Reviews / Tides Of A Teardrop – Mandolin Orange

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There’s been a growing fan base over recent years for the plaintiff bluegrass of the North Carolina duo, Mandolin Orange. Their new record, ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’, has them developing that sound into one that leans more towards a band. It’s a risk in that there are more musicians handling their fragile but beautiful style…. Read more »

Reviews / Small World Turning – Thea Gilmore

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Gilmore gets into the state of the nation on her latest album. Small World Turning leans into the acoustic folk and roots vibe that she has summoned throughout her career. Her songwriting is as on the nose, confrontational and gorgeous as ever, in fact it is perfect for the times we live in. And what… Read more »

Reviews / Airs and Graces – June Tabor, Topic 80th anniversary reissues

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I was going to lump all of the reviews of these Topic reissues for their 80th birthday celebration into one big review. everyone knows these albums, as they are, quite rightly, regarded as something of a gold standard in the British Folk canon. So everybody is familiar with them (what, you’re not?! Get to the… Read more »

Reviews / Starlight EP – Eddi Reader

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This new EP from Eddi Reader contains five songs from the ‘Cavalier sessions’, three are unreleased, scarecrow Song, No Reply Dot Com and Build High, Build Wide (In Contempt), along with Starlight and My Favourite Dress that featured as a double A side single release from the Cavalier Album. If you liked Cavalier then you… Read more »

Reviews / Vision & Revision – 80 years of Topic records

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Blimey, doesn’t seem ten minutes since Topic’s 70th anniversary! They celebrated that with the delightful ‘Three Score and Ten’ boxset, now they have hit their octogenarian phase they’ve pulled out all the stops to celebrate. 2019 will see a raft of reissues and new releases, this one in particular, Vision & Revision, is a brilliant… Read more »

Reviews / Strangers In The Room – Various Artists

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Like an army of foraging ants, those music lovers at Grapefruit Records are building up a collection of box sets that have become a ‘go to’ resource for anyone interested in folk music’s development in the 1960s and 70s. First, there was ‘Dust On The Nettles’ which compiled what was accurately sub-titled ‘A Journey Through… Read more »

Reviews / Call Me Lucky – Dale Watson

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Authentic is a word that, today, pops up on a regular basis as folks struggle to separate ‘real’ from ‘fake’. In music, it’s often about whether the music is played by musicians steeped in the cultural background of their chosen style. However, it’s never a question asked of Dale Watson. Some years ago, I asked… Read more »

Reviews / True North – Michael Chapman

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Having celebrated fifty years of performing with his album, ’50’, Michael Chapman returns to the fray with a new release, ‘True North’. The title suggests it draws on his roots in the north of England which it does to an extent. However, he also returns to fish from the same cultural pool as used on… Read more »

Reviews / The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff – The Young’uns

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If you were lucky enough to see the first tour of ‘The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’, it will be no surprise to find that The Young’uns have packaged up the show into a new release. Mind you, the word ‘release’ doesn’t do its lavish packaging justice as you’ll find the music comes complete with a… Read more »