Category Archives: anti-folk

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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Old Blue Witch – Fit and The Conniptions (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In these times of descriptive hyperbole and overstatement it seems as if a day doesn’t go by without a “totally unique” band being wafted my way. But the fact is that these one in a million bands crop up nine … Continue reading

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Protectors – Standing Rock Benefit Album (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  The original intention was to come at this album purely from a musical perspective – explore, discuss, opine just the musical factors that are found within it. But however hard you try to detach cause from result, it becomes an … Continue reading

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Joe McCorriston and Jake Martin winter gigs

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I Know My Place – Gaz Brookfield (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

To say that Gaz Brookfield has remained a fiercely independent musician, DIY stalwart and cottage industry enterprise is like saying that he is partial to the odd tattoo or used to have a bit of a thing for cider. Gigs … Continue reading

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Star Treatment – Wovenhand (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  Many bands openly reference influences from the formative years of rock, for arguments sake lets say the decade from the mid sixties onwards, but few sound as if they were actually recorded then, not in the way that Wovenhand … Continue reading

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Solo Acoustic Guy II- Gaz Brookfield (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Like many, I have experienced Gaz’s music in various different guises from full electric band, three-piece, driven folk ensemble, busker-esque acoustic duo and solo player. Throughout all of these formats whether accompanied by wailing guitars, soaring fiddles, driving backbeats or … Continue reading

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Give Doozer McDooze a good kickin’

One of the great things about working at the grassroots level of music has been watching the rise of a great DIY circuit of wandering guitar-slingers across the length and breadth of the country. Forget all those check shirted Frank … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day: LXXXVII – Who Are You? – Hayley Cannon

There is something so outside the box about Hayley Cannon’s music. It refuses to dance to the beat of musical trends, it ignores fashion and like her easiest comparison, Kate Bush, seems to exist in its own musical time and … Continue reading

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Sick and Sand – Joe McCorriston (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is an interesting time in the acoustic solo, singer-songwriter camp these days. As a genre it is probably the oldest format, with a historical thread that weaves  through pub singers, itinerant troubadours, court minstrels and back through time. It … Continue reading

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