GREG RUSSELL is one of a dozen or so young folkies who fill me with confidence that the next few decades are in good hands.
Fiery of hair, fiery of voice and fiery of opinion, he’s behind this month’s two standout recordings, the first of them the live album of the...
Saturday 5th Aug 2017
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JAMES MILLER recommends a collection of ‘dark traditional songs’
Saturday 10th Jun 2017
JUST like a kid looks forward to Christmas, a new Lisa Knapp album is always something to anticipate.
You can never guess what you’re going to get from Knapp (below), who’s not unlike an English Bjork both in vocal style and sonic invention.
This time round,...
Saturday 22nd Apr 2017
CORNWALL’S Geoff Lakeman may be a veteran folkie of decades’ standing and the founder of a dynasty as father of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman.
But After All These Years (GLAK-01) marks his solo debut at the age of 69 with a retirement project following a lifetime as a Fleet...
Thursday 2nd Feb 2017
THERE’S a sad loss to report this month with the news that the mighty vocal trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson are calling it a day after 23 years.
Their final album Coda (No Masters) is a tour de force that shows us exactly what a hole will be left in English folk when their...
Saturday 22nd Oct 2016
A book of narratives and songs sheds new light on the horrific cost of emigration, slavery and transportation, says JAMES MILLER
Thursday 21st Jul 2016
THERE’S a brace of bold debuts from wildly talented musicians to enthuse about this month, kicking off with Alice Jones’s Poor Strange Girl (Splid Records).
To hear Jones open her mouth — and she has a rich, earthy voice not a million miles from her fellow...
Saturday 2nd Jul 2016
Album reviews with James Miller
Thursday 31st Mar 2016
SOMEHOW it’s been four years since Fay Hield’s last album but she hasn’t been idling.
On the heels of the ambitious Full English project, which Hield oversaw, comes Old Adam (Soundpost Records). It’s her third record and easily her finest.
Tuesday 26th Jan 2016
Martin Rowson targets inner five-year old in seasonal smut shocker, says JAMES MILLER
Tuesday 15th Dec 2015