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.

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The Loft Tapes – Mishra

Julie Williams-Nash

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8th January 2020

Mishra is a global folk collective. On 'The Loft Tapes', they weave classic folk sensibilities with the traditions of Celtic song and the mystery of India.

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Falling Sands – The Equatorial Group

Julie Williams-Nash

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13th December 2019

'Falling Sands' is the new record from The Equitorial Group, with a fuller, more polished, almost 60s sound to their previous release 'Apricity'.

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Mentro – Gwen Mairi

Julie Williams-Nash

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11th December 2019

'Mentro' is a literal new venture from Gwen Mairi. It's a beautiful, meditative, record full of Welsh language ballads, poetry and beautiful instrumentals.

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Tales and Tributes of the Deserving and Not So – Kelly Steward

Gerry McNally

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10th December 2019

‘Tales and Tributes of the Deserving and Not So’ is the debut album from indie-country singer-songwriter Kelly Steward amd draws comparisons to the greats.

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Cumberland Island – Neilson Hubbard

Julie Williams-Nash

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10th December 2019

'Cumberland Island' is the brand new solo record from Neilson Hubbard and conjured up vivid imagery more associated with his film-making or photography.

Natalie MacMaster – Sketches

Gerry McNally

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6th December 2019

'Sketches' by Natalie McMaster blends sounds and influences from Americana and Celtic traditions to make something evocative and easy on the ear.

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The Inevitable Train Wreck – Beans on Toast

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5th December 2019

It's December and 'The Inevitable Train Wreck' is a record made in terrifying times but brimming with the usual hope and ascerbic wit of Beans on Toast.

Christy Moore – Magic Nights

John McCart

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5th December 2019

'Magic Nights' is the latest offering from the legendary Christie Moore, seeing the prolific live entertainer trawl through many decades of live recordings.

Benji Kirkpatrick and the Excess – Gold Has Worn Away

Gerry McNally

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4th December 2019

'Gold Has Worn Away' is the new album from Benji Kirkpatrick and the Excess, an artist well-known throughout folk circles for his work with other artists.