Live Review: Richard Thompson – The Anvil, Basingstoke

Always a pleasure to witness Richard Thompson performing live, and for me, whilst the full electric line up is great – just him and an acoustic guitar is the ultimate way to see this extraordinary musician in action. That’s what we were treated to at The Basingstoke Anvil last Friday (27th October), and the audience lapped it up. 

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Album Review: The Young’uns – Strangers

It’s been quite a ride so far for North Eastern trio The Young’uns. Twice BBC Radio Folk Award winners for Best Group, a feat quite remarkable for what is primarily an a capella act – and now four albums in, these guys have built a reputation on incredible vocal arrangements, solid storytelling and bags of character in their performances, and rightly sit at the top table in the genre at this current time. 

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Album Review: Alison Krauss – Windy City

There are a few artists on this planet that will release something new, and more often than not get it spot on. Alison Krauss is one of those. Whether it be with the phenomenal Union Station, collaborations like that with Robert Plant – or solo, which this new record is (her first for over 15 years) – you know instantly the quality will be there.

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Album Review: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

Billy Bragg performing railroad songs while crossing America with acclaimed singer songwriter Joe Henry….what a simple, yet incredible concept. This

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