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Review of Hearth

Hearth

Mairearad Green

Buie Records

Rating: ★★★★

Multi­instrumentalist Mairearad Green’s latest album is inspired by the women and landscapes of Coigach, a peninsula in Wester Ross in...

Reviewed by Billy Rough in issue: November/2020

Review of If You See a Rook on Its Own, It’s a Crow

If You See a Rook on Its Own, It’s a Crow

Elle Osborne

Elle Osborne

Rating: ★★★★

Lincolnshire-born singer and fiddle player Elle Osborne first hit the folk scene with her 2000 debut Testimony. This was followed...

Reviewed by Tim Cumming in issue: November/2020

Review of The Wilderness Yet

The Wilderness Yet

The Wilderness Yet

Scribe Records

Rating: ★★★

Taking their name from a line in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ nature poem ‘Inversnaid’, this Sheffield-based trio boast the vocals of...

Reviewed by Kevin Bourke in issue: November/2020

Review of Cliffs

Cliffs

Garefowl

Penny Fiddle Records

Rating: ★★

The St Kilda archipelago, located 50 miles west of the Outer Hebrides and evacuated 90 years ago this year, exercises...

Reviewed by Rob Adams in issue: November/2020

Review of Wake Up Calls

Wake Up Calls

Cosmo Sheldrake

Tardigrade Records

Rating: ★★★★

The son of scientist Rupert Sheldrake and voice therapist Jill Purse, multi­instrumentalist Cosmo Sheldrake has already released an EP and...

Reviewed by Tim Cumming in issue: November/2020

Review of Nomadic Spirit

Nomadic Spirit

La Caravane Passe

At(h)ome

Rating: ★★★

For two decades, and across five albums, La Caravane Passe (The Caravan Passes) has delivered a music steeped in Balkan...

Reviewed by Tim Cumming in issue: November/2020

Review of Nattflykt

Nattflykt

Hansan

Makaki Music

Rating: ★★★★

Floating with vulnerability and enchantment, this Swedish and German duo follow both jazz and folk influences to provide us with...

Reviewed by Buzz Bury in issue: November/2020

Review of TMSA Young Trad Tour 2019

TMSA Young Trad Tour 2019

VARIOUS ARTISTS

TMSA

Rating: ★★★

Each year, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year’s six finalists form a band with the previous...

Reviewed by Rob Adams in issue: November/2020

Review of NOU?

NOU?

Mascarimiri

ARRA Produzioni Mediterranee

Rating: ★★★★

How does a region’s traditional music survive its own commercial success? Apparently overwhelmed by the touristic boom of pizzica, Apulian...

Reviewed by Francesco Martinelli in issue: November/2020

Review of Mysteries Unfold

Mysteries Unfold

Sophie Tassignon

RareNoise Records

Rating: ★★★

Take a deep breath before playing Tassignon’s solo debut Mysteries Unfold, the waters run deep ahead. After several decades working...

Reviewed by Tommie Black-Roff in issue: November/2020

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