BBC – Music – Review of Bellowhead

It’s all there in that name. Those three syllables suggest a hollering madman, and a ferocity that will – for the newcomer – seem

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BBC – Music – Review of Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith is a darn conundrum. Twenty albums in, and here she is landing square on the fence – like so often before –

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BBC – Music – Review of Martha Tilston

As the title hints, Sussex singer Martha Tilston’s latest album is concerned with the complicated relationship between technology and the human condition. This theme

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BBC – Music – Review of Raul Malo

Is Raul Malo taking the smooth classicism too far? Is he venturing beyond a quite possibly self-aware kitschiness, deep into the crimson heart of

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BBC – Music – Review of Show of Hands

Had they begun in the mid-1970s, a time when the public seemed rather taken with weathered-yet-fiery acoustic music, Show of Hands would surely have

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BBC – Music – Review of The Civil Wars

In February 2012, The Civil Wars – a duo comprising Joy Williams and John Paul White – won two Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album

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BBC – Music – Review of Kate Rusby

In 1992 Kate Rusby was, you fondly imagine, a nervy teenager who couldn’t have dreamed of the outstanding career that lay ahead. The notion

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BBC – Music – Review of Justin Townes Earle

Why Nashville-born singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle isn’t a stadium-packing superstar is a mystery. Country music continues to be one of the largest grossing and

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BBC – Music – Review of Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou

We don’t do next-door very well in pop journalism. If we’re celebrating the back streets of Liverpool, it’s probably because they’re the roads that

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BBC – Music – Review of Jeb Loy Nichols

Jeb Loy Nichols is a writer, artist and singer-songwriter transplanted from the American Midwest to a farmhouse in rural Wales. A long, colourful career

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BBC – Music – Review of Darren Hayman & The Long Parliament

In these bleak economic times the concept of eccentricity seems just about the UK’s remaining viable export. But even in its natural habitat of

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BBC – Music – Review of Willie Nelson

Still playing, still with a twinkle in his eye, Willie Nelson at 79 sounds like a man with nothing to prove. And he’s all

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BBC – Music – Review of Willy Mason

With half a decade gone by since the release of the last album from 28-year-old Martha’s Vineyard crooner Willy Mason, it would have been

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BBC – Music – Review of The Band Perry

Currently wowing the country charts in their native USA, The Band Perry’s eponymous debut album offers 11 highly polished songs. Fronted by the strident,

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BBC – Music – Review of Serafina Steer

Serafina Steer plays a harp and sings in a dew-fresh style that lends itself well to storytelling. Cue regular comparisons, then, to any and

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