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 »

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 »