Reviews / Instar – Nancy Kerr

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For me, Nancy Kerr has one of the greatest voices of all time and she certainly has the best voice on the British folk scene today, so I was really pleased to have the opportunity to review ‘Instar’. Quite simply, it’s brilliant. There are compositions about struggle and injustice, with songs about the Tolpuddle Martyrs… Read more »

Reviews / Picking up the Pieces – The Changing Room

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‘Picking up the Pieces’ is the second album from Cornish-based folk collective The Changing Room, led by Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain, with Cornish musicians Jamie Francis, Evan Carson and Morrigan Palmer Brown. They are joined by John McCusker for several of the tracks and Belinda O’Hooley for Brittain’s lament for young men lost in… Read more »

Reviews / Gig Review – Gilmore & Roberts

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Not prepared to miss acclaimed three time BBC folk award nominees Gilmore & Roberts, I headed to see them in action at Komedia in Brighton on Thursday 13th October. This date was the 9th their 21 gig tour, celebrating their first decade of performing together. Music aside, what’s great about this duo is their relaxed, banter-laden stage presence –… Read more »

Reviews / Runaljod Ragnarok – Wardruna

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Runaljod – Ragnarok is the final piece in Wardruna’s epic musical exploration of the Norse Runes that has occupied main man Einar Selvik since 2003. Selvik has delved deep into the character and meaning of these enigmatic symbols from the distant past, he has crafted songs and instrumental pieces that unlock the power of each… Read more »

Reviews / Painted Lady – Jon Boden

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Painted Lady is an expanded version of Boden’s first ever solo album, first released in 2006. The reissue comes  hard upon the heels of the final performance of folk phenomenon Bellowhead, a band in which Boden served as frontman for the last twelve years. Like most people I know, I thought Bellowhead were pretty darn… Read more »

Reviews / The James Brothers – The James Brothers

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Two of them, they aren’t called brothers and one isn’t called James, but Jamie’s close enough for jazz. Delightfully tongue in cheek but at the same time serious in their music, James Fagan and Jamie McClennan, (other halves of Nancy Kerr and Emily Smith,) share not only a southern hemisphere start in life but rootsy… Read more »

Reviews / Tree – Anna Elizabeth Laube

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American singer, songwriter and producer Anna Elizabeth Laube’s fourth album ‘Tree’ features mainly self-penned tracks along with covers of Bob Dylan’s ‘Wallflower’ and Beyonce’s ‘XO’. Laube’s voice is beautiful and the gentle, bluegrassy, old-timey sound she creates is truly lovely. She completely nails the music bit. I was all geared up to love this album… Read more »

Reviews / O Groth y Ddaear – Gwilym Bowen Rhys

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There is often a Welsh gap on the folk scene amongst the myriad Irish, Scottish and English bands so I confess that when it comes to Welsh trad, my sole knowledge comes from beautiful songs by a few wonderful floor singers I’ve chanced upon on my travels. I was really interested therefore in ‘O Groth… Read more »

Reviews / Hubert Murray – Shorten the Road

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‘Shorten the Road’ is a six track EP by Galway folk, blues and bluegrass artist Hubert Murray and it’s great. All tracks are composed by Murray himself, from the upbeat, country-sounding composition ‘Will You Love Me Again?’ to the bluesy, toe-tapping ‘Slapstick’ and there’s not a bad song in the batch. London-based Murray is an… Read more »

Reviews / Hark! The Headland Approacheth – Seas Of Mirth

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I really try and avoid talking influences, or trotting out that hideous sentence that kicks off with ‘sounds like…’ and ends in a lazy association with some band or other, however… Any band that considers they should be described as having a melting pot of ideas and influences would do well to listen to Seas of… Read more »