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 »

Reviews / Clear Skies – Réalta

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Réalta

Belfast band Réalta’s second album ‘Clear Skies’ is a fantastic, foot-stomping triumph of an album. Made up largely of traditional songs and tunes, though with work from Darach du Brun, John Mackrel and Patrick Davey thrown into the mix, the result is a joyous, energetic and highly accomplished combination of Irish music, with influences from… Read more »

Reviews / Stories Untold – Kim Edgar

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Kim Edgar

Edinburgh songwriter and pianist Kim Edgar launches ‘Stories Untold’, her third album, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2016. ‘Stories Untold’ is an incredible collection of Edgar’s original songs, intimate offerings accompanied by Edgar’s dynamite piano playing. The album, tackling topics including child soldiers, the impact of crime and punishment and loss… Read more »

Reviews / Astar – Breabach

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Breabach

If I were Scotland, I would be very proud of Breabach (it’s all right – I know they are!). ‘Astar’ (the the Scottish Gaelic for ‘journey’ or ‘distance’) is their fifth album. As its title indicates, the album is inspired by the band’s last five years of traversing the globe, touring Australia, New Zealand, Asia,… Read more »

Reviews / River Waiting – Connla

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connla

Those who contributed to Northern Irish band Connla’s Kickstarter campaign to record their debut album “River Waiting” will not be disappointed. This vibrant young band have produced an excellent set of self-penned songs and tunes, along with a few traditional and well-loved classics. Each band member has contributed original material to the album, creating an… Read more »