Music / Emma Stevens – To My Roots

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It’s hard not to like Emma Stevens, she spins a chirpy, rootsy pop with an ability that turns the world on a sunny smile. This is album number three, and to be honest it’s no great deviation from previous work, catchy tunes, heart felt lyrics and a rush of country tinged back melodies which hold… Read more »

Music / Afterglow – Jon Boden

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‘Afterglow’ arrives as the first post-Bellowhead release from Jon Boden. From that point of view, it’ll be likely to get more scrutiny than his earlier solo records – no pressure, then! Students of the solo Boden will know that his last release, ‘Songs From The Floodplain’, was themed around an apocalyptic landscape played out in… Read more »

Music / On My Page – Courtney Marie Andrews

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With her ‘Honest Life’ album, Courtney Marie Andrews got the attention that her fine songwriting deserves. It’s taken a little while to get to that point. So, Loose Music decided that re-releasing some earlier material for this freshly growing audience would be a wise move. It’s a particularly good decision as ‘On My Page’ was… Read more »

Music / The Young’Uns – Strangers

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How easy can it be for a trio who sing acapella, admit a love of sea shanties and unashamedly cup their hands to their ears in time honoured trad manner? You’d think if ever there was a niche act then here it is. However I’m describing the Young’Uns, who apart from having a name which… Read more »

Music / FolkEast 2017: A tale of fish, chips, onion ‘road kill’ and Pop Up Pirates

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From the above headline, you’re probably wondering whether FolkEast involves any music at all. However, the admiring comments from musicians before, during and after the event support the view that FolkEast is muscling its way through the crowds to become one of the most enjoyable folk music festivals of the summer. Arriving onto the grounds… Read more »

Music / Decade: The Best of 2007-2017 – Lau

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While the organisers of pop and rock festivals bemoan the lack of headliners in a world where musical careers seem shorter than ever, it’s great to find one of the UK’s finest folk acts celebrating ten years under the spotlights. So, here, Lau arrive with 12 tracks on their ‘Decade: The Best of 2007-2017’ in… Read more »

Music / Cambridge Folk Fest – Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls to headline Saturday night

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Acclaimed English indie-folk singer songwriter, Frank Turner joins the bill to headline Saturday night with his band The Sleeping Souls. He made his Cambridge debut in 2008, with a completely new take on English folk, fuelled by the intense energy that marked him out as frontman of his post-punk band Million Dead. The creative force… Read more »

Music / Knows Time, Knows Change – Daphne’s Flight

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There’s been something of a rush of bands reforming to bring back the hits of their heyday with little thought that fans may like to hear something new – just give them the favourites and a bigger show seems the way. Even when these acts turn their minds to producing something fresh, it often fails… Read more »

Music / India Electric series of EPs – ‘Songs in the City’

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In 2015 Devon duo India Electric Co made an emphatic entrance onto the acoustic music scene with a beguiling debut CD that was gloriously impossible to pigeon hole. Arriving seemingly fully formed on the scene the ‘twenty-somethings’ dazzled with their original material – the sublime vocals of Stacey complementing the huge talents of pianist, violinist… Read more »

Music / Hannah James’ JigDoll in Bristol

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  “Those who saw JigDoll witnessed an elegant, flowing transition between tunes, movement and song…it was beautiful and baffling.” Froots Magazine JigDoll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and clog dancer. JigDoll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show, exploring… Read more »