Music / Manannan’s Cloak – Barrule

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The debut album from this Manx trio deservedly won the ‘best debut’ category in the 2014 Spiral Awards. That was great album, but Manannan’s Cloak is even better in almost every respect, the one thing that carries over is the jaw dropping musicianship. For this album they have expanded their sound with several guest musicians… Read more »

Music / Steer By The Stars – Telling The Bees

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Steer By The Stars is Telling The Bees’ third album, following their ground-breaking debut Untie The Wind in 2008 and subsequent Spiral Earth Award-nominated An English Arcanum in 2009. So, it has been a while – and during that time the Bees have established their reputation as a fine live band across the scene with… Read more »

Music / Layers of Ages – Gigspanner

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Layer of Ages is Gigspanner’s third album and it is a glorious musical tour de force from the opening glissando of Bows of London to the final pizzicato in Hard Times of Old England. Titled in full Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, this trio is the creation of Peter who, since he left Steeleye Span in 2013,… Read more »

Music / The Ghost In Our House and Other Stories – Merry Hell

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The Ghost In Our House and Other Stories

Of the many aphorisms that used to appear on England’s Glory matchboxes one was the definition of a diplomat, it being ‘someone who told you go to Hell in such a way that you would look forward to the trip.’ Well you certainly don’t need a diplomatic invitation to relish Marry Hell’s latest offering –… Read more »

Music / The Garden – Robin Adams

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The Garden – which is almost exclusively Robin with guitar – takes cues from the kind of singer writer record that inhabited the racks of the late 60s/early 70s, when the likes of Keith Christmas made albums which contained an acoustic innocence and optimism yet got swept up by the weekly music papers as meaningful… Read more »

Music / The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1 – Paul Brady & His Band

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The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1

In October 2001, Paul Brady packed out an amazing 23 night run at Dublin’s Vicar Street rock venue, in support were his regular band – tight enough – and what can only be described as a stellar guest list. The names roll so casually off the tongue that it’s all too easy to forget that… Read more »

Music / Tomorrow Will Follow Today – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

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As a follow up to 2012s ‘Hidden People’ this album confirms that the Devon duo are on a creative roll. The eight original songs have their trademark combination of quirkiness with emotional depth that really tugs at the heart strings. How about a sad tale of loneliness and separation that many of us could relate… Read more »

Music / A Day Like Tomorrow – Fabian Holland

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The second album from singer songwriter Holland sees the artist expanding his sound through a collaboration with percussionist Fred Claridge. Add to that some electric guitar and bass and you end up with the next rung on Hollands upwards trajectory. Where his first album was definitely a solo affair this one feels much more musically… Read more »

Music / Something To Someone – Run Boy Run

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So runs the strap line, ‘existing in the tension between tradition and frontier.’ Wish I’d thought of that, it’s quite a neat summation. It’s not one I’m sure fully applies though to Run Boy Run, who aren’t quite as edgy and revolutionary as their local reputation might suggest from the opening sentence. That’s not to… Read more »

Music / Until The Water Runs Clear – Pete Webber

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Debuts are often tricky pieces of work, so it proves here from West country singer songwriter Webber, who’s left a lot of questions hanging in the air after listening to his. What we’ve got is a recording which shows where he’s from but doesn’t really indicate where he’s going to. Which is made all the… Read more »