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ROSS AINSLIE 

6 Dec 17

CD Review Sanctuary Ross Ainslie At the risk of making a massive understatement, Ross Ainslie ’s new album is eclectic in the genres and sounds he brings together on his third album.


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ANGE HARDY 

1 Dec 17

CD Review Bring Back Home Ange Hardy Ange Hardy should come with a health warning as well as kept well away from shipping lanes.


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SHAKE THE CHAINS 

29 Nov 17

CD Review Various artists Hannah Martin, Tim Yates, Greg Russell, Findlay Napier and Nancy Kerr Historically there has been a symbiosis between the socio-political and the musical when it comes to the folk realm.


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INDIA ELECTRIC COMPANY 

27 Nov 17

CD Review Seven Sisters Joseph O’Keefe Cole Stacey Duo Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe appear to be going through the process of reinventing the concept album, an idea big in the seventies and very popular with prog rock bands.


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LAURA SMYTH & TED KEMP 

22 Nov 17

CD Review The Poacher’s Fate Ted Kemp Laura Smyth Many folk musicians seem to be caught up in a trend of experimentation and fusion, bringing all manner of musical styles and electronics into their arrangements of traditional tunes and songs.


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SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS 

8 Nov 17

CD Review Pretty Peggy Sam Kelly has one of the most recognisable voices around the folk and acoustic scene.


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MADAM TSUNAMI 

16 Aug 17

CD Review Long Way From Home Couple Adam and Coralie Usmani set about bringing a merging of cultures for their second full album.


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ROBERTO DIANA 

16 Aug 17

CD Review Raighes Vol2 The follow-up to the first volume by Roberto Diana is a seriously class album where the musician can show off his easy, yet complex style of playing which, when it comes to the guitar, is reminiscent of the great Martin Simpson…


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ELEPHANT SESSIONS 

31 Jul 17

CD Review All We Have Is Now It would be easy to do a double take when you first fire up the new album from Elephant Sessions , because you could readily think someone has slipped a funk album from the 90s into the sleeve.


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SKIPINNISH 

22 May 17

CD Review The Seventh Wave Scots band Skipinnish is looking to tap into the power of legend and folklore with their new album The Seventh Wave.


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CORMAC BEGLEY 

15 May 17

CD Review Cormac Begley Award-winning concertina player Cormac Begley produces music on an industrial scale, that’s not to say they are churned out but they have real power, guts and you feel the strength in the tunes he plays.


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INDIA ELECTRIC COMPANY/CHRISTY SCOTT/ REED 

2 May 17

CD Reviews EC1M Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, who are collectively India Electric Company (IEC), are both clever and engaging musicians who seem to enjoy bringing every element of their experience into their music in some form.


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NEWS &COMING YOUR WAY 

30 Apr 17

Coming Your Way Miranda Sykes has a busy month ahead of her starting on May 3 at Spalding Folk Club , The South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire.


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CERI RIDGE TRADING COMPANY 

12 Apr 17

CD review Ceri Ridge Trading Company There is something refreshingly honest and unadorned about Ceri Ridge Trading Company (CRTC) which is transmitted in their eponymously named first album.


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ROVING CROWS 

8 Apr 17

CD Review Bury Me Naked After four years without an album you need to grab your listeners’ attention back – step up Roving Crows .


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AMY DUNCAN 

6 Apr 17

CD Review Antidote Amy Duncan has no truck with setting limitations on what she includes in her songs and music.


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OLD BLIND DOGS 

3 Apr 17

CD review Room With A View Eclectic and global is the simplest way to describe Old Blind Dogs ’ new album.


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

29 Mar 17

Coming Your Way Husband and wife team Kathryn Roberts Sean Lakeman have a full touring schedule this month beginning on April 7 at The Beehive Folk Club , 16 Union Street, Harthill, Sheffield S26 7YH.


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OKA VANGA 

23 Mar 17

CD Review Dance of the Copper Trail One remarkable thing about the music of Oka Vanga is that it’s not like listening to an album, it’s more akin to reading a book because Angela Meyer and William Cox are such good storytellers.


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GARY INNES 

8 Mar 17

CD Review ERA If you wanted proof that Scottish accordionist Gary Innes has been busy then bear in mind it’s been twelve years since his last solo album.


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

26 Feb 17

Coming Your Way March Irish folk Veterans The Fureys have a full touring schedule this month starting March 8 at Ulchedre Centre , Anglesey, North Wales.


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SIOBHAN MILLER 

22 Feb 17

CD Review Strata Second albums can be notoriously tricky to create especially if your debut has been well received, it means you have set a benchmark others expect not only to be matched but exceeded.


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KATE DIMBLEBY 

14 Feb 17

CD Review Songbirds You have to give it to Kate Dimbleby she seems determined not to be corralled into any particular camp when it comes to musical styles, instead she looks to use her voice to explore wherever her artistic spirit takes her.


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DARIA KULESH 

14 Feb 17

CD Review Long Lost Home The jury may be out as to whether Daria Kulesh is a bona fide Siren but the simple fact is that from the first tone of her hypnotic and opera-esque singing you are in her thrall.


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

30 Jan 17

February Coming Your Way Blair Dunlop is hitting the road for a new tour on the back of his successful album Gilded.