Reviews

Latest Music Releases, Introductions, Re-issues and live gigs. From Traditional to Contemporary and Alternative.

Thumbnail image for Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis – A Little Light E.P.

Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis – A Little Light E.P.

Album Reviews

Gareth and Annie’s debut EP is a statement of intent, a laying of cards on the table. It says ‘this is who we are, this is where we’re going’. Honest and open, it invites you to take what you will from it.

Live Review: Wizz Jones / Case Hardin / Jason McNiff and the Lone Malones

Live Review: Wizz Jones / Case Hardin / Jason McNiff and the Lone Malones

Live Reviews

Paul headed to London’s Borderline this week to catch an amazing line-up: The legendary Wizz Jones with Case Hardin and Jason McNiff and the Lone Malones. What a night!

Christine Albert – Everything’s Beautiful Now

Christine Albert – Everything’s Beautiful Now

Album Reviews

Despite the number of funerals that went into the creation of this album Christine Albert offers a sense of peace, acceptance and hope, greatly helped by her warm honey vocals.

The Mad Ferret Band - A Rare Swally

The Mad Ferret Band – A Rare Swally

Album Reviews

Despite the name The Mad Ferret Band are a Scottish duo comprised of Chris Woods and Sandy Stirton who hail from Perth and Kinross, one you really want to see live!

Cale Tyson – High On Lonesome

Cale Tyson – High On Lonesome

Album Reviews

Born in small town Texas, reared in Forth Worth and now based in Nashville, Cale Tyson’s second EP pays testament to the roots of his country raising.

Shakey Graves - And The War Came

Shakey Graves – And The War Came

Album Reviews

This boy doesn’t so much stand on ceremony as jump up and down on him until it submits, his hybrid Blues and Country squall whipping in from various shores and uprooting whatever’s in its path.

Danny and the Champions of the World - Eastney Cellars, Portsmouth, (22 Oct)

Danny and the Champions of the World – Eastney Cellars, Portsmouth, (22 Oct)

Live Reviews

Johnny catches Danny and the Champions of the World in Portsmouth with support from Andrew Foster and duo Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou.

Eddi Reader - Back The Dogs

Eddi Reader – Back The Dogs

Album Reviews

As a year and more of touring her acclaimed Vagabond reaches its end, Eddi Reader’s Back The Dogs EP connects parts of her journey with her gorgeous voice and wonderful gift for song.

Thumbnail image for Gregory Alan Isakov & Stephen Kellogg – live at Gullivers, Manchester (20th Oct)

Gregory Alan Isakov & Stephen Kellogg – live at Gullivers, Manchester (20th Oct)

Live Reviews

Stephen Kellogg and Gregory Alan Isakov took to the road over a week ago, after an eventful set of shows, the two prolific songwriters arrived for a sold-out show at Manchester’s Gullivers.

Thumbnail image for Ian Sherwood – Everywhere To Go

Ian Sherwood – Everywhere To Go

Album Reviews

Have just completed his UK tour Ian Sherwood’s latest release ‘Everywhere To Go’ features some well crafted, highly listenable songs.

Thumbnail image for Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Album Reviews

The birth of a first son has been the final catalyst in shaping the duo sound of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, whose eponymous debut album is a pure delight of exceptional musicality.

Introducing: Top Floor Taivers

Introducing: Top Floor Taivers

Introducing

Featuring two of this year’s finalists in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year the Top Floor Taivers are a wonderful four piece who between them hail from Scotland, England and Ireland.

Sam Amidon - Lily-O

Sam Amidon – Lily-O

Album Reviews

Lily-O isn’t afraid to draw on the musical roots of its contributors while, at the same time, remaining thoroughly contemporary in outlook. An enjoyable, fascinating and very accessible listen.

Thumbnail image for The Stray Birds – Best Medicine

The Stray Birds – Best Medicine

Album Reviews

The Stray Birds simplicity and the honest expression in de Vitry’s pure voice are the heart of their appeal, they certainly won over our reviewer with their latest offering.