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Review of Sol Aurorae

Sol Aurorae

Vassilis Philippou

Vassilis Philippou

Rating: ★★★★

Here Cypriot vocalist and percussionist Vassilis Philippou has put together an excellent first album, embedded firmly in the traditions of...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Devonshire Roses

Devonshire Roses

Jim Causley

Hrōc Music

Rating: ★★★★

Devonshire Roses is a generous collection of 20 of the most famous Devon folk songs, including ‘Widecombe Fair’ and ‘The...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Orava: Panorama of Folk Song and Music Culture

Orava: Panorama of Folk Song and Music Culture

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Feeling

Rating: ★★★

This double-CD and booklet is the first in a series of six important archival releases of traditional Slovak music. Orava...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of early bird // night owl

early bird // night owl

Dowally

Dowally

Rating: ★★★★

With their third album, early bird // night owl, Dowally deliver yet another exciting and eclectic release. Over the last...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Songs from Home

Songs from Home

Polky

Polky

Rating: ★★★

There are three Polish women at the heart of Toronto-based band Polky, and Songs from Home refers both to their...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Draft

Draft

Hairetis Harper

Same Difference Music

Rating: ★★★★

Despite growing up in the small town of Anogia on the island of Crete, also home to such famous Greek...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Cavalluccio

Cavalluccio

Lalala Napoli

La Curieuse

Rating: ★★★★

Behind Lalala Napoli is the gifted veteran French accordionist and singer François Castiello of former Bratsch fame, who uses the...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Por Onde Fica a Primavera

Por Onde Fica a Primavera

João Diogo Leitão

Respirar de Ouvido

Rating: ★★★★

Some instruments seem to be tailor-made for specific music genres. The Portuguese guitar, for instance, is undeniably a pivotal piece...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Invisible Music

Invisible Music

Polly Paulusma

Wild Sound/One Little Independent

Rating: ★★★

The late, great writer Angela Carter would almost certainly have relished the fact that Polly Paulusma once lived in London’s...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Venti

Venti

Francesco Loccisano and Marcello De Carolis

ItalySona

Rating: ★★★★

The chitarra battente (literally ‘beating guitar’) is an Italian variation of the instrument, closer to a lute or mandolin, with...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

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