Music / Dreamers and Journeys – Elis MacFadyen

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A well-known name in his native Inverness area in Scotland – Elis MacFadyen on his second album writes a collection of songs that etch themselves on the memory with ease.  He has produced an earthy sounding singer songwriter album with strong traditional roots. Song wise it’s a collection based in contemplations on life with some… Read more »

Music / Time to Fly – David Foley & Jack Smedley

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This is a duo album by two members of the Scottish band Rura, the duo of David Foley and Jack Smedley which initially formed in 2008 has become the cornerstone of one of the biggest names in Scottish contemporary folk music. In between touring and recording with Rura long standing colleagues and friends David Foley… Read more »

Music / Jonathan Kelly: 8th July 1948 – May 2nd 2020

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It’s 2008 and the clock’s ticking, Jonathan Kelly has been on stage for well over three and a half hours and he shows no sign of stopping. In the end just shy of four hours, with midnight close at hand he finally waves his acoustic guitar to acknowledge a full house still with an appetite… Read more »

Music / Prove It On Me – Rory Block

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I’d lost touch with Rory Block so when ‘Prove it On Me,’ came along it was like hearing from an old friend again. If that sounds a little trite consider I’d not happened across an album since she cut a run of superb, gutsy records for Rounder in the 80s. If I recall ‘High Heeled… Read more »

Music / La Silla – Steve Rothery

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teve Rothery, guitarist with Marillion teases with a new release from his soon to be Crowdfunded album ‘Revontulet.’ The instrumental ‘La Silla’ offers a five-minute taste of lush synths and melodic rhythms, blended with Rothery’s signature ethereal and emotive guitar, conjuring a rather cinematic and swirling soundscape. The track is accompanied by an impressive time-lapse… Read more »

Music / Our Bright Night – Kirsty Merryn

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Raised under the tutelage of no less than Steve Knightly, Kirsty Merryn’s last album concerned women neglected by history all of whom had riveting achievement as a back story. ‘Our Bright Night,’ strips away much of that previous effort’s finery, centring on Merryn’s keyboard skills and support from the likes of Phil Beer and Sam… Read more »

Music / Kolar’s Gold – The Rowan Tree

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Not what you might expect for a debut album, note I didn’t say recording, the Rowan Tree put out an EP a couple of years ago which signalled a talented bunch of Cornish driven musicians intent on putting some soul and depth back into the music of their own back yard. Here though they’ve gone… Read more »

Music / Moon Bird – Kirsty Almeida

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Flavours of New Orleans run through this satisfying collection of new songs from Kirsty Almeida, her first studio album since 2014’s ‘Déjàvoodu.’ She returns to with vigour and aplomb following a little time away. Her confidence and skill as a songwriter is evident throughout the album whilst the cover picture hints at self-reflection or perhaps… Read more »

Music / Salone – Bai Kamara Jnr.

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Although born and bred in the UK, Bai has lived in Brussels for over 25 years. He could be described loosely as a bluesman but his influences run wide encompassing soul, funk and jazz and all delivered in a relaxed intimate manner. As Kamara admits, blues is always at the heart of his music but… Read more »

Music / Stars Line up for Second Folk on Foot Front Room Festival

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The award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has announced the line-up for a second Front Room Festival to take place on Spring Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. It follows the success of the first festival on Easter Monday which raised nearly £110,000 through a crowdfunding appeal to support musicians who can’t play gigs during the lockdown…. Read more »