Reviews / The Ties That Bind – Mawkin

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The art of folk rocking with taste and dexterity has latterly been Mawkin’s effective calling card which The Ties That Bind cements with considerable aplomb. It’s testament to a repertoire which whilst electric and edgy, is never once OTT or less than thoughtful. This is a well put together set, you can almost hear the… Read more »

Reviews / Today Is The Tomorrow We Were Promised Yesterday – Samuel Taylor

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Now, here’s an idea, Samuel Taylor – not Sam notice, very formal – has hit on the notion of travelling here and there around the globe and recording in likable localities if he gets the itch. This one’s been created in Nashville, Tenessee, hence the subtitle and it’s a rather fetching little item. hat’s come… Read more »

Reviews / Coracle – Emily Portman

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It’s a dark place that Emily Portman writes about or imagines. There is little light, in a world full of natural, wild and rustic imagery, a place where lore and the supernatural twist what we think we already know and understand. At times it’s down-right disturbing, disturbing but fascinating as Portman draws on all the… Read more »

Reviews / The Girl I Left Behind Me – India Electric Company

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Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, two migratory Devonians with strong ties to Midge (Ultravox) Ure, are the centre of India Electric, the sort of act you just can’t pin down for love nor money. And that’s the very reason they’re so glorious. You’d expect something quite basic from two lads, one vocal and percussion the… Read more »

Reviews / News From Nowhere – Mr. Love & Justice

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Lots of bands now come as a collective rather than a fixed line up, umbrella organisation means that whilst key individuals retain control others can be cherry picked to suit certain songs. The man with the ideas here is singer songwriter Steve Cox, obviously in love with jangly American folk rock and a certain strand… Read more »

Reviews / Family Man – Glenn Hodge Banned

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Rallying cry for lost voices as they try to provide for their family in a self and money obsessed society. Glenn Hodge is the mouth piece for those disaffected by the ‘me’ philosophy which permeates Britain at all levels. Family man charts the paths to encourage failure which government now provides for countless individuals, you… Read more »

Reviews / Light Over There

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FM pop mixes country overtones, made remarkably by Rex Haberman, a seasoned Minneapolis rocker and Alleen Henderson, a relative novice from the west coast of Ireland. They’ve never met in real life. Five tracks which hurl out of the speakers with the best of the bunch, Where Memories Lie – think Fleetwood Mac rhythms and… Read more »

Reviews / The Bell That Never Rang – Lau

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Is there any point in really trying to predict Lau’s creative path? Answer no, not in the least, which relieves the listener of one burden and increases the enjoyment of The Bell That Never Rang all the more. Perspective is a different thing entirely, there was no way a bunch of scruffy but very talented… Read more »

Reviews / Disco At The Tavern – The Demon Barbers

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This is Demon Barbers’ first full-length album in five years. Constant touring as a band and The Lock In dance roadshow has generated a repertoire and reputation that flies high when it comes to producing innovative live entertainment. It is, however, not quite so easy to replicate the same adrenaline-laced excitement in the studio environment…. Read more »

Reviews / TradArrr – Cautionary Tales

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Let’s make no bones about it. This is an album that is about to blaze a fresh, new trail on the well-trodden path of British folk rock. Right from the opening track, a feisty, full-on note-for-note transcription of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ orchestral English Folk Song Suite, TradArrrr nails its colours firmly to the mast with… Read more »