Category Archive: Albums

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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The 4 Of Us – Sugar Island

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Songs usually mean a whole lot more to the listener if they mean something to the writer to begin with. ‘Sugar Island’, the latest recording from the Murphy Brothers AKA The 4 of Us, is a musical tribute to growing up in the North in the 1970s – specifically growing up in Newry, hometown to […]

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The Answer – SOLAS

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Ten albums into their career and the Answer are about to release what is possibly their most ambitious and creative record to date. Solas is a record that sees the band embrace their own Celtic folk culture and fuse it with their usual trademark guitar-fuelled rock anthems. The epic ‘Battle Cry (Seo An La Mo Laoch […]

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Ben Glover – The Emigrant

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Ben Glover’s ‘The Emigrant’ should carry a Gloverment Health Warning. It should go something like this: may induce intense emotional reactions and leaky eyes. Episodes of extreme nostalgia have been recorded by some listeners, along with a sense of longing for people, places and things that exist only in the memory or mind, long since […]

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Malojian – This Is Nowhere

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It’s fair to say that there’s been a bit of a buzz around the new Malojian record and rightly so. Recorded in America with Steve Albini on production duties, expectations were always going to be high and the pressure to deliver a good record on the band even higher. Halfway through the opening song ‘This […]

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Sara Watkins – Young In All The Wrong Ways.

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‘Young In All The Wrong Ways’ is the third solo record from Nickel Creek founding member Sara Watkins. Opening with the title track, Watkins takes the listener on an emotional journey that sets up the content of the rest of the album with a guitar fuelled side swipe at a former lover who obviously didn’t […]

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – After The Rain

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Back in 2011, the “new-folk” scene was at its peak. Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling were cruising up the charts. The likes of Johnny Flynn and Ben Howard were on the up and one of the newer faces in the game was York-based songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich. His debut record promised […]

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