SINGLE REVIEW: KATIE NICHOLAS - THE WHEEL
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by CHRIS FARLIE
2d ago
Looking slightly concerned as if someone has crept up on her in a field of sunflowers, on the cover of her new single "The Wheel" is Katie Nicholas. She needn't look concerned though for this one of the most sumptuous sounds that you will hear all year. The opening guitar work transfers us back immediately to Buckle & Boots 2023, where one of the first things that came flooding back upon seeing her play live for the first time in years was just what a great guitar player she is. "How many goodbyes does it take to leave you? Go on, one more, but it really seems like I need you How many ..read more
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SINGLE REVIEW: NEEVE ZAHRA - WHAT DID I MISS?
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by CHRIS FARLIE
2d ago
Once again proving that she is difficult to pigeonhole is Neeve Zahra with her latest track "What Did I Miss?", If the previous singles invoked a feeling of 60's pop in "Step Right Over", and a gentle Shires country duet style with "Rub A Little Dirt In It" then this latest offering has a much more modern feel to it. The opening of drum and acoustic guitar is joined by a synthy keyboard riff, that will work its way into you brain each time it comes round. Deceptively simple it reels you in to liking this single before you know what has happened. Initially we find Neeve in a sad contemplati ..read more
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SINGLE REVIEW: JULIAN TAYLOR - AIN'T LIFE STRANGE - RUNNING AWAY
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by CHRIS FARLIE
5d ago
Without doubt, one of the most highly anticipated return to these shores is that of Julian Taylor, a feeling that has only been exacerbated by the singles released heralding the release of his new album "Pathways". Such has been the impact on #TEAMw21 of Julian's appearance last year at The Water Rats and his career spanning anthology. The latest single is "Ain't Life Strange", and despite even managing to include a horn section on this track the overriding audible sensation is that of space. Each instrument is given room to shine and comes through with crystal clear clarity. The opening of ..read more
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LIVE REVIEW: OUTLAWS & INDEPENDENTS - AGS CONNOLLY - EMILIA QUINN - SAVANNAH GARDNER - AGS CONNOLLY - EMILIA QUINN - SAVANNAH GARDNER - DOM GLYNN & THE SUNDAY BEST - THE FIDDLERS ELBOW
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by CHRIS FARLIE
5d ago
The last time #TEAMw21 visited The Fiddlers Elbow it was to see Dexeter and Katie Nicholas which gives an idea of how long ago it was. The walls decorated with black platters of vinyl, with 7 inch singles festooned the ceiling, Tonight's presentation from Talentbanq in association with Black Deer and all their brands ( Radio & Festival & Live) based on an idea from Emilia Quinn would commemorate America's Independence Day by celebrating their music as performed by UK artists. It would be an ambitiously curated evening with 4 artists each scheduled to play 30 minute sets, leaving onl ..read more
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SINGLE REVIEW: MORGANWAY - BOY ON THE TRAIN
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by CHRIS FARLIE
1w ago
A new single from Morganway is always a cause for celebration and this may just be the most "Morganway" track ever in that in just under 4 minutes it shines a light on every individual and group element that makes this beat combo so supreme!. There are clear contributions from each individual musician while the vocals are split between Callum and SJ with the group harmonies also coming in to play - all bases covered! The opening aural assault of drums, fiddle and acoustic guitar only set the scene for the full band to join in moments later, and at that point you can take your pick as to who ..read more
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LIVE REVIEW: RAINTOWN - TWO WAYS HOME - THE WATER RATS
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by CHRIS FARLIE
1w ago
In the early years of #TEAMw21, Raintown were a regular feature on the London circuit sometimes as a full band and others as a trio. They played at some of the most seminal gigs we've ever attended, The Yeehaw Festival at Rockingham Castle in the pouring rain, and a show at the 100 Club with Larkin Poe are just two that immediately spring to mind. This time round it was to be supporting their recent album release "Acoustic Heart", which has set them on a completely different and from the sound of the album richly rewarding path - Tonight was a chance to see how the Raintown of today stacks u ..read more
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LIVE REVIEW: DANNI NICHOLLS - THE GREEN NOTE
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by CHRIS FARLIE
1w ago
It was a welcome return to the Green Note for Danni Nicholls, her American adventures having kept her away from our shores for far too long. She was supposed to be accompanied by Sam Barratt covering off guitar and pedal steel duties however a broken finger meant that was not to be. It was also expected that she might just use the night to highlight some tracks from her new album "Under The Neem Plum Tree" however as the evening unfolded there was so much more to be revealed. Dressed in her country finest with a black top complete with white tassles, the evening would start with a couple of s ..read more
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SINGLE REVIEW: EMILIA QUINN - BACKROADS (LIVE)
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by CHRIS FARLIE
1w ago
The joy of watching live music is that occasionally those "I was there when..." moments occur when something magical happens. Such an event happened at Buckle & Boots 2023 when Emilia Quinn would take to her keyboard to close out what had already been a five star set with a new song "Backroads". In her relatively short career she had already amassed a fine body of work, yet this one song, even on first hearing seemed to transcend them all and suggest a whole new world of opportunities opening up. When "Backroads" eventually surfaced on Emilia's debut album "Wanderlust & Breaking Rul ..read more
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ALBUM REVIEW: RAINTOWN - ACOUSTIC HEART
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by CHRIS FARLIE
2w ago
A welcome return to recording activity for Raintown, for their third album "Acoustic Heart". It is not that long ago that Raintown were the brightest of the UK Country acts, leading the way when Ward Thomas and The Shires barely had a single between them. Always a hard grafting, ever entertaining band who would always give their all especially in a live environment, their profile in recent years has waned as bringing up a family was understandably higher on their priority list. Their second album the underappreciated "Writing On The Wall" captured that live sound at it's excellent rocking b ..read more
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SINGLE REVIEW: VIC ALLEN - BAD WEATHER
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by CHRIS FARLIE
2w ago
It may be pure coincidence but the UK's weather turned warm and sunny the day Vic Allen's new single arrived. Much like the cover which shows Vic looking fabulous, seemingly under the gaze of the sun which may confuse a few folk when we tell you that the title is in fact "Bad Weather". It's been a little while since we heard from Vic, when she closed out the "Some Place I'd Rather Be" project with a clutch of rather fine acoustic alternate versions of some of the tracks. If that closed one chapter then a new one is definitely about to start with "Bad Weather" There's a bright new sound, li ..read more
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