Category Archives: acoustica

Acoustic –  Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You can say what you like about Mr King but you can’t deny that he has a pretty solid work rate. It seems that barely a season goes by without at least one album popping into the review pile. Whilst … Continue reading

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Directions – The Singer and The Songwriter (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As we found out when listening to the wonderfully cinematic Anywhere, Everywhere, The Singer and The Songwriter revel in escape, freedom, travel and more importantly sharing that journey together. They are themes which run openly through their latest e.p. Direction, … Continue reading

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Acoustic Rarities – Richard Thompson (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Richard Thompson is an institution in British music, and unusually, that institution spans a number of genres; folk blues, and rock. He is a guitarist’s guitarist, and has been a pillar of the British music scene for decades. He is spoken of … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXVIX : Anywhere, Everywhere – The Singer and The Songwriter 

If ever a song encapsulated the idea of breaking free, of heading out into the great wide open, seeing the world and collecting the memories that will keep you warm later in life, the ones that enable you to look … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXIV: Love Is Just – Scott Kirby

One of the challenges facing the singer-songwriter, voice and guitar driven song is how to sound big. Not big in the bombastic, U2 stadium rock sense but in knowing how to take these simple elements and lift them off the … Continue reading

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The Collection – Nelson King (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a point a few songs in to The Collection, possibly somewhere around Always You that I recognised the same battered style and ragged glory of one of my favourite musical cult heroes, Nikki Sudden. In my book, it … Continue reading

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Stronger in Numbers – Chris Tye (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Playing a note on a guitar or singing a lyrical line is a fairly straightforward job. These days it seems as if you could blindly throw a stone and not fail to hit some over-entitled, gap-year troubadour treating us to … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCVII: Saved – Steven Blane

Living in a world where people are more interested in production values, dance routines and you tube hits brings me back to that conundrum of the modern age, how do you market an emerging, underground or grassroots artist who doesn’t … Continue reading

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Were You Ever Really Mine? – Rhett Repko (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Just as the opening strummed acoustic guitar lines have me thinking “here we go, another earnest, balladeering, unplugged troubadour to wade through” the weight of a full band drops in behind it and suddenly the world seems a brighter place. … Continue reading

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Memories – Nathan Leaman (reviewed by Darren Baker)

In a world where the norm is a high gloss production, studio gimmickry, auto-tuned, over dubbed, over layered, over baked, over the top approach towards recording music, it takes a brave man to take the total opposite approach. Memories is … Continue reading

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