Reviews / Shadow Work – Aruba Red

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shadow work review

Shadow Work is the latest EP from Aruba Red. Five songs that soulfully explore a period of healing after experiencing trauma, that itself opened a lifetime of unresolved issues. This is a soul being laid bare in a way that caresses the heart, soothes the brow and ultimately uplifts. Aruba Red has crafted a sensual… Read more »

Reviews / Darkness Brings The Wonder Home – Smoke Fairies

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The Smoke Fairies are back, mainlining a delicious vibration that hits deep in your soul. A darkness slowly steals over you, loving in its claustrophobia, as familiar as the cradle and disconcerting as the grave. They have toyed with the light and the darkness, but realised that the darkness holds the truth for them. Just… Read more »

Reviews / Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman

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Bonny Light Horseman review

It would have been easy for Anaïs Mitchell to bask in the glory of her multi award winning theatrical creation, ‘Hadestown’. If she simply wanted to revisit her love of traditional folk songs, she could have dropped back alongside Jefferson Hamer with whom she recorded the ‘Child Ballads’ album. However, restless creative spirit that she… Read more »

Reviews / Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne- Amy Speace

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At a pivotal time in Amy’s life – birth and death have intertwined – comes an album which manages to encapsulate the big issues in life. Opening track takes an Ozymandian approach to mortality, questioning what we build and what lasts set to a piano and orchestral sweep. “Grace of God” follows in a more… Read more »

Reviews / Wild Kingdom – Hot Club of Cowtown

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hot club of cowtown review

A new release from this fabulous band is always a cause for celebration, especially when it is their first collection of new material for a decade. Seven Elana James’ compositions and five from Whit Smith make up 12 of the album’s 15 tracks. A generous running time of nearly an hour sees the band veer… Read more »

Reviews / Sub Marine Dreams – Seas of Mirth

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seas of mirth review

That we are living in strange times is an indisputable fact. Over the last six months I’ve ping-ponged between wanting to bury my head in the sand and seeking citizenship of virtually anywhere that isn’t here (or America). I used to look to music to pull me out of a hole, put my hat straight,… Read more »

Reviews / Roots to Rise Live – We Banjo 3

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We Banjo 3 review

We Banjo 3 are actually a quartet made up of Enda Scahill. (Tenor banjo, vocals) Martin (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) & David Howey (lead vocals, guitar) and Fergal Scahill brother of Enda is a celebrated Irish fiddle player who also contributes via viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Known as one of the best… Read more »

Reviews / Review round-up November 2019

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Welcome to our review round up by Simon Jones of other releases received and duly considered, November 2019:   Postcards & Pocketbooks. – Bella Hardy Subtitled‘The Best Of,’ it’s hard to credit it that ten years have passed since Bella Hardy debuted, winning a pile of gongs and awards since, perhaps a decade is a… Read more »

Reviews / Journals – Luke Jackson

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Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson’s got a sharp eye and a computer memory. The title holds significance, Journals is the recorded equivalent of cinema verite wherein melody and lyric form pictures in your mind as Jackson’s world view unfolds. We live in uncertain times at any level you care to mention, what’s revealed here is just how deep… Read more »