Music / NINEBARROW LAUNCH ‘HOUR OF THE BLACKBIRD’ CHORAL CHARITY SINGLE /VIDEO FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

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Before the world became a place we barely recognise Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere, aka acoustic duo Ninebarrow, had been looking forward to a special collaborative concert in their home county of Dorset next week. On Saturday, May 23 they were due to join forces with two celebrated chamber choirs – Hampshire’s Hart Voices and Surrey’s Chantry Singers (conducted by Musical Director and St Paul’s Cathedral… Read more »

Music / The Cutthroat Brothers – Taste For Evil

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In the twilight world of the Brothers Cutthroat death, drugs and murder rule supreme. Taking their cue from the Seattle school of sleaze for this their second outing they’ve produced an incendiary mix of power and melody – a sort of grungified Ramones meets T.Rex if you will. With legendary producer Jack Endino (Mudhoney, Nirvana… Read more »

Music / Weavings Of A Silver Magic – Judy Dyble

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Things haven’t always gone smoothly for Judy Dyble, the resilient sort of lady who thoroughly deserved her 2004 reawakening, from which she’s spun a whole line of albums which reveal her as a writer of other worldly fantasy, songs about things just slightly out of view or round a corner. There’s something enticing and entirely… Read more »

Music / Ever-Roving Eye – James Elkington

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Songwriter though, probably, best known as a guitarist, James Elkington is clearly someone who you’d like to have around in the recording studio. Born in England but having moved to the US in the 90s, he’s made his base in Chicago where he’s been involved in musical projects with the likes of Wilco as well… Read more »

Music / Fay Hield to Release New Album ‘Wrackline’ in September

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Fay Hield has been described as a singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. Her first two solo albums, Looking Glass (2010) and Orfeo (2012), won Fay many accolades as well as a nomination for the… Read more »

Music / Music Venue Trust launches #SAVEOURVENUES Campaign

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The Music Venue Trust has today announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently. Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing… Read more »

Music / The New Mine – Matthews Southern Comfort

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Mathews Southern Comfort

Reading Iain Matthews’ biography not so long back struck me that here was perhaps the most prodigious member of the Fairport family and that he was also the most stylistically diverse. His latter revival of the Southern Comfort name has created a tidal acoustic/electric wash which manages to marry his American inclinations with a folksy… Read more »

Music / An Ounce Of Gold – The Choir Of Ghosts

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a choir of ghosts

What’s all this about? Thick Scandinavian forests, the icy wilderness, deep snow… The Choir Of Ghosts is, as you’ve probably figured out from the name alone, an alter ego for strummer/singer James Auger who’s based in Sweden and writes songs of personal sorrows, joys and just plain growing up in today’s difficult world. He’s particularly… Read more »

Music / Can’t Make You Love Me – Gena Rose Bruce

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Decently quirky, from her raised eyebrows on the cover you’d guess Gena Rose Bruce is a mistress of moods, attitude and experiences, from the music you wouldn’t be that far off. ‘Can’t Make You Love Me,’ is a dose of life lived and love gone off kilter, much of it’s personal. Vocally she switches between… Read more »