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Things to Burn – Clara Baker

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Portland songwriter Clara Baker teamed up with avant-folk experimentalist producer Shane Leonard to record her new album ‘Things to Burn’ in a little house in Wisconsin. That stripped back, bare, bold authenticity shines out. Along with two stellar roots musicians, Courtney Hartman (Della Mae) and Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Ray Lamontagne), Baker recorded the album […]

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International Women’s Day 2019

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It would be remiss of us to let International Women’s Day pass by without a shout out to all the talented women that Northern Ireland has in its midst. The last decade in particular has seen an explosion of fantastic female musicians of all ages and genres make their mark. It really is exceptional and […]

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Our Lady of the Wind and Rain – Anthony Toner

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Well, well, well… would you believe this is Anthony Toner’s ninth album of original material? He’s come a long way from 2009’s ‘The Duke of Oklahoma and Other Stories’, yet that’s just ten years ago. He’s chalked up practically an album a year, a reflection of just how prolific a songwriter he is. Each album […]

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Wilfie Gilbert – Miner’s Gold

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Wilfie Gilbert must be one of the most under-exposed, self-effacing legends of the Northern Ireland music scene. You could say he’s a musician whose time has come, with the release on 1st March 2019 of ‘Miner’s Gold’ – his first full collection of ten outstanding original songs. First off though – that voice! We need […]

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Kalyn Fay – Good Company

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It took a little while for this to grow on me, but I grew to feel a warm affection for its simplicity, melodies and honesty. Kalyn Fay’s voice is pure and her lyrical sentiments steeped in a stark integrity. An aching emptiness is echoed in the gentle opening track ‘Good Company’ – she’s just looking […]

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Ken Haddock – One Night In Willowfield

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The title of Ken Haddock’s ‘One Night In Willowfield’ caught my immediate attention. I lived for ten years in a place called Willowfield. That’s over 3650 nights but this record is all about just one. The Willowfield in question here is Willowfield Church on Belfast’s Woodstock Road. A very special live recording was made of this one-off […]

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Villagers live in Belfast

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Empire Music Hall, Belfast10th December 2018 It’s been a good year for Conor O’Brien and Villagers. One of the best albums to come out of Ireland in 2018 was ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’. On Spotify alone there were 47 million streams by nine million fans, clocking up two million hours in 65 countries. […]

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Dylan Walshe – All Manner of Ways

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‘All Manner Of Ways’ is the new album from Dublin-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe. Christy Moore holds him in high esteem. He recently opened for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmmasters. Guests on the album include James Fearnsley of The Pogues, and Andy Gibson of Hank Williams III – indicators that he is swiftly curating […]

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Claire Roche – From Then To The Here And Now

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There has been a revival in recent years of harp music. In fact, there is now a National Harp Day, with special recitals and gigs the length and breadth of Ireland. Who’d have known there was such a thing. The harp, you could say, is making a comeback. Hark herewith, a beautiful double album of […]

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