Reviews / Rose In June – Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings

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John Boden

There has always been a dichotomy between recorded and live music that throws up questions like can the live performance deliver the spirit of the recording? Or, looking at that in reverse, does the live performance get captured in recording? The latter often being easier to get right. For example, Richard Thompson had a series… Read more »

Reviews / The Home Service live – Lichfield Garrick Theatre, October 18 2019

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Home Service

It’s like fish without chips, I mean fish is great alone but with chips, well…. Morecambe without Wise, Eric’s brilliant on his own, a pillar of entertainment yet with Ernie to bounce off the stuff of legend. So the same applies, the Home Service are a touchstone band playing an epic English rooted rock stirred… Read more »

Reviews / Songs of Our Native Daughters – Our Native Daughters

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Native Daughters

Collaborations, projects, accidental meetings. They’re all sources of inspiration for the more inventive musician but, in truth, the results of such musical experimentation vary enormously in terms of their relative success. Then, with that in mind, there are no apologies for the fact that this review looks at a magnificent record that came out earlier… Read more »

Reviews / Reasons – Grace Morrison

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Grace Morrison

Grace Morrison began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Mollard (of the band Badfinger) she has won many awards and nominations including the Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol. Her new release ‘Reasons’ shows considerable maturity despite her youth…. Read more »

Reviews / Rooted – Martin Simpson

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review of rooted by martin simpson

Quite possibly one of the key albums of 2019 ‘Rooted’ proves once and for all, what those with any smarts knew already, that Martin Simpson is a master of acoustic guitar using styles from both sides of the Atlantic , meshing them together with a natural ease and shaping his own unique identity. Don’t forget… Read more »

Reviews / Dare – Banter

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banter

If there’s a league for being in lots of bands at once – what does a poor folkie have to do to earn an honest pound? – beside Benji Kirkpatrick and Graeme Taylor, Simon Care’s surely Premiership material; have melodeon will travel. Forming Banter a couple of years back, a positively hopping debut revealed a… Read more »

Reviews / Ghosteen – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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review of ghosted by nick cave and the bad seeds

Well that came out of nowhere, Cave casually let drop the fact that the 17th Bad Seeds album would be released just a few days prior. No grand announcement, just a reply to a fan on his website. And it is so refreshing to actually be surprised, we so easily forget the thrill of discovery… Read more »

Reviews / Battlefield Dance Floor – Show of Hands

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battlefield dance floor

It’s been three years since their last release but fans of Show of Hands need wait no longer as ‘Battlefield Dance Floor’ has made its appearance. With thirteen tracks to ponder, the album has the core duo of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer augmented by the almost ever present, Miranda Sykes, as well as Cormac… Read more »

Reviews / Air Iomall – Charlie Gray And Joseph Peach

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Air Iomall

Bit of a slow burner this one. Messrs. Grey and Peach spent August 2018 travelling aboard the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan, along with filmmaker hamish MacLeod, visiting now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic: The Shiant Isles, North Rona, The Flannan Isles, Sula Sgeir and St Kilda. ‘Ar Iomall’ translates as ‘On The… Read more »