Category Archives: Folk

ZACHARY CALE-DUSKLAND.

ZACHARY CALE-DUSKLAND. Before embarking upon a solo career, Louisiana born singer-songwriter Zachary Cale was a member of several college bands. By Zachary’s own admission, most were short-lived, and none of them were particularly successful. However, they taught Zachary Cale about stagecraft and songwriting. So when Zachary embarked upon a solo career, he was more than …

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BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE-MANY A MILE.

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE-MANY A MILE. There’s much more to Buffy Sainte-Marie than music. That’s just part of the story. Buffy Sainte-Marie is an educator, social activist and visual artist. She was born on February 20th 1941, on the Piapot Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada. However, Buffy was later adopted by Albert and …

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BONNIE DOBSON-DEAR COMPANION.

BONNIE DOBSON-DEAR COMPANION. There aren’t many songwriters whose first attempt to write a song, results in a classic. That’s what happened to Bonnie Dobson. The first song she wrote was Morning Dew. It was covered by Fred Neil in 1964. After that, Morning Dew has been covered by Einstürzende Neubauten and The Grateful Dead, to …

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RICHARD THOMPSON-STILL.

RICHARD THOMPSON-STILL. 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 with …

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FOTHERINGAY-NOTHING MORE: THE COLLECTED FOTHERINGAY.

FOTHERINGAY-NOTHING MORE: THE COLLECTED FOTHERINGAY. Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention in December 1969. The reason she gave, was that the wanted to hone her skills as a songwriter. However, less than a year after her departure from Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny formed a new group. That group was Fotheringay, who although they were a short …

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

KATHRYN JOSEPH-BONES YOU HAVE THROWN ME AND BLOOD I’VE SPILLED. 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, which was released …

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RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON.

RACHEL SERMANNI-TIED TO THE MOON. Rachel Sermanni can’t remember life without music. It has always been there, and has been a constant in her life. This was certainly the case as long as Rachel can remember. Growing up, music provided the soundtrack for Rachel and her siblings. Music also provided Rachel with one of her …

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ANNELI DRECKER-ROCKS AND STRAWS.

ANNELI DRECKER-ROCKS AND STRAWS. After ten years, Anneli Drecker will shortly released her long awaited, and much anticipated third solo album, Rocks and Straws. It will be released on Rune Grammofon on 17th July 2015, marks a welcome return from Anneli Drecker. Her recording career began twenty-eight years ago, with Bel Canto. Anneli Drecke first …

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REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON.

REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS: UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON. Karen Dalton could’ve, and should’ve, been one of the most successful singers of her generation. She certainly had the talent. Her peers agreed. Bob Dylan described Karen Dalton as his favourite singer in his autobiography. He compared Karen’s voice to Billie Holliday, and her guitar playing to Jimmy …

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PAUL BRADY-PRIMITIVE DANCE.

PAUL BRADY-PRIMITIVE DANCE. Paul Brady first came to prominence in 1978, when he released his debut album Welcome Here Kind Stranger. Later in 1978, Welcome Here Kind Stranger was voted Folk Album of the Year by Melody Maker magazine. However, the thirty-one year old Irishman wasn’t a newcomer to music. Far from it. Music was …

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DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR-GREETINGS FROM SUICIDE BRIDGE.

DAVID KAUFFMAN AND ERIC CABOOR-GREETINGS FROM SUICIDE BRIDGE. Often when recording an album, an artist thinks about an album cover only once they’ve finished recording. Not David Kauffman and Eric Caboor. They put the cart before the horse, in the spring of 1983, and came up with an album cover before they had even recorded …

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SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS.

SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS. Ten years ago, that Soapkills, one of the most influential and innovative bands in Lebanese musical history split-up. Soapkills were a trailblazing band, and one of the first indie bands to emerge from the Middle East’s nascent music scene. Since then, Soapkills’ music has continued to influence a new generation of …

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WOODENBOX-FOREIGN ORGAN.

WOODENBOX-FOREIGN ORGAN. When Woodenbox entered Chem 19 recording studio in Blantyre back in August 2011, the Glasgow based sextet were fuelled by the sound of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Kayne West. They set about recording End Game.  Four years on, it was a much more subdued Woodenbox that began recording their latest album …

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KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA.

KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA. Nearly fifty-eight years ago, on 5th September 1957, Jack Kerouac published his seminal novel, On The Road. Since then, On The Road has influenced several generations. That’s just as true today. Nico Saba and Bruno Bellatin of Kanaku y El Tigre can relate to Jack Kerouac. They describe themselves …

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MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER.

MARK KNOPFLER-TRACKER. Three years have passed since Mark Knopfler released his previous  solo album, Privateering. Since then, very little has been heard of Mark Knopfler. However, he recently made a welcome return with his eighth solo album, Tracker, which was released by Mercury. The release of Tracker in 2015 is fitting. It’s thirty years since …

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LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD.

LONESOME HIGHWAY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONGS OF THE ROAD. The automobile is one of the most celebrated of American institutions. That’s been the case for nearly 100 years. Right back to the days of the blues, the automobile and the highways they travel down, have been celebrated by musicians. That’s the case on Lonesome Highway-An …

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I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P.

I HAVE A TRIBE-YELLOW RAINCOATS E.P. Ever since 2012, Patrick O’Laoghaire has been one of music’s rising stars. Patrick first came to prominence as a member of Dublin based band Slow Skies. They were founded in  2012, and  featured Karen Sheridan, Conal Herron and Patrick O’Laoghaire. Less than a year later,  and Slow Skies were ready to …

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WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-PITTSBURGH.

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS-PITTSBURGH. Like many artists, William Fitzsimmons draws upon personal experience for his songs. That has been the case since William released his 2005 debut album, Until When We Are Ghosts. Since then, William has released a further five albums.Each album has proved a compelling insight into William Fitzsimmons’ life. It seems no subject is …

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LAU-THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG.

LAU-THE BELL THAT NEVER RANG.  Ever since the release of their 2007 debut album. Lightweights and Gentlemen, Lau have been variously described as “adventurous,” and “modern folk’s most innovative band.” That’s no exaggeration. Lau are, without doubt, one of the most exciting and ambitious folk bands of their generation. That’s why Kris Drever, Martin Green …

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VASHTI BUNYAN-HEARTLEAP.

VASHTI BUNYAN-HEARTLEAP. It was fifty years ago, in 1965, that Vashti Bunyan’s musical career began. She looked destined for great things. Sadly, that proved not to be the case. Five years after her career began, Vashti Bunyan released her debut album Just Another Day in 1970. It failed to chart. This lead to Vashti Bunyan retiring from music. Nothing was heard …

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