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EP review: JESSICA LYNN – Reimagined

JESSICA LYNN - Reimagined

www.jessicalynnmusic.org/music [Release date 17.09.21] This new four song EP from Jessica Lynn is influenced by her weekly livestreams during the pandemic. “Since the pandemic started,” Jessica reflects, “I have been performing piano livestreams every week, where my fans have challenged … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER H NILSSON – Sign Of Myself

PETER H NILSSON – Sign Of Myself

AOR Heaven [Release date 10.09.21] Peter H Nilsson’s debut ‘Little American Dream’ was a very enjoyable AOR/ West Coast listen and still played regularly by this reviewer. The good news is that this follow-up album sees Nilsson still teamed up … Continue reading

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Album review: FINNY McCONNELL – The Dark Streets Of Love

FINNY McCONNELL – The Dark Streets Of Love

Whiskey Devil Records [Release date 03.09.21] After 30 years of leading renowned Celtic punk rockers, The Mahones – who have released over 20 albums and shared stages with the Dropkick Murphys, Shane MacGowan, Stiff Little Fingers, Billy Bragg, The Buzzcocks, … Continue reading

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Album review: COLIN SCOT – Colin Scot

COLIN SCOT - Colin Scot

Esoteric/Cherry Red [Release date 30.7.21] It’s more than a little unfair that the late singer-songwriter Colin Scot’s 1971 debut seems to be regarded more for the myriad of guest musicians than for Scot’s own undoubted talent. Reissued on CD for … Continue reading

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Album review: EMILY WOLFE – Outlier

EMILY WOLFE - Outlier

Crow’s Feet [Release date 25.06.21] With one album to her name to date Emily Wolfe – who has a recently released custom guitar the Epiphone Sheraton Stealth, Emily Wolfe – she has decided to stretch her musical boundaries on this … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MURRAY McLAUCHLAN, SEAN CHAMBERS, MARK GERMINO

MURRAY McLAUCHLAN Hourglass

MURRAY McLAUCHLAN Hourglass True North Records [Release date 09.07.21] Folk and country artist Murray McLauchlin has been recording and touring since the early 70’s. In his native Canada he is an eleven-time Juno award winning artist, received the Order of … Continue reading

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Album review: JOE DANKS – Seaspeak

JOE DANKS - Seaspeak

Website [Release date 09.07.21] Joe Danks may live in landlocked rural Derbyshire but the sound and smell of the sea and maritime images are locked firmly in his head. Danks found his ‘sea legs’ when he landed a year-long residency … Continue reading

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Album review: PAT McMANUS & ERIC McFADDEN – Two Big MC’s Live at Patrimonio

PAT McMANUS & ERIC McFADDEN – Two Big MC’s Live at Patrimonio

Bad Reputation [Release date: 01.06.21] Guitarists Pat McManus and Eric McFadden are currently label mates at French company Bad Reputation. They initially met in Paris and went on to perform at the ‘Night of the Guitars’ event at Patrimonio in … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC McFADDEN – Starving At The Feast

ERIC McFADDEN – Starving At The Feast

Bad Reputation [Release date: 01.06.2021] Known far better on the US western seaboard than in the UK, singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric McFadden is enjoying a diverse career. Alongside output with Bay Area bands such as Liar, Alien Lovestock, Angry … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN McNABB – Utopian

IAN McNABB - Utopian

www.ianmcnabb.com [Release date 05.03.21] Utopian is the final part of a trilogy Ian McNabb began with ‘Star Smile Strong’ (2017), and continued with ‘Our Future In Space’ (2018). Recording took on a very different approach during 2020’s global pandemic, with … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK SPIRO- Traveling Cowboys

MARK SPIRO - Traveling Cowboys

Frontiers Records (Release Date 07.05.21) Best known as a writer for Cheap Trick, Giant, Bad English and others, Mark Spiro’s career has significantly picked up after a dormant few years. Less than a year after the ’2+2= 5‘ triple anthology … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KATE VARGAS, TRICK OR TREAT, CRAIG CARDIFF

kate vargas for the wolfish & wandering

KATE VARGAS For the Wolfish & Wandering Bad Reputation This is Kate Vargas’s third album, released last year, and she has recently launched a Crowdfunding campaign to finance her next album. Her press bio has her down as a reformed … Continue reading

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Album review: JR HARBIDGE – Long Black River

JR HARBIDGE – Long Black River

www.jrharbidge.com/home [Release date 30.04.21] Black Country based J.R. Harbidge releases his second album ‘Long Black River’, from which three singles have already dropped — ‘Wrong Side of The Fight’, ‘Break the Spell’ and ‘Sunshine Not Rain’. “My new album,” says … Continue reading

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Album review: AMY SPEACE & THE ORPHAN BRIGADE – There Used To Be Horses Here

AMY SPEACE & THE ORPHAN BRIGADE – There Used To Be Horses Here

Proper Records [Release date 30.04.21] This is a very personal album from Amy Speace as she looks back on a twelve-month span between her son’s first birthday and the loss of her father. The album’s lyrical themes cover childhood memories, … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2021 – March 2021)

Albums of the Month (January-March 2021)

THUNDER All the Right Noises (BMG) Thunder fans will love this album as it touches all the band’s key strengths – memorable songs, party rockers, ballads, lyrics to make you think and above all, well-crafted hard rock tunes. An Album … Continue reading

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Album review: JOSEPH PARSONS – At Mercy’s Edge

JOSEPH PARSONS – At Mercy’s Edge

Blue Rose Records [Release date 01.01.21] Joseph Parsons is a new name to me, however, he has been playing his musical trade for over thirty years now, including releasing thirteen solo albums prior to this one, and a further ten … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JANET SIMPSON, D’ERCOLE

JANET SIMPSON – Safe Distance

JANET SIMPSON Safe Distance Cornelius Chapel Records [Release date 19.03.21] Singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Janet Simpson’s latest album covers many human stories and emotions from running away from demons, to retreating from your troubles, and more. It also marks … Continue reading

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Album review: TOBY JEPSON – Viewfinder

TOBY JEPSON - Viewfinder

Jepsongs Recordings [Release date 12.03.21] “This is a selection of my solo songs that I hope you enjoy for what they are; moments in time when I was on a journey that ultimately brought them into being.” So says former … Continue reading

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Book review: OFF THE CHARTS by KAT GOLDMAN

Off The Charts

  Sutherland House [Publication date 09.02.21] Canadian singer songwriter Kat Goldman has made four critically acclaimed albums and her songs have been covered by Grammy-nominated band, The Duhks, Dar Williams, among many others. I will be honest I had not … Continue reading

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Album review: MILTON HIDE – Temperature’s Rising

MILTON HIDE – Temperature’s Rising

www.miltonhide.com [Release date 05.03.21] Milton Hide emerged out of the East Sussex open mic and folk club circuit five years ago, where the acoustic duo picked up many plaudits for their debut EP, ‘Little Fish’, released in 2018. Now husband … Continue reading

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EP review: LEWIS CLAY – Idle Hands

LEWIS CLAY - Idle Hands

      Website [Release date 25.12.20] 2020 has been a right shit show of that there can be no doubt, and it has hit the performing arts and live arena very badly, especially as most don’t manage to qualify … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK VENNIS & A DIFFERENT PLACE – Fighting On All Fronts

MARK VENNIS & A DIFFERENT PLACE – Fighting On All Fronts

Cadiz Music [Release date 27.11.20] Moviehouse MD and modern day renaissance man, Mark Vennis, fresh from producing acclaimed documentary, Rebel Dread, has just released his third album, Fighting On All Fronts. It’s an album Vennis recorded primarily with long time … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE BALSAMO – The Millennium Tapes

STEVE BALSAMO – The Millennium Tapes

Facebook [Release date 04.12.20] Steve Balsamo has unearthed these songs during lockdown that were recorded back at the start of the millennium as the album title suggests. Balsamo worked with Micky Lister on these songs. Lister was signed back in … Continue reading

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EP review: HM JOHNSEN – Serenity

HM JOHNSEN - Serenity

EP link [Release date 27.11.20] Norwegian singer songwriter HM Johnsen certainly has an interesting backstory as his 2017 debut album ‘Chased’ was funded by a small community in western Norway, which allowed the album to be mastered at Abbey Road. … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2020 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewers choose their Top Albums of the Year

AC/DC - Power Up

2020 has been a horrendous year for live music,  silenced by the coronavirus pandemic.  With live music off the agenda, there has been no shortage of album/EP releases, so this year our reviewers have concentrated on selecting their Top Albums, … Continue reading

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