Reviews / The Longing Kind – Maz O’Connor

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Max O'Connor

The perfect match of a sympathetic, visionary producer and eager, artist on the rise. The pairing of Maz O’Connor with Jim Moray has created an atmospheric collection of originals – sorry no traditional here though her writing is shot through with folkist references and supporting structures. Quite remarkable too the way O’Connor has sculptured singular… Read more »

Reviews / Upon A Painted Ocean – Admiral’s Hard

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admirals hard

West country lad, exiled in London, mixing with alternate, art, indie rock crowd, feeling at a creative loose end, what are you going to do? Why, it’s obvious, form a free-wheeling acoustic collective which can round up a few foamy sea shanties, olden folk songs and dance tunes then present them on an album which… Read more »

Reviews / Ballads of the Broken Few – Seth Lakeman

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seth lakeman ballads of the broken few

Seth really doesn’t seem to like studios, recording in quirky locations is more than just a foible, with the acoustic of a distinctive space giving each and every album a distinctive ambience. He has set up shop in everything from his parents kitchen, a church and an abandoned mine, this time it was the hall… Read more »

Reviews / Live The Farewell Tour – Bellowhead

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bellowhead

Not quite a rock band but with enough pizzazz, suds and showmanship to make a prancing glam star like Marc Bolan blush, Bellowhead took traditional material on a hell of a ride.  After enough gongs and awards to fill a trophy cabinet to bursting, everyone’s favourite eleven piece acoustic carnival is finally over. The last tour… Read more »

Reviews / The Fruited Thorn – Kaela Rowan

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Kale Rowan The Fruited Thorn

Having just returned from the land where horizon to horizon there is nothing but mountains and skies full of glorious colour, I have to say that there are few places where landscape and music intertwine so effortlessly, so naturally. In a short space of time, packed with music and interview the Highland/Island musicians all seemed… Read more »

Reviews / Pete Seeger in England

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Pete Seeger in England

‘Pete Seeger in England’ is a two disc album. The recordings on Disc 1 come from two LPs, Pete Seeger in Concert Vols 1 & 2 (1959) which were recorded at St Pancras Town Hall in London. Disc 2 is a recording of a 1964 concert in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. If you are a… Read more »

Reviews / Rob Harbron & Emma Reid – Flock and Fly

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Flock And Fly

If you are someone who loves English traditional tunes, buy ‘Flock and Fly’. It’d be a sensible thing to do with your day. Rob Harbon and Emma Reid are widely recognised as being at the top of the pile musically. As well as being part of acclaimed trio Leveret, multi-instrumentalist Rob Harbron has performed with… Read more »

Reviews / The River – Hamish Napier

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The River - Hamish Napier

Scottish musician Hamish Napier’s first solo album ‘The River’ is a personal ode to the River Spey in the North East.  Napier actually grew up 100 yards from its bank and practiced music to its roar in the background. In terms of an good album premise, I defy you to find many that will top that. Now a Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist and… Read more »

Reviews / The Source – Afro Celt Sound System

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The Source

Disputes at present surround those claiming to be the soul and sound of the Afro Celts, such matters should not concern us here but sadly they do as the band assembled by Simon Emmerson is but one challenger to the name. No doubt there’ll be another Afro Celt Sound System along before too much time… Read more »

Reviews / Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2016

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Cropredy 2016

11 -13th  August. Cropredy, Oxfordshire. Breakfast on a barge floating in the canal is a good thing, it helps to watch the assembled Cropredyites negotiate the tow path and various obstacles. All the world seems to pass as a full English is prepared and mugs of tea consumed. A woman struggles against the flow of humanity… Read more »