Reviews / 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 »

Reviews / Banjophony – Damien O’Kane & Ron Block

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You know that point when you are listening to someone play a banjo as part of their set or album and you wish it would go on longer? Our prayers have been answered by the über talented Damien O’Kane & Ron Block, devotees and masters of the Irish tenor banjo and American bluegrass banjo respectively…. Read more »

Reviews / 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 »

Reviews / 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 »

Reviews / Notes From An Island – Blair Dunlop

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There are many young musicians whose folk heritage has helped propel them into the world of music. Some get absorbed into the folk music scene and remain there, others follow their own muse into a wider musical perspective. ‘Notes From An Island’ is a record that confirms Blair Dunlop as a young man firmly in… Read more »

Reviews / From Granmaw and Me – Hedy West

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The world of folk music has always drawn from its own roots and social history in a way that enriches the whole music scene. However, it takes the hard work and knowledge of many to achieve this richness. At the forefront of this activity in the UK for many years has been Fledg’ling Records, releasing… Read more »

Reviews / Utopia and Wasteland – Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

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To say these guys showed early promise would be an understatement of huge proportions. They started on the moonlit path of folk music whilst still at school, sounding like they somehow had decades of experiences stored up to bring forth in music and song. Critical and popular acclaim has followed everything they do and Utopia… Read more »

Reviews / Light The Evening Fire – Glymjack

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A lot of the press surrounding the release is stressing the involvement of the Show of Hands crew, Knightley and Beer lending their formidable talents is a huge plus, not least as it is that duo who spotted the potential of McDonald years back when he pressed a demo into their hands. Light The Evening… Read more »