Author Archives: Gerry McNally

Gerry McNally

About Gerry McNally

Gerry is the resident Folk & Tumble photographer and assistant editor. He likes his drinks black and his music blue.

Granny’s Attic – Wheels of the World

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Following on from 2016’s ‘Off the Land’, ‘Wheels of the World’ finds this young British folk trio in excellent form as they tackle a combination of traditional folk songs, mixed with instrumentals. As a band the members have barely reached their mid-twenties, yet three records into their career, combined with ten years of playing together, […]

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Sunny War – Shell of A Girl

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Sunny War’s life reads like something from a novel.  The daughter of a single parent her formative years were spent constantly moving from city to city.  She learned to play the guitar and started writing songs at thirteen, rode the rails and endured a homeless spell before finding solace in the Los Angele’s punk scene. […]

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Arenig – Gwilym Bowen Rhys

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A native of Bethel in North West Wales, Gwilym Bowen Rhys has been singing in his native language since he was a boy, and has a deep understanding and knowledge of the rich heritage contained within the music and language of his home country. His first album ‘O Groth y Ddaear’ was released in 2016 […]

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Morning Sun – The HawtThorns

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Making their album debut with ‘Morning Sun’, husband and wife duo KP (Kirsten Proffit) and Johnny Hawthorn have created a sound that’s drenched in West Coast warmth, enhanced by lap steel, catchy guitar hooks, strong melodies, and Fleetwood Mac style harmonies. The opening guitar chimes of ‘Shaking’ are reminiscent of both the Byrds and the […]

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Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach – Air Iomall

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‘Air Iomall’ is the new record by Scottish folk musicians Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach.  Inspired by a journey on board a Dutch Tall ship along with filmmaker Hamish MacLeod around some of Scotland’s remote and now deserted islands including: The Shiant Isles, North Rona, The Flannan Isles, Sula Sgeir and St Kilda. The resulting […]

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Beth Bombara – Evergreen

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Named after a secluded cabin in the Rocky Mountains where it was recorded, Beth Bombara’s sixth record, “Evergreen” began life on the road and developed almost by accident. As Bombara explains:  I wasn’t writing a new record – at least, I didn’t think I was at the time, but I’m starting to realise, that’s just […]

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Velvet & Stone – Velvet & Stone

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‘Velvet & Stone’ is the self-titled debut release from the Devon-based folk band of the same name, who, in their short career, have had their work compared to the likes of Fairport Convention, Seth Lakeman and Laura Marling. From the outset, it is clear to see why. The record opens with the dark and haunting […]

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Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra

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From the start it’s abundantly clear that the listener is going on a frenetic journey through a myriad of musical styles of rock and roll, rockabilly, swing, and ragtime blues. Hailing not from Mississippi, but Newcastle Upon Tyne, the Tea Pad Orchestra infuse all the aforementioned music styles with healthy does of Northern humour to […]

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Kristina Stykos – River of Light

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Best known as a record producer and recording engineer who runs her own studio totally powered by green energy, Vermont’s Kristina Stykos has just released her eighth record, ‘River of Light’. From the first listen, it is clear that Stykos knows her musical genres and is instantly at ease singing on a country rocker like […]

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