Category Archives: Folk

JOHN MARTYN-A LIFE IN MUSIC REMEMBERED.

JOHN MARTYN-A LIFE IN MUSIC REMEMBERED. It’s hard to believe that it’s seven years since John Martyn passed away on 29th January 2009. Incredibly, John Martyn was only sixty years old. He seemed to have been around forever. John Martyn’s life revolved around music. His career began in 1967, when he was just seventeen. Back …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD. Most people haven’t heard of Castle Douglas. Why should they? It’s a small market town in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland. However, Castle Douglas has been home to some famous faces over the last 224 years. This includes a potter, politician, footballer and two rugby players. However, they’ve been …

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IKARUS-IKARUS.

IKARUS-IKARUS. In Greek mythology, Icarus, the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, who created the Labyrinth, met a tragic ending. Icarus and Daedalus were desperate to escape from Crete. So Daedalus constructed wings made of feathers and wax. As Icarus prepared to make his escape, Daedalus warned his son of complacency and hubris.  Icarus shouldn’t …

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THE BATHERS ARE BACK, AND ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL.

THE BATHERS ARE BACK, AND ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL. Nowadays, anniversaries are a cause for celebration in music. They’re also the perfect excuse for record companies to reissue an album. Especially, if it happens to be a the twenty-fifth or thirtieth anniversary of an album’s release. This gives a record company the perfect excuse for …

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THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS OF 2015.

THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS OF 2015. The final category in my best of series is live albums. For some reason, live albums seem to divide opinion. While some people love live albums, others loathe them. There seems to be no middle ground. Partly that’s down to how an artist approaches a live album. It may be …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 4. KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5.   Summer wouldn’t be summer without the latest instalment of the Legendary Wild Rockers’ series. So, in May 2015, Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers Volume 5 was released by BBE Music.   Somehow, Keb Darge …

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JO MANGO-WRACK LINES.

JO MANGO-WRACK LINES. Over the last few years,  Glasgow based Jo Mango has been busier than most singer-songwriters. She managed to combine her solo career, with being a member of Vashti Bunyan’s band; yet still found time to collaborate with some of the biggest names in music. Then in her downtime, Jo Mango found time …

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THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART ONE.

THE BEST 55 REISSUES OF 2015-PART ONE. The next stop in my look back at 2015, is the reissues released during the last twelve months. Again, I started with a long-list, and over the course of a few weeks, gradually, narrowed it down to fifty albums. These albums are an eclectic selection, and cover an …

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THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART THREE.

THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART THREE. JETHRO TULL-BENEFIT. Previously, Steven Wilson had worked wonders with some of King Crimson’s back-catalogues. So, allowing him to work  his magic Jethro Tull’s  Aqualung and Benefit was a calculated gamble.  It had the potential to breath life into both albums. Listeners were able to see whether that was the case …

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THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART FOUR.

THE BEST 50 REISSUES OF 2015-PART FOUR. LED ZEPPELIN-IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR-DELUXE EDITION. On 15th August 1979, Led Zeppelin released their eighth studio album In Through the Out Door. By then, they were one of the biggest selling bands in the world. Their first seven studio albums and their 1976 live album The Song …

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THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART ONE.

THE 33 BEST BOX SETS OF 2105-PART ONE. So far, in my look back at 2015, I’ve picked the best Scottish, Nordic Wave and new albums of 2015. Now we turn to the best box sets of 2015.  Last year, was a good year for box sets, which came in all shapes and sizes. Everything …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART ONE.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART ONE. As I continue my look back through 2015, we get to the best albums of 2105. Usually, I choose fifty albums. This year was such a good year for music. So much so, that I increased the list to fifty-five. The artists represented, come from all over …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART FOUR.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART FOUR. LABFIELD-BUCKET OF SONGS. Five years after the release of their sophomore album Collab, LabField, one of the leading lights of the European improv scene make a welcome return. They returned in 2015 with their genre-melting third album, Bucket of Songs. It was released on Hubro Music. Bucket …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART FIVE.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART FIVE. SIDSEL ENDRESEN AND STIAN WESTERHUS-BONITA. One of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2015 was Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus’ sophomore album Bonita. It was released on Rune Grammofon in January 2015. Bonita was the followup to Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus’ debut album Didymoi Dreams. Just …

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THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART SIX.

THE BEST 55 NEW ALBUMS OF 2015-PART SIX. THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON. Four years after releasing their eponymous debut album in 2011. The Woodbine and Ivy Band return with their new album Sleep On Sleeping On. It was released in March 2015, on Static Caravan Recordings, and sees The Woodbine and …

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THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2015.

THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2015. It’s at this time of the year, I usually look back at the previous year. 2015 is no different.  So over the last few weeks, I’ve immersed myself in the music of 2015. Somehow, I’ve managed to listen to, and remind myself of, the music I’ve reviewed during the …

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BOB DYLAN-THE BEST OF THE CUTTING EDGE 1965-1966: THE BOOTLEG SERIES.

BOB DYLAN-THE BEST OF THE CUTTING EDGE 1965-1966: THE BOOTLEG SERIES. Most artists never come close to releasing a classic album. Those that do, become part of musical history. For some though, releasing a classic album is often a burden.  They spend the rest of their life trying to reach the same heights. Constantly, they …

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MAGMA-KOHNZERT ZUND.

MAGMA-KOHNZERT ZUND. In 1969, Christian Vander had a vision. His vision was “humanity’s spiritual and ecological future.” What he saw worried him. So Christian Vander decided to share his vision of the future. The way he chose to do this, was through music. Christian Vander was a classically trained drummer, and in 1969, ormed what would …

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KATHRYN JOSEPH-BONES YOU HAVE THROWN ME AND BLOOD I’VE SPILLED-VINYL EDITION.

KATHRYN JOSEPH-BONES YOU HAVE THROWN ME AND BLOOD I’VE SPILLED-VINYL EDITION. In the history of the Scottish Album Of The Year Award, Kathryn Joseph recently became the first artist to win Scotland’s most prestigious music award with a debut album. That debut album is Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled, was released …

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RICHARD THOMPSON-STILL-VINYL EDITION.

RICHARD THOMPSON-STILL-VINYL EDITION. Not many musicians enjoy the longevity that Richard Thompson has. His professional career career began in 1967, when Richard was just eighteen. He had just left the William Ellis School in Highgate. That’s where Richard Thompson formed his first band, Emile and The Detectives with future Strangler Hugh Cornwell.   It was …

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