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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Amanda Shires - To the Sunset (Silver Knife Records)

When I was first given the opportunity to speak to Amanda Shires back in 2012, I felt I was talking to an artist entrenched in what we know as the sound of Americana, but I soon discovered her desire to make radio-friendly pop songs too; "if they don't have drums on the track, nobody's gonna hear...

Star rating: 
5

Philip Marino - Chasing Ghosts (Self Release)

Philip Marino, American born and resident in Essex, has a great voice, an intimate, emotional instrument with a little vibrato that draws you into his songs. There is a soulful spiritual rumble to Marino's singing like Jeffrey Foccault or Brett Sparks from The Handsome Family. There is a real sense...

Star rating: 
4

Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records)

Whilst Nashville remains the capital of country music for many, there's an increasing interest in songwriters with a rougher edge hailing from other areas of the USA's southern states. Music fans are well aware of the scene in Austin and the surrounding areas of Texas but now we're hearing great...

Star rating: 
4

Rab Noakes - Welcome To Anniversaryville (Neon Records)

Feb 2017 Rab Noakes performed a well attended acclaimed concert at that year's Celtic Connections Festival. That concert, its songs and its players form the bones of this album. The songs by Rab, span nearly 50 years of songwriting, from 1969's Together Forever to It All Joins Up In The End from...

Star rating: 
4

Tony Winn - Push And Pull (Free Fall Records)

Tony Winn is an earnest spirited performer and despite seven albums and a career stretching back thirty four years a new name to me. So no surprise then, given that pedigree, that the album crackles with experience and confidence, that tunes and lyrics feel familiar, like old friends or classics...

Star rating: 
4

Underneath the Stars

Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley Friday 20 - Sunday 22 July 2018 Sunday nights at most festivals seem to reveal a distinct sense of a speedy wind-up, where everyone begins to pack up, tent pegs are pulled, food outlet vendors wash up their well-used equipment and cars begin to vacate the field...

Daniel and Emma Reid - Life Continuum (Self Release)

Sweden-based duo, couple Daniel and Emma Reid perform songs, self-penned tunes and traditional material from both Scandinavia and the British Isles. The pairs playing is beautifully matched and striking. The choice of instruments, with Daniels' Saxophones and Flute twinning with Emma's Fiddles...

Star rating: 
4

Alistair McCulloch Trio - Off The Hook (Rostral Records)

The Alistair McCulloch Trio play a sharp clean version of Traditional Folk Music with a little jazz swing. The opening set 'Mazurkas' perfectly demonstrates the trios strengths. Beautiful, clear well defined Fiddle and Whistle lines weave around each other, as dexterous and captivating as birds in...

Star rating: 
4

Tami Neilson - Sassafrass! (Outside Music)

Sassafrass is a slang term for a sassy, feisty, spirited woman. As such it is a perfect term for this album from Tami Neilson that just glows with sass, positive attitude and spirit. Tami is a Canadian born, New Zealand resident singer songwriter and a one time member of The Neilsons. Released a...

Star rating: 
5

Roger Waters - Us and Them European Tour

Birmingham Arena Saturday 7 July 2018 In the mid 60, a bunch of serious like minded young men, formed a band, as many did. Cycling through various names and inspired by two Blues men their guitarist had heard of, they became The Pink Floyd Sound. At first they were an improvising house band for the...

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