Reviews / Decade: The Best of 2007-2017 – Lau

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While the organisers of pop and rock festivals bemoan the lack of headliners in a world where musical careers seem shorter than ever, it’s great to find one of the UK’s finest folk acts celebrating ten years under the spotlights. So, here, Lau arrive with 12 tracks on their ‘Decade: The Best of 2007-2017’ in… Read more »

Reviews / Cropredy 2017. Friends and Fairport at Fifty!

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Simon Jones spent a weekend in a quiet corner of north Oxfordshire.  It’s mid-afternoon Thursday, Cropredy hasn’t begun yet, as I wait in queue for a drink, two women are in heated debate about who has the more vitriolic arguments with their respective husbands “ well, there was the time he said…” “ that’s nothing,… Read more »

Reviews / The Bounty Hounds – Boxed In

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Boxed In conjures up any number of cliches from finding a pub on a Saturday night with a band playing folk music to swaying, drunk with your mates and singing (badly). And too be honest this matters not a jot. These are songs loved by the band and you can feel it. To invoke a… Read more »

Reviews / Boo Hewerdine – Swimming In Mercury

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Many of you will be familiar with Boo Hewerdine as the unassuming sideman to the likes of Eddi Reader or as a solo troubadour with a dry sense of humour. To date, it’s in that latter guise that most of his solo records have paraded themselves. Well watch out; paddling up the creek he comes… Read more »

Reviews / Wrangled – Angaleena Presley

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It’s easy to forget that the development of music into its diverse genres has taken place across just a couple of generations. That means younger artists are able to draw from their parents’ music collection as much as their own contemporaries. So, whilst Angaleena Presley’s ‘Wrangled’ is a tirade against the workings of Nashville, it’s… Read more »

Reviews / Room With A View – Old Blind Dogs

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With a 25 year history, a back catalogue of 13 albums and a group of musicians as experienced and as talented Jonny Hardie, Aaron Jones, Ali Hutton and Donald Hey, I’m not sure this is the album to introduce yourself to Old Blind Dogs (OBD). It seems to lack a heart which is no doubt… Read more »

Reviews / Every Soul’s A Sailor – Stephen Fearing

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Keen observers of the popular music scene will have identified how the troubadour wandering on stage clutching an acoustic guitar is back in fashion whether you’re talking Ed Sheeran or Justin Bieber. For a number of these musicians, the format goes hand in hand with being a singer songwriter knocking out songs seemingly as often… Read more »

Reviews / Knows Time, Knows Change – Daphne’s Flight

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There’s been something of a rush of bands reforming to bring back the hits of their heyday with little thought that fans may like to hear something new – just give them the favourites and a bigger show seems the way. Even when these acts turn their minds to producing something fresh, it often fails… Read more »

Reviews / Standard – Fred Eaglesmith

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He’s a rare visitor to UK shores but has just released ‘Standard’, his 18th album.  He has packed the crowds into theatres, charity picnics and even train trips across his homeland of Canada. Yet, Fred Eaglesmith says of his new record, “The album is more narrative than musical. The vocals have not been re-tuned, either… Read more »