Reviews / Gwyneth Glyn – Tro

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Sometimes an album happens along which takes its time in persuading you of its charms and subtleties, there is nothing up front or anything which hits you smack between the eyes, rather its warmth washes over you in waves. In the end you wonder why the allure avoided you on initial hearing. Such a creation… Read more »

Reviews / The Transports at Preston Charter Theatre – January 14, 2018

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A dear friend of mine once bumped into a bewildered looking Peter Bellamy at Preston Bus Station and directed him to The Unicorn pub where he was engaged to perform. Many years later, on this 2018 night, I found myself near to the very same bus station but, this time, I was at Preston Charter… Read more »

Reviews / Purgatory – Tyler Childers

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There was a time in the 70’s and 80’s when those who were frustrated by the commercialism of Nashville were marginalised in what some called ‘outlaw country’. Whilst it didn’t necessarily do any harm to the careers of so-called ‘outlaws’ such as Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash, their kind tended to get less of the… Read more »

Reviews / A Pocket of Wind Resistance – Karine Polwart

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Pushing the boundaries of folk music has become something of a regular occurrence as a folk artist’s career matures. Whilst this has, sometimes, puzzled audiences and confused the critics steeped in folk tradition, we really must salute the likes of Jon Boden, Lau and Jim Moray for their frequently inspiring work. Joining this flock of… Read more »

Reviews / Waffles, Triangles and Jesus – Jim White

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Recently, Jim White described his music making as creating a musical bonsai tree in reverse by throwing the leaves he collects into the air to create an interesting form before building the supporting trunk. Without even hearing the music, that pretty much tells you that we’re dealing with one very creative person here. For me,… Read more »

Reviews / Show of Hands at Wells Cathedral – 3rd November 2017

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Show of Hands

Almost precisely seven years have passed since Show of Hands last appeared before an audience at Wells Cathedral; an interval of time that many would sadly conclude has seen the world become an ever-more uncertain and unpredictable place. In these days when the news amounts to a cavalcade of increasingly unsettling events it’s reassuring that… Read more »

Reviews / Galley Beggar – Heathen Hymns

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The maturation of Galley Beggar from tentative electric trad to wigged out psych folk rock has been a joy, named after an old English entity with Puckish intention. Heathen Hymns their fourth album builds on earlier promise and delivers a gothic, atmospheric offering full of musical shape shifting and melodic ambiances. Additionally they’ve scored a direct hit… Read more »

Reviews / Emma Stevens – To My Roots

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It’s hard not to like Emma Stevens, she spins a chirpy, rootsy pop with an ability that turns the world on a sunny smile. This is album number three, and to be honest it’s no great deviation from previous work, catchy tunes, heart felt lyrics and a rush of country tinged back melodies which hold… Read more »

Reviews / Afterglow – Jon Boden

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‘Afterglow’ arrives as the first post-Bellowhead release from Jon Boden. From that point of view, it’ll be likely to get more scrutiny than his earlier solo records – no pressure, then! Students of the solo Boden will know that his last release, ‘Songs From The Floodplain’, was themed around an apocalyptic landscape played out in… Read more »

Reviews / Martin Simpson – Trails & Tribulations

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Umpteen albums down the line from when I first caught him supporting Steeleye Span, with an obscure item to plug called Golden Vanity on the long vanished Trailer imprint as I recall,Martin Simpson has gone from prodigy to phenomenon. You couldn’t find a more considered acoustic guitarist no matter how hard you look, Trails & Tribulations is the latest… Read more »