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Album review: RITCHIE DAVE PORTER – Fast Train Rollin’

RITCHIE DAVE PORTER - Fast Train Rollin

Self Release [Release date 01.05.19] Ritchie Dave Porter is back with another slice of his unique serene calmness and emotional honesty, as he takes us on an autobiographical acoustic blues journey to the red button of the recording studio. From … Continue reading

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Gig review: HANNAH ALDRIDGE – Village Club, Thornton Hough, Wirral, 1 May 2019

HANNAH ALDRIDGE - Village Club, Thornton Hough, Wirral, 1 May 2019

Could the Village Hall be the future of rock ‘n’ roll?  Well, it worked for The Beatles.  In years gone by we’ve seen James Grant (ex-Love & Money) in similar circumstances and Steve Tilston with full band – including Tull … Continue reading

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Album review: SEAN TAYLOR – The Path Into Blue

SEAN TAYLOR - The Path Into Blue

Sean Taylor Songs [Release date 12.04.19] Sean Taylor’s ‘The Path Into Blue’ is a conceptually titled album for our times. He’s political, social and emotional, and while the opening track ‘This Is England’ focuses on a fractured British identity and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: UNION DUKE, AUBURN, CARRIE TREE

UNION DUKE Golden Days

UNION DUKE Golden Days [Release date 14.06.19] Bridging indie rock with bluegrass and country, and laden with three, four and even five voice harmonies, Toronto-based quintet Union Duke put the pedal to the metal with their third release. With banjo, … Continue reading

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Album review: TAL WILKENFELD – Love Remains

TAL WILKENFELD - Love Remains

BMG [Release date 15.03.19] If you want an album for late night listening, sustained by a favourite brew of something, this might be worthy of your attention. Australian Tal has lent her bass playing talents to any number of artists, … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KRISTINA STYKOS, DANNI NICHOLLS

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light

KRISTINA STYKOS River Of Light Thunder Ridge Records [Release date 05.04.19] With many of the songs delivered in an enforced semi-spoken style (in 2017, she was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that makes speaking and singing difficult or even … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MICHAEL McDERMOTT, DANNY SCHMIDT

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans

MICHAEL McDERMOTT Orphans Pauper Sky Records [Release date 12.04.19] In Orphans, a set of songs that while not making earlier records refused to be left to collect dust, Michael McDermott has come up with perhaps his best album yet – … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON TODD – Half Empty/Half Full

Simon Todd - Half Empty/Half Full

Ginger Tom Music [Release date 21.09.18] Produced by the esteemed songwriter Boo Hewerdine, Northumberland singer/songwriter Simon Todd’s ‘Half Empty/Half Full’ is an aptly titled album that keeps the listener guessing until very end.  The title might be interpreted as a … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE EGGS – We Humans

STEVE EGGS – We Humans

Self release [Release date 08.02.19] The Steve Eggs Band is a Brit-Americana into country rock outfit with strong songs, sparkling harmonies and a significant Tom Petty influence. ‘We Humans’ showcases ten original Eggs songs and one co-write with bassist Peter … Continue reading

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Album review: HELEN ROSE – Trouble Holding Back

HELEN ROSE - Trouble Holding Back

Monkey Room Music [Release date 21.01.19] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sax toting singer songwriter debut produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice bassist and a founder member).  Perhaps, a cross between Maria McKee and Rindy Ross … Continue reading

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Gig review: THEA GILMORE – The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

THEA GILMORE - The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

Thea Gilmore is becoming something of a fixture in our seasonal despatches.  As traditional as decking the halls of GRTR! HQ with boughs of holly. This time last year The Counterweight was winning our readers’ album of the year vote … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Atropa

LUNA ROSSA - Atropa

Firefly Music [Release date 19.11.18] Three albums in, and the latest chapter in Panic Room acoustic side project of Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) and Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute) finds them at a crossroads. The main stay of both … Continue reading

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Album review: BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

BETH HART – Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Provogue  [Release date: 30.11.18] The double set ‘Live At The Albert Hall’ squares the circle of Beth Hart’s roller coaster career. The former wild child and rock chick has matured into a stellar performer who delivers a career defining live … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI – The Met, Bury, 26 October 2018

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI - The Met, Bury, 26 October 2018

David Randall chatted to Kiki Dee in March 2015 for a two-part special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. Part 2 covers the 1970s including her work with Elton John and her partnership with Carmelo Luggeri, bringing the story up … 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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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: JOHN HIATT – The Eclipse Sessions

JOHN HIATT - The Eclipse Sessions

New West Records [Release date 12.10.18] Doing anything consistently well for nigh on 45 years is a near impossibility, especially when it comes to artistic endeavor. Many artists simple aren’t around for 45 years in the first place and those … Continue reading

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Album review: VANESSA PETERS – Foxhole Prayers

VANESSA PETERS - Foxhole Prayers

[Release date 05.10.18] For some reason, Texas based indie-folk singer songwriter Vanessa Peters’ last album – The Burden Of Unshakeable Proof (2016) seems to have bypassed GRTR!  But a quick listen on bandcamp.com suggests it was a welcome return to … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIE DRESSNER – Broken Into Pieces

ANNIE DRESSNER - Broken Into Pieces

www.anniedressner.com [Release date 26.10.18] A native New Yorker, but an adopted Brit of seven years, folk singer songwriter Annie Dressner has found favour on these shores with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and appeared at the Green Man and … Continue reading

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