SAM REIDER & THE HUMAN HANDS – The Golem And Other Tales (own label) 
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6h ago
So what is the link between Django Reinhardt, Planxty, Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Bernard Herrman and Raymond Scott? Well, apart from having to look the last one up, the answer is this wide-ranging combo. (Scott, btw, is the composer whose work was adapted for use in all those Looney Tunes cartoons of yore, as well as for the Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, and, even, Bluey. Reider and his compadres, who play, between them, piano, accordion, fiddles, cello, mandolin, bouzouki, electric and acoustic guitars, alto saxophone and stand-up bass, use Reider’s compositions to spark off into a whole p ..read more
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Sam Carter – new solo album and tour dates
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2d ago
Photograph by Thom Atkinson Sam Carter announced his fifth solo album, Silver Horizon, for release on Captain Records on Friday, 16th of August. Featuring eleven hook-driven indie folk songs in an absorbing sound world, Silver Horizon represents a marked shift in style from Carter’s previous work. Over his fifteen-year career, Midlands-born guitarist and songwriter Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, heartfelt songwriting and captivating live performances. He is a highly regarded instrumentalist, renowned by many as “the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation ..read more
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Wickham Festival on the move
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5d ago
Wickham Festival is moving home – but only a few hundred yards. Wickham Festival – the new site The popular long-running event is switching to a different site for this year’s festival from August 1-4 headlined by rock goddess Suzi Quatro, Curtis Stigers and the Levellers. Winchester City Council have just approved the transfer to a new field which organisers hope will help them beat the mud. The new arena on the other side of Winchester Road is flatter and has much better drainage to improve access and the experience for festival-goers. Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “We now have 28 acres of ..read more
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SIMON CARE AND GARETH TURNER – Two’s Up Two (Talking Elephant TECD478)
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1w ago
Way, way back in 1997 two bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young melodeon players got together to record an album, Two’s Up. Distinguished careers intervened and it wasn’t until 2022 that Simon Care and Gareth Turner got together to record a follow up. By this time Gareth was seriously ill but he got through the sessions – just in time as it turned out. The two records have now been brought together as Two’s Up Two. The original set saw support from Nick Quarmby on bass, percussion and bodhran from Steve Crickett and Garrick Nelson with Phil Beer producing and providing all the other instruments ..read more
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Tarren announce their second album
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1w ago
Outside Time comes two years after new folk trio Tarren’s critically acclaimed debut Revel, an album that established their unique sound and quickly gained them a loyal following from acoustic music lovers. Outside Time sees the band develop this sound, weaving personal themes into music that explores the meaning of home and the joys of togetherness, belonging and community. Combining cittern and concertina (Sid Goldsmith), fiddle (Alex Garden), and accordion (Danny Pedler) their distinctive sound successfully marries ancient forms with modern issues and contemporary song and tune writing. Ou ..read more
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BROOKS WILLIAMS & AARON CATLOW – Greens & Blues (Red Guitar Blue Music RGBM 2401)
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1w ago
I’m pretty sure that it’s impossible to keep Brooks Williams out of a studio much less separate him from his guitar. An inveterate collaborator, for Greens & Blues he renews his partnership with Aaron Catlow – this is their third album together. It’s a collection of songs old, new and borrowed and performed straightforwardly on guitar, fiddle and voices with Jon Short joining on double bass. That said, there’s a sophistication about it that I might ascribe to Josh Clark’s mixing as much as to the skill of the musicians. The opening track is ‘Rock Me’, a gospely blues written by Thomas ‘Son ..read more
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MICHAEL WAUGH – Beauty & Truth (Compass Bros Music)
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2w ago
Australian Michael Waugh’s Beauty & Truth is a strong-voiced melodic folk album (produced by Shane Nicholson!) graced with a dramatic live buzz of electric guitar, drums, and bass – with the brave intent to “really grab at the truth and look at”. The first song, ‘We Are Here’, is a big proclamation for the people “who have always been here” who will not “be silent anymore”. It’s a classic song of defiance, in Michael’s case, his gay sexual orientation; but in the tradition of great writing, it touches a universal voice that sings in brotherhood with those long-ago symbolic Diggers, who def ..read more
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JON BUDWORTH – In Sight Of Home (FF002CD)
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2w ago
Jon Budworth has just released In Sight Of Home. ‘Just’ because it’s out right now and ‘only just’ because the idea for the album came in 2019 when watching a documentary on the Iolaire Disaster – the ship sank ‘in sight of home’ in Stornoway Harbour on New Year’s Day 1919, and hence the idea behind the title track. Over 200 lives were lost and Budworth’s song is yet another cracking song inspired by the heart-rending event. The arrangement is suitably deferential and includes the nice touch of spoken word from the (acted) family celebrating New Year’s Eve “There was a desolation/It was the en ..read more
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FLO PERLIN – Clay (own label)
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2w ago
The third album by the London-based singer-songwriter and sometime Nest Collective member, Clay serves as a metaphor for the human capacity to adapt and adjust to different challenges, as we mould and change shapes, growing and adapting to new forms. It opens with the whisperingly sung, clattering drum rhythm and bustling ‘Feels Like Yesterday’, a song about she and her two sisters revisiting a special place from her childhood and reflecting that while she herself had changed significantly it felt like nothing had changed at all, encapsulated in the line “We drove back through the hills that w ..read more
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M.G. BOULTER – Days Of Shaking (Hudson)
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2w ago
Having offered a musical wander around the sights and characters of his Southend on Sea home town with both Clifftown and A Shadow Falls Over New Brighton, Boulter now offers more gently melancholic but more metaphysical musings on contemporary suburbia and the mundane day to day realities with Days Of Shaking, veined with the rumour, mystery, urban myths and magical thinking (the belief that specific words, thoughts, emotions, or rituals can influence the external world) we use to bring shape to our lives, expectations and hopes. Featuring Boulter on guitars, pedal and lap steel, Harriet Brad ..read more
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