Music / Benji Kirkpatrick and The Excess – five date tour in September.

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Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead; power folk trio Faustus; the Seth Lakeman Band, Benji was busy writing material for his own project, which now takes form – The Excess.  A trio: comprising of fellow Bellowhead band mate, Pete Flood on drums and Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood… Read more »

Music / Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology of birds and birdsong.

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In 2017 Jenny Sturgeon (Salt House, Jenny Sturgeon Trio) and Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart Trio, Da Fishing Hands) wrote and created Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology of birds and birdsong. Northern Flyway premiered to a sold-out audience at The Barn (Banchory) in January 2018 and a CD… Read more »

Music / Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall release debut EP Unfair Maids

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Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall combine their spell-binding sounds to create this new duo. Their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with… Read more »

Music / Neo-folk newcomers YOUNG WATERS share video for new single “Swimming Pool” / Debut album out Sept 28th

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Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with unique arrangements of traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. This young band is set to make… Read more »

Music / Music in the Glen – Brendan Mulholland, Conor Lamb, Deirdre Galway

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Music in the Glen is the new album from Realta members Brendan Mulholland, Conor Lamb and Deirdre Galway, who take this opportunity to fully showcase their virtuosity with a selection of excellently performed airs, jigs, reels, hornpipe and waltzes. An enormous fan of Realta since I reviewed their second album ‘Clear Skies’, I was prepared… Read more »

Music / New Album from Hamish Napier – THE RAILWAY

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The Railway is the much-anticipated new album from Scottish musician Hamish Napier. The follow-up to Hamish Napier’s critically-acclaimed debut solo album The River, Hamish’s newest album will be released on Friday 3rd August 2018. Returning to his hometown of Grantown-on-Spey, Napier’s collection of new compositions and songs were specially commissioned by the new Grantown East:… Read more »

Music / Steve Tilston releases solo. acoustic, retrospective album ‘Distant Days’

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Distant Days is a solo acoustic retrospective which sees Steve Tilston reworking some of his most treasured self-penned songs, in addition to three previously unreleased guitar instrumentals, offering a unique insight into his musical journey since the early 1970s. Insightful lyrics, ravishing melodies and deft guitar work continue to showcase an artist at the top… Read more »

Music / Chris Wood out on Autumn Tour

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Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and… Read more »

Music / All Souls – Eamon O’Leary

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Like many folk musicians, Eamon O’Leary has spent a life in-transit including a move that took him from Dublin and his homeland to New York where he’s lived for over twenty years. It’s been much the same in his musical life where collaborations have involved Glen Hansard, Bonnie Prince Billy, Anais Mitchell, Anna and Elizabeth,… Read more »

Music / When All Is Still – Rachael McShane & The Cartographers

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How time flies, it is nearly ten years since Rachael released her last solo album No Man’s Fool in 2009. It was an album on which Rachael explored and revelled in her influences, through which she interpreted trad material. Most people know McShane as part of the behemoth that was Bellowhead. She was integral from… Read more »