Music Choice: Stu Garrard – Beatitudes

Musical projects that draw in various artists seem rarer at the moment, but this one certainly sells the value of getting good musicians together to make a statement. There can’t be a much better statement than highlighting Jesus’ culture-shifting words in the Sermon on the Mount – hence the title of the accompanying book: Words […]

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

(ECM) Several years on, this jazz-folk trio has done it again, creating another serene and sombre set of songs from traditional tunes to contemporary classics. Circling around the eminent, smoky vocal of June Tabor – who has long outgrown her folky roots to become an icon of downbeat interpretation – are her long-time pianist/ musical […]

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

(157 Records) Listening to this album, you might think that Bryden had just gone through a painful split (“I’m taking it back, everything you stole from me”) but, recently married and pregnant, she is actually drawing on past emotions and other people’s stories. So when she sings, “In the morning, I’m going to wake up […]

CD Choice: Gillian Frame – Pendulum

(Cheery Groove) The simple artwork is a hint of the economically-adorned music inside. Frame sings and plays fiddle, supported mainly by just Mike Vass and Anna Massie, who between them play guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola and vocals. Phil Hague’s percussion is an occasional visitor. What – on first impressions – is rather a basic folk […]

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