Music / Light Over There

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FM pop mixes country overtones, made remarkably by Rex Haberman, a seasoned Minneapolis rocker and Alleen Henderson, a relative novice from the west coast of Ireland. They’ve never met in real life. Five tracks which hurl out of the speakers with the best of the bunch, Where Memories Lie – think Fleetwood Mac rhythms and… Read more »

Music / The Bell That Never Rang – Lau

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Is there any point in really trying to predict Lau’s creative path? Answer no, not in the least, which relieves the listener of one burden and increases the enjoyment of The Bell That Never Rang all the more. Perspective is a different thing entirely, there was no way a bunch of scruffy but very talented… Read more »

Music / Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

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This is Demon Barbers’ first full-length album in five years. Constant touring as a band and The Lock In dance roadshow has generated a repertoire and reputation that flies high when it comes to producing innovative live entertainment. It is, however, not quite so easy to replicate the same adrenaline-laced excitement in the studio environment…. Read more »

Music / TradArrr – Cautionary Tales

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Let’s make no bones about it. This is an album that is about to blaze a fresh, new trail on the well-trodden path of British folk rock. Right from the opening track, a feisty, full-on note-for-note transcription of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ orchestral English Folk Song Suite, TradArrrr nails its colours firmly to the mast with… Read more »

Music / Still – Richard Thompson

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Still, isn’t a word I readily associate with Richard Thompson, there’s been an awful lot of Thompson around lately, three albums in a short spell- if you count Family an excursion into the creative talents of his nearest and dearest- as an RT effort. After heaps of reconnecting through the back to basics/yesterday of Acoustic… Read more »

Music / Raised By Wolves – Jenny Ritter

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“Her songs go straight to your heart,” reports Jenny Ritter’s website. If by direct they mean straightforward then, I agree. However there are more layers to Raised By Wolves than just mere style. A lot of the appeal is in the arrangements which begin to instill a back porch, acoustic sensibility until the drums signal… Read more »

Music / The Rose Of Roscrae – Tom Russell

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To call this ambitious is a bit like saying Terry Wogan’s Irish, a statement of the obvious. Russell’s a gravel voiced Texan purveying a dusty Americana, long a critical favourite, however this sprawling concept taxes all his creative facilities, to chronicle the West’s history with roots music. Filtered through the prism of an Irish immigrant… Read more »

Music / The New Part – April Verch

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Touring here through both the Spring and Autumn, Canadian April was raised in a family shot through the with music and folkore, ending up a fiddling protégé at the time most of us were playing tick round the school yard. Native to the Ottowa valley, besides fiddle, step dancing also flows through the blood in… Read more »

Music / Preab Meadar – Daire Bracken & Lorcan Mac Mathuna

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Somewhat different… I was expecting samples and loops, replays and all kinds of high tech gadgetry when I read the publicity but what emerges is distinct even individual. Based on ages old Irish poetry which has buried within it rhythmic possibilities and hints at melody, then translate those intentions onto fiddle and voice, you get… Read more »

Music / A Wanderer I’ll Stay – Pharis & Jason Romero

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A Wanderer I’ll Stay

Similar to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, the key to A Wanderer is the simplicity of delivery, Pharis & Jason – in reality Mr. & Mrs. Romero – know their old timey roots and produce authentic mountain sounds as if it were 1930 and they were on the front porch with the Carter Family Their… Read more »