Music / Roots to Rise Live – We Banjo 3

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We Banjo 3 review

We Banjo 3 are actually a quartet made up of Enda Scahill. (Tenor banjo, vocals) Martin (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) & David Howey (lead vocals, guitar) and Fergal Scahill brother of Enda is a celebrated Irish fiddle player who also contributes via viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Known as one of the best… Read more »

Music / Sam Sweeney Announces Highly Anticipated Second Solo Album

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Nominated four times, and winner in 2015, of Musician Of The Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Sweeney is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former and inaugural artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival… Read more »

Music / Ben Walker and Kirsty Merryn present Life and the Land

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BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker joins forces with highly acclaimed singer and pianist Kirsty Merryn to create a fresh take on a tradition ripe for rediscovery.  Life and the Land is a celebration of England’s harvest tradition, re-imagining songs born out of our agricultural past. Focusing on songs from rural England found in local… Read more »

Music / Morganway release new video before February 2020 Tour

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Morganway was founded in 2016 by twin brothers Callum (vocals/bass) and Kieran Morgan (lead guitar), and genre-defying keyboard player Matt Brocklehurst. Their numbers quickly grew as their sound developed, with singer SJ Mortimer, whose growling vocals were a perfect complement to the Morgan brothers gritty guitar work, and fiddle player Nicole J Terry joining the… Read more »

Music / Quarehawk- Michael Walsh

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Michael Walsh

Flute player Michael Walsh was born in Manchester and raised in Stockport, where he began to play Sligo style. ‘QuareHawk’ the word is Irish slang for an odd or weird person; the album content is like its title distinctive and certainly from the leftfield. Opening and ending the album are ‘The Lathe revival Pt1 &… Read more »

Music / Review round-up November 2019

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Welcome to our review round up by Simon Jones of other releases received and duly considered, November 2019:   Postcards & Pocketbooks. – Bella Hardy Subtitled‘The Best Of,’ it’s hard to credit it that ten years have passed since Bella Hardy debuted, winning a pile of gongs and awards since, perhaps a decade is a… Read more »

Music / Journals – Luke Jackson

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Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson’s got a sharp eye and a computer memory. The title holds significance, Journals is the recorded equivalent of cinema verite wherein melody and lyric form pictures in your mind as Jackson’s world view unfolds. We live in uncertain times at any level you care to mention, what’s revealed here is just how deep… Read more »

Music / Revolution Calls – Chris While & Julie Matthews

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While and Matthews

With a nod in the direction of Banksy, Chris While and Julie Matthews deliver again on a set which is their strongest in many a moon, amplified by the fact underneath all the calm there flows a river of anger, frustration and fire, balanced by ever present compassion. Hasn’t it always been so? From the… Read more »

Music / The Blue Highways

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The Blue Highways

This London based four-piece first hit my radar back in early summer with the digital release of their debut single ‘Play Johnny Play’ – a hard driving rocker sung in strident tones by vocalist Callum Lury – that immediately put one in mind of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Their live shows have drawn… Read more »

Music / Neighbours & Sisters – Bird In The Belly

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A weird name which reflects the fact that the sound here is other worldly, a dream after a fashion, Bird In The Belly reshape and craft alternate versions of trad folk, doggerel and lore producing a haunted selection which has quite an impact. Imagine Comus stirred with Steeleye Mark 2, some of Kate Bush’s fantasy… Read more »