Cheerful pessimism and wry acceptance duel here, in a triumph of, mostly, melancholia, to uplift and aerate the soul. Altogether quietly superb.
"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.
John Cale delivers a fulminant retrospective, blending the current with the past, a mix of deep cuts and a lot of new.
Heavy and heady fifth helping from the Co. Cavan maverick, Lisa O’Neill, beguiling and bountiful both.
Promising delayed debut from East Anglian singer, a chameleonic marriage of styles and influences, held together by her pure vocal integrity.
Elegant jazz-trad hues permeate this classy release from the Assynt fiddle man, taking his reputation a further notch upward.
Reconstructed fables of remembrance; slow and charming, ethereal and angelic from Meg Baird on her Furling album.
A wonderful kind of strange to catch dreams to. Quirks, strangeness and charm from Thomas Truax.
Tremendous pot-pourri containing all aspects of the virtuoso fiddle man, John McCusker, covering all his collaborations and solo work.
On Black Cullin, we find Duncan Chisholm moving forward, with new tricks, adding to the splendour of the old, giving the glory of the new.
Top squeezer Archie Churchill-Moss goes solo on a largely off-piste black run.
A trio of pleasant reminders of 2022 as we round up releases by Ian McNabb, The Feedback File and Anthony Toner.
Happy New Year on the 30th? With Ferocious Dog, there’s the 31st for recovery…
Is this classical or folk, either or neither, and does it matter? Consummate playing, with a host of top-notch collaborators, sees Su-A Lee as one to keep an ear on.
Spellbinding amalgam of psychedelic folk blues.
Expanded version of the end of Island’s love affair with Martyn, studio, live and with added Dave Gilmour.