Music / A Question of Firsts – Ninebarrow

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So the story is that this duo named themselves after Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills. I can in fact confirm that this is tosh, as you will see from the pic above the duo are afflicted by a rare condition called autocompostitis. This rural condition results in swathes of wild flowers, grasses and… Read more »

Music / EDGELARKS ‘FEATHER’ ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR: MAY/JUNE 2019

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Edgelarks began their musical journey together living in a small caravan in the hills near Exmouth, Devon. Phil had returned, Chaturangui in tow, from studying slide guitar in India with the master musician Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Hannah had grown up playing fiddle at traditional folk sessions. The pair met when they were both recruited to… Read more »

Music / Singing It All Back Home – Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

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An album of ‘Appalachian ballads of English and Scottish origin’. I’ve been to the Appalachian mountains just once, the White Mountains in New Hampshire. And it’s easy to see how these green horizons must have welcomed settlers from the British Isles centuries ago. Strangers in a strange, yet familiar, land – and what a land…. Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – James Delarre

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James Delarre is the Yang to Andy Cuttings Yin, a balance to the cosmic power of folk music. Where Andy is quiet and introspective James is bouncing about all over the shop. This veritable Folk Tigger is an accomplished violinist and has appeared with Eliza Carthy, Jim Causley, Jim Moray, Lauren McCormick, Mawkin:Causley and of course… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – Julien Cartonnet

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Bagpipes eh? I’ve been scared of the things since I sat too near an odious man who played the highland bagpipes indoors. The fact that he had a beard that started at his eyes didn’t help, and the maniacal glint in those eyes has stayed with me ever since. I filed the bagpipe under ‘weapon of… Read more »

Music / Tides Of A Teardrop – Mandolin Orange

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There’s been a growing fan base over recent years for the plaintiff bluegrass of the North Carolina duo, Mandolin Orange. Their new record, ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’, has them developing that sound into one that leans more towards a band. It’s a risk in that there are more musicians handling their fragile but beautiful style…. Read more »

Music / Will Pound takes ‘Through The Seasons’ on the road in June 2019

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The brainchild of brilliant musician Will Pound, one of the finest harmonica players of his generation, Through The Seasons is a celebration of the year in Morris and folk dance. The upcoming UK tour follows on from the success of the inaugural tour last year alongside the release of the acclaimed album of the same… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – Barnaby Stradling

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My personal challenge when writing these intro’s is to see how sarcastic I can get before I topple off a moral cliff and can’t get my (admittedly paper-thin) reputation back. So as you can imagine, I was rubbing my hands together with anticipation for Barnaby. With Bass player jokes running a close second to ones… Read more »

Music / Interview with BBC Musician of the Year – Mohsen Amini

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It’s hard to think of a band that has achieved so much and made such an impact on the trad music scene in their first few years, as Glasgow based trio Talisk. As they head out on a UK tour (April 24-May 3), trio member Mohsen Amini, talks about being the current holder and youngest… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – Andy Cutting

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Andy Cutting is one of those truly great musicians who is content for his music to speak for itself. Quietly spoken and deeply modest he is a pleasure to talk to, not least for his depth of knowledge of the history, tunes and personalities within the English Folk Tradition. This modesty is part of his… Read more »