Tag Archives: folk

Quick plays: SHARKS, GIG, SANDERS & SAVAGE

SHARKS Ready Steady Go

SHARKS Ready Steady Go 3MS Music [Release date 29.06.18] Sharks can trace their origins back to 1972 when they were formed by former Free bass player Andy Fraser, guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, both of who are in this … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINEBARROW – South Hill Park, Bracknell, 3 May 2018

South Hill Park is a lovely venue on the outskirts of Bracknell and tonight’s gig was in the cellar bar, perfect for a folk gig. Before Ninebarrow we had Edward Naismith who performed a short set and his vocals and … 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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Single review: PICTUREHOUSE, SHARON LAZIBYRD

PICTUREHOUSE Riptide [Release date 25.05.18] ‘Riptide’, written by frontman Dave Browne with Swedish songwriter and producer Adam Kviman, is the first new material the band have released since 2013’s ‘Evolution’ album. This single is also the first recording featuring the … Continue reading

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Album review: NINEBARROW – The Waters & The Wild

NINEBARROW - The Waters & The Wild

[Release date 20.04.18] Ninebarrow hail from Dorset (the duo’s name comes from Nine Barrow Down in the Purbeck hills) comprised of Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere. On this, their third album, they use an outside producer for the first time … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TRACK DOGS, ULTAN CONLON, FUNNY COW

TRACK DOGS - Kansas City Out Groove

TRACK DOGS Kansas City Out Groove Mondegreen Records [Release date 01.06.18] Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American (no, it’s not the opening line of a joke), Track Dogs came together in 2011 when the four folk … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE DARK LIGHT, MOOD GROOVE, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR

THE DARK LIGHT - Keep Off The Grass

THE DARK LIGHT Keep Off The Grass [Release date 06.04.18] The Dark Light formed in 2015 and this is their debut album with a line-up consisting of Gerrard Edwards (vocals), Henning Brand (drums), Roberto Cicorella (guitars), Sonny Moylan (guitars) and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BIRDS OF CHICAGO, IAN SHERWOOD

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime

BIRDS OF CHICAGO Love In Wartime JT Nero (JT & The Clouds frontman Jeremy Lindsay) and Allison Russell (Po’ Girl) first combined their talents on the 2011 JT Nero-branded Mountains/Forests album – an album of Americana that lacked a commercial … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VARVARA, I’M WITH HER, CHIARA BERARDELLI

VARVARA Go [Release date 23.02.18] Hailing from Finland (the most exciting thing to come out of Finland since fromer Liverpool player Jari Litmanen according to one previous review), are based around guitarist/vocalist Mikko Kari. This is the band’s fourth album and is one for … Continue reading

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Album review: KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN – Personae

KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN - Personae

IScream Records [Release date 09.03.18] Husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have been recording and performing for over two decades, during which time they have won twice Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEAD SOUTH – Illusion & Doubt

THE DEAD SOUTH - Illusion & Doubt

DevilDuck Records [Release date 23.03.18] Outlaws, modern hillbillies?  The opening strains of ‘Boots’ does, indeed, bring Jed Clampett and his clan to mind.  And regrettably, not Elly May. No, more her half-witted half-brother Jethro, having a banjo/mandolin fuelled bluegrass hoedown … Continue reading

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Quick plays: LUKE JACKSON, TOM TOWNSEND

LUKE JACKSON Solo, Duo, Trio First Take Records [Release date 09.02.18] Luke Jackson has been steadily building a name for himself since his debut album ‘More Than The Boys’ was released in 2013. Indeed, he has been nominated for the BBC … Continue reading

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Book review: JACKIE MCAULEY – I, SIDEMAN: The Story Of Me In The 60′s & 70′s

JACKIE MCAULEY - I, SIDEMAN: The Story Of Me In The 60

www.jackiemcauley.com – 253 pages paperback [Publication date: December 2017] Jackie McAuley’s ‘I Sideman: The Story Of Me In The 60′s and 70′s’ is an eloquently written, partial biography by a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who takes three quarters of the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN, ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD, RAINTIMES

BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN Hearts Of Glass Proper Music [Release date 09.02.18] www.bethnielsenchapman.com Beth Nielsen Chapman’s latest album is nearly all her own songs, with many of them being re-recorded versions where the piano on the originals is replaced by guitar. … Continue reading

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Album review: JOAN BAEZ – Whistle Down The Wind

JOAN BAEZ - Whistle Down The Wind

Proper Records [Release date 02.03.18] Joan Baez made her live debut back in 1959 at the Newport Folk Festival and now she is starting to wind down her career, touring wise at least as 2018 marks her last year of … Continue reading

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Album review: GORDON GILTRAP – Peace Will Fall

GORDON GILTRAP - Peace Will Fall

Angel Air Records [Release date 12.01.18] A bit like the proverbial bus, Gordon Giltrap’s recent albums are few and far between and then two arrive within a relatively short space of time.  Last year’s ‘The Last of England’ was a … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TRANSPORTS – A Tale of Exile and Migration

Hudson Records [Release date 12.01.18] The Transports tells the tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to Australia in the 1780s. The songs were originally penned by Peter Bellamy and have now been given … Continue reading

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Album review: DAMIEN O’KANE – Avenging & Bright

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Pure Records [Release date 08.12.17] Damien O’Kane’s album ‘Areas Of High Traffic’, released last year, was nominated for ‘Album Of The Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Based on this new album that is hardly surprising as in the main he takes … Continue reading

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Album review: JON BODEN – Afterglow

Hudson Records [Release date 06.10.17] ‘Afterglow’ follows on from Jon Boden’s 2009 post-apocalyptic concept album ‘Songs From The Floodplain’. Whereas that album was largely rural in its setting, ‘Afterglow’ takes the listener into the chaos of a ruined city’s street carnival, as two star-crossed lovers try to … Continue reading

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Album review: BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE – Medicine Songs

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE - Medicine Songs

True North Records [Release date 07.11.17] A new album from the now 76 year old Buffy, and guess what?  Yes, lurking there amidst a collection of old, new, and borrowed, (and Blue) material are career defining numbers like ‘Soldier Blue’ … Continue reading

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