Category Archive: Albums

Jeremy Nail – Live Oak

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To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Jeremy Nail before this album and it’s predecessor landed at my door. However, since then, I’ve been playing it a lot. It’s a calm meditative album, born out of a time of great personal distress and hurt. While hugely impressive in its own right, Nail’s backstory is necessary […]

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John Smith – Hummingbird

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It’s over five years since I first saw John Smith. It was one of those intimate, perfect Saturday afternoon gigs in The Rabbit Rooms, Bangor. I recall it clearly – such was the impact his voice and musicianship had on the assembled souls, such was his banter that filled the gaps. His sixth album, Hummingbird […]

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Annie Oakley – Words We Mean

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Into a market already blessed with female vocal groups of the standard of First Aid Kit and The Staves, the Oklahoma based trio Annie Oakley launch their first album, the exceedingly likeable ‘Words We Mean’. The band, made up of sisters Sophia and Grace Babb on guitar and vocals, and Nia Personette adding harmonies and […]

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The Dodge Brothers – Drive Train

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‘Drive Train’ is the third long player from British band The Dodge Brothers. Featuring fourteen original tracks composed by the band and one cover, the listener might think that the record will be long one, but with the average song lasting two and half minutes the record appears to fly by in an all engrossing moment […]

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The Art of Pretending to Swim – Villagers

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News of Villagers new album has been trickling out for a while. A few videos were released in recent weeks. First, the seminal ‘A Trick Of The Light’, then for ‘Fool’. Bound to generate a buzz, these Bob Gallagher directed works of art teased and taunted, pleased and prodded, and were guaranteed a response. They […]

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Martin Barre – Roads Less Travelled

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Martin Barre is best known for being the guitarist whose playing style was an integral and defining part of the sound of Jethro Tull for almost fifty years, during which time the band famously and somewhat controversially beat Metallica to win the 1989 Grammy award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. He will release his sixth solo record ‘Roads Less […]

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Kevin Gordon – Tilt and Shine

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‘Tilt And Shine’ is the latest release from critically acclaimed artist Kevin Gordon. A performer who has somehow managed to stay under the radar of mainstream success despite having had songs recorded by Keith Richards, Irma Thomas, Levon Helm, and Lucinda Williams. It’s difficult to tell if the album is of a fully autobiographical nature but […]

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13 Rivers – Richard Thompson

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’13 Rivers’ is Richard Thompson’s 19th solo album; his 40th if you include releases with Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, and various others. It may be among the most rock sounding record he has produced in that stellar oeuvre of work. It’s a bare-bones approach. Most tracks feature the solid rhythm section of Taras Prodaniuk on […]

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Gretchen Peters – Dancing With The Beast

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This is a proper record. In every sense. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters released ‘Dancing With The Beast’ in late May. It follows on from ‘Blackbirds’, which was rightly hailed as an outstanding recording. ‘Dancing With The Beast’ equals or maybe even surpasses her previous work. It isn’t a bundle of laughs or full of catchy […]

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River Whyless – Kindness, A Rebel

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River Whyless didn’t set out to make a political album. It just turned out that way. Well, sort of. Mixed in with the perplexed commentary, is the routine remedies of surviving the banality of life on the road – too many parties, getting high, drunk, laid – as in the opening trippy track ‘All Of […]

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