Reviews / An Introduction To The Oldham Tinkers – The Oldham Tinkers

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Topic Records has provided a home for the recordings of many leading folk artists over the years. So, they’re perfectly positioned to be releasing a series of keenly priced introductions to musicians like Martin Carthy, June Tabor and Martin Simpson. Many of these artists with long established careers that you might think have no need… Read more »

Reviews / Drive Train – The Dodge Brothers

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The Dodge Brothers return with a high-octane follow up to The Sun Set. They really are firing on all cylinders as they take us on a ride into the searing sunset of the mythical American Dream. OK, no more train/car/engine puns or references, but it’s hard not to… Drive Train is an unashamed celebration of… Read more »

Reviews / Songs Of The Plains – Colter Wall

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Those who picked up on Colter Wall from previous recordings such as his ‘Imaginary Appalachia’ EP may have assumed that he has American roots. As ‘Songs Of The Plains’ lands with us, it makes clear that he’s a fully paid up native of the prairie province of Saskatchewan in western Canada. Its music draws upon… Read more »

Reviews / Written in Water – Shooglenifty and Dhun Dhora

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When ‘world music’ emerged onto the radio airwaves in the 1980s courtesy of DJs like Andy Kershaw and Charlie Gillett, its fresh sound tickled many ears as something exotic. Even though it might have been music rooted in a nation’s tradition for many years, it was dramatic and new to Western ears. As time has… Read more »

Reviews / Nathan Bell – Loves Bones and Stars, Love’s Bones and Stars

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Nathan Bell doesn’t follow convention. Let’s start with the title of this studio album, ‘Loves Bones and Stars, Love’s Bones and Stars’ – the marketing department would have a fit. He’s also released a new live album at exactly the same time – the management would claim that this is crazy. That live album was… Read more »

Reviews / True North – Phillip Henry

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Phillip Henry is best known for his more recent duo work with Hannah Martin in Edgelarks. However, he’s been busy honing his skills as an instrumentalist for several years. Yet, ‘True North’ is his first solo album and it acts as a celebration of his various musical travels since leaving his origins in Chorley, Lancashire…. Read more »

Reviews / Secularia – Eliza Gilkyson

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Though its title, ‘Secularia’, might hint at something different, there is only one word needed to describe Eliza Gilkyson’s new record. That word is spiritual. But let’s not leave it there as it’s a collection of songs that deserves more than a one word review. It’s a record that owes lots to family and friends… Read more »

Reviews / Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018: Not just your average festival

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The summer festival scene is often claimed to be a saturated market and, for sure, festivals come and go. However, having moved from its beginnings in Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury Folk Festival has staked its claim to being one of the biggest and best folk festivals around. Wandering onto the site, it’s easy to see why so… Read more »

Reviews / 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 »

Reviews / A tale of Bar Steward Sons, Beach Boys and Merry Hell!

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Summer is a coming, across the bridge and up the lane, to join the twenty thousand, come the sun or come the rain.  Weather proofed for all occasions, Simon Jones ventures to Cropredy 2018.     Summer eh? Who’d have it? Weeks of hot weather, a glorious run of sunny days and the very occasional… Read more »