Category Archive: Albums

Human – Kitt Philippa

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I first heard Kitt Philippa some years ago in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. A slight, solitary figure, shoulders hunched towards piano keys, but what happened next was akin to a spiritual experience. Stripped back, soul bared, a congregation captured body and soul. It was a performance that left you raw, simultaneously elevated yet feeling […]

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Dori Freeman – Every Single Star

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Anyone who was lucky enough to have caught Dori Freeman’s support slot for Teddy Thompson earlier this year, at the always excellent Out to Lunch Festival will have expected this album to be good. Just how good, might surprise even those fortunate aficionados. At times, it’s reminiscent of classic country voices of the past. Patsy […]

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Jake La Botz – They’re Coming For Me

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Eight records into his lengthy and varied career Jake La Botz is back with ‘They’re Coming For Me’.  A renowned story teller with a history based in the theatres and libraries of his native Chicago, La Botz developed a keen understanding of the power of words and quickly learned to combine them with some of […]

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Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Dragons

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‘Dragons’ is the first full release from Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors since 2017’s critically acclaimed ‘Souvenir’.  In between records Holcomb kept busy by releasing the E.P. ‘Goodbye Road’ with folk duo Johnnyswim, touring with his wife Ellie Holcomb, and a series of support shows for Willie Nelson.  Not one to rest on his laurels […]

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The Muscle Shoals Sessions – Amanda St. John

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What does County Antrim’s Amanda St. John have in common with the Rolling Stones, the Osmonds, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton, Etta James and Aretha Franklin? They’ve all recorded at the legendary FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios. For the Glenariff woman, this is huge! The FAME Studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is known across America […]

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Sofia Talvik – Paws of a Bear

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Sofia Talvik has been making records since 2005 but is a new artist to this reviewer and a most welcome discovery. From the wonderful cover art, title, and smooth clear sounds within, this is Scandi Music at it’s best. At times it’s reminiscent of fellow Swedish act First Aid Kit, however the music is more […]

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Jack Rutter – Gold of Scar & Shale

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‘Gold of Scar & Shale’ is a very fine second solo album from this young Yorkshire singer and multi-instrumentalist. With superb recording and production by Joe Rusby, the singing and playing are of the highest standard. For me, the album is almost a throwback to a golden age of Gaughan, Carthy, Simpson and a host […]

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Everything is Normal… – Wookalily

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The Wonderful new album from Wookalily is out on 6th October 2019. You may search the world over but you’ll never find another Wookalily. The all-female, multi-instrumentalist band from in and around Belfast has worked immense magic and mastery to pull together – often in difficult and demanding circumstances – their second full album. ‘Everything […]

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Ralph McTell – Hill of Beans

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This is Ralph’s first album of original material in almost 10 years, and it’s great to have him back. Not that he has been idle in that time with two collaborative records with his old friend Wizz Jones, instrumental collection, ‘Sofa Noodling’, and a number of compilations. But this is eleven songs of what Ralph […]

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Aidan O’Rourke – 365: Volume 2

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This is an immersive experience – the brainchild of multi-award winning fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (Lau). It’s the follow up to 2018’s sold out ‘365: Volume 1’, based on the imaginative, compelling artistic journey of Scottish writer James Robertson and his 365 Stories. It goes something like this: In 2013, Robertson – one […]

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