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: Martin Simpson – Trails & Tribulations

Acoustic singer-songwriter Martin Simpson has a rather healthy back catalogue of music and yet you will always find a smile playing across your lips when you hear that he has scheduled another release. This year see’s the release of his latest album Trails and Tribulations, a soothing and tender collection of songs that will wash you in a warming, golden glow.

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Album Review: Daniel Nestlerode – Almost Home

It has been just over two years since Daniel Nestlerode’s debut album More Than a Little Guitar hit the shelves and clearly the time between then and now has been spent in the careful composition of his eagerly anticipated follow-up album Almost Home which is now finally readily available for purchase across the lands.

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Introducing: Otis Gibbs

Otis Gibbs has his talented hands spread wide and can easily be classified as a singer, songwriter, storyteller, painter and photographer. He runs a regular podcast called Thanks for Giving a Damn as well as hosting the widely popular Country Built on Pandora which finds its way to more than two million subscribers across the globe. He has been described in the past as “the best unknown songwriter in music today” but he remains fairly adamant that he is simply a folk singer.

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EP Review: The Trials of Cato – The Trials of Cato

The Trials of Cato are a band who understand that things take time. Nothing happens overnight and they are more than happy to put in the time and the effort to ensure that what they produce is breathtaking. Formed in Beirut back in 2015, the band roamed the country tweaking and adjusting their music according to their tastes until they settled on a sound that is unarguably their own. Close to two formative years later the band released their debut self-titled EP which is four tracks of pure joy for any folk fan.

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Introducing: The FB Pocket Orchestra

We first discovered The FB Pocket Orchestra playing in a quaint country pub called The White Buck out in the New Forest. Their myriad of instruments were packed as tightly as can be into the corner so that they could play to the packed out room and beyond as their warm and joyous music echoed out into the summer air of the pub garden.

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Introducing: Crying Day Care Choir

Crying Day Care Choir might have a somewhat suspicious name if we’re brutally honest, but we assure you that it’s not nearly as strange as it sounds. This actually refers to the concept that a group of crying children are actually capable of creating musical harmony. This interesting concept is picked up by a vibrant and uplifting Swedish trio who are some of the hardest working musicians on the Swedish folk scene today.

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