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Keith How


Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus

The mysterious and elusive Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus discuss their new pair of albums with Keith How.

Jowe Head
Jowe Head
John Foxx

Keith How talks to former Television Personalities and Swell Maps guitarist Jowe Head about his new solo album 'Widdershins', and is also given fascinating insights into his art and music.
Keith How talks to former Television Personalities and Swell Maps guitarist Jowe Head about his new solo album 'Widdershins', and is also given fascinating insights into his art and music,
John Foxx and the Maths recently released a new album, 'The Machine', inspired by an E.M.Forster short story and accompanying stage production. Keith How speaks to him about the inspiration behind the music and also gets a glimpse into his current thinking.

Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus

Keith How gets a rare insight into the philosophy and workings of the elusive and inspiring Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus.


Georg Purvis

Keith How finds Georg Purvis' account of Pink Floyd’s history through the 1970s not only fascinating but a compulsive read even for a know it all fan!

Karen Dalton
Hubro Music

Keith How reflects on the rediscovered career of 60's folk artist Karen Dalton and new box set, 'Recording is the Trip'.
Keith How investigates three recent releases from Norway’s eclectic Hubro label and discovers that, once again, the label breaks new and exciting ground.
Keith How is impressed by two new albums of atmospheric and engaging music, the Nils Okland Band's 'Lysning' and the Erlend Apneseth Trio's 'Ara', both of which have recently come out on Norwegian label Hubro Music.
In a new addition to Backbeat Book’s 'FAQ' series Bruce Pollock makes sense of the life and times of Nobel Prize winner and true legend Bob Dylan.

Live Reviews

Celsi, Bragg and Maitland
Toby Hay
Richmond Fontaine

Keith How catches Celsi,Bragg and Maitland as their 'Second Summer of Love' tour reaches his neck of the woods and finds them in fine form.
Keith How enjoys guitarist and instrumentalist Toby Hay's launch gig for his new EP 'Birds' in Rhayader in rural Wales
Keith How enjoys Richmond Fontaine's literary Americana at a gig in Sheffield on their farewell tour

Favourite Albums

Bert Jansch
Mercury Rev
Bert Jansch

Keith How appraises a reissue of 'Crimson Moon', the 21st LP by legendary, late Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch which feature appearances from Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler.
In our 'Re: View' section. in which our writers reflect on albums from the past, Keith How finds that a timely sumptuous four CD celebration of Mercury Rev’s 'All is Dream'from 2001 presented with demos, live materials and unreleased material proves to be a relevant and fascinating listen.
Keith How reflects on Bert Jansch's 1979 album, 'Avocet', which has been newly re-released in an expanded version on vinyl.


Nathan Hall

Alison Cotton/Jenny Sturgeon

In his ‘Under the Radar’ column Keith How finds that ‘On the Blink’, a new set of songs from South Wales psychedelic mystic Nathan Hall is both inventive and pleasing, and makes vintage yet modern folk pop music.
In a double edition of 'Under the Radar Keith How discovers two rather special releases by two very talented women artists from different ends of the “new folk“ spectrum, both equally beautiful and beguiling.

Field Lines Cartographer
Cinder Well
David Ian Roberts

In our 'Under the Radar' section this month Keith How finds 'The Spectral Isle', the new album from Field Lines Cartographer to be an impressive, fascinating and fulfilling listen.
'Under the Radar' uncovers a groundbreaking new album from one of the forerunners of the new underground roots music movement. Keith How finds Cinder Well’s 'No Summer' a lo-fi masterpiece, which is both reverential and beautiful.
Keith How in 'Under the Radar' reviews David Ian Roberts' latest pastoral, progressive folk release, 'From The Harbour'.
In the latest 'Under The Radar', Keith How reviews the musical companion to a collection of spooky folk stories, and a power trio from Sheffield by way of Joshua Tree.


Darrell Scott
Rick Shea
Still Corners
Selfless Orchestra

Intimate live album recorded in an old church from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Darrell Scott which proves a heartwarming listen
Convincing new album from veteran country singer-songwriter Rick Shea which finds him on top of his game and undeterred by Covid restrictions using remote recording techniques with his band
Remarkable fifth album from dream pop pioneers Still Corners who for inspiration for this new record have taken an extraordinary trip into the American desert in search of something beyond our normal vision
Superb ecological concept album from Australian collective the Selfless Orchestra which based on The Great Barrier Reef is an instrumental plea for us all to protect and appreciate the Earth

Emma Swift
Stein Urheim

Minimalist and immaculate debut album from London-based jazz outfit Seafarers which grows with each listening
Superb double album from Norwegian legends Motorpsycho, who While flying in the face of more fashionable modes and styles continue to be an inventive and creative force
Beautifully performed and recorded album of Bob Dylan covers from Australian songwriter Emma Swift which provides mixed emotions
Inventive Americana from experimental Scandinavian composer and multi-instrumentalist Stein Urheim

Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus
Erlend Apneseth
Orphan Brigade
Lumen Drones

Innovative and captivating latest album from the mysterious Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, which features a limited edition extra album
Hauntingly beautiful and experimental instrumental folk jazz from Norwegian musician Erlend Apneseth
Outstanding album from the Orphan Brigade continue their journey recording music in strange and evocative locations, this time on the Northern Ireland coastline
Satisfying second album from Scandinavian trio Lumen Drones which proves to be an inventive collection of recordings that defies categorisation

Owen Tromans
Frode Halti
Toby Hay

Fantastic eighth solo album from ex-San Lorenzo member Owen Tromans which finds him both ploughing his own field and stepping out of the shadows with a remarkable new set of songs
Inventive Norwegian accordion player Frode Halti offers with new album another chapter of progressive Scandinavian folk music and again proves to be the master of genre-fusing improvisation and composition
Meadowsilver break new ground in underground psyche /folk circles with a stunningly lovely first EP
Impressive new album of instrumental improvisations from Welsh guitarist Toby Hay which further enhances his growing reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitar players

Alasdair Roberts
Sarathy Korwar
Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals

Inventive and intelligent new album from folk artist Alasdair Roberts, which will cement his growing reputation
Impressive new album from Sarathy Korwar reflecting multi-cultural modern life in Britain today
Fabulous compilation from the TAD label which journeys back to the late 1960’s counterculture
Inventive and prolific songwriter Cardiff-based singer-songwriter Nathan Hall returns with another collection of mind-blowing songs with his latest project

Erlend Apnesth Trio with Frode Haltli
Mats Eilertsen
Untied Knot
Ronnie Lane

Inventive third album from the Erland Apseneth Trio, recorded with acclaimed accordionist Frodi Halti and which includes spoken word and ancient folk melodies.
Fascinating album from double bass player Mats Eirlertson who takes a rest from sidesman duties and steps out on his own to experiment with new techniques to create a solo record of real quality
Impressive and inventive third album from experimental South London duo the Untied Knot which using improvisations is a step in a new direction

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