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 […]

CD Choice: Martyn Joseph – Sanctuary

CD Choice: Martyn Joseph – Sanctuary

(Pipe Records) After a couple of releases, where he made efforts to connect more with his audience (which was counter-productive to these ears) Martyn Joseph has come along with a superb set of songs that work as an excellent, well-rounded introduction to his passions, roots and talents. They will also delight any long-term fan. Without losing […]

CD Choice: Duke Special – Look Out Machines!

(Stranger Records) Duke Special is one of those unpredictable artists, whose new albums draw a breath of excited anticipation. This one is very much a follow-up in style to Oh! Pioneer, with the same creamy sounds, accessible tunes and honest lyrics celebrating friendship and asking questions. But this one goes further. Here we get a […]

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