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Quick plays: KRISTINA STYKOS, DANNI NICHOLLS

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light Thunder Ridge Records [Release date 05.04.19] With many of the songs delivered in an enforced semi-spoken style (in 2017, she was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that makes speaking and singing difficult or even … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL McDERMOTT, DANNY SCHMIDT

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans Pauper Sky Records [Release date 12.04.19] In Orphans, a set of songs that while not making earlier records refused to be left to collect dust, Michael McDermott has come up with perhaps his best album yet – … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – St.David’s Hall, Cardiff, 1 February 2019

THUNDER - St.David

When the Please Remain Seated album and tour was announced, it brought a mixed response from myself: on the one hand, it was interesting to see Thunder doing something different from their usual electric shows.  What I was fearful of: … Continue reading

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Gig review: THEA GILMORE – The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

THEA GILMORE - The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

Thea Gilmore is becoming something of a fixture in our seasonal despatches.  As traditional as decking the halls of GRTR! HQ with boughs of holly. This time last year The Counterweight was winning our readers’ album of the year vote … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Atropa

LUNA ROSSA - Atropa

Firefly Music [Release date 19.11.18] Three albums in, and the latest chapter in Panic Room acoustic side project of Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) and Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute) finds them at a crossroads. The main stay of both … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI – The Met, Bury, 26 October 2018

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI - The Met, Bury, 26 October 2018

David Randall chatted to Kiki Dee in March 2015 for a two-part special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Part 2 covers the 1970s including her work with Elton John and her partnership with Carmelo Luggeri, bringing the story up … Continue reading

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Album review: GALEN AYERS – Monument

GALEN AYERS - Monument

Bombinate [Release date: 27.07.18] A confident debut here from this British US/Greece-based singer-songwriter, ‘Monument’ births short/sharp essays in personal values and beliefs in a swell of acoustic ambience. Cool to the point-of-chilly opener, ‘You Choose’ sets out her stall with … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN JAMES – Miles To Go

Colin James - Miles To Go

True North Records [Release date 21.09.18] Canadian blues-rock artist Colin James recently reflected that : “Blues is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.” And while there’s no doubting the veracity of … Continue reading

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Album review: BIRDSONG AT MORNING – Signs And Wonders

BIRDSONG AT MORNING - Signs And Wonders

Blue Gentian Records [Release date 22.08.18] ‘Signs And Wonders’ is a remarkably ambitious album from a band based around singer/songwriter/vocalist Alan Williams.  But then this is a band that released a 4-CD box set debut in 2011.  This time the … Continue reading

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Album review: ELEANOR McEVOY – Forgotten Dreams

ELEANOR McEVOY - Forgotten Dreams

Chasing The Dragon Audiophile Recordings [Release date: 08.18] available at chasingthedragon.co.uk We’ve had Alone (2011) and its companion release Naked Music (2016) – albums that saw Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy retire to the sanctuary of a sleepy Norfolk studio … Continue reading

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EP review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – Tablelands

INDIA ELECTRIC CO. - Tablelands

Shoelay [Release date 19.10.18] The India Electric Co. return with the final part of the EP trilogy which contrasts the city and country. The wonderfully talented duo Cole Stacey (vocals, percussion, gravel) and Joseph O’Keefe (violin, piano, guitar, accordion, harp, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RUSTON KELLY, MARC RIBOT, KITTY MACFARLANE

RUSTON KELLY Dying Star

RUSTON KELLY Dying Star Rounder Records [Release date 07.09.18] This is the debut album by Nashville based Ruston Kelly who has Jarrad K as collaborator and producer, with a number of guests including his wife Kacey Musgraves. Kelly said he wanted “to … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIE DRESSNER – Broken Into Pieces

ANNIE DRESSNER - Broken Into Pieces

www.anniedressner.com [Release date 26.10.18] A native New Yorker, but an adopted Brit of seven years, folk singer songwriter Annie Dressner has found favour on these shores with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and appeared at the Green Man and … Continue reading

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EP review: DORIAN SORRIAUX – Hungry Ghost

DORIAN SORRIAUX - Hungry Ghost

Soulseller Records [Release date 29.06.18] Dorian Sorriaux is the guitarist in Blues Pills where he has gained many plaudits for his playing with comparisons to legendary blue guitarists such as Peter Green and Paul Kossoff. On this EP he has … Continue reading

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Album review: TRACEY BROWNE – The Doctrine Of Song

TRACEY BROWNE - The Doctrine Of Song

[Release date 4.05.18] You could be forgiven – listening in a ‘blindfold test’ to this sophomore release from Manchester-based singer songwriter Tracey Browne, for occasionally thinking, “blimey, where did these ‘lost’ Thea Gilmore songs come from?” But dig a little … Continue reading

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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

RITCHIE DAVE PORTER– End Of The Line

Self release [Release date 01.04.18] From the opening filmic feel of ‘Blues At Sunrise’ to the conceptually opposite of ‘Blues At ‘Twilight’ – two ambient blues instrumentals that top and tail Ritchie Dave Porter’s ‘End Of The Line’ – this … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAMES GRANT & The Hallelujah String Quartet – The Met, Bury, 5 May 2018

JAMES GRANT & The Hallelujah String Quartet - The Met, Bury, 5 May 2018

Whether it is a folk club in Biddulph (2007) or an art gallery in Liverpool (2011),  you can see James Grant in any number of small venues but the bigger stages seem to be reserved for his homeland. It was … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Prisoner Of Gravity

MY GLASS WORLD - Prisoner Of Gravity

Luxury Noise [Release date 01.06.18] My Glass World is a vehicle for singer / songwriter Jamie Telford who’s ‘claim to fame’ is having played the driving piano that graces The Jam’s #1 single ‘Beat Surrender’ (1982). He’s also a trained … Continue reading

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Interview: Bearded Theory Festival (Rich Bryan)

Bearded Theory Festival 2016

Hollie Latham writes… Held at Catton Hall at the end of May each year, (2018 dates are 24 – 27 May) Bearded Theory music festival is a favourite and summer must do for so many people, myself included.  The full … Continue reading

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