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Martha Tilston: The Sea review embraces tradition with nautical ballads

Martha Tilston has carved her niche in the English folk scene with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world.

Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap review breathy and frighteningly fragile

(Fatcat)Vashti Bunyan has had a curious career. In 1970 she released Just Another Diamond Day, a gently charming, if sometimes twee album that failed to sell. When it was re-released 30 years later, helped by reminders of how she had travelled across Bri

Albums | Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Over his 14 year solo career since leaving Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams has released 14 albums, ranging from the Americana sounds of 2011’s Ashes & Fire to the rather more obscure metal of Orion. Adams is a modern day musical chameleon, hopping…Read more

Album | Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

Lucinda has surely cemented her eternal place with the greats of country blues rock over the past years. Having recently got married you might forgive her for laying low and having a quiet time of it. Not so, for the…Read more →

Lily-O - Sam Amidon

This latest album from the singer includes the tracks 'Walkin' Boss' and 'Down the Line'. The Guardian awarded it four stars, calling it "Subtle and intriguing".

Sam Amidon: Lily-O review subtle and intriguing

(Nonesuch)Sam Amidons new set of reimagined folk songs is a compellingly quiet, intense affair that is remarkable both for the power of his understated, no-nonsense and often mournful vocals, and for the subtle arrangements that bring an urgency to his

First Aid Kit, Royal Albert Hall - music review: 'Sweden's sister duo delivered rock-solid songs with golden voices'

This was a thoroughly family affair with dad Benkt operating the sound desk, and sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg's golden vocals but they all seemed immediately at home in the large surroundings of the Albert Hall.

Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Kathryn Tickell & The Side features Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle and voice; Louisa Tuck (Royal Northern Sinfonia) cello; Amy Thatcher, accordion and voice and Ruth Wall, harps (lever, bray, wire-strung) and voice. When world-renowned Nort

Kathryn Tickell & The Side review atmospheric folk with classical accents

Classical accents have proved fruitful for British folk in recent years (Lau, Unthanks).

CD: Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen has always been, first and foremost, a poet.