Category Archives: folk

Scene and Heard – CCCXLIII : River – Talitha Rise (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music has the ability to sound ancient, tribal, primitive yet simultaneously modern and of the here and now. River from Talitha Rise’s debut album, the evocatively named An Abandoned Orchid House, is just such a piece. It is a … Continue reading

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Restless  –  John Forrester (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As Forrester sings “I need to work for me and not for them” on New Season, you quickly get to the heart of this album, though the title itself is a pretty good guide in itself. The life of being … 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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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXVIII : Are You Okay? – Mark Schirmacher (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Coming very much from the acoustic folk tradition, Are You Okay? blends the hallmarks of two of the genres biggest successes. There is something in the song’s minimalist beat and of course the gentle harmonica washes, that reminds us of … Continue reading

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Gypsy Blood – Tamsin Quin (reviewed by T Bebedor)

Devizes-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Tamsin Quin is one of those artists that seems to be doing the right things at the right time and has been gathering something of a following for her blend of acoustic folk with intelligent lyrics that owes … Continue reading

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Be On Time – Brother Jon Band (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If last time out the Brother Jon Band showed their slick and sassy bar room blues licks via the wonderful Bobby’s Blues, this time they take those same influences and wrap them in a more cosmic folk vibe. The result … Continue reading

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Sakura Flower – Chris Selahoo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I guess it is fair to say that in the musical world this is the equivalent of fan fiction, a celebration and missive on the part of the artist to pay tribute to…well, what I can only assume is some … Continue reading

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Stitched Shoes and an Irish Wristwatch – Buswell (reviewed by T Bebedor)

Music can mean different things to different people, we all remember the song that was popular or was playing when we had our first kiss or our first dance at a disco, and music, be it good or bad, becomes … 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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She’s a Rose –  Sailing Stones (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Names can be an important choice for any artist and, if you are one of those people who likes to read meaning into an artist’s chosen moniker, well, you can read a lot of meaning into an artist’s chosen moniker. … Continue reading

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