Category Archive: Albums

Heather Lynn Horton – Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy

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Heather Lynn Horton is a singer, songwriter, fiddle player and one-half of folk rock band The Westies; the other half being her husband Michael McDermott. This album ‘Don’t Mess With Mrs Murphy’ may not result in her name being better known as a solo artist. That is not to say it is a bad record. […]

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The Resonant Rogues – Hands In The Dirt

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‘Hands In The Dirt’ is the second long-player from North Carolina’s The Resonant Rogues. Much like their first offering ‘Here And Gone Again’, the album is full of the vibrant mix of Americana, Gypsy jazz and country blues we’ve come to expect from the band’s songwriting duo of Sparrow and Keith Smith. Opening with the […]

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Paddy Nash – Gate Fever

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Nash is no stranger to the Northern Ireland music scene, but his latest long player sees him go back to a more stripped back folkier sound than perhaps some fans will be used to. Here we take a look at some of the highlights of his new offering. Opening with ‘Connor’, the song sets the […]

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Joshua Burnside – Ephrata

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Release Date: 5th May 2017 Label: Quiet Arch Sometimes touted as an emerging talent, Joshua Burnside is no stranger to followers of Northern Irish music. While ‘Ephrata’ is the songwriter’s debut album, it’s been a long time in the making. Back in 2013, Burnside released the ‘If You’re Going That Way’ EP and something of […]

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Anthony Toner – Ink

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Three little letters, one small word – ‘Ink;. Anthony Toner’s seventh album says it all – a perfectly formed collection of personal memoir, reminiscences from a time of innocence and confidences. ‘Ink’ is a rare beauty. Childhood, youth, truth, growing pains, grown up games, love, loss, rejection, nostalgia, reflection – life’s entire emotional spectrum squeezed […]

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Rodney Crowell – Close Ties

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I’m not sure exactly when, but it was through reading a Johnny Cash biography that I made my introduction to Rodney Crowell. The story goes that late one night as he first set out to date Cash’s daughter Roseanne, Crowell, under the influence of a few drinks, tried to impress his soon to be father-in-law. […]

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Colin Hay – Fierce Mercy

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Colin Hay is best known as lead vocalist for mega-selling 80s Aussie band Men At Work. Following a number of hit singles – ‘Who Can It Be Now’, ‘Down Under’, the band broke up, and Colin set out on his own as a successful singer/songwriter. His work has been featured in several Hollywood films and […]

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Bap Kennedy – Reckless Heart

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It’s impossible to listen to his last recording, ‘Reckless Heart’, without thinking of Bap Kennedy’s sad passing in November last year. It sits along side a body of work as a great legacy to his songwriting and story-telling ability. To my shame, I had only seen him play live once n 1993 in Hammersmith, where […]

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Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent

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Sugar Hill Records Four Albums, several Grammy nominations, and a recent Honours Degree from a Music Conservatory… All that and more by your twenty-fifth year. Not bad going. I first heard Sarah Jarosz a number of years back playing blinding fiddle on the ‘Trans Atlantic’ television programme. She has played live in Belfast, on at […]

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John Prine – For Better Or Worse

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Bob, Laughing Lenny and JP, it’s hard to keep the young talent down, isn’t it? ‘For Better Or Worse’, a new studio album, a collection of classic country songs written or made popular by artists such as Hank Williams, George Jones, Ernest Tubbs, Buck Owens. Recorded here as duets with a selection of female artists […]

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