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ROSS AINSLIE 

6 Dec 17

CD Review Sanctuary Ross Ainslie At the risk of making a massive understatement, Ross Ainslie ’s new album is eclectic in the genres and sounds he brings together on his third album.


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ANGE HARDY 

1 Dec 17

CD Review Bring Back Home Ange Hardy Ange Hardy should come with a health warning as well as kept well away from shipping lanes.


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SHAKE THE CHAINS 

29 Nov 17

CD Review Various artists Hannah Martin, Tim Yates, Greg Russell, Findlay Napier and Nancy Kerr Historically there has been a symbiosis between the socio-political and the musical when it comes to the folk realm.


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INDIA ELECTRIC COMPANY 

27 Nov 17

CD Review Seven Sisters Joseph O’Keefe Cole Stacey Duo Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe appear to be going through the process of reinventing the concept album, an idea big in the seventies and very popular with prog rock bands.


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LAURA SMYTH & TED KEMP 

22 Nov 17

CD Review The Poacher’s Fate Ted Kemp Laura Smyth Many folk musicians seem to be caught up in a trend of experimentation and fusion, bringing all manner of musical styles and electronics into their arrangements of traditional tunes and songs.


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SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS 

8 Nov 17

CD Review Pretty Peggy Sam Kelly has one of the most recognisable voices around the folk and acoustic scene.


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MADAM TSUNAMI 

16 Aug 17

CD Review Long Way From Home Couple Adam and Coralie Usmani set about bringing a merging of cultures for their second full album.


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ROBERTO DIANA 

16 Aug 17

CD Review Raighes Vol2 The follow-up to the first volume by Roberto Diana is a seriously class album where the musician can show off his easy, yet complex style of playing which, when it comes to the guitar, is reminiscent of the great Martin Simpson…


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ELEPHANT SESSIONS 

31 Jul 17

CD Review All We Have Is Now It would be easy to do a double take when you first fire up the new album from Elephant Sessions , because you could readily think someone has slipped a funk album from the 90s into the sleeve.


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SKIPINNISH 

22 May 17

CD Review The Seventh Wave Scots band Skipinnish is looking to tap into the power of legend and folklore with their new album The Seventh Wave.


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CORMAC BEGLEY 

15 May 17

CD Review Cormac Begley Award-winning concertina player Cormac Begley produces music on an industrial scale, that’s not to say they are churned out but they have real power, guts and you feel the strength in the tunes he plays.


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INDIA ELECTRIC COMPANY/CHRISTY SCOTT/ REED 

2 May 17

CD Reviews EC1M Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, who are collectively India Electric Company (IEC), are both clever and engaging musicians who seem to enjoy bringing every element of their experience into their music in some form.


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NEWS &COMING YOUR WAY 

30 Apr 17

Coming Your Way Miranda Sykes has a busy month ahead of her starting on May 3 at Spalding Folk Club , The South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire.


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CERI RIDGE TRADING COMPANY 

12 Apr 17

CD review Ceri Ridge Trading Company There is something refreshingly honest and unadorned about Ceri Ridge Trading Company (CRTC) which is transmitted in their eponymously named first album.


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ROVING CROWS 

8 Apr 17

CD Review Bury Me Naked After four years without an album you need to grab your listeners’ attention back – step up Roving Crows .


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AMY DUNCAN 

6 Apr 17

CD Review Antidote Amy Duncan has no truck with setting limitations on what she includes in her songs and music.


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OLD BLIND DOGS 

3 Apr 17

CD review Room With A View Eclectic and global is the simplest way to describe Old Blind Dogs ’ new album.


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

29 Mar 17

Coming Your Way Husband and wife team Kathryn Roberts Sean Lakeman have a full touring schedule this month beginning on April 7 at The Beehive Folk Club , 16 Union Street, Harthill, Sheffield S26 7YH.


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OKA VANGA 

23 Mar 17

CD Review Dance of the Copper Trail One remarkable thing about the music of Oka Vanga is that it’s not like listening to an album, it’s more akin to reading a book because Angela Meyer and William Cox are such good storytellers.


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GARY INNES 

8 Mar 17

CD Review ERA If you wanted proof that Scottish accordionist Gary Innes has been busy then bear in mind it’s been twelve years since his last solo album.


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

26 Feb 17

Coming Your Way March Irish folk Veterans The Fureys have a full touring schedule this month starting March 8 at Ulchedre Centre , Anglesey, North Wales.


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SIOBHAN MILLER 

22 Feb 17

CD Review Strata Second albums can be notoriously tricky to create especially if your debut has been well received, it means you have set a benchmark others expect not only to be matched but exceeded.


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KATE DIMBLEBY 

14 Feb 17

CD Review Songbirds You have to give it to Kate Dimbleby she seems determined not to be corralled into any particular camp when it comes to musical styles, instead she looks to use her voice to explore wherever her artistic spirit takes her.


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DARIA KULESH 

14 Feb 17

CD Review Long Lost Home The jury may be out as to whether Daria Kulesh is a bona fide Siren but the simple fact is that from the first tone of her hypnotic and opera-esque singing you are in her thrall.


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

30 Jan 17

February Coming Your Way Blair Dunlop is hitting the road for a new tour on the back of his successful album Gilded.


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GEOFF LAKEMAN 

26 Jan 17

CD Review After All These Years If ever there was an album waiting to be made where all the parts were already there, like an Airfix kit just needing piecing together, then this must be it.


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MÀNRAN 

23 Jan 17

CD Review An Dà Là – The Two Days After more than three years on the road Scottish band Mànran finally got to land in Glasgow and put together their new album which brings some of their travels to life musically along with the idea of great change.


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SHEILA K CAMERON with ALLAN, MCNEILL, SPEIRS and YOUNG 

22 Jan 17

CD Review Alone On The Road The enigmatic Sheila K Cameron has her mojo in full flow for Alone On The Road, which is the third in a series of reissues of her work.


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ROBYN STAPLETON 

18 Jan 17

CD Review Songs of Robert Burns The influence of Robert Burns on folk culture, especially music, both in Scotland and the wider world cannot be overstated.


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PIPPA REID-FOSTER 

17 Jan 17

CD Review Driftwood Harp The harp has to be one of the oldest instruments known to man, perhaps that’s why it carries with it such a historic way of speaking music along with a magical and ethereal voice, so much so it could be argued you can’t fully…


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NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

1 Jan 17

JANUARY Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! Many thanks to all those who followed, commented, shared, contacted and read Folkall throughout 2016.


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LIZA MULHOLLAND 

30 Dec 16

CD Review Fine ‘n’ Rosy There seems no end to Liza Mulholland ‘s talent, she is a multi-instrumentalist, composes, teaches, writes, creates radio and television programmes, runs her own production company and thankfully she has brought all those …


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EDDIE & LUC 

29 Dec 16

CD Review Tirade Eddie Seaman and Luc McNally ‘s paths crossed in 2013 from which came an EP, and one that was well received on the folk circuit.


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THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN OF THE WAVES 

28 Dec 16

CD Review Hidden Gems (Chp1) There is something wonderfully eccentric and marvellously theatrical about The Adventures of Captain of the Lost Waves .


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SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION 

27 Dec 16

CD Review Join Forces Without even listening to Southern Tenant Folk Union’s seventh album you have to give the Edinburgh outfit brownie points for producing an overtly politically motivated disc.


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PETE COUTTS 

12 Dec 16

CD Review Northern Sky There is a whole new wave of Scottish music which has, in a lot of ways, been thriving in isolation but of late more and more musicians from North of the Border have been looking to make their mark on the other side of Hadrian’…


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SARAH-JANE SUMMERS & JUHANI SILVOLA 

8 Dec 16

CD Review Widdershins When you have a pairing of Nordic and Scottish cultures and music the chances are you will get something off the wall, and the coming together of Scot Sarah-Jane Summers and Fin Juhani Silvola doesn’t disappoint.


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EWAN MACPHERSON 

7 Dec 16

CD Review Fetch You could throw all kinds of superlatives at Ewan MacPherson and they would all fall short of the mark and this latest album is a point in case.


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EMILY SMITH 

7 Dec 16

CD Review Songs for Christmas Christmas albums can be a thorny subject when it comes to integrity.


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MERRY HELL 

6 Dec 16

CD Review Bloodlines Merry Hell are part of the modern tradition which was arguably started by Fairport Convention in that amalgamation of acoustic and electric folk to produce the bigger than life sound which was carried along by bands such as the …


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BETHAN LEES 

24 Nov 16

EP Review Ships Even though this is Bethan Lees ‘ first EP she has been around a little longer than this initial offering suggests.


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ROSS & ALI 

24 Nov 16

CD Review Symbiosis If you are going to pair up a couple of Scottish musicians for an album then you could do a lot worse than find two with the combined pedigrees of Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton .


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SHEILA K CAMERON 

14 Nov 16

CD Reviews More Like A River Than A Road/A Perfect Landing Scottish singer/songwriter Sheila K Cameron ‘s musical talent is full of character, depth and appears to come from a deep understanding of the human condition.


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LUKE JACKSON 

4 Nov 16

CD Review Tall Tales and Rumours Luke Jackson must have the musical hormones of a teenager, they are rampant, raging and causing him to mature at a phenomenal rate.


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KAELA ROWAN 

26 Oct 16

CD Review The Fruited Thorn Not only does Kaela Rowan bring her own impressive pedigree to this, her second solo album, but she has also collected together an equally impressive band of musicians to create a disc which is other-worldly, moving and …


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KATE RUSBY 

15 Oct 16

CD Review Life In A Paper Boat One of the most enjoyable benefits of the folk music scene is the incredible talent and quality of the superb female singers it seems to give birth to, and one of those who is in the top level of having the voice of an …


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ANGE HARDY & LUKAS DRINKWATER 

11 Oct 16

CD Review Findings You should be able to get Ange Hardy on the NHS because there is something strangely therapeutic in listening to her singing on this album.


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VARIOUS ARTISTS 

6 Oct 16

CD Review Sweet Liberties Pretty much from it’s birth in the mists of time folk music, or the music from the people, has always been associated with political and social commentary, rebellion and dissent.


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MOULETTES 

4 Sep 16

CD review Constellations If you have ever seen the Moulettes live you would know they never do anything by halves and that translates to their new album Constellations.


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TWO TIME POLKA 

31 Aug 16

CD Review New Road One of Cork’s best kept secrets must be Cajun/Americana/zydeco band Two Time Polka .







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