Album review: The Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas, The Left Outsides, follow quickly on the heels of their beautifully bleak live opus ‘A Place To Hide’ with a new long player, ‘Are You Sure I Was There?’, a considered and finely wrought masterwork that may well be their finest album to date. … Continue reading Album review: The Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Album review: Burd Ellen – Says The Never Beyond

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Burd Ellen, the duo of Gayle Brogan and Debbie Armour, return bearing Yule tidings with their sophomore effort ‘Says The Never Beyond’, a spellbinding collection of wintry folksong that 'occupies the liminal space between sacred and secular, connecting to the deep seasonal traditions of Britain and Ireland'. Similar to … Continue reading Album review: Burd Ellen – Says The Never Beyond

Album review: Buck Curran – No Love Is Sorrow

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Buck Curran, one half of acclaimed psych folk duo Arborea alongside Shanti Deschaine, has also established himself as significant artistic force in his own right with a series of visionary albums that began with 2016’s ‘Immortal Light’. Weaving Robbie Basho-tinged raga with American primitive fingerpicking, subtle guitar drones … Continue reading Album review: Buck Curran – No Love Is Sorrow

Album review: Nick Jonah Davis – When the Sun Came

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Derbyshire based Nick Jonah Davis has become increasingly renowned and respected, both for his live work (with the likes of James Blackshaw, Jozef  Van Wissem and Alasdair Roberts), as well as appearances on albums by folk artists Sharron Kraus and Jim Ghedi. Most significantly, his previous four albums … Continue reading Album review: Nick Jonah Davis – When the Sun Came

Album review: Girl Skin – Shade is on the Other Side

Album artwork Words by Lady Godiva Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Sid Simons drew attention to his promising songwriting abilities in his other band Beechwood whilst subsequently releasing his first EP Lovemore in 2018. Fronting the six piece- evocatively named Girl Skin- 2020 marks the year of his first full length release Shade Is On … Continue reading Album review: Girl Skin – Shade is on the Other Side

Album review: Alula Down – Postcards From Godley Moor, Summer 2020

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Alula Down, Hereford's Mark Waters and Kate Gathercole, have been at the forefront (alongside compatriots Sproatly Smith) of their locale's 'weirdshire' scene and accompanying series of mini festivals that have showcased the likes of Trappist Afterland, David Colohan and In Gowan Ring. Over the last five years they have … Continue reading Album review: Alula Down – Postcards From Godley Moor, Summer 2020

Album review: David Ian Roberts – From the Harbour

Album artwork Words by Alexandra Dominica Humility, sincerity and introspective. Just three of many words that can be used to describe David Ian Roberts’ captivating new album From The Harbour, another mesmerising and welcomed contribution to the British folk scene. The third of his releases under UK Independent label Cambrian Records following the widely praised … Continue reading Album review: David Ian Roberts – From the Harbour

Album review: The Left Outsides – A Place To Hide

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Rising from the ashes of the much missed Eighteenth Day of May, The Left Outsides have quietly but consistently and effectively built their reputation as one of the UK's finest and most intriguing folk acts. Consisting of vocalist, viola and harmonium player Alison Cotton (whose solo releases on labels … Continue reading Album review: The Left Outsides – A Place To Hide

Album review: Modern Nature – Annual

Album artwork Words by Alexandra Dominica Following the untimely demise of the colourful country psych band Ultimate Painting, Jack Cooper returns again with Modern Nature, something of a curious but delightful anomaly in the scene whose experimentally abundant sounds reside in both bucolic folk, jazz fusion and indie spaces. Joining Cooper, we have a collaboration … Continue reading Album review: Modern Nature – Annual

Eclectic Ladyland: Jimi Hendrix’s record collection

Eclectic Ladyland: Jimi Hendrix’s record collection Sean Doherty of Handel & Hendrix runs through a selection of records from Jimi Hendrix's personal collection, from Ravi Shankar to The Red Crayola... Words by Sean Doherty Jimi Hendrix’s music is most often categorised as Psychedelic Rock. It’s true that his use of ground-breaking guitar effects, ambient overdubs … Continue reading Eclectic Ladyland: Jimi Hendrix’s record collection