Reviews

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

Luluc at the Sebright Arms, London - 21st October.

Luluc at the Sebright Arms, London (Live Review)

Live Reviews

James heads to the basement venue of the inconspicuous Sebright Arms in London to catch Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, better known to most as the indie-folk duo Luluc.

Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy

Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy

Album Reviews

Amelia Curran’s latest album is even better than its predecessor. So much so that Mike marks it out as the first of his ‘best albums of 2015′, one which offers greater rewards with each successive play.

Celtic Connections 2015: Carlos Núñez, Atlantic Corridor

Celtic Connections 2015: Carlos Núñez, Atlantic Corridor

Live Reviews

One of this year’s most significant and far reaching commissions at Celtic Connections was ‘The Atlantic Corridor’ curated by Carlos Núñez. Along with a fine list of special guests it was an unforgettable evening.

Howe Gelb and Grant Lee Phillips - The Portland Arms (Live Review)

Howe Gelb and Grant Lee Phillips – The Portland Arms (Live Review)

Live Reviews

Unconventional and conventional was the order of the night with Howe Gelb and Grant Lee Phillips at The Portland Arms. Paul shares the experience with some great photos from Di Holmes.

The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Album Reviews

The Decemberists decision to let the songs progress naturally rather than writing to the clock has produced an astonishing work on their latest album.  Play it often and loud.

Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds

Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Album Reviews

Enjoying the recognition of her peers Blackbirds proves Gretchen Peters is ready to take her place amongst the very best of America’s singer songwriters as she shines her light into life’s shadows.

Celtic Connections 2015: The Elizabethan Session

Celtic Connections 2015: The Elizabethan Session

festivals

With the great success of The Elizabethan Session those all-star sessions are revived and brought north to Celtic Connections for a final performance at The Mitchell Theatre.

Celtic Connections 2015: Dreamer's Circus

Celtic Connections 2015: Dreamer’s Circus

Live Reviews

The unscheduled Dreamer’s Circus performance at Celtic Connections was one of the highlights of this year’s festival, a performance that will surely secure their return next year with a more prominent billing.

Sons Of Bill - Love and Logic

Sons Of Bill – Love and Logic

Album Reviews

Drawing on the rich culture of America’s South, the Sons Of Bill transform the often-conflicting strand of Love And Logic into a seamless thread of sonic magic.

Nathan Bowles - Nansemond

Nathan Bowles – Nansemond

Album Reviews

Nansemond is Nathan Bowles boldest sonic outing yet, sounding fresh whilst still alluding to the sounds of the past. An artist crafting a story, part myth, part memoir.

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The Alt – The Alt

Album Reviews

The Alt brings together three of the most skilful and respected Irish traditional musicians, composers and songwriters – John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary. It delights from beginning to end.

Fish & Bird @ Green Note, Camden (Live Review)

Fish & Bird @ Green Note, Camden (Live Review)

Live Reviews

Paul heads to London’s Green Note to catch Canadian band Fish and Bird, one lasting memory is the beautiful, brilliant music and their joyful enthusiasm for it. Touring UK & Ireland this month.

FaceOmeter – Why Wait for Failure?

FaceOmeter – Why Wait for Failure?

Album Reviews

FaceOmeter’s latest release is a highly memorable collection of fast paced sing-along songs, one that may well be one of the most unique records of 2014.

Good Luck Mountain – Too

Good Luck Mountain – Too

Album Reviews

Too, is the second release from Good Luck Mountain. A collection of melodic, tender poetic songs built around the warm vocals of ex-Tandy singer-songwriter Mike Ferrio.