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Assynt - Road to the North (Self Release)

Assynt, are a new Scottish trio, playing self penned tunes influenced by the Highland and Gaelic Traditions. The band comprises David Sheddan Pipes and Whistles, Graham Mackenzie, Fiddle and Innes White Guitar and Mandolin. On this, their first album they are joined by BBC Radio Scotland's Young...

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4

Terence Blacker - Enough About Me (Self Release)

Terence Blacker is a singer songwriter and writer of wry offbeat songs. Like dry Jake Thackray and American Tom Lehrer, Blacker has the ability to look at the ordinary, everyday, that nobody writes about and turn out gems of social observation. Like Lehrer and Thackray his powers of observation are...

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4

The Hot Seats - Stupid Mountain Too Big (Self Release)

The Hot Seats, for the purposes of this, their first album in three years, are a five piece band from Richmond Virginia, with fiddle, guitars, banjos, bass and attitude. There are tracks like Ida Red and When You Were Young that are hot as their seats with frenetic playing and passionate vocals,...

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4

FolkEast

Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk Friday 17 - Sunday 19 August 2018 Teabag Golf amongst this year's surprises at FolkEast From its first appearance in 2012, FolkEast has been quietly establishing itself as a festival for the folk music connoisseur with a line up full of quality from top to...

Gregory Page - A Wild Rose (Self Release)

While himself a North London born Irish-Armenian third generation musician with a grandfather Dave Page who was a master Uilleann Piper, Gregory Page describes his music as Americeltic. Like the Malian Griots the Pages are generationally alive with music, Gregory's parents met while their...

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3

Kila - Tóg é go Bog é (Kila Records)

If we were to gather together each Kila release along with all the various solo records and side projects, we would have a rather prolific collection to behold and Tóg é go Bog é would probably gleam as the band's stand out statement. Originally released on CD and cassette back in 1997, the album...

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4

The Shackleton Trio - Fen, Farm and Deadly Water (Self Release)

The Shackleton Trio, formerly the Georgia Shackleton Trio, features fiddle player Georgia, guitarist Aaron Bennett and Nic Zuppardi playing mandolin. The trio plays a effortless sounding blend of music that draws in influences from the American, British and Scandinavian traditions. The band is...

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5

Various Artists - Destination Fellside Recordings 1976-2018 (Fellside 2018)

After 42 years and the release of over 600 albums Paul and Linda Adams, who have run Fellside almost single handed are moving into semi-retirement, with the label continuing in a lower key way. DESTINATION is a taking stock and a celebration of Fellside one of the biggest independent Folk labels in...

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5

Trail West - From The Sea To The City (Self Release)

Trail West are a six piece from Glasgow. FROM THE SEA TO THE CITY refers to the journey that many Gaels make, at some point in their life, moving from their homes by the sea to the city, relocating for education or for work. The journey opens with Bernies Second Debut a great mix of sensitive power...

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3

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 August 2018 To my knowledge nobody got married at this year's Cambridge Folk Festival , nor did anyone have a civil partnership, but the old rhyme provides a good enough message to help reflect on the past weekend, especially after hearing Rob...

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