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 […]

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 […]

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