Album Reviews

Folk and Tumble album reviews of the latest studio and live record releases from folk, Americana, blues, and country artists across the world.

13 Rivers – Richard Thompson

Damian McNairney

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13th September 2018

'13 Rivers' is the latest album in the impressive catalogue of Richard Thompson. Each song represents a river flowing with passion, emotion, and sharp wit.

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A Beginners’ Guide To Bravery – David Keenan

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16th January 2020

'A Beginners' Guide To Bravery' is the debut album from Irish songwriter David Keenan, named as one to watch by Hozier, Glen Hansard, and Gary Lightbody.

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A Pilgrim’s Tale – Seth Lakeman

Damian McNairney

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6th February 2020

Seth Lakeman is back with 'The Pilgrim's Tale'. A concept album documenting the journery of the English sailing ship The Mayflower four hundred years ago.

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson

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21st April 2016

In the same month Merle Haggard was called home, Sturgill Simpson released 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth' and took that Outlaw baton in a different direction.

Adventures in Narcissism – Edelle McMahon

Julie Williams-Nash

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7th November 2017

As Winter rolls in, we settle down with the melancholy, ethereal sounds of Edelle McMahon's latest record 'Adventures in Narcissism'. One to watch in 2018.

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After The Fire After The Rain – The Lost Brothers

Gerry McNally

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4th February 2020

'After The Fire After The Rain' sees The Lost Brothers swap the sounds of the lonesome highways of the American midwest for the west coast of Ireland.

After The Rain – Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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12th September 2016

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is back. After a turbulent five years, the British songwriter returns with 'After The Rain' and some of his finest writing to date.

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Ailm – Blackbird and Crow

Gerry McNally

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4th February 2020

'Ailm' is a bluesy alt-folk record from Irish songwriting duo Blackbird and Crow. It's an album full of soul, passion, honesty, and some dirty blues guitar.

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Air Iomall – Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach

Gerry McNally

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7th August 2019

'Air Iomall' by Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach is a stunning, evocative folk album inspired by a journey by ship around desolate and deserted Scottish isles.