Category Archive: Albums

Dylan Walshe – All Manner of Ways

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‘All Manner Of Ways’ is the new album from Dublin-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe. Christy Moore holds him in high esteem. He recently opened for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmmasters. Guests on the album include James Fearnsley of The Pogues, and Andy Gibson of Hank Williams III – indicators that he is swiftly curating […]

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Jason McNiff – Joy and Independence

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Come back Bert Jansch. Jason misses you. London based Jason McNiff delivers a homage to Bert Jansch and the “golden era of the coffeehouse troubadour” on ‘Joy and Independence’ his 6th album. It’s a stripped back work; vocals, guitar and a little bit of keyboard interspersed with sparse fiddle here and there. ‘Joy and Independence’ consists of twelve […]

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Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living

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‘The Joy of Living’ by Jackie Oates is indeed a joy from first note to last. This is the seventh album from the English folk singer, who’s probably best known for her work as a member of the folk collective The Imagined Village. The album emerged from a mix of joyful and difficult personal circumstances. […]

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Claire Roche – From Then To The Here And Now

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There has been a revival in recent years of harp music. In fact, there is now a National Harp Day, with special recitals and gigs the length and breadth of Ireland. Who’d have known there was such a thing. The harp, you could say, is making a comeback. Hark herewith, a beautiful double album of […]

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Ken Pomeroy – Hallways

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Ken Pomeroy is full of surprises. The fifteen-year-old from Oklahoma has been writing songs and singing since she was nine as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She sounds like it’s the most natural thing in the world. There is no hint of precocity whatsoever. She just has the gift! She’s […]

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Martha L Healy – Keep The Flame Alight

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Americana with a Celtic twist sums up the new album from Scottish singer-songwriter Martha L Healy. Following on from 2014’s

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RHR – Mahogany Drift

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RHR is new musical collaboration consisting of three master guitar players; Troy Redfern, Jack J Hutchinson, and Mike Ross, hence the abbreviated title. The trio have combined not only their immense fretboard skills, but also their songwriting talents to produce their debut record ‘Mahogany Drift’. A rich vein of musical DNA runs through the record that […]

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Jeremy Nail – Live Oak

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To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Jeremy Nail before this album and it’s predecessor landed at my door. However, since then, I’ve been playing it a lot. It’s a calm meditative album, born out of a time of great personal distress and hurt. While hugely impressive in its own right, Nail’s backstory is necessary […]

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John Smith – Hummingbird

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It’s over five years since I first saw John Smith. It was one of those intimate, perfect Saturday afternoon gigs in The Rabbit Rooms, Bangor. I recall it clearly – such was the impact his voice and musicianship had on the assembled souls, such was his banter that filled the gaps. His sixth album, Hummingbird […]

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Annie Oakley – Words We Mean

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Into a market already blessed with female vocal groups of the standard of First Aid Kit and The Staves, the Oklahoma based trio Annie Oakley launch their first album, the exceedingly likeable ‘Words We Mean’. The band, made up of sisters Sophia and Grace Babb on guitar and vocals, and Nia Personette adding harmonies and […]

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