Depressing? Fill yer boots….. With tears!
"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.
Lee Rogers releases Gameblood; blue collar rock from a hardman gentler than he knows.
Our man in a sleeping bag is back, but in a B’n’B for good measure. A shockingly good, stunning riot of rave induced trad both delights and inspires.
Bear’s Den return with their fourth LP, Blue Hours; one of their most personal records to date. It is sure to be an album of the year contender.
Celtic influences and nuances meet from either side of the Irish Sea, with joy and dancing compulsory.
Tinderstick finally get out on the road in support of Past Imperfect: The Best Of Tindersticks ’92-’21. We were at Royal Festival Hall in London.
More stunning home-smoked philosophies from the great great granddaddy of American outlaw music, Willie Nelson.
More stellar sounds from the Highlands and Islands, blending the Gaelic and Scots traditions with a contemporary flourish.
Elder statesman of Irish music Paul Brady goes forth defiantly, if a little frailer, definitely unbowed.
Complex chamber trad fusion with enough heart and soul find your feet from Rory Matheson & Graham Rorie.
If Roxy covered Van and Paul Young sang Paul Brady, would it sound like this?
Chameleonic Canadian, Abigail Lapell, weaves a magical web of off kilter charm and retro influences.
Kevin Buckley’s Big String – a St. Louis Irish fiddle extravaganza, showing a nimble gift for songs and tunes.
Golden voiced alt-country troubadour, Michael Weston King, makes hay in rare escape from the Wife on The Struggle.
Psych-country vibes abound here, a 4th platter of plenty from this rootsy London quintet, Hanging Stars, purveyors of a cosmic bliss.