Reviews / Land Of Hope and Fury – Various Artists

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Land Of Hope And Fury

Protest music’s in fine fettle just now thanks to a reactionary government with increasingly bonkers policies, seemingly no grasp of reality and an obsession with selling off everything which provides a service for normal people. Sadly Billy Bragg will still have to wait a while longer for that Great Leap Forward. Waking in the cold… Read more »

Reviews / Back to the Yellow Hills – Richard Moss

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Richard Moss

Richard Moss’s new album “Back to the Yellow Hills” contains moments to make your heart beat that little bit faster. A fantastically accomplished guitarist and mandolin player and a member of bands such as Irish powerhouse band Drop the Floor, ceilidh band Union Street and duo Squirrels in Space, Moss’s album brilliantly captures the music… Read more »

Reviews / Shadows – O’Hooley & Tidow

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shadows O'hooley & Tidow

Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow continue to forge their own highly individual direction on their fifth album. Shadows has all of their trademark Northern bite, harmonies to die for and the deep empathy they have for each other and the subjects of their songwriting. The album also possesses a level of maturity over and above… Read more »

Reviews / The Bruce 700

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The Bruce 700

This is a live recording at Celtic Connections 2015 of a commission by Stirling Council to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Composed, arranged and orchestrated by Allan MacDonald and Neil Johnstone. The Bruce involved the skills of the cream of Scottish musicianship from pipes to fiddles and everything in between –… Read more »

Reviews / Climb The Air – Hatful of Rain

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Climb The Air

Hatful of Rain epitomise the explosion of UK Americana artists who have grasped this living tradition of music that has travelled across the Atlantic over the past centuries to the Americas and is now enjoying the return trip. On its travels it has rubbed up against countless other musical styles, been shaped by familiar hands… Read more »

Reviews / The Natural Selection Australian Songbook – Bush Gothic

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Bush Gothic

Bush Gothic are band leader Jenny M. Thomas together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis. ‘The Natural Selection Australian Songbook’ contains ten Australian Folk songs that have been lovingly rearranged by the band… Hang on, that’s sounding a bit dry… try this; Jenny Thomas, along with her two accomplices have completely reinvented… Read more »

Reviews / Good Times Will Come Again – Megson

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megson

At last! An album full of original songs from the multi award winning duo of Deb and Stu Hannah, something that has been hinted at with great songs here and there on albums for years, and is well overdue. Anyone who has followed their career will feel at home with this new material, all of… Read more »

Reviews / Untrained Heart – Neal Hoffmann

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Untrained Heart

Debut solo album from singer-songwriter Neal Hoffmann, previously of London based group Amphibic. Born in Germany, Hoffmann has made his home in London. Untrained Heart is a strong solo debut, Hoffmann is influenced by Nordic Noir and the Scandinavian approach to pop and rock , and he does have something in common with acts such… Read more »

Reviews / Locks and Bolts – Solarference

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Solarference

Solarference are Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen, describing themselves as ‘folk song and laptop duo’. Their debut album ‘Lips of Clay’ came out in 2012 – it held something very different from the rest of the growing electronic folk culture; they were actively exploring what could be done with new technology and traditional song, without… Read more »

Reviews / Look Out – Early Cartographers

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Early Cartographers

Based in Sheffield, Early Cartographers are less a band than an umbrella for a group of musicians performing soupy, unplugged, jazz roots. Worthily they don’t just stick to a single modus operandi, you’ll find them busking the streets, playing on trams, at various festivals and in many a Yorkshire haunt. Look Out has been a… Read more »