Reviews / Emergency Lullabies – Merry Hell.

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  Time and circumstance are written large through this sixth release from undoubtedly the hardest working band in roots’n’rock. Given what is happening across the world on so many levels, pandemic, environmental destruction, climate change … fill in your own….the voice of common sense is all too often drowned out by politics, self- interest and… Read more »

Reviews / Henry Martin – Edgelarks.

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It appears that hanging out with Peter Knight as part of The Gigspanner Big Band has done wonders for Hannah Martin and Philip Henry. Though this set has its genesis in lock down when many musicians sat on the sofa, stared around the lounge and wondered what they do, the roots of the album –… Read more »

Reviews / Royal Tea – Joe Bonamassa.

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If only self-confessed Anglophile JB had been around when I was a kid. I wouldn’t have had to endure the ridicule of my peers who ragged me for preferring the ‘white boy’ blues of the Thames delta as opposed say to the Chicago originals. To them the likes of Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton… Read more »

Reviews / Keep ’em On They Toes – Brent Cobb

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Brent Cobb grabbed the attention of country flavoured music fans with his major label solo debut, ‘Shine On Rainy Day’. Having been largely known as a songwriter, he further established his solo career with ‘Providence Canyon’ which had him reminiscing on his experiences in the south of the US. Truth be told, this was a… Read more »

Reviews / We Fly Free – When Rivers Meet

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Husband and wife Aaron and Grace Bond launched in 2019 and having released a couple of EP’s to critical acclaim have been gaining a solid fan base with their slide driven approach to rock and blues that covers all the bases. Snatches of Zeppelin, Juicy Lucy and Creedence Clearwater Revival with a dash of traditional… Read more »

Reviews / Flowers Where The Horses Sleep – Joshua Burnell.

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The last time I came across Joshua Burnell he was going three or four rounds with Brit folk rock and ended up winning. He’s also given to smearing black make up in copious amounts first around his eyes and now up his arms neck and hands. However he’s always been about more than straight copying… Read more »

Reviews / Home Recordings – Martin Simpson.

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If there’s any benefit at all to be had from the difficult times we’re all living through then it maybe that we have come to appreciate the security and familiarity of home. No longer treating it as casually as we might. Lock down concentrates the mind, glance around everyone’s got new hobbies in which they… Read more »

Reviews / The Men Beyond The Glass – Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards.

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With just a cursory listen you’d be right to think that here are a bunch of Italians who worship at the altar of all things Pogue and thus wear retro clothing – almost Peaky Blinders chic – flat caps, drink lots, sport tattoos and play speeded up, rowdy, go for the throat music, which is… Read more »

Reviews / Blonde On The Tracks – Emma Swift.

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  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out from the title what’s going on here. What Emma Swift presents is an album – a mite short at eight tracks – of Dylan covers, begun a while ago but polished up during lockdown conditions, even produced by email! All told you might think that’s not… Read more »

Reviews / The Living Mountain – Jenny Sturgeon

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The natural world has always been an inspiration for artists of all kinds with musicians being no exception to this. Indeed, with our planet’s environment under existential threat, there has been something of a flurry of interest in nature with collaborative formats of presentation including theatre, writing, film, painting and, inevitably, music. For example, check… Read more »