Music / The Shee Postpone Shadows Tour Due To Coronavirus Uncertainty

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The Shee press office have released a statement regarding their forthcoming Tour. “Due to the uncertainty around the Coronavirus and how it will affect us all in the coming months and many venues remaining closed for the foreseeable future, regrettably The Shee ‘The Shadows’ Tour will be postponed until spring 2021. Where possible, we hope that… Read more »

Music / Undercover – Bronwynne Brent

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With a vocal style that has been compared with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Peggy Lee, it’s quite surprising that Bronwynne Brent hasn’t yet progressed in popularity beyond a hardcore of fans. Let’s be clear from the start. Those fans that have been drawn in by her first two solo albums, ‘Deep Black Water’… Read more »

Music / Scarlet & Blue EP – Sairie

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Imagine a band with the naivety of mid period Incredible String Band and straight forward folksy instrumentation, songs of emotion and natural wonders. Three of them, Emma Morton(autoharp/vocals,) Jon Griffin, (guitar/vocal,) Andy Thomas (bass,) a mere five tracks but a lot to take in. Best offerings ‘Rich For All My Sorrows,’ with loads of harmonic… Read more »

Music / The Unthanks – Diversions Vol. 5 Live & Unaccompanied

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This month sees The Unthanks back with the fifth instalment in their acclaimed “Diversions” series. On this record, The Unthanks are the unaccompanied voices of Becky Unthank, Rachel Unthank and Niopha Keegan. The version of the group that includes Adrian McNally as pianist, producer and arranger, and Chris Price on guitars and bass, is still… Read more »

Music / Elemental – Elaine Samuels & Kindred Spirit

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Can’t help it… I don’t want to…  honestly. Every time I play ‘Elemental,’ I keep hearing, subliminally of course, Spriguns, Curved Air and Renaissance. Elaine Samuels and her rotating collective admit they’re progressive, folk rock and I’d say there’s far more of the former obvious here than the latter. Okay, they’ve got a fiddle and… Read more »

Music / Thought Porridge – Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

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Musically reminding me of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band and visually of Devo, this album their fourth and five years in the making is a sublime example of British sonic eccentricity.Hailing from Leeds Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers are known for their dynamically and outrageous live shows and exhibitionism. Filled with catchy and positive lyrics… Read more »

Music / Magic Nights – Christy Moore

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The Moore the merrier… Someone had the unenviable task of listing all Christy Moore’s recent gigs on the fold out cover and booklet of ‘Magic Nights.’ Quite a feat in itself since the sources of the material here are drawn from venues the length and breadth of the both Ireland and the U.K. Neither is… Read more »

Music / First Mate

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This is the sixth album by Shrewsbury based singer songwriter Vin Whyte but is the first released under the First Mate identity. Taking the one man band, one stop shop concept to the limit the album was, written mixed and produced by Vin himself. The songs themselves are founded on stories mostly by real life… Read more »

Music / Natural Invention – Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

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Let’s just take a moment to summarise how we get to the release of ‘Natural Invention’. Gigspanner came about as a vehicle for ex-Steeleye Span fiddle maestro, Peter Knight, to lead a folk trio with the guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Sacha Trochet. As musical boundaries were crossed, their inventiveness led to a meeting with… Read more »

Music / King Ahtu – Threepenny Bit

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Now then what have we here? Reviewer rubs hands in anticipation of wonders within. The only thing that’s a bit distracting is a huge egg on the cover perched on a leather chair. Never mind, one spin is enough to convince that investing in Threepenny Bit is well worth it. Where have this crew been… Read more »