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 »

Music / Jazz FM Awards 2020 nominations announced

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Charles Lloyd, Philip Bailey, Anderson .Paak, Celeste, Jacob Collier, SEED Ensemble, Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Yazz Ahmed and more nominated for the Jazz FM Awards 2020. Public voting is open now at www.jazzfmawards.com and will close on Wednesday 15th April at 23:59. Full list of Jazz FM Awards 2020 nominations: BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR Sponsored… Read more »

Music / Urban Folk Quartet Tour Dates

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In an age where the word “folk” encompasses everything from acoustic pop to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever. The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is… Read more »

Music / Jim Moray and Tom Moore Tour

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Jim Moray is amongst England’s best loved folk musicians, taking traditional songs far beyond the borders of the folk scene. He is the winner of five BBC Folk Awards, and his albums can truly be said to have changed the way traditional music is presented. His seventh solo album The Outlander was released in October… Read more »

Music / Blood Brothers – Jeffrey Foucault

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There’s a point of view that says the world of music is all about the song. With this in mind, we should cherish our singer songwriters in what is a fiercely competitive arena. Ask any musician who has trodden the boards and corridors of the music world, they will tell you it requires a firm… Read more »