Best kept secret aims for the heart of his erstwhile nation, in a gorgeous merging of gossamer Americana, and soul, weaved through with dub tropes. From Wales.
"Well, what sort of music do you like, Seuras?" Ever since that question was first aired by his mother a decade or six back he has struggled with the answer. And struggles still now. Call him a folkie, a country dude, a bluesman and he'll be happy, but don't forget the whiff of jazz, electronica and more. Not so keen on the charts, mind.
Exactly what it says on the box, with some bass. And oodles of panache and aplomb.
A showstopping extravaganza of history and songs, singing and strings that nails this duo as a pairing to watch. And listen.
A calm and focussed force majeure unleash their controlled maelstrom without fuss or histrionic.
Celtic feathers float in from Wales in a surprisingly Laurel Canyon breeze. Tri is the album, Plu is the band.
Wildest Dreams by Cera Impala. Attractive acoustic smoke’n’honey bluesy hues; a bluesy ragtime wallow from the Forth delta.
A midwinter offering that is neither bleak nor shortbread tin, Mike Vass delivers a (largely) non-denominational Winter Solstice celebration fit for all tastes.
Electric folk music continues to demonstrate quite how much life is left in the genre, Henry Parker at the forefront of a new renaissance.
“This could be the last time” and the shattered remains of a Hohner bass suggest it probably was. The Damned are live in Birmingham.
Old dogs, new tricks? Don’t believe a word, of course you can!
West coast textures continue further to permeate this Lancastrian’s studio wizardry, without quite clipping his Byrds-y wings.
Swirling and sophisticated homage to the 60s/70s, brushed up by the US ex-pat duo and given an anglo filter that makes the retro just right.
Glorious reframing of her own idiosyncratic selection of choice cuts from the songbook of Eliza Carthy.
Canvey Island pop-pub-punks Eddie & The Hot Rods in their prime.
Sublime marriage of the the organic with some softer edges of modernity allowing for sustained – and sustaining, growth from Breabach.