Reviews / Notes From The Boat – Mike Vass

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It is no understatement to say that boats play a big part in the life of Mike Vass. The former member of Malinky had always been a keen sailor, but it was whilst recovering from Lyme’s disease that the two worlds of music and sailing came together for him. His dad gave him a book… Read more »

Reviews / Turas 1980 – Clannad Live in Bremen

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This double album is an unreleased live recording of Clannad that captures the band just before the decade which would see them define a new age of Celtic Music and go on to global popularity. Recorded by Radio Bremen in 1980 it captures perfectly the trad material that they energised with their near magical talents…. Read more »

Reviews / Notes From An Island – Blair Dunlop

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There are many young musicians whose folk heritage has helped propel them into the world of music. Some get absorbed into the folk music scene and remain there, others follow their own muse into a wider musical perspective. ‘Notes From An Island’ is a record that confirms Blair Dunlop as a young man firmly in… Read more »

Reviews / From Granmaw and Me – Hedy West

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The world of folk music has always drawn from its own roots and social history in a way that enriches the whole music scene. However, it takes the hard work and knowledge of many to achieve this richness. At the forefront of this activity in the UK for many years has been Fledg’ling Records, releasing… Read more »

Reviews / Utopia and Wasteland – Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

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To say these guys showed early promise would be an understatement of huge proportions. They started on the moonlit path of folk music whilst still at school, sounding like they somehow had decades of experiences stored up to bring forth in music and song. Critical and popular acclaim has followed everything they do and Utopia… Read more »

Reviews / Light The Evening Fire – Glymjack

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A lot of the press surrounding the release is stressing the involvement of the Show of Hands crew, Knightley and Beer lending their formidable talents is a huge plus, not least as it is that duo who spotted the potential of McDonald years back when he pressed a demo into their hands. Light The Evening… Read more »

Reviews / Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band Live

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The Gigspanner Big Band is actually the melding of Gigspanner and Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, this recording was made at Nettlebed Folk Club back in January 2017 and has been one of those low-key releases that always end up being in high demand (Remember those bootleg cassettes of live gigs that used to circulate?)…. Read more »

Reviews / Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me – Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

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Bedford and Simmonds continue their winning creative streak with an album full of ‘love, madness and obsession’. Their songs dig deep into those pillars of folk and blues inspiration; people at the edge and slowly tipping over it – psychological disintegration rarely sounds this good however. Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me is a delicious… Read more »