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Nicky Crewe - Reviews

Benedicte Maurseth

Magical new album by Benedicte Maurseth which. a portal into a world shared by music and nature, wildlife and mountain people, traditional Norwegian folk tunes and contemporary minimalist arrangements, is a highly rewarding listening experience

John Mayall

The Sun is Shining Down
Latest album from John Mayall reminds us why he is known as the godfather of British Blues, as, working with a fantastic array of contemporary musicians, he proves still has what it takes to please his fans as he approaches his ninetieth birthday next year

Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri

The Long Ride Home
Superb latest album from singer Kiki Dee and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri which will delight their loyal fans and is a great introduction to their music for those who haven’t yet discovered it

Banjo Jen

Fine Line
Excellent new single from Banjo Jen which proves a great introduction to her take on country and Americana music

Martha And The Muffins

Marthology: In and Outtakes
This selection from their archives is a reminder of just how great Martha and the Muffins are. Lots of good memories but there’s also a freshness to their music that is sure to win them new fans.

Charlie Dore

The Man Who Built Christmas (And Other Stories)
Fine new EP from Charlie Dore who has taken inspiration from the Christmas season, creating songs that will inspire us to consider what it is all about

Greatest Endangered Thing

And You, And Me
Sam Taylor and Rebecca Van Cleave have changed the name of their duo, but not their music, which builds on their considerable musical achievements as Ophelia

Simeon Walker

Imprints EP
Excellent EP from pianist and contemporary composer Simeon Walker proves the perfect introduction to his music for new fans and a treat for those who are already familiar with his work.

Serious Sam Barrett

The Seeds of Love
Fresh and authentic latest album from Serious Sam Barrett which is firmly rooted in the folk tradition and celebrates the part love songs play in that genre.

Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra

The Fruitful Fells
Upliftinga and beautiful collection of songs from Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra that resonate with the mood of the times

Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny

Let’s Get Happy Together
Return to her roots for Maria Muldaur with this new album, a collaboration with Tuba Skinny, a young group of musicians who share her enthusiasm for 1920s and ‘30s New Orleans Jazz and Blues

Lillebjorn Nilsen and Andy Irvine

Live in Telemark
Recorded live in August 1994 at the Telemark Festival in Norway, in front of an appreciative audience, this album from Lillebjorn Nilsen and Andy Irvine is a great reminder that music is a universal language.

MG Boulter

Highly personal and evocative new album from M G Boulter which tells of his relationship with his home town of Southend on Sea

Robert Jurjendal

Water Finds a Way
Imaginative fourth album from Estonian guitarist Robert Jurjendal which continues to explore the concept of instrumental exploration that is so much part of his solo work

Julien Boudart

Nome Polycephale
French sound artist and musician Julien Boudart explores the boundaries of sound inspired by an ancient myth in this first volume of a planned series

Surreal Appeal

Gently Deranged
New release from Sheffield based three piece group Surreal Appeal, bringing their electronic psychedelic sensibilities to an intriguing collection of songs.

Myles Cochran

Building on the promise of last year’s ‘My Own Devices’ EP, American bluegrass and country instrumental musician Myles Cochran’s new album shows his talents to the full

Jane Weaver

Optimistic latest album from 'Modern Kosmonaut' Jane Weaver which provides a vision for the brighter future that we all need

Slow Readers Club

91 Days in Isolation
Excellent second album for 2020 from the Slow Readers Club, which created in very different circumstances from their last album proves a reminder of their energy and creativity

Duke Robillard

Blues Bash
Fantastic new album from blues master Duke Robillard that reminds us just how joyous the blues can be

Merry Hell

Emergency Lullabies
Rousing and uplifting new album from folk rock outfit Merry Hell which celebrates resilience and unity

Martin Simpson

Home Recordings
New collection of recordings from highly regarded singer and guitarist Martin Simpson hits exactly the right note for the strangest of years

Soup Review

Beneath the Big White Moon
New collection of songs from Sheffield duo Soup Review is the perfect mix of the hilarious and the heartbreaking, celebrating the everyday anxieties we all have

Fay Hield

First-rate latest album from Fay Hield upon which she weaves the traditional with the contemporary in experienced and accomplished style

Padraig Jack

Making Sand
Debut album from Padraig Jack establishes him as one of the most exciting new contemporary singer songwriters to come out of Ireland


First-rate third album from Nashville-based Americana duo the Danberrys which take them from their acoustic roots to a darker and more powerful sound

Brona McVittie

The Man In The Mountain
Brona McVittie’s second album weaves folklore and mythology with contemporary arrangements and inspired songwriting to magical effect

Myles Cochran

My Own Devices
Excellent latest EP from Myles Cochran is a mesmerising instrumental soundtrack to the summer of 2020

Eileen Gogan and the Instructions

Under Moving Skies
Eileen Gogan’s second album pushes the boundaries of her songwriting and production skills, and is a great showcase for her talents

Gary Olson

Gary Olson
Ex Ladybird Transistor frontman Gary Olson joins forces with Norwegian brothers Ole Johannes and Jorn Aleskjaer to create a perfect indie pop album that was eight years in the making

Ma Polaine's Great Decline

City of Love
Fine third album from folk duo Ma Polaine's Great Decline who build on their reputation for writing distinctive music inspired by curious stories

Ben Kunder

Searching for the Stranger
Third album from Canadian musician Ben Kunder which continues his journey down the path of self-discovery through song writing and more than fulfills the promise of his earlier albums

Micah Erenberg

Art Week: Live From The Secret Beach
Live album and short film from Canadian songwriter Micah Erenberg that unwittingly captures these lo-fi, home produced times for music in a thoughtful and charming way

Paul J Bolger

Paul J Bolger
First-rate return to making music for film maker Paul J Bolger, who last released an album twenty five years ago

Lovely Eggs

I Am Moron
The Lovely Eggs have created exciting music for unexpectedly quiet times and it’s a welcome blast of fresh air

Nels Andrews

Pigeon and the Crow
Enchanting and beautifully performed tales of life from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Nels Andrews, which have the power to transport us to another time and another place

Matt Monro

Stranger in Paradise/The Lost New York Sessions
Appealing double CD from 60's/70's singer Matt Monro which combines together both a Greatest Hits album with a lost album of Broadway songs recorded in New York

Steo Wall

Where I’m From
Irish wordmith and songwriter Steo Wall shares what’s important to us all with these songs and gives us an insight into his own life experiences and transformations

Stephen Fearing

The Unconquerable Past
Stephen Fearing’s latest solo album highlights his talents as a songwriter and musician for both his long term fans and a new audience

Gill Landry

Skeleton at the Banquet
Thought provoking album for dark times from ex Old Crow Medicine member Gill Landry, the poetry of whose lyrics and the warmth of whose voice help sweeten the bitter pill of this new collection of songs


Magical new album in which Kankou Kouyate’s Malian heritage blends with Mark Mulholland’s Glasgow-based rock

Zap Mama

Adventures in Afropea
Superb reissue of Brussels-based five-piece female group Zap Mama's seminal world music album

Harp And A Monkey

The Victorians
Eagerly awaited new album from Manchester-based trio A Harp and a Monkey takes us time travelling to the pop music of the 19th century, bridging the gap and making connections with our Victorian past

Marvin Powell

Dust of the Day
New album from Marvin Powell is a beautifully performed introduction to this Liverpool musician’s thought-provoking songs

Michael Walsh

Remarkable Irish folk-influenced album from Sheffield-based folk musician and songwriter Michael Walsh

Darren Hayman

12 Astronauts
New collection of songs by Darren Hayman celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings by sharing a very personal perspective of the twelve men who have walked on the moon

Murray A, Lightburn

Hear Me Out
Fantastic second solo album from Dears' frontman Murray A. Lightburn, who while influenced by his love of the music of the past has created music that is perfect for these times

Kadialy Kouyate

Taling Dimala - Beautiful Tales
Kadialy Kouyate’s kora playing soothes the soul with its beautiful melodies and deep messages from the griot tradition of West Africa

Ida Wenoe

The Things We Don’t Know Yet
Enchanting and haunting second album from Danish singer songwriter Ida Wenoe who sings in English

Danni Nicholls

The Melted Morning
Excellent new album from Danni Nicholls which shows us that country music's home is in the heart of the songwriter

Sara-Jane Summers

Intriguing adventure in sound on instrumental new album from classically-trained violinist Sarah-Jane Summers

Nubiyan Twist

Jungle Run
First-rate new album from the definition-defying Nubiyan Twist which shows the significant collaborations they are making across generations

Rad Orchestra

Rad Orchestra
Wild mix of psychedelic desert blues and dance music on debut album from London-based Rad Orchestra that is both familiar and unique

Soup Review

From the Bed to the Settee (and Back Again)
Quirky, clever and charming debut album from Sheffield duo Soup Review which proves a recipe for success

Tuomas Palonen

Tuomas Palonen
Superb eponymous debut album from Finnish musician Tuomas Palonen who transports us to the lakes and forests of his native land with his evocative music

Serious Sam Barrett

Where the White Roses Grow
Excellent ninth album from Serious Sam Barrett which proves a great introduction to this talented Yorkshire born singer-songwriter

Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups
Inspirational and exciting double CD from the Ace of Cups. A group of San Francisco-based women musicians, who have finally had the chance to bring out their debut album fifty years after they met

Darren Hayman

Thankful Villages Volume 3
Impressive final album of Darren Hayman’s three part long term project about the fifty-four Thankful Villages where every soldier returned alive from the First World War

Josephine Foster

Faithful Fairy Harmony
Fascinating and mystical latest album from distinctive-voiced American folk/psych artist Josephine Foster

Ben Kunder

Better Human
Memorable nd hopeful second album from Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder who has recently toured the UK

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