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The Lonesome Ace Stringband - When the Sun Comes Up (Self Release)

Chris Coole, John Showman and Max Heineman make up the Lonesome Ace Stringband, with banjo, fiddle and bass under their respective command. The Canadian trio's third album takes old-time music and gives it a modern twist, taking the tradition to new places, whilst mixing their own original songs...

Star rating: 
4

The Salts - Brave (Braccan Records)

As both the band's name and the album title suggests, the music here is of the high seas, shanties given an injection of folk rock, with an unmistakable Englishness. Even their recent festival bookings seem more than just suitable, such as the Tall Ships Festival in Greenwich and the Pirate...

Star rating: 
3

Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer (Columbia)

Twenty years on the go and the Old Crow Medicine Show release their sixth studio album to date, which once again demonstrates the band's own unique blend of bluegrass, traditional mountain music and twangy country to great effect. Some of the band's trademark live sound is captured in the likes of...

Star rating: 
4

All Faces - All Faces (Self Release)

Self-titled debut EP release from London-based duo All Faces, the duo being made up of two Parisian singers, Ben and Daphne, who between them share their pop/folk sensibilities on their sleeves. The four songs are each instantly accessible, with Summer in London a potential seasonal anthem. (AW)

Star rating: 
3

Old Salt Union - Old Salt Union (Compass Records)

From the opening this album bursts apart with glorious harmonies, upbeat melodies and that dancing western swing violin jazzy guitar interplay. Opening tracks Where I Stand and Feel My Love are so infectious and so familiar, slipping into your consciousness like faded comfortable jeans, you are...

Star rating: 
4

Green Rock River Band - Edgelands (Self Release)

Clive King had Stig Of The Dump, JG Ballard Concrete Island. The Folk Blues tradition has a long fascinating with the open road, rambling, roaming. But in line with those two otherwise unconnected writers, Green Rock River Band on Edgelands explore those unloved, overlooked spaces on the edges of...

Star rating: 
4

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar - Utopia and Wasteland (Rootbeat Records)

Whilst you might have seen Greg Russell appearing as part of The Transports cast and Ciaran Algar lending his talents to Sam Kelly's Lost Boys, it's their appearance as a duo that has caused the biggest stir. Winners of the Young Folk Award at BBC Radio Two Folk Awards in 2013, the duo offers up...

Star rating: 
4

The Mammals - Sunshiner (Humble Abode Music)

The Mammals blend together an earthy soul, glorious vocals, some front porch folk rock grit and a liberal pinch of weird. The long standing band return after a period away with the goals of raising social consciousness and raising a party spirit. Culture War, Fork In The Road and The Flood are Soul...

Star rating: 
5

Ivor Game - Be Good To Yourself (Self Release)

With solo voice and punchy guitar Ivor Game delivers a stripped back performance that sounds right next to you in the room. Immediate folk jazz vocals with the smiling bounce of a summer busker can't help but put a smile on your face (MH)

Star rating: 
3

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage - Awake (Sungrazing Records)

Most who stumble upon the voice of Hannah Sanders agree that there's a purity to it, which is a rare thing. You believe every word she sings, whether the songs are from the tradition or whether they've been thought up and written down by contemporary minds. The effect is very much the same. Dylan...

Star rating: 
5

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