Category Archives: blues

Heart of Gold – The Harlers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s been great watching The Harlers evolve and grow, from a basic two-piece of drums and guitar, through various sound enhancing, multi-amp, sonic manoeuvring to finally settle on the classic three-piece line up that they have now become. And whilst … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLII : No Longer Me (Indian Song)  –  Minteer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Taken from the album Calling All Aliens, No Longer Me is a beguiling blend of melodic pop, bluesy rock, eastern vibes and psychedelic trippery. A mix of retro 60’s insanity and futuristic conspiracy theory made into music, that said, for … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXXXXIV : Hey Fine  – Miles Casella (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Revelling in the past is all very well and good but the best music, or at least the most original,  seems to be made as people move things forward. It’s evolution, it’s forward-thinking, it is the way the world turns. … Continue reading

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Static in the Wires – Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Even if you’ve never heard of Martin Harley before, the words “feat. Jerry Douglas” tagged on to the title of track 2 should set expectations as high as they come before you’ve even broken the seal on the cd packet. … Continue reading

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Deep In The Waves –  J. Briozo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Solo albums aren’t always a sign that cracks are beginning to show in the ranks of an established band, more often they are just a way of finding an outlet for music which doesn’t fit into the existing musical journey. … Continue reading

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Obsessed  –  Mishti (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s difficult to imagine what someone obsessed by Chicago Blues, Klezmer and Slash could possible fashion those musical strands into. Difficult that is until you hear Mishti and her mercurial pop-rock blends. Raw rock guitar vibes collide into pop aware … Continue reading

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Maintaining Dignity in Awkward Situations – The Penny Black Remedy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Turn on any news channel and you might be forgiven for believing that the world is an ever more divided and divisive place, one whose denizens see our differences as a cause for alienation rather than celebration, a world focused … Continue reading

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Like Never Before –  Zubira (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

History is full of music which only became a hit upon its re-release. The Moody Blues, Guns’n’Roses, Eric Clapton, Meatloaf, even The Beatles have all released songs which only caught the public ear the second time around. Maybe the stars … Continue reading

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Go Down – Eli Lev (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Groove is more than the sum of its parts and Go Down is the perfect lesson in this fact. Yes, there is enough pop and sass in the bass line, enough swing in the beat and more than enough space … Continue reading

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Accomplice One – Tommy Emmanuel (reviewed by Ian O’Regan)

Aliens walk among us. It is known. For the most part, they keep their heads down, hiding in plain sight, disguised as ordinary citizens, never drawing attention to themselves, never giving the indigenous human population cause to be concerned, going … Continue reading

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