Category Archives: Folk

TOM RUSH-TOM RUSH.

TOM RUSH-TOM RUSH. For many people, Tom Rush was a trailblazer. He was the first of the singer-songwriters. His career began in 1961, when Tom, who was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire began singing in clubs. Back then, Tom was still a student at Harvard University, where he studied English literature. A year later, in …

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DAVID KNOWLES-FOOTSTEPS.

DAVID KNOWLES-FOOTSTEPS. It’s nearly twenty years since singer-songwriter David Knowles first picked up a guitar. Back then, grunge was King. Straight away, David Knowles was hooked. Inspired by the musical vortex that was grunge, David began to explore other musical genres. It made sense to start at what was the genesis of modern music, the …

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JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER.

JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER. In November 1977, John Martyn released what’s was undoubtably one the finest albums of his career, One World. It was an atmospheric, experimental and genre-defying album. Everything from folk, jazz, reggae and rock melted together over eight tracks. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, One World was hailed a classic album. This …

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TIM BUCKLEY-LORCA.

TIM BUCKLEY-LORCA. 2015 marks the fortieth anniversary of the death of one of the most talented, and innovative, vocalists of his generation, Tim Buckley. He died on June 29th 1975, aged just twenty-nine. That day, music lost a true visionary. Tim Buckley was, and always will be remembered as a musical chameleon, who believed his …

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JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER.

JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER. In November 1977, John Martyn released what’s was undoubtably one the finest albums of his career, One World. It was an atmospheric, experimental and genre-defying album. Everything from folk, jazz, reggae and rock melted together over eight tracks. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, One World was hailed a classic album. This …

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TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS-OF LOVERS, GAMBLERS AND PARACHUTE SKIRTS.

TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS-OF LOVERS, GAMBLERS AND PARACHUTE SKIRTS. Twenty-five years ago, Taraf de Haïdouks made their debut. Little did anyone realise that this was the start of musical journey that would see Taraf de Haïdouks crowned “the best Gypsy band in the world.” That’s quite an accolade. However, anyone that’s seen Taraf de Haïdouks live, …

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FAMILY-BANDSTAND.

FAMILY-BANDSTAND. By 1972, it looked as if Family were on the verge of making a breakthrough in America. Their fifth album Fearless, released in October 1971, had reached number 177 in the US Billboard 200 charts. It looked as if Family were going to be the latest British group to conquer America. That, however, wasn’t …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2. DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER. For Dubcatcher, the followup to DJ Vadim’s critically acclaimed tenth album, Don’t Be Scared, he dawned the role of hip hop’s first DJ superhero. That’s apparent from the Dubcatcher’s album cover. Looking like a cross between Robin, Bananaman and Goldfinger, a vinyl wielding DJ Vadim’s …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 3.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 3. KROKOFANT-KROKOFANT. What do you get if you cross a crocodile with an elephant? A Krokofant. For those not familiar with this surreal hybrid, then you’ve never heard the popular Norwegian children’s song. The Krokofant has been described as “a lumbering trumpeting beast with a fearsome array of …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 4.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 4. DOUG PAISLEY-STRONG FEELINGS. Doug Paisley is a refreshing alternative to much of music that’s released nowadays. He’s not the result of major label hype or the winner of some tedious talent show. These are the type of artists who nowadays, are hyped as the future of music. …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 5.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 5. SUPERSILENT-12. Four long years have passed, since Supersilent released their eighth album 11 on Rune Grammofon. Since 2010, Supersilent’s fans have eagerly awaited the next chapter in the Supersilent story. At last, the wait is over. Supersilent recently released their ninth album 12, on Rune Grammofon. 12 …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 1.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 1. 2014 is almost over. So it’s that time again, time for me to choose my fifty best reissues of 2014. To do that, I’ve listened to a mountain of music. Eventually, I came up with fifty albums. Here they are. GATO BARBIERI-THE THIRD WORLD.  Bob Thiele signed Gato …

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THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 5.

THE FIFTY BEST REISSUES OF 2014-PART 5. GEORGE RUSSELL PRESENTS THE ESOTERIC CIRCLE. With Norwegian music going through something of a renaissance, it’s fitting that George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle has reissued by BGP Records, a subsidiary of Ace Records. George Russell Presents The Esoteric Circle was one of the most important albums in …

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JOHN MARTYN-THE BEST OF THE ISLAND YEARS.

JOHN MARTYN-THE BEST OF THE ISLAND YEARS. Last year, Commercial Marketing released The Island Years, an eighteen disc box set celebrating the twenty years John Martyn spent at Island Records. This included the seventeen albums John Martyn released between 1967 and 1987. As if that wasn’t enough, The Island Years included previously unreleased mixes, out-takes, …

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DJESSOU MORY KANTE-RIVER STRINGS: MANIKA GUITAR.

DJESSOU MORY KANTE-RIVER STRINGS: MANIKA GUITAR. Twenty years have passed since Djessou Mory Kanté released his debut album N’na Niwalé (Merci Les Mères). Since then, Djessou Mory Kanté has established a reputation as one of the most talented African guitarists.  That’s why Djessou Mory Kanté is the go-to-guitarist for the great and good of African …

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BONNIE DOBSON SINGS SHE’S LIKE A SWALLOW AND OTHER FOLK SONGS.

BONNIE DOBSON SINGS SHE’S LIKE A SWALLOW AND OTHER FOLK SONGS. Bonnie Dobson’s career began during the early sixties folk boom. She had one of the most distinctive voices of the folk era. Clear and powerful, Bonnie’s distinctive voice breathed life, meaning and emotion into folk songs old and new. This included songs penned by …

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ROBERT PLANT-LULLABY AND…THE CEASELESS ROAR.

ROBERT PLANT-LULLABY AND…THE CEASELESS ROAR. For many musicians who were once part of one of the most successful bands in musical history, the day that band breaks up is one of the worst days in their life. That day, can mark the end of their career. Try as they may, they never reach the same …

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FIELD REPORT-MARIGOLDEN.

FIELD REPORT-MARIGOLDEN. It was back in 2012, that Field Report, released their eponymous debut album. Two years later, and singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield and his  band return with their sophomore album, Marigolden, which was recently released by Partisan Records. However, much has happened to Field Report in the intervening two years. Since the release of Field …

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MORENO VELOSO-COISA BOA.

MORENO VELOSO-COISA BOA. Thirteen years have passed since Moreno Veloso released his debut album Music Typewriter. Since then, Moreno has put his solo career on hold, concentrating instead, on production. Moreno has spent over a decade years learning, and honing his production skills. This paid off.  In 2006, Moreno was asked to produce his father’s …

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ADRIAN CROWLEY-SOME BLUE MORNING.

ADRIAN CROWLEY-SOME BLUE MORNING. Adrian Crowley never intended to be a musician. Originally, the Galway born singer-songwriter studied architecture, painting and photography. In his spare time, Adrian wrote a few songs. He never performed any of these songs until 1993, when Adrian was twenty-five. That was when Adrian first performed live. This show might never …

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