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Gig review: JARROD DICKENSON – St Pancras Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

JARROD DICKENSON - Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

Win a vinyl copy of Jarrod Dickenson’s new album!  Listen in to the singer songwriter sequence on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Mon-Fri, 14:00- 16:00 GMT) until Wednesday 25 October.  ‘Ready The Horses’ is the Featured Album. Set to the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM BYRNES, INTASTELLA, THE JAMIE PORTER BAND, BILL FEEHELY

JIM BYRNES - Long Hot Summer Days

JIM BYRNES Long Hot Summer Days Black Hen Music [Release date 27.10.17] Sixty nine year old, multiple Canadian Juno and Maple Blues Awards winner, Jim Byrnes turns the clock back to his St Louis high school days for inspiration on … Continue reading

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Quick plays: RICKY ROSS, MATT PATERSHUK

RICKY ROSS - Short Stories Vol. 1

RICKY ROSS Short Stories Vol. 1 earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] While there’s no argument Ricky Ross can pen a decent tune, and has a signature vocal timbre, he’s perhaps not the most technically gifted of singers, which in no small … Continue reading

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Album review: AMELIA WHITE – Rhythm Of The Rain

AMELIA WHITE - Rhythm Of The Rain

[Release date 27.10.17] East Nashville based singer and songwriter Amelia White’s 2014 offering Old Postcard, her 6th long player, was what I’d describe as ‘a keeper’ – an Americana/soft rock cross over album reminiscent of classic Tom Petty and delivered … 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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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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Album review: CIARA SIDINE – Unbroken Line

CIARA SIDINE - Unbroken Line

[Release date 06.10.17] The follow up to Dublin-based singer songwriter Ciara Sidine’s excellent debut Shadow Road Shining (2011) has been a while coming. Unbroken Line follows the same pattern in featuring a self-written set, with the exception of a haunting … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND, QUIET RIOT, WORLD TRADE

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND What If

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND What If Rounder Records [Release date 18.08.17] Jerry Douglas has played and appeared on over 1,600 albums, from artists such as Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, plus he has been a member of Alison … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHONY ROSANO AND THE CONQUEROOS – Anthony Rosano And The Conqueroos

ANTHONY ROSANO AND THE CONQUEROOS

Self release [Release date 11.04.17] Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos hail from Virginia, so presumably the decision to hook up with producer/guitarist Mike Zito and high profile engineer David Ferrell and record in New Orleans was in the hope that … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MATISYAHU, DAVID RAMIREZ, MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ

MATISYAHU Undercurrent

MATISYAHU Undercurrent Fallen Sparks/Thirty Tigers [Release date 19.05.17] Reggae, hip hop, rap and beatboxing.  Four musical styles I’d cross the road to avoid.  Period.  Add in Orthodox Jewish themes, and Matisyahu should be a big no, no, no, no, NO. … Continue reading

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Album review: SUSAN CATTANEO – The Hammer & The Heart

SUSAN CATTANEO - The Hammer & The Heart

Jersey Girl Music [Release date 25.08.17] Now that’s something you don’t see many of these days – a double album!  Although, in truth The Hammer and The Heart (the two ‘albums’) would have fitted on a single CD!! Cattaneo’s fifth … 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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Quick plays: UNDERHILL ROSE, STEVE MAYONE

UNDERHILL ROSE  Live

UNDERHILL ROSE  Live [Release date 30.06.17] Recorded in North Carolina in September 2016, Live finds Underhill Rose  Eleanor Underhill (vocals/banjo/harmonica), Molly Rose Reed (vocals/guitar) and Salley Williamson (vocals and upright bass) delivering a stripped back ‘best of’ set culled from … Continue reading

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Album review: RICH HOPKINS AND LUMINARIOS – My Way Or The Highway

RICH HOPKINS AND LUMINARIOS - My Way Or The Highway

Blue Rose [Release date 27.01.17] You can tell a ‘serious’ musician when their album credits lists both the guitars and amplifiers they use, but Tuscon guitar slinger and songwriter Rich Hopkins comes across as one laid back dude. He might … 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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Quick plays: HARROW FAIR, OH SUSANNA

HARROW FAIR - Call To Arms

HARROW FAIR Call To Arms Roraing Girl Records [Release date 19.05.17] Deploying that now familiar White Stripes, unaccompanied two piece modus operandi, Canadian duo Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner let loose a kick drum fuelled debut laced with rootsy guitar … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM GRIMM AND THE FAMILY BAND – A Stranger In This Time

TIM GRIMM AND THE FAMILY BAND - A Stranger In This Time

Cavalier Recordings [Release date 03.03.17] As the billing suggests, multi-talented folk/country singer/songwriter and actor (the TV series Reasonable Doubts, and films including Clear And Present Danger with Harrison Ford) Tim Grimm’s latest release is something of a family affair ‘supported … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM LAUDERDALE – London Southern

JIM LAUDERDALE - London Southern

Proper Records [Release date 03.02.17] Jim Lauderdale recently won a lifetime achievement award from the US Amerciana Honors & Awards and is widely respected amongst his contemporaries. He has written songs with George Strait, Elvis Costello, Buddy Miller and John … Continue reading

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Album review: THE OUTSIDERS UK – Everything’s Gone Vintage

The Outsiders UK - Everything

Planet Records UK [Release date 24.06.16] The Outsiders UK hail from Lancashire. They are a reformed band who after a 15 year hiatus take great delight in mining some of the best musical of influences of the early 70s’s. Originally … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MIKE GROGAN, PELE, THE MOST UGLY CHILD

MIKE GROGAN Too Many Ghosts

MIKE GROGAN Too Many Ghosts Poacher Records [Release date 10.02.17] Having paid his dues in the punk explosion of the 70′s, and a six piece Springsteen-esque band in the 80′s, South of England based multi-instrumentalist Mike Grogan has settled into … Continue reading

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