Category Archives: acoustica

Scene and Heard – CCCLXXXII :  School Days – Written By Me (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music is bombastic and out going, full of vim and vigour, getting the message across by being up close and personal. And that’s fine, it gets the job done, after a fashion, but the cliched adage of less is … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCLXXVIII :  Nomadic Soul – Shane Guerrette  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Musical saviours tend to be flagged up almost incessantly by…well, people like me, music hacks looking for something to hang a review on. Million to one shots that seem to come along on an almost daily basis if you believe … Continue reading

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Phil Cooper free song give away

Being the awfully nice chap that he is, Phil Cooper is giving a song away, free, gratis, for nothing. Given the theme of the song he feels that it seems wrong to ask people to pay for the song, so … Continue reading

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The Farmer –  Luke Spehar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is something wonderfully simple, brilliantly emotive and even timeless in the message being broadcast by Luke Spehar on The Farmer. It feels like a modern parable, which is understandable given Spehar’s quest to explore his faith through his music. … Continue reading

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Acts of Love  –  Mike Reinstein (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

They say first impressions are the most important so any album whose opening blasts remind me of a slightly whimsical Waterboys, a folky take on Squeeze, or a more coherent John Martyn has to be applauded in catching my interest … Continue reading

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Homeless – Fred Abong (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anyone who shows up in the review pile with a CV that includes Throwing Muses and Belly, as Fred Abong does, is going to get a free pass to the front of the queue. After all, why would any sane … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXXI: Take Me For Me  – Bob Pepek (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We first came across this track as part of last year’s album Pratfalls and Curtain Calls, Bob Pepek’s masterful collection of songs which explored the world around him via a string of deft musical songwriting and accessible tunes. He wandered … Continue reading

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Lives On The Line, Songs For Our Troubled Times – Rev. Peter Unger (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even from the perspective of a music reviewer, I can see that there is a shift in the intent and message driving an increasingly more visible sector of new music. People feel more and more that they should speak out … Continue reading

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As Long As Needed and No Longer – Mat Caron (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although essentially just another guy with an acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter these days, Mat Caron seems miles removed from the usual gap year, troubadour with the designer-distressed, skinny black jeans giving us the benefit of his world experience garnered in the … Continue reading

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Set In The Back – Ben McNeil (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We have probably all got accustomed to the current wave of singer-songwriters who revel in fashion fixations and dreams of celebrity, production line pop pose and style over substance, as the accepted norm. But that’s what makes Ben McNeil a … Continue reading

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