Category Archive: Albums

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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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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