Reviews

Latest Music Reviews: Albums, Live Gig Reviews – from Folk to Alternative Music. Use the search box below to look for a specific artist or album :

John Jones - Never Stop Moving

John Jones – Never Stop Moving

Album Reviews 1 August 2015

Known the world over as the lead voice of Oysterband, John Jones has combined his love of music and walking and, with the help of The Reluctant Ramblers, crafted his second solo album, the brilliant Never Stop Moving.

The Left Outsides - The Shape Of Things To Come

The Left Outsides – The Shape Of Things To Come

Album Reviews 31 July 2015

The Left Outsides have crafted an impressive synthesis of sound in The Shape Of Things To Come. Although the band wear their love of 1960s psychedelia/folk/pop/rock on their sleeve, they have a strong enough sense of self-identity to suggest that it will sound fresh for a long time to come.

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Anna Laube – Anna Laube

Album Reviews 31 July 2015

Anna Laube’s self-titled third album offers a stylistically eclectic brew, part sugarcandy, part bourbon, sweet but with a real kick.

Iris DeMent – The Trackless Woods

Iris DeMent – The Trackless Woods

Album Reviews 31 July 2015

Iris Dement’s latest album ‘The Trackless Woods’ is inspired by the writings of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova…”some cultural enlightenment and enrichment and an album of the year all in one perfect package.”

Cape Snow – Cape Snow

Cape Snow – Cape Snow

Album Reviews 30 July 2015

Cape Snow is a cross-continental collaboration between Los Angeles-based singer Bree Scanlon and members of the long- running New England based band Tiger Saw. One to be swept away in, like giddy hearts.

Little Arrow - Old Ink

Little Arrow – Old Ink

Album Reviews 30 July 2015

At a time when individuality in society comes at a price…Little Arrow rail against mediocrity with an irresistibly fierce passion. The result is ‘Old Ink’, one of the most intoxicatingly original records you’re likely hear this year.

Owl & Mouse - Departures

Owl & Mouse – Departures

Album Reviews 29 July 2015

Departures is the debut release from London-based quintet Owl & Mouse, fronted by Brisbane singer-songwriter and ukulele player Hannah Botting.

Bethan and the Morgans - Oddity

Bethan and the Morgans – Oddity

Album Reviews 29 July 2015

Oddity, the debut album release from West Midlands based band Bethan and the Morgans shows great promise and the potential to strike on something demanding wider scale attention sooner rather than later.

Red River Dialect – Tender Gold and Gentle Blue

Red River Dialect – Tender Gold and Gentle Blue

Album Reviews 29 July 2015

Tender Gold and Gentle Blue is the latest offering from Red River Dialect, a band formed in Falmouth, Cornwall, in 2009. In the words of M.C. Taylor “Theirs is a focused longing, a confusion of soul, a visionary lamentation”.

Live Review: Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal - Summertyne Americana Festival

Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal – Summertyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead (18/07/15)

Live Reviews 28 July 2015

Along with John Leventhal at the SummerTyne Americana Festival, Rosanne Cash demonstrated just how important the aural traditions inherent in folk and roots music still are to modern song writing. She can certainly count herself part of that ongoing continuum of music with its roots planted firmly in the soil of the American South.

Rachel Sermanni – Tied To The Moon

Rachel Sermanni – Tied To The Moon

Album Reviews 28 July 2015

‘Tied To The Moon’ is a hugely impressive album from Rachel Sermanni who’s proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the eclectic field of contemporary folk.

Kila - Suas Síos

Kíla – Suas Síos

Album Reviews 28 July 2015

Retaining the boundless energy of Kíla’s early releases, Suas Sios is a rousing, exhilarating experience.  The bewildering array of instruments produces a form of Celtic folk with orchestral depth and detail that makes for a listen as fascinating is it is exciting.