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 »

Reviews / The Ghost In Our House and Other Stories – Merry Hell

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The Ghost In Our House and Other Stories

Of the many aphorisms that used to appear on England’s Glory matchboxes one was the definition of a diplomat, it being ‘someone who told you go to Hell in such a way that you would look forward to the trip.’ Well you certainly don’t need a diplomatic invitation to relish Marry Hell’s latest offering –… Read more »

Reviews / The Garden – Robin Adams

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The Garden

The Garden – which is almost exclusively Robin with guitar – takes cues from the kind of singer writer record that inhabited the racks of the late 60s/early 70s, when the likes of Keith Christmas made albums which contained an acoustic innocence and optimism yet got swept up by the weekly music papers as meaningful… Read more »

Reviews / The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1 – Paul Brady & His Band

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The Vicar Street Sessions Volume 1

In October 2001, Paul Brady packed out an amazing 23 night run at Dublin’s Vicar Street rock venue, in support were his regular band – tight enough – and what can only be described as a stellar guest list. The names roll so casually off the tongue that it’s all too easy to forget that… Read more »

Reviews / Costa Del Folk March 2015 Festival Review

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Steeleye Span’s 1975 hit ‘All Around my Hat’ opens with the line ‘Fare thee well cold winter and fare thee well cold frost’ and they were my thoughts exactly as I got on a plane this March bound for the second annual Costa Del Folk Festival in Benalmadena Spain. The event organisers at Enjoy Travel… Read more »