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Sam Reider - Too Hot To Sleep (Self Release)

Sam Reider is a jazz pianist turned roots musician, son of a theatre composer and Klezmer musician. Following a series of midnight sets at a bar in Brooklyn, Reider found himself suffering from insomnia. With fragments of melodies running through his head he would play the piano. Conjuring endless...

Star rating: 
4

Leah Abramson - Songs For A Lost Pod (Headless Owl)

Hypnotic vocals sometimes layered like an early music choir. Arresting instruments and found sounds build atmospheres within which Leah weaves songs that tell stories of and highlight the plight of the whale. Headphone album full of beauty, life and space. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Trent Miller - Time Between Us (Bucketfull Of Brains)

Trent is an intense distinctive vocalist who delivers a dark dense version of The Byrds jangly 12 string folk rock. His lived in voice delivers intimate songs, glimpses of light in a dark world. Loaded with atmosphere, late night whisky music. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

Connla - The Next Chapter (Self Release)

Connla are a five piece band from Armagh and, Derry in Northern Ireland. Connla is a character from Irish mythology upon whom are placed a series of geasa or obligations, he cannot turn back once he starts his journey and he must not refuse a challenge. Both of these are admirable qualities in a...

Star rating: 
4

Tony Allen

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Saturday 7 April 2018 It's an unseasonably warm Saturday evening and I'm in the centre of Leeds, sipping coffee at the San Co Co, the most convenient coffee house along New Briggate, just a few doors from the Grand Theatre. The waitress and I are almost on first name...

Gitta De Ridder - For Everything a Season (Self Release)

Built around four EPs, Anglo-Dutch singer songwriter Gitta De Ridder reflects upon the seasons, whilst introducing those unfamiliar with her previous release FEATHERS (2016) to her enchanting music. With sparse and uncluttered arrangements, the songs are allowed to breathe effortlessly (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Korby Lenker

The Live Room, Caroline Social Club, Saltaire Friday 6 April 2018 Korby Lenker (USA) with Katie Spencer (UK) as opener The evening opened with relatively local Katie Spencer. I first heard Katie on The Durbervilles Radio Leeds Show earlier this year and was very impressed. She is a huge fan of the...

James Perryman - The Narrow Gate EP (Self Release)

London-based singer songwriter returns after a lengthy break, with a new EP consisting of five self-penned songs infused with Alt-Country stylings. Personal songs often performed in fine falsetto, including a convincing duet with Olivia Coghill on the stand out song Every Piece of the Way (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Johnny Campbell - Avalon (Self Release)

Interesting mix of 80s folk punk and 60s Greenwich Village meets Woody Guthrie. Intense, lofi and honestly direct. The militant insistence of Leon Rosselson and on Leavers Avenue and Arthur McBride a touch of early Martin Carthy. Tear Stained Letter is a folk club staple in the making. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

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