Reviews / Still – Richard Thompson

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Still, isn’t a word I readily associate with Richard Thompson, there’s been an awful lot of Thompson around lately, three albums in a short spell- if you count Family an excursion into the creative talents of his nearest and dearest- as an RT effort. After heaps of reconnecting through the back to basics/yesterday of Acoustic… Read more »

Reviews / Raised By Wolves – Jenny Ritter

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“Her songs go straight to your heart,” reports Jenny Ritter’s website. If by direct they mean straightforward then, I agree. However there are more layers to Raised By Wolves than just mere style. A lot of the appeal is in the arrangements which begin to instill a back porch, acoustic sensibility until the drums signal… Read more »

Reviews / The Rose Of Roscrae – Tom Russell

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To call this ambitious is a bit like saying Terry Wogan’s Irish, a statement of the obvious. Russell’s a gravel voiced Texan purveying a dusty Americana, long a critical favourite, however this sprawling concept taxes all his creative facilities, to chronicle the West’s history with roots music. Filtered through the prism of an Irish immigrant… Read more »

Reviews / Gate To Southwell 2015

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Solo onstage for ninety minutes with only guitars and a not-very-rock & roll mug of medical tea (“for people who think they can sing”), this is the start of Billy Bragg’s 2015 troubadour trek to help the nation shake off those post-election blues. The old harsh punk rock voice may have become warmer and more… Read more »

Reviews / The New Part – April Verch

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Touring here through both the Spring and Autumn, Canadian April was raised in a family shot through the with music and folkore, ending up a fiddling protégé at the time most of us were playing tick round the school yard. Native to the Ottowa valley, besides fiddle, step dancing also flows through the blood in… Read more »

Reviews / Preab Meadar – Daire Bracken & Lorcan Mac Mathuna

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Somewhat different… I was expecting samples and loops, replays and all kinds of high tech gadgetry when I read the publicity but what emerges is distinct even individual. Based on ages old Irish poetry which has buried within it rhythmic possibilities and hints at melody, then translate those intentions onto fiddle and voice, you get… Read more »

Reviews / A Wanderer I’ll Stay – Pharis & Jason Romero

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A Wanderer I’ll Stay

Similar to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, the key to A Wanderer is the simplicity of delivery, Pharis & Jason – in reality Mr. & Mrs. Romero – know their old timey roots and produce authentic mountain sounds as if it were 1930 and they were on the front porch with the Carter Family Their… Read more »

Reviews / Manannan’s Cloak – Barrule

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The debut album from this Manx trio deservedly won the ‘best debut’ category in the 2014 Spiral Awards. That was great album, but Manannan’s Cloak is even better in almost every respect, the one thing that carries over is the jaw dropping musicianship. For this album they have expanded their sound with several guest musicians… Read more »

Reviews / Steer By The Stars – Telling The Bees

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Steer By The Stars is Telling The Bees’ third album, following their ground-breaking debut Untie The Wind in 2008 and subsequent Spiral Earth Award-nominated An English Arcanum in 2009. So, it has been a while – and during that time the Bees have established their reputation as a fine live band across the scene with… Read more »

Reviews / Layers of Ages – Gigspanner

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Layer of Ages is Gigspanner’s third album and it is a glorious musical tour de force from the opening glissando of Bows of London to the final pizzicato in Hard Times of Old England. Titled in full Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, this trio is the creation of Peter who, since he left Steeleye Span in 2013,… Read more »