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Lucia Comnes - Love, Hope & Tyranny

Lucia Comnes – Love, Hope & Tyranny

Album Reviews 25 May 2015

Living in Italy, but born in San Fransisco, the globe-trotting Lucia Comnes has returned to her Americana roots for the passionate and sophisticated new album Love, Hope & Tyranny. Lucia is also getting set to make her UK debut in June with a CD Release Concert at London’s Green Note, one you don’t want to miss.

Kadia – East of Alexandria

Kadia – East of Alexandria

Album Reviews 22 May 2015

Kadia are a band to watch out for. This debut album confirms they are maturing rapidly as songwriters, as instrumentalists, as singers, as arrangers. They are the full package, destined to reach an ever widening audience.

Tom Robinson - Only The Now: Karousel Music Collective, London

Tom Robinson – Only The Now: Karousel Music Collective, London

Live Reviews 22 May 2015

With Tom Robinson due to release a new album, his first in 20 years, produced by Gerry Diver and featuring guest contributions from Martin Carthy & Billy Bragg, we were naturally inquisitive. Jon Earl went along to London to catch his ‘rough mix of tunes’. It turned out to be a very memorable evening.

Tuulikki Bartosik and Hannah James - Chatterbox

Tuulikki Bartosik and Hannah James – Chatterbox

Album Reviews 22 May 2015

Against expectations Chatterbox is one of the freshest and in its quiet way one of the most spectacular albums I have heard this year. Ranging from incantatory to reflective, it is always subtle, vital, and feminine in the most elementary sense of the word. Bartosik and James look to have created an entirely new platform for the accordion, but more importantly the have created a beautiful set of recordings.

TRADarr – Cautionary Tales

TRADarr – Cautionary Tales

Album Reviews 21 May 2015

TRADarrr is a folk rock big-band project whose core members are Gregg Cave, Mark Stevens, Marion Fleetwood, Guy Fletcher and PJ Wright with some notable guests as well. An album that will nestle very comfortably in the same CD wallet as such 70s folk rock classics as Please To See The King and Liege and Lief.

The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey (review)

The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey

Album Reviews 20 May 2015

They enjoy a robust on-stage relationship that fuels their artistry. Neither appears to have an answer to where the person ends and the music begins – that puzzle is one part of what makes the Milk Carton Kids so special and their new album Monterey is no exception.

Dean Owens - Green Note Basement Bar, London (14/05/15)

Dean Owens – Green Note Basement Bar, London (14/05/15)

Live Reviews 20 May 2015

Folk Radio catches Dean Owens at his album launch show for ‘Into The Sea’ at London’s Green Note. He sings ‘six songs, six possible singles; it really is that strong an album.’ Let’s hope Owens doesn’t leave it long before returning south of the border again.

Barry Kerr - Boy in a Boat

Barry Kerr – Boy in a Boat

Album Reviews 20 May 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but ‘Boy In A Boat’ is a fine record, which combines literate songwriting and top class musicianship with high production values and painstaking attention to detail. The result is an album of which Barry Kerr can be justifiably proud; one which more than holds its own with the big names of the contemporary Celtic music scene.

Robert Chaney / Barna Howard - Servant Jazz Quarters (14/05/15)

Robert Chaney / Barna Howard – Servant Jazz Quarters (14/05/15)

Live Reviews 19 May 2015

Folk Radio get a double treat from Robert Chaney and Barna Howard at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters – “Both songwriters could have played all night and it would not have been enough.”

The Barker Band – The Land We Hold Dear

The Barker Band – The Land We Hold Dear

Album Reviews 19 May 2015

Dedicated to the late founding member and family patriarch, Lenny Barker, The Barker Band’s sixth album The Land We Hold Dear is already set be on the ‘Best of’ lists of 2015. It should be on yours.

Dreamer's Circus - Second Movement

Dreamer’s Circus – Second Movement

Album Reviews 19 May 2015

Dreamer’s Circus have proven they will refuse, gleefully, to be restricted by genre or by tradition. Their approach is all-embracing and their technical ability simply outstanding. Their music is completely accessible and, at the same time, remarkable in its complexity. ‘Second Movement’ carries the listener from calm contemplation to a euphoric exuberance – a journey to be relished.

Danny Schmidt – Owls

Danny Schmidt – Owls

Album Reviews 18 May 2015

Danny Schmidt’s work is characterised by a beauty in the simplicity of its expression, a quietly compelling demeanour that draws the listener in immediately. Owls is everything a contemporary troubadour singer-songwriter album should be.