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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


Clifftown
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


Unsung
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


Flock
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


Wrackline
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


Danberrys


Shine
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


Kankou


Kuma
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


Quarehawk
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


Kalopsia
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


Little Feat


Live from Neon Park
Enjoyable double CD reissue of Little Feat’s live performances from 1996 which prove just how enduring and exciting their music can be


Rab Noakes


Welcome to Anniversaryville
Often autobiographical celebration of fifty years in the music business from Scottish folk singer Rab Noakes which reminds us that his music is part of our story too


Edwin Hawkins Singers


The Buddah Collection
Fascinating double CD from the Edwin Hawkins Singers whose 'Oh Happy Day' was a 1969 worldwide hit, taking gospel’s influence way beyond the church


Gretchen Peters


Dancing with the Beast
Impressive latest album from American singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, whose combination of sweet vocals and sad lyrics tells the stories of those who need a voice, and which features songs that will become classics in her repertoire


Hawk And A Hacksaw


Forest Bathing
Globally inspired latest album from A Hawk and A Hacksaw which creates a wonderful escape from hard reality


Trembling Bells


Dungeness
Darkly powerful latest album from genre-defying Scottish group Trembling Bells, which was inspired by inspired by a visit to Dungeness on the East Sussex coast







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