Tag Archives: folk

Quick play reviews: FRIGG, PALE HONEY

FRIGG Frost On Fiddles Frigg [Release date 06.10.17] Frigg (be careful how you spell that on a Google search!) hail from Finland and feature the talents of four fiddle players, plus a guitarist, bassist and cittern/mandolin players. All instrumentals and … Continue reading

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Album review: JANIS IAN – The Essential 2.0

JANIS IAN - The Essential 2.0

Sony Legacy [Release date 22.09.17] This 2 CD collection neatly brings together, for the first time, some of Ian’s best (?) works spanning her whole career from 1967 to date on the Columbia, Verve And Rude Girl labels. All too … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEAUTIFUL DAYS Festival – Devon, 18-20 August 2017

BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL - Devon, 18-20 August 2017

Dance Before, During and After the Storm Between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th August 2017 the bizarre, the wonderful and the contradictions of the norm gathered in the grounds of Escot Park to embrace the eclectic bohemian eccentricity that is … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BLUE ROSE CODE, AUTOBAHN

BLUE ROSE CODE The Water Of Leith Navigator Records [Release date 27.10.17] Blue Rose Code is in fact singer songwriter Ross Wilson and he has already gained an impressive set of fans including actors Denis Lawson and Ewan McGregor, along … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 27-30 July 2017

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 27-30 July 2017

Sometimes I think the term ‘Folk Festival’ puts some people off but if they look under the skin they might see something very special. A glancing look through this year’s programme of events showed a whole array of arts and … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – To The Moon and Back

BLACKMORE

David Randall chatted to Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore in October 2015 for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  The hour special gives background to the formation of the band along with selected tracks from their 20 year-history. Minstrel Hall Music … Continue reading

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Album review: THE YOUNG ‘UNS – Strangers

THE YOUNG

Hereteu Records [Release date 29.09.17] Teeside three piece the Young ‘Uns – Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes – have won the BBC Folk Awards Best Group in 2015 and 2016, along with picking up numerous plaudits from the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BRUCE COCKBURN, A BLUE FLAME, MORNING STAR

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone

BRUCE COCKBURN Bone On Bone True North Records [Release date 15.09.17] Sounds like a name I ought to know, but maybe I’m thinking about ‘Rooster’.  But, in reality, Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn sounds more like a cross between Mark … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MARTIN SIMPSON, RIVERDOGS, HIRSH GARDNER

MARTIN SIMPSON Trails & Tribulations Topic Records [Release date 01.09.17] Trails & Tribulations’ is Martin Simpson’s twentieth album in a career spanning over 40 years. As he says the album “is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and … Continue reading

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Single review: SHARON LAZIBYRD – Don’t Worry

[Release date 01.09.17] The third single by Sharon Lazibyrd from her upcoming album due later this year. The song features Sharon Lazibyrd on vocals, ukulele, viola and cowbell and she is joined by Damon Bridge (accordion), Kate Bridge (backing vocals), … Continue reading

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Quick plays: EMPIRE, LAST BULLET, TOM RUSSELL, DICK

EMPIRE - The Raven Ride

EMPIRE The Raven Ride Pride & Joy Music [Release date 18.08.17] Pride & Joy Music continue their Empire re-issues and here we have the band’s third album which was originally released in 2006. Former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin sang … Continue reading

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Album review: ELEANOR McEVOY – The Thomas Moore Project

ELEANOR McEVOY - The Thomas Moore Project

MOSCODISC [Release date o4.08.17] First the history lesson – Thomas Moore was an 18/19th century Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer.  Once celebrated, but largely overlooked today, Eleanor McEvoy looks to put that right by taking some of his best … Continue reading

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Album review: HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

Self release [Release date: 11.11.16] The Irish-Australian duo of Hat Fitz and Cara stand out among their contemporaries because of their hill country grooves, their bluesy minimalism, some well crafted folky songs, occasional great hooks and an essential contrasting dynamic … Continue reading

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Gig review: FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Union Chapel, London, 27 May 2017

Fairport Convention - Cropredy, 13-15 August 2015

Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention have never been a band to shy away from celebrating their own legacy. When they decided to split in 1979 they held a big outdoor farewell gig in Cropredy, Oxfordshire that proved so successful they decided … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LOVED ONES, DAVEY DODDS

LOVED ONES Harness Blood Records [Release date 05.05.17] Loved Ones are on ‘that difficult second album’, or so the theory goes, however this band have no qualms on that score as they have a plethora of musical ideas to share … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BURNT OUT WRECK, CHESS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

BURNT OUT WRECK Swallow

BURNT OUT WRECK Swallow Cherry Red Records [Release date 24.03.17] Gary Moat was the drummer with Scottish rockers Heavy Pettin’ and for his new band, Burnt Out Wreck, he leaves his drum kit behind to head for the mic stand. … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG BIG TRAIN – Grimspound

BIG BIG TRAIN - Grimspound

English Electric Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] www.bigbigtrain.com Following hot on the heels of last year’s excellent ‘Folklore’ album Big Big Train are back with another album featuring tales of national heroes, the countryside and family dramas. This album also sees … Continue reading

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EP review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – ECM1

INDIA ELECTRIC CO. - ECM1

www.indiaelectricco.com [Release date 05.05.17] India Electric Co. are Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, who released their debut album, ‘The Girl Left Behind Me’ in 2015 and gained rave reviews for it, including airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6. … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN HARPER – Titanium Flag (Remastered & Expanded Edition)

COLIN HARPER - Titanium Flag

Market Square Records [Release date 24.04.17] The sad thing about this album is that most punters will be drawn in primarily by Track 3 which features legendary Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman.  In fairness, back in 2010 when this was released … Continue reading

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Album review: MALCOLM HOLCOMBE – Pretty Little Troubles

MALCOLM HOLCOMBE - Pretty Little Troubles

Gypsy Eyes Music [Release date 26.05.17] As a co-reviewer pointed out to me, I have previously reviewed an album by ‘old soul and modern day southern blues poet’ Malcolm Holcombe back in 2011 (To Drink To The Rain). But, falling … Continue reading

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