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Review of Skiver

Skiver

Folkatron Sessions

Upcycled Sound Records

Rating: ★★★

These sessions – ‘eight musicians, seven days, one experimental folk album from scratch’ – feature a welcomely eclectic mix of...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Cretan Smash

Cretan Smash

Balothizer

Louvana Records

Rating: ★★

Greek folk tales set to thrash metal ‘music from hell’ (that’s how their fans, not their critics, describe them) may...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Urranta

Urranta

Deirdre Graham

Ashaig Music

Rating: ★★★

Deirdre Graham comes from a musical family on the Isle of Skye. After studying Gaelic song and clarsach at the...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Puput

Puput

Cocanha

Top of the World

Pagans/Dardalh

Rating: ★★★★

By singing in the ancient French regional Occitan language accompanied mainly by bodily percussion, this all-female vocal group will inevitably...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Mare

Mare

Quadro Nuevo

GLM Music

Rating: ★★★

Why do Germans go to the Mediterranean for their holidays? I know, a controversial question, and liable to prompt talk...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Østerlide

Østerlide

Østerlide

Tare Records

Rating: ★★★

Norwegian trio 0sterlide cannot be accused of overstatement. This album of folk vignettes is so subtle as to at times...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Live at St George’s

Live at St George’s

O’Hooley

No Masters

Rating: ★★★

One of British folk’s best-loved dynamic duos (and now with a baby son attached), O’Hooley and Tidow marked ten years...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of In Trad We Trust

In Trad We Trust

Sväng

Top of the World

Galileo

Rating: ★★★★

This irrepressible Finnish harmonica quartet have delighted and astonished us for 17 years, producing eight albums ranging music from Sibelius...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Mariza Canta Amalia

Mariza Canta Amalia

Mariza

Top of the World

Warner Portugal

Rating: ★★★★★

In her salad days as the young pretender, Mariza was as embarrassed as she was flattered by the comparison with...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Words of a Fiddler’s Daughter: Rúnian

Words of a Fiddler’s Daughter: Rúnian

The Ciderhouse Rebellion with Jessie Summerhayes

The Ciderhouse Rebellion

Rating: ★★★★

Anyone who has spent time on Lindisfarne Island off Britain’s Northumbrian coast in the wintertime knows just how exposed it...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

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