Music / Laura Marling fast tracks new album release to 10th April

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Well this is good news, a new Laura Marling album was set for the Summer, but Laura has decided to bring it forward “My new album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ is coming out this week, ahead of our planned schedule. In light of the change to all our circumstances, I saw no reason to hold back… Read more »

Music / The Unconquerable Past – Stephen Fearing

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Album number thirteen for Canadian musician Fearing who readers of more mature years may remember first came on stream over here thanks largely to working with Clive Gregson and Christine Collister. Then as now his material is of a quality which makes a mockery of simplistic terms like singer songwriter, here he’s gone for the… Read more »

Music / Revel & Rhyme – Nettlebone

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A rather fascinating object by a band with lots of potential, Nettlebone, even the name is considered and suitably rustic. Methodology is rather indie, a bit of attitude in the mix as Forrest brothers Justin and Dominic round on history and create harmonic, folksy items using a variety of antique instruments, hurdy gurdy, crumhorn, English… Read more »

Music / Albion’s Darkness – The Wicca Men

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Vocal and angry The Wicca Men display their allegiance from the off, choosing to advertise ‘Albion Darkness’ by way of a photograph of coal blackened miners. The chunky booklet that accompanies has further iconic snapshots and imagery as well as background thinking and justifications for the mantra ‘taking back the commons.’ Life to them is… Read more »

Music / Lunatraktors, a bold entrance to the wasteland

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If you ever find contemporary folk a tad, shall we say, safe – then the Lunatraktors might just be the duo to reassert that missing bite. The duo is Carli Jefferson and Clair Le Couteur and their debut album This Is Broken Folk is out now. We have a video exclusive of the track The… Read more »

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 »