (Four). The band's choice of covers sit well with their original songs, such as Gillian Welch's mournful...

Star rating: 
3

Barnstormer 1649 - Restoration Tragedy (Self Release)

If like me your knowledge on Attila The Stockbroker is sadly lacking and limited to his performance poetry, politics and music of the 1980s then prepare to be confounded and taken in by RESTORATION TRAGEDY. Barnstormer 1649 is the band who deliver what they describe as Roundhead Renaissancecore ...

Star rating: 
4

Joe Pisto and Fausto Beccalossi - Interplay (Belfagor)

A sort of 'meeting of the spirits' featuring Joe Pisto's informed guitar playing and Fausto Beccalossi's enchanting accordion flurries. Predominantly instrumental with a few moments of scat vocals, INTERPLAY is a delightful experience, which I imagine could be enjoyed in a variety of ways; in a...

Star rating: 
4

Gren Bartley

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 18 January 2019 Gren Bartley returns after a sabbatical of sorts, time away to reflect, gather his thoughts, recharge his batteries and evidently bond with his new best friend, his new shining resonator guitar, which now presumably occupies many of his waking...

Kim Richards - Leaves That Fly (Self Release)

Kim Richards is an artist, designer, teacher, musician, singer and songwriter from Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. Exposed to traditional music sessions at home, writing songs for as long as she can remember and making cassette recordings since she was seven, this assured and well crafted album...

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4

Dan Rauchwerk - We Are More Than What We Leave Behind (Self Release)

Dan Rauchwerk is a founding member of the Folk group The Lords Of Liechtenstein. On WE ARE MORE THAN WE LEAVE BEHIND, you can hear the sound of his band coming through, but there is a slower tempo feel to the songs with air and space in the arrangements. Dan's voice is more resonant and richer on...

Star rating: 
4

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