Author Archives: John McCart

Bella Hardy – Postcards and Pocketbooks

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One can only stand back in awe at the talent, determination and hard work it must take to produce nine full albums in a ten-year professional career. That is the fairly remarkable achievement of this still very young English folk singer. Judging by the best of these tracks, there is a very high standard of […]

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Jack Rutter – Gold of Scar & Shale

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‘Gold of Scar & Shale’ is a very fine second solo album from this young Yorkshire singer and multi-instrumentalist. With superb recording and production by Joe Rusby, the singing and playing are of the highest standard. For me, the album is almost a throwback to a golden age of Gaughan, Carthy, Simpson and a host […]

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Paul Brady live in Newry

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Newry Town Hall7th September 2019“Welcome here kind stranger” By his own calculations Paul Brady had never, in his 120 year music career , played a gig in Newry. Until now. Iur Cinn Fleadh is now in its sixth year and has developed into a major festival in the border town. Over 90 gigs and events […]

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Martin Simpson – Rooted

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Another really outstanding piece of work by English guitar player and songwriter Martin Simpson. Martin must by now by creeping towards the veteran category. He has a fine body of work behind him and this offering is right up there with his finest. Simpson is a native of Scunthorpe, now based I think in Sheffield. […]

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Sam Baker – Horses & Stars

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How do you capture the essence of such a unique and powerful performer on a recording? A live album is often the answer but these do not always work. But, fear not Sam Baker has managed it. Recorded in Buffalo New York State, 2018, in fact, it could just as easily have been in the […]

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Dervish – The Great Irish Songbook

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There’s nothing like putting the pressure on with the title of an album. ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ sets a very high bar for this work from Dervish. Dervish has been playing live and recording for more than thirty years. They have built up a deserved reputation for delivering top quality playing of Irish traditional music. […]

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Rhiannon Giddens live in Belfast

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The Black Box, Belfast15th March 2019 This show sold out weeks in advance and it was a packed room that awaited the long-awaited return to Belfast of Rhiannon Giddens. In fact, legend has it that her first appearance outside of the USA was a Real Music Club Show in The Errigle, Belfast several years ago. […]

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Tom Russell – October In The Railroad Earth

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Tom Russell is a bit of a legend in these parts. His shows in the Errigle Inn and Flowefield Arts Centre live long in the memories of those who were lucky enough to catch him killing packed houses with his top drawer song writing and captivating stage presence. It’s sometimes difficult to bottle the essence […]

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Anthony Toner live at the Lyric Theatre

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Sunday 17th February 2019 Another hugely successful and enjoyable night for Anthony Toner in the Lyric. He is on a roll. Mr Toner is a man of many talents and is currently available in a number of formats. Sometimes playing two handed alongside the poet Frank Ormsby, then switching to strutting a mean slide guitar […]

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