Music / The Rheingans Sisters to Release New Album ‘Receiver’

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Nominated for ‘Best Band’ at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Rheingans Sisters are one of the most visionary acts on the British folk scene today, creating playful, muscular and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while anchored in folk traditions.   Their new album Receiver , their first since 2018’s Bright Field, is… Read more »

Music / Fay Hield New Album Wrackline released September 11th

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Wrackline is the upcoming album from folk royal & scholar Fay Hield, out 11 September. Looking at traditional stories involving the ‘otherworld’ of fairies, ghosts and the animal kingdom, her new work explores our emotional responses to the space between their reality and our own. Fay is accompanied on the new album by a stellar… Read more »

Music / Making an exhibition of themselves

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Missed your local art galleries and museums during lock down? Mancunian folk fusionists Harp & A Monkey certainly have. “As soon as you enter and the door closes behind you the chaos of the street disappears,” muses front man Martin Purdy, “it’s like being embraced by a special kind of stillness.” All of which maybe… Read more »

Music / No Place Like Tomorrow- Virginia Kettle

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Usually to be found out front of the bounciest, most committed, keenly melodic folk rock aggregation you’re ever likely to stumble across, of course I refer to Merry Hell, Virginia Kettle is a creative figurehead. Sure she urges everyone to their feet through witty banter and sentiments with which no thinking person could disagree, but… Read more »

Music / I Want To Hear Those Bright Songs Tonight!

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Hands up…who’s not had a box set issued recently? Yes, Richard. Yes, Linda. Don’t worry now, it’s your turn anyway. Titled ‘ Hard Luck Stories (1972-1982) ’ the box comes crammed with eight CDs which reissue all their official releases, cherry pick rare tracks studio and live as well as issuing a rare concert from… Read more »

Music / Divisions On A Ground – Richard Harvey

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Those amongst you with long memories might recall Mr. Harvey who surged keyboard sounds as well as merry recorder tootling for prog/early music masters, Gryphon. Prog of course with classical overtones and space for endless improvisation – if you knew what you were doing- suited those seeking fresh fusion between genres. The important bit in… Read more »

Music / Roving Crows release ‘Lockdown’ EP

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The Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009. Over ten years and evolving incarnations they have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must see… Read more »

Music / Strange Fascination – Chatham County Line

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North Carolina’s Chatham County Line have built their career as a four piece line up that gathers around a single microphone in an old time style to deliver bluegrass with a contemporary feel. A new album from them is always an event of note and ‘Strange Fascination’ will get more attention after the departure of… Read more »

Music / Kiss The Sky – Bad Touch

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Album number four from this quintet from Norfolk whose fusion of blues and hard rock has seen them build up a devoted following on the live circuit. The band certainly wear their influences on their sleeve on this latest slice of hard rockin’ fare with the amps turned up to 10 and a swaggering sound… Read more »