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Review of Bolinus Brandaris: Flamenco from the Bay of Cadiz

Bolinus Brandaris: Flamenco from the Bay of Cadiz

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Dust-to-Digital

Rating: ★★★

If you like your flamenco raw and unadulterated, without the studio frippery of added effects and multi-tracking that makes so...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Usvyaty: Russian Music from Pskov Region in Modern and Archival Recordings

Usvyaty: Russian Music from Pskov Region in Modern and Archival Recordings

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Antonovka Records

Rating: ★★

This is a curiosity. We get relatively few recordings from Russia and as the title says, these are field recordings...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Sing Yonder 1

Sing Yonder 1

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Sing Yonder

Rating: ★★★

In 2021 graphic designer Karl Sinfield began putting simple arrangements of traditional songs online, with basic chords and audio guidance...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Just a Second

Just a Second

Ryan Young

Ryan Young

Rating: ★★★

Six years ago the talented young Scottish fiddler Ryan Young released an acclaimed debut album but then suffered an injury...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of I See a World

I See a World

Peatbog Faeries

Peatbog Records

Rating: ★★★

Fusing Scottish jigs and reels with influences from jazz, pop and techno, Peatbog Faeries’ music is often described as ‘high-octane.’...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of True North

True North

Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault | Calum Stewart

Calum Stewart

Rating: ★★★

True North brings together uilleann piper and flautist Calum Stewart with Sylvain Quéré on bouzouki and Yann Le Bozec on...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Bucolica

Bucolica

Hiram Salsano

Hiram Salsano

Rating: ★★★★

Hiram Salsano’s debut album firmly establishes her as a remarkable artist, wielding a commanding and expressive voice rooted in Campania’s...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of La Giusta Distanza

La Giusta Distanza

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana | Riccardo Tesi

Visage Music

Rating: ★★★★

La Giusta Distanza grew out of the confinement of the pandemic when Tuscan organetto (diatonic accordion) maestro Tesi composed most...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Stubb

Stubb

Gangar

Heilo Records

Rating: ★★★★

“This is Norwegian folk music… WITH AC/DC CHORDS!” Gangar’s Hardanger fiddle player Mattias Thedens bellowed out in a tiny hotel...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

Review of Maelström

Maelström

Azmari

Sdban Records

Rating: ★★★

Named for Ethiopia’s travelling musical storytellers, Belgian five-piece Azmari mix global jazz with elements of funk and dub to conjure...

Reviewed in issue December/2023

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