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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...

Stick in the Wheel - Lemady Arise EP

Slightly different to what we normally expect from Stick in the Wheel, but equally engaging nonetheless. The two tracks on this limited edition 7" demonstrates the band's experimental credentials, with a haunting take on Lemady Arise , featuring the voice of Wolf People's Jack Sharp, whilst the...

Star rating: 
4

Alden Patterson and Dashwood - By the Night (Self Release)

Once you twig that Alden, Patterson and Dashwood are in fact three people, the name tends to roll off the tongue a little easier. The three people in question are Christina Alden who sings a bit and plays guitar, Alex Patterson plays the fiddle and also sings a bit and finally Noel Dashwood adds...

Star rating: 
4

Scott Wainwright - Talking Backwoods (Saw Music)

Scott Wainwright is a sensitive vocalist and a fine guitar player with a captivating line in acoustic blues like the UKs answer to a slurred world weary Chris Smither. However, like Leo Kottke, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Michael Chapman and many many others Scott has much to say when he pushes the...

Star rating: 
5

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