Music / A Winter Union – Yuletide UK Tour 2017

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“Whatever you celebrate, come celebrate it with us!” Sat round Cambridge’s own Six Bells pub, the five members of A Winter Union are hatching plans for this year’s winterfest extravaganza! This festive folk super group, formed for a one-off show in 2015 by members of Megson, The Willows and Hannah Sanders has gone from strength… Read more »

Music / Waffles, Triangles and Jesus – Jim White

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Recently, Jim White described his music making as creating a musical bonsai tree in reverse by throwing the leaves he collects into the air to create an interesting form before building the supporting trunk. Without even hearing the music, that pretty much tells you that we’re dealing with one very creative person here. For me,… Read more »

Music / Police Dog Hogan tour dates 2018

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Police Dog Hogan

Police Dog Hogan get back on the road with a short tour during February and March 2018. With 300 plus gigs already under their belts and a highly successful fourth album, Wild By The Side of The Road, released in 2017 this band carries on delivering their own brand of Country, Americana tinged rock to… Read more »

Music / Show of Hands at Wells Cathedral – 3rd November 2017

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Show of Hands

Almost precisely seven years have passed since Show of Hands last appeared before an audience at Wells Cathedral; an interval of time that many would sadly conclude has seen the world become an ever-more uncertain and unpredictable place. In these days when the news amounts to a cavalcade of increasingly unsettling events it’s reassuring that… Read more »

Music / Galley Beggar – Heathen Hymns

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The maturation of Galley Beggar from tentative electric trad to wigged out psych folk rock has been a joy, named after an old English entity with Puckish intention. Heathen Hymns their fourth album builds on earlier promise and delivers a gothic, atmospheric offering full of musical shape shifting and melodic ambiances. Additionally they’ve scored a direct hit… Read more »

Music / Emma Stevens – To My Roots

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It’s hard not to like Emma Stevens, she spins a chirpy, rootsy pop with an ability that turns the world on a sunny smile. This is album number three, and to be honest it’s no great deviation from previous work, catchy tunes, heart felt lyrics and a rush of country tinged back melodies which hold… Read more »

Music / Afterglow – Jon Boden

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‘Afterglow’ arrives as the first post-Bellowhead release from Jon Boden. From that point of view, it’ll be likely to get more scrutiny than his earlier solo records – no pressure, then! Students of the solo Boden will know that his last release, ‘Songs From The Floodplain’, was themed around an apocalyptic landscape played out in… Read more »

Music / On My Page – Courtney Marie Andrews

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With her ‘Honest Life’ album, Courtney Marie Andrews got the attention that her fine songwriting deserves. It’s taken a little while to get to that point. So, Loose Music decided that re-releasing some earlier material for this freshly growing audience would be a wise move. It’s a particularly good decision as ‘On My Page’ was… Read more »

Music / The Young’Uns – Strangers

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How easy can it be for a trio who sing acapella, admit a love of sea shanties and unashamedly cup their hands to their ears in time honoured trad manner? You’d think if ever there was a niche act then here it is. However I’m describing the Young’Uns, who apart from having a name which… Read more »

Music / FolkEast 2017: A tale of fish, chips, onion ‘road kill’ and Pop Up Pirates

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From the above headline, you’re probably wondering whether FolkEast involves any music at all. However, the admiring comments from musicians before, during and after the event support the view that FolkEast is muscling its way through the crowds to become one of the most enjoyable folk music festivals of the summer. Arriving onto the grounds… Read more »