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Sweet Visitor review Nancy Kerr veers from the outstanding to the drab

(Little Dish)Fiddler, singer and English folk stalwart Nancy Kerr delivers a solo debut of all original material, though you wouldn't know as much, so steeped are its songs in the tunes and diction of tradition. Kerr's poised vocals, spirited violin and e

Terms of My Surrender review John Hiatt's crackling back-porch blues

(New West)As the opener of his 26th album drifts past in a blur of cliches (howling winds, lonesome whistles, wheels turning), it seems that John Hiatt has finally run out of words. Not so. The seasoned songwriter soon locates his mojo for a downbeat set

Acoustic Classics review Richard Thompson gives a bravura performance

In which the English folk eminence reprises his formidable back catalogue armed only with an acoustic guitar.

That's It! review New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band swing out in style

The current incarnation of this New Orleans institution, first established 50 years ago, takes an eclectic attitude to their heritage.

This Willowed Light review a perfect blend of youthfulness and gravitas from Maz O'Connor

Innovating while honouring tradition is the challenge for any young folkie, and on this second outing Maz O'Connor carries it off with disquieting ease.

Tigres en Fuga review the Cumbia All Stars remain a mesmeric force

The Andean pop of Colombia and Peru shares the shuffling, infectious rhythms of cumbia, but where the former uses accordion and big bands, the latter favours the twang of surf-rock guitars

Band of Brothers review Willie Nelson on gleeful, defiant form

Nelson's mammoth discography has its flat spots, but since changing labels two years ago the cowboy sage has been on a roll.

Calypso: Musical Poetry in the Caribbean 1955-69 review a joyous, retro compilation

(Soul Jazz) Interest in calypso has revived in recent years, thanks in part to the London is the Place For Me compilations that document Caribbean music in the postwar UK. Culled from Trinidad, Jamaica and beyond, the 19 tracks here range from acoustic

Put Your Needle Down review the Secret Sisters find their own voice

(Decca) Sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers from Alabama made a stir with a 2010 debut that cast them as country revivalists with cotton dresses and vintage songs. Their impeccable sibling harmonies remain, and there's a cover of the Everly Brothers' Lonely

Hawk to the Hunting Gone review You Are Wolf present English avant-folk at its finest

With a background in classical composition, Kerry Andrew became fascinated by the spoken word and folk songs.