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Thro' My Eyes: A Memoir - Iain Matthews with Ian Clayton

I picked up Iain Matthews' autobiography during the break between two sets at an intimate Matthews' Southern Comfort gig in an unassuming Pontefract pub, having just witnessed a rather fine opening set from the vantage point of a front row seat. I don't think I had any intention of buying this book...

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4

Raoul Vignal - Oak Leaf (Talitres)

French singer and guitarist Raoul Vignal creates a music that shimmers and rests lightly on your ears, without ever being throwaway or lightweight. Pepas Eyes features his perfect Nick Drake like acoustic guitar and a very intimate, hypnotic vocal. In a development from his previous album there are...

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5

Ewan Macintyre - Road Junkies (Broken Car Records)

Some albums, like hot baths on December evenings, let you lower yourself into them and recline there in utter comfort and satisfaction. Road Junkie, Ewan Macintyre's latest record, is one such LP, lapping at the ears with a wonderful warmth as each song froths with Tim S. Savard's fiddle, evocative...

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3

Simon Todd - Half Empty/Half Full (Ginger Tom Music)

Half empty half full, which every you decide initially, this is a grower, careful listening delivers nuanced intelligent songs and polished crafted music. Down To The River is delivered with a bite and vocal growl that reminded me of Don Henley's 80s Smugglers Blues . There is a bounce and jaunty...

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4

Great British Folk Festival 2018

Butlins Holiday Resort, Skegness Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December 2018 The timing of the Great British Folk Festival is just about right, especially for those of us who particularly enjoy Wintertime; it sort of sets the seasonal mood and should any of the billed performers include just a...

Jaywalkers - Time To Save the World (Burnt Chilli Records)

The Jaywalkers deliver a rootsy, authentic Americana. Doubly iimpressive given that Mike Giverin, Jay Bradberry and Lucille Williams are a UK three-piece. Homage To The Fromage is a beautiful opener, picked or plucked strings, weaving fiddle and a thumping Double Bass beat. What Do I Know and This...

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4

Frank Burkitt Band - Raconteur (Self Release)

Originally from Edinburgh, Frank and partner Kara Filbey swapped late night music and Scottish pubs for North Island New Zealand in 2014. The addition of James Geluk on Double Bass, Cameron Burrell on Mandolin and Banjo and a different perspective on Americana, Roots music, Jazz, Country and all...

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4

Birichen - Hush (Self Release)

Birichen is the creation of Highlands singer Catriona Sutherland. Joined by Iain-Gordan Macfarlane on fiddle and guitar and Robert McDonald on dobro slide guitar, this represents Catriona and Birichen's first release. Stand outs on this five track EP are opener Holding On To Each Moment and the...

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5

Afro Celt Sound System - Flight (ECC Records)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH (December 2018) If ever a band was to use a name that perfectly described what was in the tin, then the Afro Celt Sound System would be it. From the outset on this, the collective's latest album release, Griogair Labhruidh sets out their stall with a fine reading of Marbhrannn do...

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5

Larkin Poe - Venom and Faith (Tricki-Woo Records)

Those who were lucky enough to be around at the beginning of Larkin Poe's exciting 'journey', a journey that has been on an upwardly mobile trajectory since Rebecca and Megan Lovell first branched off from their elder sibling whilst adopting a name borrowed from one of their ancestors, will have...

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4

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