Category Archives: acoustica

The Bitter End – Jamie R Hawkins (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m sure there are just as many, if not more, acoustic, solo, guitar slingers around now than there ever has been. Sadly in this age where anyone on a gap year feels the need, and sadly the entitlement, to be … Continue reading

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Authentic – The Nick Tann Trio (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you have mainly encountered Nick, as I have, in the guise of solo, acoustic guitar slinging, jazz tinged, folk-pop performer then what you will find in his move from lonesome troubadour to minimalist band leader is the ability to … Continue reading

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Things I Wish I’d Said – Heartwork (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Often it isn’t until that guy with a guitar you have been watching for a few years goes into the studio to make a more fully realised recording of his music that you really become aware of what those songs … Continue reading

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Freedom Rider – Alun Parry (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  The term “folk singer” comes with some very loaded images. Images of everything from emotive acoustic players, narrative storytellers, traditional bastions of historical musical forms, rabble-rousers, troubadours and street corner orators. Take your pick. Well, with Alun Parry you … Continue reading

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Phil Cooper’s A Welcome in The Wild Tour of Canada

Our good friend and splendid acoustic pop chap, Phil Cooper, has just announced that this year his musical travels will see him wander even further than usual as he heads off to Canada. If you live within travelling distance of … Continue reading

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Sweep Me Away – Ed Lofstedt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music can be used to do many things, evoke emotions, enhance or change moods, it can be deep and clever, throwaway and frivolous and sometimes it can even change your life. It can also be used to send a message, … Continue reading

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Daylight Ghosts – Nick Ellis (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It takes a brave man to record a whole album in one, six-hour recording session, an approach that is anathema to the modern music world’s love of glacial, piece meal recording and often excessive desire to enhance, polish and over-produce. … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXII: Comes A Moment – Jonathan Cavier

One of the things I find myself on a bit of a mission to defend these days is that most mercurial of beasts…pop music! Okay, let me qualify that. The term pop has too long been sullied by production line, … Continue reading

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Memories – Nathan Leaman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Anything that instantly evokes Damien Rice’s brilliant use of special awareness and atmosphere as an instrument is going to find favour with this music scribe. Here is the same space between the notes, the same anticipation bridging the sentences that … Continue reading

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At Home With The Bad Cowboys – The Bad Cowboys (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sometimes the path of least resistance is the most effective. So whilst many acoustic gunslingers approach the idea of making an album with the wide-eyed joy of the proverbial kid in the allegorical musical sweet shop, The Bad Cowboys revel … Continue reading

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Heaven Only Knows – Rev. Peter Unger (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

One advantage of the medium of music, specifically the lyrical connection a song might have with the listener, is that you are free to interpret the words and apply the message found within in anyway that works for you. And … Continue reading

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Besta Venya – Nick Parker (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Travel has always been a theme at the heart of Nick’s songs and with this new collection it is one he is more than happy to return to. From passing references that frame the location of his stories to the … Continue reading

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Rooftops – Laura James (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This “lament to Liverpool” covers a lot of ground over its four or so minutes. It starts by dwelling in minimalism and atmospherics as Laura’s emotive and crystal voice yearns for the city she left for London’s bright lights. A … Continue reading

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Henry Bateman – Ready or Not/Mother (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I love the air of detachment that exudes from the heart of Henry Bateman’s music. For whilst Ready or Not is lyrically all about trying to form a specific emotional tie, musically it sits in its own space, slightly away … Continue reading

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