Category Archives: Roots and Folk Reviews

Band of Love: Folk Fever

(Island Records) Just when I thought there were no genre mash ups left – and Malcolm McLaren’s mix of punk and opera was a strange one – we now have folk artists covering disco songs. What do we get – … Continue reading

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Speechless

Here’s some of the best instrumental music of the year so far to come across my desk (or kitchen table, to be more accurate). There is jazz, neo-classical, folk, Celtic and various points in between. Most of it is cottage … Continue reading

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Fairport Convention – What We Did on our Saturday

Swipe me, 50 years already? “Who knows where the time goes,” indeed. And with Fairport’s penchant for losing people somewhat permanently, who knows how many of them will be around to celebrate 60 years? So this was an anniversary to … Continue reading

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Darlingside – Extralife

It is rare for me to be so instantly struck by a new album. After hearing about four songs (or maybe only four parts of songs) I was contacting the band for a press copy. It’s the reverb-drenched harmonies that … Continue reading

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Yvonne Lyon – Metanoia

(Yvonnelyonmusic.com) I nearly let a couple of bad first impressions put me off this album: I was underwhelmed by her support act to Iona a few years ago (although I may just have been impatient for the main act), and … Continue reading

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Beth Whitney – The Wild Unrest

There’s deep beauty coming out of pain in that cabin in the woods.

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Wildwood Kin – Turning Tides

(Silvertone / Sony) While a female family trio that features flowing, flawless harmonies might suggest Haim, this band is completely different. Wildwood Kin are less poppy and more atmospheric. Opener “The Author” would have slotted seamlessly onto a Note for … Continue reading

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Shine their Light in London

This was one of those gigs that you catch at just the right time and place. As the trans-Atlantic partnership of Bragg and Henry played the show, polls were beginning to close in the US presidential elections, and the setting … Continue reading

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Jarlath Henderson – Hearts Broken, Heads Turned

Every now and then you get an agitator in the world of folk; someone who takes the songs that have thrived for tens or hundreds of years, and makes them fresh for a new generation – people like Jim Moray … Continue reading

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Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop – Love Letter for Fire

  If Beam and Hoop sounds like a gymnastics event, it is the songwriting that stretches and flexes on this fluid performance. Fans of both should be thrilled.

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