Category Archive: Albums

Kalyn Fay – Good Company

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It took a little while for this to grow on me, but I grew to feel a warm affection for its simplicity, melodies and honesty. Kalyn Fay’s voice is pure and her lyrical sentiments steeped in a stark integrity. An aching emptiness is echoed in the gentle opening track ‘Good Company’ – she’s just looking […]

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John Blek – Thistle & Thorn

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‘Thistle & Thorn’ is the fourth album by Irish songwriter John Blek. Opening song ‘The Blackwater’ quickly sets the tone of the album as one that uses the vivid imagery of nature’s beauty and colours to spin tales of love, loss and personal struggle. It is a theme continued throughout songs such as ‘Colours Rising’, […]

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Buffalo Blood – Buffalo Blood

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Buffalo Blood may be a new name on the music scene, but they are made up of a group of well respected and loved musicians; comprising of three quarters of The Orphan Brigade (Neilson Hubbard, Joshua Britt and Audrey Spillman), along with renowned Scottish singer Dean Owens. The album was recorded in New Mexico, and […]

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Martyn Joseph – Here Come The Young

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Some thirty-five years into his career prolific singer and songwriter Martyn Joseph has a new record on the way and it could be his edgiest yet. ‘Here Come The Young’ finds Joseph in fiery form as he delivers a stinging critique of the social and political situation – not only in his native United Kingdom, […]

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Ken Haddock – One Night In Willowfield

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The title of Ken Haddock’s ‘One Night In Willowfield’ caught my immediate attention. I lived for ten years in a place called Willowfield. That’s over 3650 nights but this record is all about just one. The Willowfield in question here is Willowfield Church on Belfast’s Woodstock Road. A very special live recording was made of this one-off […]

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John Kilzer – Scars

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 ‘Scars’ is the latest release from Memphis-based John Kilzer, a man whose own history is just as every bit as compelling as the record. He has dealt with substance abuse, earned a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary, and earned a PhD in religious studies from London’s Middlesex University.  Now the ordained, Reverend Doctor […]

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The Sandrunners – George M’Boy

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‘George M’Boy’ is the second long player from The Sandrunners following on from the highly rated ‘The King of the Screen’ album and their debut EP ‘Angel of the Northern Wind’. Since then, they’ve been busy carving out a reputation for delivering high-quality music in their own unique style of folk-noir. Their new release sees […]

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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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