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Various: Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House review – another great time capsule
The funk-heavy sound of Ghanaian highlife is full of surprises on this fine compilation from the German label

Neil Spencer

08, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Spell Songs II: Let the Light In review – a magical return to nature
In this captivating follow-up, the stellar folk collective give voice to more magical meditations on nature from Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Neil Spencer

04, Dec, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Christy Moore: Flying Into Mystery review – a storytelling masterclass
Spanning the climate crisis, Bob Dylan and turf cutting, the Irish folk great is as commanding as ever

Neil Spencer

20, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Justin Adams and Mauro Durante: Still Moving review – a bravura performance
(Ponderosa)
From blazing rock-outs to aching love songs, this inspired duo deliver a thrilling and spontaneous set

Neil Spencer

06, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Buffalo Nichols: Buffalo Nichols review – urgent, steeped-in-tradition blues
The Texas-based singer-songwriter’s juggles the personal and the political on his compelling debut

Neil Spencer

23, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Pokey LaFarge: In the Blossom of Their Shade review – all kinds of breezy Americana
Surf guitars, R&B and cod-Caribbean sunshine combine in this upbeat response to lockdown

Neil Spencer

09, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Susana Baca: Palabras Urgentes review – a sumptuous celebration
In her 50th year in the business, the great Peruvian singer looks forward and back with equal aplomb

Neil Spencer

25, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Spiers & Boden: Fallow Ground review – a walk on the bright side
The ace duo confound with a folk album featuring not one song about death…

Neil Spencer

11, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Various: Stand Up Now review – eco-minded farmers and singers join forces
The peoples’ music stands proud in this heartwarming set of traditional and original music gathered from Britain’s farms, woods and cities

Neil Spencer

28, Aug, 2021 @3:00 PM

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GA-20: Try It... You Might Like It! review – a rowdy blast of primal blues
This unusual US trio of two guitars and drums keep things fierce and simple on their homage to the great Chicago bluesman Hound Dog Taylor

Neil Spencer

14, Aug, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Chaise Longue by Baxter Dury review – teenage kicks with the Blockheads
This unflinching memoir by the son of Ian Dury recalls his chaotic life with the ‘pot-soaked Fagin’ and his bodyguard

Neil Spencer

01, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Trippers & Askers: Acorn review – delicate, literate Americana
This US collective impress with a subtle, ambient debut inspired by Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Neil Spencer

31, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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