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Michael McDermott - Out From Under (Pauper Sky Records)

When we strip away all the troubled back story of drugs and alcohol a-plenty, and try to get past the serial killer cover portrait, we have some pretty good songs here, matched by performance and energy. Eleven albums into a episodic career, OUT FROM UNDER might just be the breakthrough. (AW)

Star rating: 
4

Mike O'Donovan - No Time Like the Present (Self Release)

Smooth soulful Celtic Blues from Mike O'Donovan, a vocalist with patina and gravitas with some top players to swell his sound. Spoken blues of Ghosts and If There's Time delivered with a knowing edge like Ireland's own Tom Russell. (MH)

Star rating: 
3

All The Luck In The World - The Blind Arcade (Self Release)

All The Luck In The World are three Irish musicians from Ireland now based in Berlin. ATLITW make a sound that is strummed and picked guitars with vocals that recall Ben Howard or Nick Mulvey. This is an intimate music, hushed vocals breathed into microphones while guitars gently loop. Light jazzy...

Star rating: 
4

Gnoss - Brother Wind (Self Release)

Gnoss can lay down fiery furious dance music, but what sets them apart is their ability to smoulder and simmer. The Moul Head reels rock furiously, while the layered whistles and vocals on Brother Wind revel in restraint with a calm beauty. The Closet Bodhran set of times has a groove, but it doesn...

Star rating: 
4

Sarah-Jane Summers - Solo (Dell Daisy Records)

Sarah-Jane Summers has produced a pair of acclaimed albums with Finnish guitarist Juhani Silvola, earning accolades from Songlines Magazine. Her improvised solo Album VIRR was awarded 'Album of the Year' on Late Junction, Radio 3's night time home of the left field, exciting and unique. Following...

Star rating: 
4

Jess and the Bandits - Smoke and Mirrors (Absolute Marketing)

Jess is a passionate vocalist and with the bandits delivers an engaging, smooth, radio friendly, Gospel Soul Country Rock. There are swampy dirty numbers and moments where the band broods with an intensity that will appeal to Hozier fans as well as Shires & Lady Antebellum ones. (MH)

Star rating: 
3
The Rheingans Sisters - Green Unstopping (Official Video)

The Rheingans Sisters - Bright Field (RootBeat Records)

Bright Field is the third album from The Rheingans, musicians, composers and folk music scholars. Anna is a Toulouse based musician and violin teacher. Rowan balances this duo with the Lady Maisey trio and has appeared on three notable releases in the last two years, including the SONGS OF...

Star rating: 
4

Port Cities - Port Cities (Turtlemuzik)

Layered vocals against guitars and keyboards Port Cities are a hard band to classify. This Canadian three piece from Nova Scotia who recorded in Nashville manage to blend elements of both locations into their sound. The band, Dylan Guthrie, Breagh Mackinnon and Carleton Stone, reckon a port city is...

Star rating: 
4

Sue Foley - The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)

Ottawa-based blues gal flaunts her deliciously smokey vocals and lithe guitar licks on this sizzling record. With a little help from Jimmy Vaughan and Charlie Sexton, this cleanly produced selection of old and new blues numbers proves that, seventeen years after receiving her Juno, Foley is still...

Star rating: 
3

Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides of the Sky (Legacy)

Third and final album in a trilogy of previously unreleased recordings from Jimi's final two years, once again showcasing the bewildering talent of an artist who left us far too soon. A treat for blues fans, the album includes roaring renditions of Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy, Guitar Slim's Things I...

Star rating: 
3

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