Music / Celebrating 40 years since the release of Bob Marley’s ‘Kaya’

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On the 24th of August, The Marley Family, Island Records, and UMC will collectively proclaim the sun is shining in celebration of 40 years of Kaya, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ historic March 1978 release. The album’s themes of love and peace have resonated across the world and the record reached the top 5 in… Read more »

Music / Bert Jansch – Just A Simple Soul – ‘Best Of’ collection released 26th October

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From his 1965 iconic debut album, Bert’s peerless musicality, songwriting and interpretation of traditional song has held generation after generation spellbound and inspired musicians in all genres. Just A Simple Soul – named after the closing track on his 1998 album Toy Balloon ­- is the first collection of Jansch’s entire solo career, with insightful… Read more »

Music / Year Of The Clown – 3 Daft Monkeys

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What’s this, a review for an album that came out months ago? Doesn’t that stand as a glaring omission from your aim of featuring the best in folk and roots?  Yes and yes, I’m holding my hands up, guilty as charged. What makes it all the more horrific is that 3 Daft Monkeys are one… Read more »

Music / Belshazzar’s Feast Two Wise Men Tour 2018

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Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) are, by their own admission “one folk’s odd couples”, have been entertaining audiences around Europe, The States and Australia, for the last 25 years. With virtuoso musicianship tempered by wry humour and ‘ extravagant lifestyles to support’,  as well as a love of music, thankfully… Read more »

Music / NICK MULVEY ANNOUNCES INTIMATE SOLO UK TOUR DETAILS.

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Nick Mulvey is very pleased to follow his recent triumphant headline UK tour with details of another for later this year. Having sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this year performing as a trio, Nick will head out solo in September on an initial 18-date run at much more intimate spaces across the UK… Read more »

Music / Notes From The Boat – Mike Vass

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It is no understatement to say that boats play a big part in the life of Mike Vass. The former member of Malinky had always been a keen sailor, but it was whilst recovering from Lyme’s disease that the two worlds of music and sailing came together for him. His dad gave him a book… Read more »

Music / Damien O’Kane & Ron Block join forces for UK Summer Tour & ‘BANJOPHONY’ album

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When one of the finest banjo players on the Irish music scene joins forces with one of America’s most celebrated bluegrass banjo players you should be prepared for fireworks! This July/August, Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane and California’s Ron Block join forces for their first UK tour, showcasing their captivating and singular debut duo album, Banjophony. The humble banjo has long been the… Read more »

Music / Jackie Oates – new album ‘The Joy of Living’ plus tour dates

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Jackie’s seventh studio album, The Joy of Living is to be released on the 24th August (ECC & ECC100 Records).  It’s a record that covers an intensely personal period of her life, in which she celebrated the birth of her daughter Rosie and bid an emotional and loving farewell to her beloved father. The Joy of… Read more »

Music / Debut, solo album release for Sam Sweeney “The Unfinished Violin”

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A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead’s domination of British folk for ten years, artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music, Sam Sweeney has signed with Island Records to release his first solo… Read more »

Music / Turas 1980 – Clannad Live in Bremen

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This double album is an unreleased live recording of Clannad that captures the band just before the decade which would see them define a new age of Celtic Music and go on to global popularity. Recorded by Radio Bremen in 1980 it captures perfectly the trad material that they energised with their near magical talents…. Read more »