Live Review: The Eskies – The Star Inn, Guildford

It was a little over a year ago when the debut album of The Eskies reached us here at Artree Music. It was somewhat later than it should have been but with all the warmth, joy and frivolity the band brought to life with After the Sherry Went Round I had no choice but to add them to my bucket lists of bands to see. On the 10th of October in the small and atmospheric chambers of the Asahi Room at the back of The Star Inn, Guildford; I got my wish.

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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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Introducing: Magic Hour

Magic Hour is a term in photography which is used to describe the hour as the sun rises and the sun sets. The sun hits the horizon and emits a hazy light which makes the world appear golden and dreamlike. This is the time that photographers live and stay up late for. Magic Hour, acoustic singer and songwriter Ross King, gives this hour a musical definition and creates a soundtrack for the moment.

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Album Review: Big Sadie – Keep Me Waiting

The mere name Big Sadie is somewhat evocative of country music and the Chicago based acoustic duo that form the band deliver on this idea a hundred times over. Though seemingly fairly new to the country and folk scene the duo have produced their debut album Keep Me Waiting, a soothing but jaunty collection of songs that bring to life their sophisticated and tender take on American roots music.

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Album Review: David Ramirez – We’re Not Going Anywhere

David Ramirez interest in 60’s singer-songwriters, his love for folk music and a desire to bring it into a more contemporary light is something he has set out to do with the release of his trailblazing new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, an album that is the very embodiment of everything Ramirez ever set out to produce.

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