Category Archive: Albums

Ben Glover – Shorebound

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May the fourth, it’ll be with you… Ben Glover’s latest album ‘Shorebound’ is a force of musical nature, a sabre of both light and dark. Full of contrast, it is the yin and yang of everyman, the full spectrum from the darker themes of ‘Catbird Seat’ (featuring Mary Gauthier) and ‘Dancing With The Beast’ (featuring […]

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Joshua Burnell – Songs From The Seasons

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‘Songs From The Seasons’ began life as part of a wider writing and recording project undertaken by Joshua Burnell in 2016 that was inspired by the changing seasons of the weather and ended up with fifty two classic English and European folk songs revisited and re-recorded. Now fourteen of those songs have been collated together […]

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Sam Morrow – Concrete and Mud

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‘Concrete and Mud’ is the third album to be released by Houston native Sam Morrow, in which the listener is treated to a heady mix of classic southern rock, country, funk, and political insight. Openers ‘Heartbreak Man’ and ‘Paid By The Mile’ are classic foot-stompers that are cleverly blended with some very fine funky grooves […]

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May Your Kindness Remain

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Courtney Marie Andrews’ ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is an album that arrives at a time when the talk around us is of wars and building walls to keep people out. Courtney sings and asks, but does not preach, for a gentler time of understanding and consideration of the other person’s view. And she sings with […]

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Matt McGinn – The End Of The Common Man

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At the risk of being accused of pretentiousness, is there a touch of the Paddy Kavanagh developing in Matt McGinn, the rural Irish artist commenting on both local and world events and finding them interlinked. Kavanagh’s March Ditch reflections on a local boundary dispute while Nation States carve up Europe might not be out of […]

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The Kiss of Light – Frank Ormsby and Anthony Toner

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Like all the best stories, it starts once upon a time. In a bookshop named No Alibis on Belfast’s Botanic Avenue, an introduction was made. Two men, both masters of their art – a generation apart – shook hands. Words of admiration were exchanged and an embryonic friendship formed. It was the younger man, the […]

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Beth Nielsen Chapman – Hearts of Glass

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In her recent interview for Folk and Tumble, Beth Nielsen Chapman described her new album ‘Hearts of Glass’ as “songs about vulnerability and strength”. That’s about as close a summary in five words as it’s possible to get. This collection spans the full spectrum of emotion – from the upbeat, celebratory opening tune ‘Come To […]

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Mike Ross – Jenny’s Place

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English guitarist and bluesman Mike Ross is set to unleash a new record in March 2018 and it’s full of soul. Opening with the deliciously dark and brooding ‘Bamboozled’, the tone of the record is quickly set as a guitar-driven blues fest. Ross’ solos and growls furiously leading the band into the catchy chorus and back […]

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Dean Owens – Southern Wind

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‘Southern Wind’ sees Dean Owens widen his musical palette with a more fuller band sound than on his previous albums and for the most part it works. Opener ‘Last Song’ starts the album with a pace and lilt that promises much. Title track ‘Southern Wind’ is another strong addition to Owens’ cannon of haunting and […]

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The Hardchargers – Scarecrow

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It may have been a long wait for the first full long player from Northern Ireland blues power house The Hardchargers, but from the opening notes of ‘Mean Town Blues’, the wait has clearly been worthwhile as Chris Todd immediately howls the blues and plays slide guitar like a demon possessed over the top of […]

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