Category Archives: roots

Evening Machines – Gregory Alan Isakov (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

My knowledge of folk is limited, I find it hard to listen to the British working-class stories of toil, trouble and industry, but I admire and respect the roots of the genre. The instruments; acoustic and organic, the lyrics; heartfelt … Continue reading

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Daydreamers –  Marla and David Celia (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Those with their ear close to the grass roots end of the music spectrum, the place where jobbing troubadours and sonic dreamers wander with little concern for fame and fortune, have long been aware of the potency and potential of … Continue reading

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Medicine Tunes –  Tony Rose (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s nice to know that in this age of meticulous studio production, where even the smallest amount of natural talent can go a long way with the right engineer and the right box of tricks, that some people are still … Continue reading

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Scattered Shadows on a Double Bed – Fox & Coyote (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

In the movie Jerry Maguire there is the often-quoted line “you had me at hello” and when I was given the press release regarding this album it had me at “cello”. The cello is one of a handful of instruments … Continue reading

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Time Between Us –  Trent Miller (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Trent Miller is a great example of why the various tribal demarcations found in music, its generic barriers, its tribal affinities, its journalistic pigeon-holing and listener driven expectations, are all attitudes that thankfully are receding into the past. For whilst … Continue reading

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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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