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Frank Carline

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 11 January 2019 With the last scraps of turkey (or your own particular veggie option) well and truly disposed of and the multitude of tree pines almost completely swept up, together with those resolutions made and broken within minutes of one another, we step...

Robb Johnson - Ordinary Giants (Irregular Records)

Ordinary Giants is a song suite by songwriter and performer Robb Johnson that explores the life and times of Ron Johnson, his father, a family history of the Second World War and the Welfare State. Robb has already released GENTLE MEN, Mojo Magazine’s Folk album of the month in 1997, exploring...

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5

Nancy K Dillon - A Game of Swans (Rose Rock Records)

Nancy K Dillon has a warm, pure voice that you could listen to all night. There is that lilt that recalls a more Country Indigo Girls and some of Nancy Griffith's crystal purity. Dutchman's Gold shows her ability to weave stories out of touchstone lyrical elements to make textbook Americana. Nancy...

Star rating: 
4

Iona Fyfe - Dark Turn Of Mind EP (Cairnie Records)

Fresh on the tails of 2018’s excellent AWAY FROM MY WINDOW, Iona Fyfe returns with a six track release, DARK TURN OF MIND. Iona's 2018 debut album after a series of Eps established her as one of Scotland's finest ballad singers and rooted in the tradition while not afraid to experiment and absorb...

Star rating: 
4

Alastair Savage - When Barley Reaches Shore (Woodland Records)

There is something deeply atmospheric and evocative about Alistair Savage's playing, there is sweet with a touch of dark melancholy. Solo violin tracks like Marquis Of Tullibardine manage to dance and pop with a lively rhythm and energy. The playing is never overly furious and frantic, there is...

Star rating: 
3

Night Tree - Dedications (Self Release)

While sounding like they come from everywhere, drawing in Irish, traditional, classical, bluegrass and European jazz, this American Swedish band came together as members of Boston's New England Conservatory. Dedications is the band's second album and it is a stunner. The first track, the curiously...

Star rating: 
4

Yvonne Lyon, Stewart Henderson and Carol Henderson - Vesper Sky (Self Release)

Yvonne Lyon is a powerful singer and songwriter. Stewart Henderson is a poet songwriter and someone who has long influenced Lyon’s writing. Carol Henderson is a storyteller, broadcaster and radio dramatist. This is a meeting of minds, a meeting of idioms and a meeting of voices. On paper VESPER SKY...

Star rating: 
4

Nothing is Real - David Hepworth (Penguin)

When David Hepworth ventured into the world of books after years of writing insightful articles and essays on all aspects of popular music, I wonder if he realised just what he was getting into? Barely a couple of years into this relatively new enterprise and we see Hepworth's instantly...

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4

Callum Wood - She Wynds On Magic (Park Records)

Calum Wood is a composer, singer and guitarist from the North East of Scotland. She Wynds On was commissioned by Visit Cairngorms with the aim of promoting a new route called the Snow Roads through the Cairngorms. Kind of like the Golden Age of Steam railway companies promoting locations to...

Star rating: 
3

Townes Van Zandt - Down Home and Abroad (Floating World)

These two live shows, recorded almost a decade apart, feature a selection of Townes Van Zandt's finest compositions, with just four repeated songs over the two shows. The two-disc release captures the enigmatic songwriter on fine form in both 1985 and 1993, the latter just three and a half years...

Star rating: 
3

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