Category Archives: alt-folk

Scene and Heard – CCCLV : Otherside – The Olsten Brothers Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Regular perusers of this site will know that we are not so hot on covers of songs. They rarely bring anything new to the table and if they try to there is a certain arrogance in thinking that you can … 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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The Limits of Men – Nicholas Merz (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In many ways the idea of masculinity and the male role in modern society is undergoing a lot of examination and reevaluation. As women edge closer in the direction of equality, though I am by know means saying that they … Continue reading

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Arrow – Ciara O’Neill (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

With her previous album being well received amongst critics and buyers alike and the double single of Hurtin’ /Dreamer already hinting at the delicate folk goodness that her second full album was going to deliver, Arrow’s promotional work had largely … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Alarmed  –  Olivia Awbrey (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The real charm of Olivia Awbrey’s music is the multi-tasking that goes on. It is enough that she deftly hops genres – alt-rock, psychedelia and punked up folk all going into the mix as well is shouty gang vocals, pop … Continue reading

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Cowboy Junkies release All That Reckoning

Cowboy Junkies will release All That Reckoning, the band’s first new recording since The Wilderness (2012) on July 13, 2018 via Proper Records. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection of … Continue reading

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Josh Okeefe announces summer dates with Lindi Ortega

US / UK troubadour Josh Okeefe is delighted to announce a busy summer schedule of festival appearances and live shows with the singular Lindi Ortega. The aspiring singer-songwriter from England via Tennessee will be supporting Lindi at a string of … Continue reading

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A Snake’s A Snake –  The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The wonderfully named Two Man Travelling Medicine Show wander some long forgotten music byways. You find them exploring dusty paths that result in some archaic and awesome blends of punked up bluegrass, sideways Americana and European gypsy folk to create … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXX : On The Radio –  James Donnelly (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is an art to making music which seems to buzz with contemporary vibes yet echos with the sounds of the past but that is exactly the mix that James Donnelly manages to bring to On The Radio. In an … 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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