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Album review: KATIE DOHERTY & THE NAVIGATORS – And Then

KATIE DOHERTY & THE NAVIGATORS

Steeplejack Music [Release date 25.01.19] Katie Doherty released her debut album ‘Bridges’ in 2007, which picked up glowing reviews and airplay on BBC Radio 2. Since then Katie Doherty has been involved as a composer for Northern Stage productions, along … Continue reading

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EP review: STEVE BALSAMO – Circle The Wagons

www.stevebalsamomusic.com Steve Balsamo came to my musical attention via the country rockers the Storys, who are well worth checking out and sadly another of those bands that had heaps of talent, yet never got the musical success they deserved. He … Continue reading

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Album review: THE STEEL WOODS – Old News

Thirty Tigers [Release date 18.01.19] The Steel Woods released their debut album ‘Straw In The Wind’ in 2017. ‘Old News’ (for that retro feel it is also released as a double vinyl) sees the band’s main songwriters Wes Bayliss (vocals, … Continue reading

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Album review: SLIM CHANCE – New Cross Road

Fishpool Records [Release date 18.01.19] Slim Chance were the backing band to former Small Faces and Faces member Ronnie Lane (who died aged only 51 in 1997), with three members in the current line-up of Slim Chance featured on those … Continue reading

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Album review: LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

LETHBRIDGE OWEN – Mind Over Matter

Pete Feenstra chatted to Kelly Lethbridge and Jimmy Owen for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio with tracks from the album ‘Mind Over Matter’ Self Release [Release date: digital 23.11.18 and CD 07.12.18] Lethbridge Owen are about … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE WILLOWS, ME AND MY FRIENDS, JEROME MAZZA

THE WILLOWS Through the Wild [Release date 30.11.18] ‘Through the Wild’ is the third album from the Cambridge folk band the Willows, who have picked up praise from the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. Listening to this album … Continue reading

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Album review: GRYPHON – Raindances (The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975)

GRYPHON - Raindances (The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975)

Esoteric [Release date: 24.08.18] Folk rock sipped at diverse sources in its late 60s evolution; the traditional ale-house song was most prominent, probably because it was relatively simple to repurpose, while the music of the medieval court was less so, … 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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Gig review: STEELEYE SPAN – Hexagon, Reading, 15 October 2018

Steeleye Span

First visit to the Hexagon in Reading, a venue I had seen on TV previously when a snooker tournament used to be held here. Tonight though it hosts folk rock legends Steeleye Span, to a sadly half-full auditorium which is even … 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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Album review: BERT JANSCH – Such A Simple Soul

BERT JANSCH - Such A Simple Soul

BMG [Release date 26.10.18] The exquisitely talented Bert Jansch, the former Pentangle guitarist who died in 2011, has been inspiring musicians for decades – from Jimmy Page and Paul Simon to Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon. Indeed, it was another … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – Into The Electric Castle

AYREON - Into The Electric Castle

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 26.10.18] Aside from being the 20th anniversary of its release and a long overdue vinyl release, the most significant thing about the Arjen Lucassen’s remixed and re-mastered 1998 Ayreon project, is the way it successfully … Continue reading

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Album review: ACE OF CUPS

High Moon Records [Release date 08.11.18] Get ready for an incredible story you just couldn’t make up; the journey of a band and its music spanning over 50 years, from the heady, idealistic-hippy days of 1967’s Summer of Love in … Continue reading

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Interview: JULIAN LITTMAN (STEELEYE SPAN)

Next year iconic folk rockers Steeleye Span celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. 2019 will see a brand new album and associated tours as the ever-evolving band mark their half century. More immediately, however, there is the matter of an autumn tour. … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – Home

Because Music [Release date 28.09.18] ‘Home’ is the John Butler Trio’s first album since 2014′s ‘Flesh & Blood’, which reached number 2 in his native Australian charts, as well as topping the US Billboard chart and those of France and Switzerland. … 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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Gig review: NORTHERN FLYWAY – Cornerstones, Didcot, 21 September 2018

Northern Flyway is the brainchild of Jenny Sturgeon (Salt House, Jenny Sturgeon Trio) and Inge Thomson (Karine Polwart Trio, Da Fishing Hands). In 2017 they wrote and created Northern Flyway – an audio-visual production exploring the ecology, folklore, symbolism and mythology … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM SHEPARD, PHILLIP HENRY, SIR REG

JIM SHEPARD Jaded

JIM SHEPARD Jaded MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.08.18] This is the third solo album by US musician Jim Shepard who has been on the music scene for some years including a band called Taxi, who had some success in their local … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHARD THOMPSON – 13 Rivers

RICHARD THOMPSON - 13 Rivers

Proper Music [Release date 14.09.18] Richard Thompson describes this album as “There are 13 songs on the record, and each one is like a river. Some flow faster than others.  Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate … 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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