Music / An Introduction To The Oldham Tinkers – The Oldham Tinkers

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Topic Records has provided a home for the recordings of many leading folk artists over the years. So, they’re perfectly positioned to be releasing a series of keenly priced introductions to musicians like Martin Carthy, June Tabor and Martin Simpson. Many of these artists with long established careers that you might think have no need… Read more »

Music / Katie Doherty & The Navigators – “And Then” – Jan 25th

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Hailing from Teesside and based in Newcastle for a long time until she was swept off her feet and up a hill in County Durham by her sheep farming husband, Katie Doherty is an award-winning songwriter. Recently, she has been best-known for her work with theatre, having composed the score for the Award Winning rural… Read more »

Music / Drive Train – The Dodge Brothers

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The Dodge Brothers return with a high-octane follow up to The Sun Set. They really are firing on all cylinders as they take us on a ride into the searing sunset of the mythical American Dream. OK, no more train/car/engine puns or references, but it’s hard not to… Drive Train is an unashamed celebration of… Read more »

Music / Lau new album ‘Midnight and Closedown’ and 2018/19 tour dates

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Lau return with their new album, Midnight and Closedown, produced by John Parish, released February 8th 2019 on Reveal Records. Already acknowledged as thrilling live performers and folk music pioneers, Lau arrive at a new creative peak with Midnight and Closedown. The band’s 12-year recording career is resplendent with unexpected collaborations, accolades and innovative ideas…. Read more »

Music / The Henry Girls to play Hammersmith Irish Centre

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Rooted in the heart of Ireland, The Henry Girls are three sisters from Co.Donegal. Their music is infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal but with a transatlantic flavour. Over the last number of years they have become one of the finest Irish exponents of folk/roots music. Their shimmering harmonies and delicate… Read more »

Music / Songs Of The Plains – Colter Wall

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Those who picked up on Colter Wall from previous recordings such as his ‘Imaginary Appalachia’ EP may have assumed that he has American roots. As ‘Songs Of The Plains’ lands with us, it makes clear that he’s a fully paid up native of the prairie province of Saskatchewan in western Canada. Its music draws upon… Read more »

Music / Written in Water – Shooglenifty and Dhun Dhora

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When ‘world music’ emerged onto the radio airwaves in the 1980s courtesy of DJs like Andy Kershaw and Charlie Gillett, its fresh sound tickled many ears as something exotic. Even though it might have been music rooted in a nation’s tradition for many years, it was dramatic and new to Western ears. As time has… Read more »

Music / Ross Ainslie to releases new single ‘Hope in the Chaos’ to aid SAMH

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Hope in the Chaos is a new single from Ross Ainslie and is the first collaboration with Runrig guitarist Malcolm Jones. The single is an epic tirade of Scottish grit and struggle, the sound is very much in honour of Ross’ earliest influences including his great friend and mentor Gordon Duncan and Wolfstone. Ross Ainslie… Read more »

Music / Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra new studio album and tour dates.

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Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in –western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else–as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.   The Tea Pad are… Read more »

Music / Through Gloucester Streets, interview with Ashley Hutchings

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An exclusive interview with Ashley Hutchings about his new album by Simon Jones. In September 1987 Ashley Hutchings released a truly remarkable and strikingly personal album, By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down & Wept. Detailing a love affair with painstaking references to his own feelings and the ensuing fallout it was the last thing you’d expect… Read more »