Reviews / Awake – Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

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Despite the old adage about not judging a book by its cover, one can’t help but be be struck by the eye-catching psychedelic art-work, presented in stark black-and-white, on Hannah Sanders’ and Ben Savage’s latest offering ‘Awake. This is the first album from the Cambridge-based duo since 2016’s critically-acclaimed ‘Before The Sun.’ Sanders’ dusky voice… Read more »

Reviews / Hugsjá – Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik

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These two Nordic Titans continue to explore the history, culture and landscape of Norway that they successfully transformed into a musical landscape on their previous album Skuggsjá. Their latest album, Hugsjá (meaning to see with, or within, the mind), is the recorded culmination of a commission by the Bergen International Festival in 2017. There was… Read more »

Reviews / Don’t Stop This Now – Finbar Furey

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Finbar Furey’s career is wrapped around the roots of Irish folk music. He started as a backing musician for The Clancy Brothers before forming The Fureys and leading this family based band for nearly thirty years. In the 1990s, his talents as musician, songwriter, producer and actor burst forth in a solo career which has… Read more »

Reviews / Personae – Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

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Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have developed a strong partnership in more ways than one. On the one hand, the arrival of their children caused a short break in the early part of their career and yet, on the other, their musical roles have become both distinct and complementary. Basically, Kathryn provides vocals, piano and… Read more »

Reviews / Don’t Skip Out On Me – Willy Vlautin

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In this time, when earning a living from music must seem a more daunting task than ever, musicians draw upon their art in a variety of ways. Some turn to painting, some are found running workshops for other aspiring musicians. For Willy Vlautin, writing novels has become a central element to his artistic output. It’ll… Read more »

Reviews / Fonetiq Flowers – Lo’Jo

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The 1980’s saw the emergence of what became described as ‘world music’ and ignited debate about whether this was just folk music from different countries. Thirty or so years on, the term seems less useful with the blurring of genres occurring everywhere we turn our ears whether that’s the mixing of instruments like the Welsh… Read more »

Reviews / Damien O’Kane at Chapel Arts Centre, Bath – Friday 23 February 2017

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On taking to the stage at Bath’s Chapel Arts Centre Damien O’Kane immediately established himself as a genial and engaging presence. The Northern Irish singer and musician spoke warmly of the venerable Roman city while diplomatically avoiding any suggestion that he was less enamoured of Basingstoke, where he had appeared with his accomplished band the… Read more »

Reviews / Gwyneth Glyn – Tro

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Sometimes an album happens along which takes its time in persuading you of its charms and subtleties, there is nothing up front or anything which hits you smack between the eyes, rather its warmth washes over you in waves. In the end you wonder why the allure avoided you on initial hearing. Such a creation… Read more »

Reviews / The Transports at Preston Charter Theatre – January 14, 2018

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A dear friend of mine once bumped into a bewildered looking Peter Bellamy at Preston Bus Station and directed him to The Unicorn pub where he was engaged to perform. Many years later, on this 2018 night, I found myself near to the very same bus station but, this time, I was at Preston Charter… Read more »

Reviews / Purgatory – Tyler Childers

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There was a time in the 70’s and 80’s when those who were frustrated by the commercialism of Nashville were marginalised in what some called ‘outlaw country’. Whilst it didn’t necessarily do any harm to the careers of so-called ‘outlaws’ such as Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash, their kind tended to get less of the… Read more »