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Fofoulah - Daega Rek (Glitterbeat)

Upon first hearing the 'dystopian electronics, sabar beats and shamanic chants' of the London-based Afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah, I imagined this would be the sort of music you could possibly find in the deep cellar bar urbanism beneath an acid rain-soaked Blade Runner-type city as the residents wait...

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3

Mike Farris - Silver and Stone (Compass Records)

Tennessee-born rocker Mike Farris keeps things tight and soulful throughout the dozen songs on SILVER AND STONE, an album named after his wife's wedding ring. That piece of jewellery has been on Julie's finger for 23 years, through thick and thin and this album is a celebration of that enduring...

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4

David Leask - Six in 6/8 (Self Release)

Six in 6/8, sounds like sleeve notes or an album title from 60s era Dave Brubeck as he pushed cool jazz time signatures. Nothing that simple though, of the musical genres and musicians gathered together, cerebral piano led jazz doesn't get a look in, except in as much as it led to layered textured...

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4

Breabach - Frenzy Of The Meeting (Self Release)

Prince's Strand is a slow swirling tune, written by Breabach's Piper James Duncan Mackenzie. Rather than insistent music to drive the feet this is steeped in atmosphere and portent. One of this Scottish bands strengths is that they are equally as at home playing for the listener as they are the...

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4

Sascha Osborn - Looking Out and After (Self Release)

Sascha Osborn is difficult to easily classify, her smooth voice, backing of acoustic instruments and electronics and her ability to blend spoken verse and sung lines are going to cause obsessive pigeon-holers heart failure. The light percussion and rhythm from Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds and...

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4

Archie Fisher

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 16 November 2018 Often, when in the company of notable figures from our past, we have a tendency to allow our minds to wander through the annals of time. Tonight, when Archie Fisher was introduced on stage by the Roots Club's Ian Mather, memories returned to the...

Liraz - Naz (Dead Sea Recordings)

If a glance along your record shelves presents a dangerous lack of Persian music, the situation can be easily remedied by grabbing a copy of Naz, the debut album by Israeli musician and actress Liraz. Video of Liraz- Nozi Nozi live from Anova Singing with a seductive Farsi tongue, Liraz presents an...

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3

Imar - Avalanche (Big Mann Records)

With its many collaborations, the word "supergroup" has become a mainstay of the contemporary folk scene. However, the word takes on a whole new suitability when applied to Glasgow-based combo Ímar. Consisting of current and former members of such renowned outfits as Mabon, Talisk, Mànran, RURA,...

Star rating: 
4

Flossie Malavialle

Roots Music Club, Doncaster Friday 9 November 2018 I doubt whether many people in the audience tonight, least of all Paul Morawski, imagined the show finishing with a rousing airing of The Fabs' Hey Jude , its oft repeated 'Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah' being arguably the easiest sing-along...

Gilmore and Roberts - A Problem Of Our Kind (GR Records)

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, five studio albums in, deliver that stripped back power folk rock that serves Seth Lakeman so well. At times this album pares back their sound a little and at other times it pushes it to big league. Gauntlet with a huge folk rock drum sound from Fred Claridge,...

Star rating: 
4

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