Category Archives: folk

Let’s Be Friends – Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Striping music back to its very essence is something that sounds easy but is rarely done well. The Civil Wars did it, though they never sounded like they were having a lot of fun doing so, The Black Feathers and … Continue reading

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Bleed 432 – Roddan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some things just remain part of modern history. The sleek lines of a Volkswagen Beetle, the iconic shape of a Coca-Cola bottle, the fit of the blue jean, the sound of the classic singer-songwriter. And that is exactly where Roddan … 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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Oliver – Grace Freeman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is a common misconception that making music which falls into brackets such as chilled, ambient and understated is about taking a song and stripping back to leave space. Actually it is about using the right few musical statements, the … Continue reading

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Brilliant Light – Danny and The Champions of The World (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Danny and his Champ’ chaps have always been hard to pin down generically. Americana is always a label which raises its head and indeed they are, to a degree but not in the way that we normally associate with the … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mandolins – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

An album is more than just a collection of songs; it is a window into where an artist is, mentally, physically and often more telling, logistically, at the point of recording. 2014’s compact and bijou five track The Ghost of … Continue reading

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Weeding Out The Wicked – The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last time I dipped my toe into the crazy waters of The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show it was to experience their clattering cider-punk-country-hoedown Tightropin’ a song which gave me the opportunity to roll out all those literary juxtapositions and … Continue reading

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We Humans – Craig Johnstone (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

First impressions are always interesting events and so it is with the first 30 seconds of Key of D, the opening salvo of We Humans. If I had been led to assume that this was just another collection of alt-country … 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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New Music of the Day – CXC: Hard Bargain – Chris Murphy

Folk music, roots music, world music, Americana…all terms which only go a very small way to describing what Chris Murphy does, for in many ways they are terms far too loaded down with implication to do the job efficiently. This … Continue reading

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