Category Archives: Singer-Songwriter Reviews

Vesper Sky – “Enjoy, Not Endure”

When you come across work by talented artists, their ability can shout at you, while they themselves are more discreet with their style. Vesper Sky is a collection of songs, spoken words – and various combinations of the two – … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joanne Hogg & Co: The Map Project

Joanne Hogg is best known for her keyboards and lead vocals with Celtic-jazz-prog-folkies Iona, but this 6 track EP is a very different affair.

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cockburn, Bruce – Bone on Bone

(TrueNorth Records) When songwriters get past 70, I tend to look at the final song on their latest albums to see what musical words they might intentionally be signing off with.

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Mark Heard: A Treasure of the Broken Land

That Mark Heard turned down the offer of touring with Dylan and T-Bone Burnett speaks both of his talent and his humility. He may not have had the chance to make a big splash from that tour, but the ripples … Continue reading

Posted in Features: Miscellaneous, Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Roots and Folk Reviews, Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bruce Cockburn – Rumours of Glory (a Memoir)

How many lives a can one man live at once? Rumours of Glory traces Bruce Cockburn’s story, detailing his music, faith, poetry, women and activism. It’s a fascinating trail and a valuable read – even for people who disagree with … Continue reading

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Duke Special: Under the Dark Cloth

The Duke again gets inside other people’s skin to portray the background, the lives and the images of America’s photographic pioneers in his best commission to date. 4 Stars Label: Adventures in Gramophone Time: 12 tracks / 44 minutes New … Continue reading

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Charlie Peacock – No Man’s Land (Twenty Ten Music)

Über-artist-producer strikes again in a personal slice of Americana that is his best so far – and that’s saying something. 4.5 Stars Time: 12 Tracks / 57 minutes Some albums are like hussies in bars, grabbing you with their bold … Continue reading

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eliza Carthy: Neptune (Hem Hem Records)

Eliza Carthy is exhilarating in her passion for invention 4 Stars Time: 10 tracks /50 Minutes When a disc begins with the line, “I was drinking champagne with Jerry Springer” it’s a good start, but then the name Eliza Carthy … Continue reading

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bruce Cockburn: Small Source of Comfort (True North)

Still witty, Cockburn lightens up – and gives us a few welcome instrumentals 4 Stars 14 Tracks / 54 minutes For those who can’t wait to find out what is in store, Cockburn gives a foretaste of the whole disc … Continue reading

Posted in Singer-Songwriter Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment