Reviews

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

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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.

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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.

The Magic Lantern - Love of Too Much Living

The Magic Lantern – Love of Too Much Living

Album Reviews

The songs on Love of Too Much Living sit astride the fathomless land between maturity and naivety, and whose lyrics describe that land with profound directness.

Jess Klein - Learning Faith

Jess Klein – Learning Faith

Album Reviews

Jess Klein’s ninth studio album Learning Faith is not only one of the best things she’s ever recorded, but this is unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career.

Gregory Alan Isakov - The Weatherman

Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

Album Reviews

Out in the solitude of Colorado as Gregory Alan Isakov weaves his dream magic through The Weatherman, his sublime new album. Don’t miss the UK tour that has just begun.

The Willows - Amidst Fiery Skies

The Willows – Amidst Fiery Skies

Album Reviews

Amidst Fiery Skies is a very accomplished and confident sounding album which suggests that the rise to prominence of The Willows is richly deserved and it points to a bright future for the band.

The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester

The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester

Album Reviews

The Earls of Leicester includes Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien paying homage to bluegrass legends Flatt and Scruggs…Short of a time machine, this is the closest thing to having actually been there.

Rachael Dadd – We Resonate

Rachael Dadd – We Resonate

Album Reviews

Rachael Dadd’s 4th LP sees her revelling in untrodden ground alongside fellow leftfield folk guests as she combines pop with experimentation bringing both excitement and surprise.

The August List – O Hinterland

The August List – O Hinterland

Album Reviews

The debut album from husband and wife duo Martin and Kerraleigh Child, AKA The August List, comes up a sure winner. Appalachia and American roots music via Dorset.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

Album Reviews

It’s rare to hear Oldham in such emphatic voice but there is something unmistakably upbeat and uplifting at work on his latest offering ‘Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues’. Plus watch his new video.

Lutine - White Flowers

Lutine – White Flowers

Album Reviews

Lutine’s debut album ‘White Flowers’ is a beautiful lucid dream of a record. They occupy the shifting, elemental space of their songs – both effortlessly minimal and somehow whole.

Girls Guns and Glory – Good Luck

Girls Guns and Glory – Good Luck

Album Reviews

Boston based Americana four piece Girls Guns and Glory look to expand beyond their Northeast roots with the release of Good Luck which ties in with a short October UK tour this month.