Author Archives: Julie Williams-Nash

Falling Sands – The Equatorial Group

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The joy of reviewing records is discovering new music that you’d probably never otherwise get to hear. Likewise, you develop affinities for certain artists and groups as they develop and produce new material, and you get to witness that progress. One such bunch is The Equatorial Group – an eclectic combination of musicians from Eastbourne, […]

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Mentro – Gwen Mairi

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This is quite literally a daring venture by harpist Gwen Mairi. The word ‘Mentro’ means to dare, or to venture in Welsh. Which is precisely what she has dared to do – branch out on her own after several years in collaboration, to release an album of traditional tunes, sung in Welsh. Although brought up […]

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Cumberland Island – Neilson Hubbard

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There’s a special place in the communal heart of Folk and Tumble contributors for The Orphan Brigade – the Nashville based folk supergroup featuring Irish songwriter Ben Glover. The other two core group members are of course, the equally multi-talented musicians and documentary film-makers Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard. All three are prolific artists and […]

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Maz O’Connor – Chosen Daughter

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Maz O’Connor’s third album is a deeply personal exploration of her Irish roots, of the relationships and trauma that filters down through families. Truths are unearthed, pain is uprooted, hurts are picked over, and yet it is utterly beautiful. O’Connor’s ability to address and express herself through her lyrics and songs, taking complex gender issues […]

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We Sat Back… – Chris Cleverly

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It’s no coincidence that the new album by Chris Cleverly is released the day after World Mental Health Day. It’s the fundamental message throughout ‘We Sat Back and Watched It Unfold’ – a reminder that there is a new tomorrow, and everything will be ok. He knows. He’s been there. This album is a personal […]

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Human – Kitt Philippa

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I first heard Kitt Philippa some years ago in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. A slight, solitary figure, shoulders hunched towards piano keys, but what happened next was akin to a spiritual experience. Stripped back, soul bared, a congregation captured body and soul. It was a performance that left you raw, simultaneously elevated yet feeling […]

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Orphan Brigade live in Belfast

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The Orphan Brigade have been touring England and Scotland these past few weeks, but this is the first of two ‘homecoming’ gigs for Glenarm’s Ben Glover. The Nashville-based trio that forms the core group of the Orphan Brigade – Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard, and Joshua Britt – are joined on stage this evening by Colm […]

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Wookalily album launch – Ulster Sports Club

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It wouldn’t be a Wookalily album launch it it wasn’t touched by creative flair and imagination. The Ulster Sports Club is the perfect place with its peculiar retro-esque honesty and certain charm. Each table is themed to a song from the new album ‘Everything is Normal – Except the Little Things Inside My Head’. I […]

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The Muscle Shoals Sessions – Amanda St. John

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What does County Antrim’s Amanda St. John have in common with the Rolling Stones, the Osmonds, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton, Etta James and Aretha Franklin? They’ve all recorded at the legendary FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios. For the Glenariff woman, this is huge! The FAME Studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is known across America […]

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