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Malcolm Carter


Interviews


Dodson and Fogg


Dodson and Fogg's Chris Wade speaks to Malcolm Carter about his recent EP 'Watch the Moon', its accompanying film, and also working with Nigel Planer.




Distractions
Doghouse Roses
United Bible Studies

Malcolm Carter talks to Nick Halliwell, Steve Perrin and Mike Finney from underrated new wave band The Distractions about the long-awaited reissue of their 1980 debut album ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ in a two CD 40th Anniversary edition.
Malcolm Carter talks to Paul Tasker, the guitarist with Glasgow-based Americana/folk duo Doghouse Roses about their fourth album, ‘We Are Made of Light’.
Malcolm Carter speaks to David Colohan, Dom Cooper and Alison O’Donnell from psychedelic folk act United Bible Studies about its evolving membership and latest album, 'Cave Hill Ascension'.




Louise Aubrie
Catty Pearson
Karen Jonas
Chris Wade

Malcolm Carter speaks to London singer-songwriter Louise Aubrie about her new solo album 'When I Don’t Love You I’ll Let You Know’ and the surprising influence of Cary Grant on it.
London-based singer-songwriter Catty Pearson answers talks to Malcolm Carter about her her acclaimed debut EP ‘Time Tells Me’.
Much acclaimed and rising country singer-songwriter Karen Jonas talks to Malcolm Carter about combining motherhood with a heavy touring schedule and her just released third album, 'Butter'.
Dodson and Fogg multi-instrumentalist turned film-maker Chris Wade talks to Malcolm Carter about 'Cuentos', his intriguing new surreal short film.


Granite Shore
Chris Wade
Alison O' Donnell
Distractions

Nick Halliwell found that there was only one way he could vent his anger over the European referendum result - make a new album with his group, The Granite Shore. He tells Malcolm Carter about the influences behind this album, in particular his love of that most European of pop bands, Abba.
Malcolm Carter speaks to author and Dodson and Fogg frontman Chris Wade about his second feature film, ‘Seven Days In Never’.
Alison O'Donnell, the former front woman with 1960's/1970's pioneering folk outfit Mellow Candle, speaks to Malcolm Carter about her forthcoming second solo album,‘Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace’
The recent release of the band's third album, ‘Kindly Leave The Stage’ on the Occultation Recordings label is being promoted as the last Distractions album. Malcolm Carter speaks to Steve Perrin and Nick Halliwell about why they have decided this will be the final word from the Distractions.


Chris Wade
Doghouse Roses
Ray Humphries
Robert Coyne

Dodson and Fogg front man Chris Wade talks to Malcolm Carter about his directorial feature film debut, 'The Apple Picker'
Malcolm Carter speaks to Paul Tasker, the guitarist from Glaswegian alternative folk duo Doghouse Roses, about the band's first album in six years, 'Lost is Not Losing'
Ray Humphries appeared under a shroud of secrecy with his debut album, 'Is It That Time Already?', then disappeared again without warning. This year, he's back with a new album. Malcolm Carter finds out where he came from, and where he's been
Malcolm Carter talks to singer-songwriter Robert Coyne about his late father Kevin Coyne, his past albums and also 'Last Lion', his latest collection


Profiles



Including discs which have been out of print for some time, a new six CD set of Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross’s output from 1996 until 2013 brings all of his work together. Malcolm Carter reviews.




Nirvana
Alison O' Donnell
Groovy Uncle
Bobbie Gentry

Malcolm Carter examines 'Songlife', a new vinyl box set from 1960's pop/psychedelic act Nirvana, which combines five albums plus a previously unreleased musical.
Malcolm Carter examines folk legend Alison O'Donnell's two new digital releases, a compilation of her 50-year career in music and a new set of songs with Head South By Weaving.
Malcolm Carter reflects on the reissue of two of 60's pop-influenced Medway-based band Groovy Uncle’s finest albums on extremely limited vinyl.
Malcolm Carter reflects on the box set of 2018 from Bobbie Gentry, which consists of seven albums plus another seven albums worth of bonus tracks together with an extended ‘Live At The BBC’ from this year's Record Store Day as well as a hardback book.


Live Reviews




Sarah MacDougall
At the intimate venue of Morris in Ängelholm, Malcolm Carter watches Swedish-born, but Canadian-based country/folk singer invest new meaning into her songs in an emotional and extended acoustic solo set






Favourite Albums




Kaleidoscope
Distractions
Oh Susanna

Malcolm Carter examines a new compilation that covers all stages of cult 1960's outfit Kaleidoscope/Fairfield Parlour's career, and finds an accompanying DVD of archive footage makes it an essential purchase.
In our Re:View section Malcolm Carter reflects on the Distractions' debut album from 1980 which has finally been made available on CD, comprising both the original album and a new Nick Halliwell remix. He finds that a host of extras make this a must-buy.
In our 'Re:View' section Malcolm Carter reflects on the 20th Anniversary edition of Canadian singer-songwriter Suzie Ungerleider's debut as Oh Susanna, which has been re-mastered by producer Peter J. Moore and adds five bonus acoustic tracks.


Features



Status Quo

Mickey Newbury


In ‘The Image That Made Me Weep’ Malcolm Carter reflects upon a photo taken at a Status Quo gig he attended with his son in 2009.
Malcolm Carter in 'Ten Songs that Made Me Love...' writes of some of his favourite songs by 60's singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury.



Deacon Blue
Miley Cyrus
Jesuit
Miscellaneous

Despite being uninspired by their earlier records, Malcolm Carter in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' finds much to recommend on Deacon Blue's three recent albums
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a particular band or artist, Malcolm Carter reflects on his favourite songs by the often critically derided Miley Cyrus
In our 'Gig of a Lifetime' series, Malcolm Carter recalls the first gig he ever attended in 1969, a show by legendary blues artist John Mayall at the Civic Hall in Guildford
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' series, in which our writers describe the personal impact of music on their lives, Malcolm Carter writes about meeting and falling for his wife against a backdrop of acts such as the Beach Boys, the Chi-Lites, Jim Stover and the Hollies


Reviews



Steve Robinson
Zoe Wren
Ed Woltil
Dodson and Fogg

Classic folky-pop with Beatle touches. on first album in five years from former Headlight and Roger McGuinn sideman Steve Robinson
Compelling and haunting debut album from London-born but now Switzerland-based singer-songwriter and folk musician Zoe Wren who has released one of the best albums of the decade
Second solo album from former Ditchflower Ed Woltil has been a long time coming but is well worth the wait
Excellent latest EP from Chris Wade’s Dodson and Fogg project, this time coupled with a DVD displaying his film-making talents and which also features one of the prolific writer's best songs to date.


Feedback File
Dodson and Fogg
Luke Tuschrerer
Reg Meuross

Instrumental album from The Feedback File featuring new and old songs, which despite the absence of their usual excellent vocal performances might well be their best yet
Chris Wade’s Dodson and Fogg project has already released a follow-up EP to this album released late last year but this is still classic Wade
First-rate acoustic album from former Whybird Luke Tuchscherer, which was recorded in one day and mostly first and second takes
Last in the trilogy of stripped-back songs from singer/songwriter Reg Meuross and he’s saved the best for last


Catherine MacLellan
Regen Graves
Hannah Rose Platt
Crystal Jacqueline

Following up her tribute to her father’s life and music, Canadian Catherine MacLellan releases fourteen new original songs; her first original music in six years
Chilling and unique third solo album from Italian multi-instrumentalist Regen Graves, which is finally being released on CD
Second album from Liverpool-born but London-based Hannah Rose Platt, which has won well-deserved acclaim from Sid Griffin and Danny and The Champions Of The World
New album from the Honey Pot’s Crystal Jacqueline, one side of which is taken up by a suite of songs inspired by her love of nature and the environment


Doghouse Roses
Rachel Harrington
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts
Risa Hall

Scottish duo Doghouse Roses' fourth album combines Iona Macdonald’s voice and Paul Tasker’s guitar to perfection
Rachel Harrington returns after an eight year absence with her best and most honest album to date
Diverse album from Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts who prove that there is much more to them than just power-pop
Five tracker from Risa Hall finds the Manchester-based singer-songwriter displaying a poppier side that she has only touched upon in previous releases


Sofia Talvik
United Bible Studies
Karen Jonas
Dead South

Remarkable set of Americana-influenced songs from Sweden’s most talented singer/songwriter, Sofia Talvik
Latest from the collective United Bible Studies featuring Alison O’Donnell, David Colohan and Dominic Cooper, which is a cinematic four track journey into unexplored territories
First-rate new album from country artist Karen Jonas in which nine tracks taken from her previous three albums are given a new treatment along with some covers
Fabulous third album from Canadian bluegrass outfit the Dead South, which will appeal to those who would usually steer clear of the genre


Native Harrow
Session Americana
Amy Speace
Sa Bruxa

Perfect third album from Native Harrow which with its heavy Laurel Canyon vibe features some of the most beautiful and heartfelt music of this year
Diverse set of cover interpretations from Session Americana not always with the result one might expect but which nevertheless always prove inspiring
Enthralling seventh solo album from Amy Speace and her best yet displaying her skill at setting short stories to music.
Nineteen minute dark and ambient new release from Sa Bruxa, the project of Giuseppe Novella, which will soundtrack your worst nightmare






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