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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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Gig review: WATCHET FESTIVAL – 27-28 August 2016

WATCHET FESTIVAL - 27-28 August 2016

Watchet Festival – The small festival with a huge heart… Saturday 27th August After spending what felt like half my lifetime sitting in the giant car park that is the M5, he beautiful scenery as we drove along the winding … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 28-31 July 2016

Blazing Fiddles - Cambridge Folk Festival, 28-31 July 2016

Yet again CFF has come up with an intriguing and eclectic mix of artists that pulls from many eras and styles of folk and world music, included in this are enough big names to entice people.  This helped to yet … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ANNA ELIZABETH LAUBE, THE O’s

ANNA ELIZABETH LAUBE - Tree

ANNA ELIZABETH LAUBE Tree  Ahh…Pockets! Records [Release date 21.10.16] Her last album – Anna Laube (2015) may have taken five years to complete, but the fourth album from Seattle-based Anna Elizabeth Laube has followed in just over 12 months.  But … Continue reading

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Album review: SESSION AMERICANA with Jefferson Hamer – Great Shakes

 SESSION AMERICANA with Jefferson Hamer - Great Shakes

[Release date 14.10.16] Session Americana are a Boston area collective formed in 2003 with six previous releases and a significant number of local area nominations and awards.  And while guitarist/ singer Jefferson Hamer has been an integral part of the … Continue reading

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News: The Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire 26-29 August 2016 – win tickets!

Willie And The Bandits - GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL - Skegness 22-24 January 2016

In his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 24 July, David Randall previewed some of the acts appearing at this year’s Great British R&B Festival. (10:39) The 27th Great British R&B Festival takes place Bank Holiday … Continue reading

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Album review: LARKIN POE – Reskinned

LARKIN POE - Reskinned

RH Music [Release date 08.07.16] We rather liked Larkin Poe’s last release – Kin (2014), a move by sisters Rebecca and Megan Poe towards a more pop/mainstream orientated style, albeit laced with their blues, rock and folk/country influences. Two years … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DANA IMMANUEL, EVE SELIS

DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND Come With Me

DANA IMMANUEL & THE STOLEN BAND Come With Me [Release date 05.08.16] A curious release, coming reasonably hot on the heels of banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking north London based singer-songwriter Dana Immanuel’s last album Dotted Lines which attracted a 4 star GRTR! … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS – A Box Of Everything

THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS - A Box Of Everything

Red River [Release date 16.06.16] Who?  And where the hell is Slambovia?  Not another Eastern European bloc state looking to dig its snout into the EU feeding trough? No, it’s a state of mind of a New York indie outfit … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL McDERMOTT, ANNIE KEATING, MISS RABBIT

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Willow Springs

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Willow Springs Having only just reviewed The Westies – Six On The Out, a vehicle for singer songwriter Michael McDermott, it was something of a surprise to find his 10th solo album land  a matter of only weeks … Continue reading

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Album review: JON KENZIE – From Wanderlust

JON KENZIE - From Wanderlust

Membran [Release date 01.07.16] Way back in 2009 I reviewed the eponymous debut by Beggar Joe a promising Manchester quintet that fell into the blues jazz genre, tempered by a side salad of rock and soul. A ‘late night/early hours’ … Continue reading

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Album review: CAIN RISING – s/t

CAIN RISING - Raising Cain

That’ll Do Records [Release date out now] With a name like Southside Jimmy and the mix of country, folk and rock that borrows heavily on the likes of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan that permeate this eponymous debut, … Continue reading

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