Category Archives: Folk

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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STORNOWAY-BONXIE.

STORNOWAY-BONXIE. It was nine years ago that Brian Briggs first met Jon Quin, at a Freshers Week at Oxford University. Brian’s first words to Jon were that he looked like a member of Scottish indie rock band Teenage Fanclub. That broke the ice. Brian and Jon realised they both shared a love of music. So, …

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DION RECORDED LIVE AT THE BITTER END AUGUST 1971.

DION RECORDED LIVE AT THE BITTER END AUGUST 1971. After being one of the biggest selling artists of the late fifties and early sixties, the hits started to dry up for Dion. He had been one of the most successful artists of the rock ’n’ roll era. For the last six years, it seemed Dion …

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JOHN MARTYN-LIVE AT LEEDS (DELUXE EDITION).

JOHN MARTYN-LIVE AT LEEDS (DELUXE EDITION). In January 1975, John Martyn released his eighth studio album, Sunday’s Child. John had been away from the studio for fifteen months. His previous album, Inside Out, was released in October 1973. Since then, John had been concentrating on touring. However, in August 1974, John headed to Island Studios, …

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KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE.

KING CREOSOTE-FROM SCOTLAND FROM LOVE. At this time of the year, Scottish artists start to think of the Scottish Album Of The Year Award. It’s the most prestigious Scottish musical award. So the great and good of Scottish music wait with baited breath the announcement of the long-list of twenty. It’s then narrowed down to just ten albums. …

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FAIRPORT CONVENTION-MYTHS AND HEROES.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION-MYTHS AND HEROES. There aren’t many groups that enjoy the longevity that Fairport Convention have. They were formed in 1967, and are widely recognised as the founding fathers of English folk rock. Since then, Fairport Convention have influenced several generations of folk musicians. However, it’s not all been smooth sailing for Fairport Convention. The …

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HENRY AND FLEETWOOD-ON THE FOREST FLOOR E.P.

HENRY AND FLEETWOOD-ON THE FOREST FLOOR E.P.  Recently, I’ve noticed that there’s been a shortage of quality new music. At one point, it looked like the well had almost run dry. While the first couple of months of the year are always quiet, this year was worst than most. That’s apart from a few European …

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BILL WELLS AND AIDAN MOFFAT-THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE WORLD.

BILL WELLS AND AIDAN MOFFAT-THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE WORLD. Four years after the last musical sojourn, Scotland’s musical odd couple of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat return with their long awaited sophomore album The Most Important Place In The World. It’s the followup to Bill and Aidan’s 2011 debut album, Everything’s Getting Older. …

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MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT.

MICHAEL CHAMPMAN-SAVAGE AMUSEMENT. Nowadays, artists can spent years recording an album.  They announce that they’re about to start work on their next album. That’s the last anyone hears of the artist for years. They’re locked away in their home studio, with only a DAW and a handful of plug-ins for company. What follows is a …

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WILLIE NILE-IF I WAS A RIVER.

WILLIE NILE-IF I WAS A RIVER. Having graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in philosophy in 1971, twenty-three year old Willie Nile dreamt of making a living as a troubadour. He was a classically trained pianist, who had been writing songs throughout his college years. Then during the summer, Willie Nile headed …

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ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES.

ARTHUR-DREAMS AND IMAGES. The story of Arthur Lee Harper is a familiar one. He was a talented singer-songwriter who looked as if he was destined for great things. Sadly, that proved not to be the case. Arthur only ever released one album, Dreams and Images which was released on Lee Hazelwood’s LHI Records 1968.  Dreams …

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THE WOODBINE AND IVY BAND-SLEEP ON SLEEPING ON.

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 on March 9th 2015, on Static Caravan Recordings, and sees The Woodbine and Ivy Band head in a different direction …

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MICHAEL CHAPMAN-WINDOW.

MICHAEL CHAPMAN-WINDOW.  Michael Chapman never set out to be a make a living as a musician. No. Originally, he was a teacher. By day, Michael Chapman taught art and photography. Music was something he did in his spare time. However, there was a sense of inevitability that one day soon, Michael Chapman would leave the …

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DEKE LEONARD-ICEBERG.

DEKE LEONARD-ICEBERG. Four years after founding Man in 1968, Deke Leonard was on a sabbatical from the Welsh rockers. Deke left Man for the first time in May 1972. This allowed Deke to do something he’d always wanted, record his debut solo album. Over the next twenty months, Deke with a few of his musical friends, …

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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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