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New Releases

NEW RELEASE: Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham - Shine On

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This well-known duo are stalwarts of the folk scene in England, and deservedly so, as this recording demonstrates. Singing mainly contemporary songs, but performed in a traditional style, the two voices blend well and the concertina accompaniments underline the flavour of the singing style.

NEW RELEASE: Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Foxglove & Fuschia

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Many readers know Muireann as the former Danú singer and whistle player from West Kerry. On this release, she shows her commitment to the traditions that shaped her. It highlights her pristine voice, with nuanced dynamics and without distracting affectations. That grand voice is at the front of the mix, but she also plays (rather adroitly) flute and whistle.

NEW RELEASE: Jim & Susie Malcolm - Spring Will Follow On

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For his 14th album, favourite Scots troubadour Jim is joined by his wife Susie, who’s often sung backing vocals on Jim’s albums but here takes equal part in this collection of duets – including taking the lead on several songs – and the two singers sound very well together in happy consort throughout.

NEW RELEASE: Various Artists - Vaughan Williams In Norfolk Vol 2

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This CD-ROM is a follow-up to Vaughan Williams In Norfolk (MTCD253) which covers RVW’s Norfolk collecting in 1905-6. Volume 2 covers the collecting trips of, and between, 1908 and 1911.

NEW RELEASE: Tim Edey - The Sleeping Tunes

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There are at least two Tim Edeys – the driving and dazzling squeezebox player and the contemplative guitarist – both distinct from anyone else and from each other. This album deals exclusively with his beguiling guitar work.

NEW RELEASE: Nick Dow - Far And Wide

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Unaccompanied traditional song from one of the masters!
Buy this now from The Listening Post

NEW RELEASE: Georgia Lewis - The Bird Who Sings Freedom

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Georgia Lewis’s debut album presents 11 songs steeped in the traditional English folk idiom, as well as five tunes.

NEW RELEASE: Alaw - Dead Man's Dance

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Back in 2013 I was impressed by this trio’s debut CD, Melody (a literal translation of the trio’s name, as it happens), on which guitarist Dylan Fowler, together with Mabon frontliners Jamie Smith (accordion) and Oliver Wilson-Dickson (violin), so captivatingly celebrated the unique concept of melody that characterises Welsh traditional music through their instinctive and close-knit exploration of the elements of rhythm and harmony to be found within.

NEW RELEASE: Lowp - Drive Away Dull Care

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Lowp is a five-piece band which has been busy on the North East folk scene since their 2010 debut. The songs and tunes on their first album reflect not only their Tyneside upbringing but also imported influences from Ireland and the Borders.

NEW RELEASE: Tiarnan O Duinnchinn - Reggish Paddy

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As fine an album of unaccompanied uilleann piping as you are likely to hear from a piper of this generation: I say unaccompanied, but solo would be a better description, as one of the most striking things about Tiarnán's playing is his copious and skilful use of the regulators.