Reviews / Never Stop Moving – John Jones

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John Jones

Recorded over three eventful years in the life of all round decent chap and front person for the Oyster Band, the background here is  love for life, country, people, long-distance walking and a turn of serious illness. John Jones is a restless creative, his rambles over mountain, hill, valley and dale have grown beyond simple… Read more »

Reviews / The Aviators’ Ball – Matt Owens

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Manchester composer, producer cum bass player Matt Owens is anything but ordinary. This debut wears several references plainly on its sleeve yet hints at far more in the background. If you like a spot of stylistic chopping and changing then this’ll be right up your street. The cover image of a 1920s afternoon soiree on… Read more »

Reviews / UNPREPARED TO DIE America’s greatest murder ballads – Paul Slade

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Written by Paul Slade ‘Unprepared to Die – America’s greatest murder ballads and the true crime stories that inspired them‘ explores the real stories behind the murder ballad. These ballads are a staple of American roots music, Slade explores the reality behind eight of these iconic songs and murders. Each chapter takes a murder story… Read more »

Reviews / No One Knows That You’re Lost – Tina Refsnes

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Music which uses space and quiet with effective charm is hard to create but Tina Refsnes has done just that, creating as assured a debut as you’ll hear in a month of Sundays.  From Oslo by way of Liverpool, Tina’s is an album to ironically, lose yourself in, the core sounds are simple guitar lines,… Read more »

Reviews / 22 Strings – Seckou Keita

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22 strings

Following the rewards of gentle boundary pushing with Welsh harpist Catrin Finch was never going to be easy, but then Seckou Keita is a man who never considers the obvious. You might have expected him to try something equally inventive but instead he’s gone back to his Senegalese roots, intending to explore the possibilities of… Read more »

Reviews / Live Review – Show Of Hands, The Forum, Bath

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There can be few acts in any genre that would opt to open a concert with a song that their audience had never heard them perform. Yet this is precisely what Show of Hands did on Thursday evening amidst the art deco opulence of the Forum; then proceeded to showcase a succession of beguiling new… Read more »

Reviews / Jenny Does Burn – Mairi Orr

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Mairi Orr connects both sides of the Atlantic on her debut full length album. The Scottish Folk and American Bluegrass traditions are the cornerstones, yet what makes the album richer is Orr’s gathering of other connected styles. The first three tracks offer a whirlwind journey through these influences; from the sombre and atmospheric ‘The Drover’,… Read more »

Reviews / Areas of High Traffic – Damien O’Kane

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Areas of High Traffic is the follow up to Damien’s 2010 album Summer Hill. This album sees Damien tackling some of the most popular and iconic trad Irish songs. Simply put, many of these iconic songs are so over done that O’Kane has avoided them for years, yet his love for them has drawn him… Read more »

Reviews / I Dreamt I Was A Bird – Lucy Ward

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With ‘I Dreamt I Was A Bird’ the evolution of Lucy Ward continues, she has a resolute refusal to play it safe, discovering new things she can do with her voice and pushing the boundaries of her own songwriting. With this album Lucy bares her soul and tears into many of the demons she sees… Read more »

Reviews / Watershed – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

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Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin had a huge debut with ‘Mynd’ so expectations are high for their follow up. If you have seen them live over the past year or so you will know their repertoire goes far beyond the songs on Mynd, festival appearances in particular have featured the virtuoso techniques that Phillip applies… Read more »