Category Archives: roots

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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The Sandman –  Baba Yaga (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Whilst many bands see the way forward as trying to create totally new musical platforms, they look ahead only seeking to creating something cutting edge, to use technology to invent the future, others know that in the cyclical nature of … Continue reading

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Gretchen Peters announces new album and extensive UK tour dates

Dancing with the Beast, the new album from Gretchen Peters, puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women. And intentionally so. With the 2017 Women’s March and the #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Hide and Hunt –  True Strays (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If the fashion of the moment seems to be pop and indie bands appropriating retro and roots goodness to add cool and credibility to their sound, True Strays have always made music for more honest reasons. Yes, there are a … Continue reading

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Idle Time –  The Happy Curmudgeons (Reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As well as having a fantastic name, The Happy Curmudgeons, make a sort of music which seems to have fallen out of fashion, but much deserves a revival. Think of where the genres of folk and rock intersect today and … Continue reading

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Texas Paintbrush –  Ranzel X Kendrick (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This first outing in a planned trilogy of albums under the arching title of the “Texas Series” is a masterfully  understated slice of rootsy, country acoustica or as the artist himself refers to it Freestyle folk. The songs found within … Continue reading

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Zebulon –  Jon Lindsay (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Is nothing sacred? How can I earn a quick buck writing about music if artists like Jon Lindsay won’t stay put in one or another other genre. Actually its worse than that, Zebulon seems to create a genre of its … 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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I Swear I’m Going To Learn This Time –  Chris Murphy (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Chris Murphy’s musical mastery seems to spread itself across any number of genres, styles, eras, instruments and tastes, a troubadour in the truest sense, a storyteller, a communicator and an entertainer. Here we find him in the realm of rootsy … Continue reading

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