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Maz O’Connor – The Longing Kind | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on March 12th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Julian May


Painterly brushstrokes on a sophisticated canvas

For this album I didn’t want to hide behind historical disasters and mythological beasts at the expense of my own experience,’ states Maz O’Connor. So, instead of the folk songs that have featured in her previous work, The Longing Kind is an album of entirely original songs drawn mostly from her life. They are about being young, a daughter, home (and away from it), in love (and out of it). Maz O’Connor still does, however, feed on the tradition in which she is steeped, and the literature she studied at Cambridge (where her tutorials were held in a room which had been Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s bedroom). One song, called ‘Mother Make My Bed’, conjures up the refrain from the ballad ‘Lord Randal’, and there is a response from the Christian liturgy.

O’Connor includes songs inspired by familiar paintings, namely Millais’ Ophelia and The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Delaroche. The subjects of the paintings speak, questioning the way the artist has fixed them in paint. O’Connor subtly questions her own art too; there is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here. She sings and plays beautifully and Jim Moray, producing, brilliantly captures the various tones of the songs, with a lick of pedal steel guitar here, a burst of electric guitar there and some perfectly pitched trumpet.

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Top of the World April 2016: The best new releases

Posted on March 4th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April (#116) issue.

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Joan Soriano
Me Decidí (iASO Records)
After a five-year wait since his previous solo release, Dominican singer and guitarist Joan Soriano is back with a new offering of joyous material. A fine return from the bachata maestro.

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Zukva (ARC Music)
The young Sarajevan band display an air of firm confidence, playing sevdah music with a flexible and dynamic approach on their first UK release.

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Maz O’Connor

The Longing Kind (Restless Head)
Maz O’Connor steps away from the folk songs that featured in her previous work, taking inspiration from life experiences, literature and art to create an intelligent and emotional album.

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Sahra Halgan Trio
Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda Musique)
Somaliland’s Sahra Halgan is accompanied by a band of musical virtuosos on her new album, her first since returning to her homeland after a 23-year exile in France.

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Lotus Wight’s Ode to the Banjo (Lotus Wight)
Through musical interpretations of traditional Americana, Canadian artist Lotus Wight’s new album explores the history of the banjo via 13 tracks that make for a riveting listen.

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Aziza Brahim
Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat)
An important voice for the people of the Western Sahara, Aziza Brahim returns with a relaxed effort that continues to spur her message of political injustice and resistance.

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The Gloaming
2 (Real World Records)
With their critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut behind them, The Gloaming return with their second album – one that shows no signs of a sophomore slump.

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Viena (Westpark Music)
Finnish group Värttinä exceed expectations on their new album, executing strong vocal performances with relentless energy and stellar musicianship that results in an exciting release.

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Sainkho Namtchylak
Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face (Ponderosa Music & Art)
Renowned throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak exhibits her versatile vocal ability alongside the rhythm section of Tinariwen in this cross-cultural hybrid of Touaregs and Tuvans.

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Ceremonial (Tru Thoughts)
Inspired by African pop music of the 1970s, Tokyo-born electronic musician Anchorsong utilises polyrhythms and expansive textures to create a sonically cohesive second album.

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Live | London Folk and Roots Festival, Oct 24-Nov 15

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The Full English, Georgia Ruth, Maz O’Connor and Fisherman’s Friends join a strong programme for the very first incarnation of the London Folk and Roots festival

Presented by DMP Concerts with support from live promoters Kilimanjaro, Folk Radio UK, and EFDSS , the London Folk and Roots festival will take place across multiple London venues.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning collective The Full English – a groundbreaking folk project featuring Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman and Martin Simpson perform at Union Chapel on October 30.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Full list of artists:

October 24, Dingwalls
Danny & the Champions of the World

October 30, Union Chapel
The Full English (feat. Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Sam Sweeney and Nancy Kerr)

November 1, Bush Hall
Foy Vance

November 3, The Islington
The Mastersons

November 6, Jazz Cafe
The Hot Club of Cowtown

November 10, The Slaughtered Lamb
Georgia Ruth

November 10, Dingwalls
Sam Baker

November 11, The Slaughtered Lamb
Maz O’Connor + Adam Holmes

November 12, Bush Hall
Mick Flannery

November 13, Bush Hall
Martha Tilston

November 13, The Islington
Marc O’Reilly

November 15, Union Chapel
Fisherman’s Friends

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