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Album review: ANNIE DRESSNER – Coffee at the Corner Bar

ANNIE DRESSNER – Coffee at the Corner Bar

Website [Release date 15.05.20] An American in Cambridge, since moving to the city by the Cam, Annie Dressner have been creating some of the most enchanting modern folk around with material that transports you easily to her home country. This … Continue reading

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Album review: SASKIA – Are You Listening?

SASKIA - Are You Listening

www.saskiagm.com [Release date 31.07.20] Saskia certainly has an interesting backstory, giving up her Harley Street practice in 2013 to pursue her real passion, singing. Starting out by busking around the UK leading onto being a regular on the acoustic music … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES REYNE – Toon Town Lullaby

JAMES REYNE – Toon Town Lullaby

Bloodline [Release date 10.07.20] The haunting, wistful title track, ‘Toon Town Lullaby’, takes us back to Reyne’s finest, post Australian Crawl hour, on his “A Whiff of Bedlam” album, released in 1994. That was the moment he truly found his … Continue reading

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EP review: LAURA EVANS – Running Back To You

LAURA EVANS - Running Back To You

Rosie Music [Release date 31.07.20] Laura Evans has released a couple of singles earlier this year – the EP’s title track and ‘Drag Me Back In’ – both of which are on this five song EP. Laura Evans has been … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2020 – June 2020)

KATATONIA - City Burials

KATATONIA City Burials Peaceville Records …what we are dealing with here is a flawless piece of work  one that both critics and fans of the band will refer to as a classic in years to come. Brilliant  just brilliant!  ***** … Continue reading

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Feature: Gigs of the Millennium – Steve Tilston, Argent, Camel, The Tubes

Fee Waybill - The Tubes

David Randall surveys a near-20 year period, reflecting on what constitutes a great gig… What makes a good gig?  It can often be the events surrounding it – a pre-gig meal or drink for example -  your fellow gig-goer(s), the … Continue reading

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Single review: RAGZ – Don’t You Forget

RAGZ – Don’t You Forget

Ragz Nordset brings her otherworldly music of the spheres from her native Nordic roots and the result is one of the most sublime things you’ll probably ever hear. With the haunting notes of a piano that sounds like it is … Continue reading

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Album review: KIERAN CONAWAY – Your Ghosts

KIERAN CONAWAY - Your Ghosts

Buoy 58 Records [Release date 29.05.20] Kieran Conaway is a singer/songwriter from Delaware, USA. Kieran began his musical studies as a classical pianist and cellist, later receiving instruction in orchestral arranging and composition. Kieran developed his acoustic guitar, piano and … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE BATT – The Penultimate Collection

MIKE BATT - The Penultimate Collection

Dramatico [Release date digital 08.05.20; physical 26.06.20] Mike Batt’s long and varied career is celebrated on this double album, which highlights his work as performer, composer and arranger. This collection features Mike Batt’s original solo material, along with his own … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KIRSTY MERRYN, TOM KITCHING, GRACES COLLIDE

KIRSTY MERRYN - Our Bright Night

KIRSTY MERRYN Our Bright Night [Release date 24.04.20] Kirsty Merryn has only been on the folk scene for a few years, yet already she has been making a name for herself with glowing reviews for her debut album and supporting … Continue reading

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Album review: PAVEY ARK – Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing

PAVEY ARK - Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing

Bandcamp [Release date 20.03.20] Some music transcends its place and time and becomes truly a work of art for the ages. Pavey Ark’s ‘Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing’ has joined that elite club and is truly one of … Continue reading

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Album review: SIOBHAN MILLER – All Is Not Forgotten

SIOBHAN MILLER - All Is Not Forgotten

Songprint Records [Release date 03.04.20] ‘All Is Not Forgotten’ is the fourth solo album from Scottish folk singer Siobhan Miller, three times winner of MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and a 2018 BBC Folk Awards recipient. Miller is backed … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAKE BUGG – Cambridge Corn Exchange, 5 March 2020

A cold Thursday night at the start of March with the country gripped in panic bog roll and hand wash buying, cowering with the media wiped up fear of the Coronavirus. A 26-year-old young man from Nottingham steps out onto … Continue reading

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Gig review: JON BODEN – Cornerstone, Didcot, 5 March 2020

Jon Boden

Back at the Cornerstone, after a very enjoyable gig here back in November 2017, Jon Boden is out on a short solo tour to promote his latest album ‘The Rose In June’. Surrounded by three guitars, fiddle, concertina, an adapted … Continue reading

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Album review: SNAKE OIL & HARMONY – Hurricane Riders

SNAKE OIL & HARMONY - Hurricane Riders

Zero One Entertainment [Release date 28.02.20] Five years ago, Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and Dan Reed (Dan Reed Network) decided to combine their talents in to form a live acoustic touring act called Snake Oil & Harmony. Since then they have … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHARD THOMPSON – Live At Rock City, Nottingham 86

RICHARD THOMPSON - Live At Rock City, Nottingham 86

Angel Air/Store For Music [Release date 13.03.20] An archive live performance from Richard Thompson from 1986 where he has backed by a veritable array of top notch folk musicians including Clive Gregson & Christine Collister (who were forging a successful … Continue reading

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Gig review: BILLY LOCKETT – O2 Academy 2, Oxford, 2 February 2020

We have ventured into the Academy a few times but have never been to the more compact upstairs Academy 2, which was the venue for Billy Lockett’s show. He’s certainly taking a big step and gamble by going out on … Continue reading

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News: THE BEST OF 2019 – Vote for your favourites in our popular poll (albums, live acts, breakthrough acts)

The Best of 2019

Every year the GRTR! Reviewers choose their favourite albums, live acts and breakthrough artists. We reduce this selection to a list of ten in each category, reflecting also the top choices of each reviewer. Vote for your own favourite from … Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2019 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2019

In this two hour special, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 22 December, David Randall plays ‘The Best of 2019′ and announces the results of the popular poll. The Get Ready to ROCK! end of year … Continue reading

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Album review: THEA HJELMELAND – Kulla

THEA HJELMELAND – Kulla

Proper Music [Release date 25.10.19] The third album by Thea Hjelmeland, KULLA, is the definition of artistic freedom. Hailing from Norway, Hjelmeland is a singer, writer and a multi-instrumentalist and demonstrates a genre-hopping confidence that suggests an artist completely at … Continue reading

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