Tracks old and new from the likes of Kirsty Merryn, Luke Jackson, Ciara Sidine, Stables plus many more.


1 – The Sparrow of Swansea (For Dylan Thomas) by Tom Russell

A signature Tom Russell collection, the wide-ranging subject matter on “Folk Hotel” includes songs and stories about New York’s Chelsea Hotel, a journey up the road from El Paso to Santa Fe, a cowboy song about Ian Tyson refusing to “leave his old horses”, a song for Dylan Thomas – melting into a James Joycean landscape about day in the life of Belfast, a song about Tom meeting J.F.K., another song using only 16th century slang and more…

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2 – London by Louis Brennan

This was the one of the singles from London-based Dubliner Louis Brennan, which is taken from his debut album Dead Capital, to be released on February 28th.

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3 – Forfarshire by Kirsty Merryn

She & I is Kirsty Merryn’s debut album. Skilfully produced by in-demand, award-winning Gerry Diver (who also plays myriad instruments), She & I comprises eight Merryn originals, focusing on the diverse stories of inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie Edson Taylor.
‘Forfarshire’ features the talents of the incredible Steve Knightley from Show of Hands, and tells the story of Grace Darling, a Victorian heroine, and her father William, a lighthouse keeper. All filmed on the beautiful south Devon coast.

Read our review of ‘She & I’ here

4 – Fire & Fortune by Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

‘Fire and Fortune’ is the title track taken from Josienne Clark and Ben Walker’s third joint release to date, giving you ample opportunity to have become acquainted with them before now. If however you haven’t been lucky enough to hear them before, this album is the perfect introduction to them and their classical and tender music.

Read our review of ‘Fire & Fortune’ here

5 – Bullet Holes in the Sky by Mary Gauthier

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier released her most important work to date with ‘Rifles & Rosary Beads’ on January 26th, 2018 via Proper Records. Co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, the eleven deeply personal songs on this album reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home.

Read our ‘Rifles & Rosary Beads’ here

6 – Civil War by Joan Baez

Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. This is one of many great tracks from the album.

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7 – No Man’s Land by Buford Pope

Across six full-length albums, Sweden’s Buford Pope has drifted easily across the American soundscape, moving freely from folk-rich country to gritty rock ‘n’ roll. Yet never has it sounded as effortless – or as honest – as on his seventh. On ‘Blue-Eyed Boy’, there’s no doubt that it’s Buford Pope we’re hearing. On the opening track, a wistful Buford Pope sings that he’s ‘Still Got Dreams’. But far from having his head in the clouds, he’s crafted his most down-to-earth album yet.

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8 – Little Bird Song by Ciara Sidine

Dublin singer-songwriter Ciara Sidine’s sound has been described as ‘Americana with an unmistakably Celtic feel to its poetic lyrics and confident vocals’ (UNCUT). Her new album ‘Unbroken Line’ (autumn 2017) is garnering glowing reviews across the board, following on from her successful, acclaimed debut Shadow Road Shining.

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9 – See You Around by I’m With Her

I’m With Her, the band of Sara WatkinsSarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, released their full-length debut, ‘See You Around’ on February 16, 2018. ‘See You Around’, the title track from the album, is available everywhere, there is also the emergence of a beautifully captured live video performance of the song.

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10 – Dandelions & Daisies by Stables

Stables’ second album, ‘Reverie‘, will be released at the end of February 2018, and has been tipped to surpass their debut. ‘We’re incredibly proud of this record and can’t wait for people to hear it’. Matthew calls it an ‘almost break up album’ that he wrote whilst in a ‘period of relationship unrest, which resolved during the process’. ‘This is the album we always wanted to release when we first imagined Stables. We love our debut, but this feels like the sound we always set out to produce’.

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11 – Seven Days by Will Varley

Seven Days is taken from Will Varley’s  5th studio album ‘Spirit Of Minnie’, which was released on February 9, 2018 through Xtra Mile. The album was produced by Cameron McVey (Massive Attack, Neneh Cherry), and it’s the first record Varley has made with a band.

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12 – Sister by Luke Jackson

Luke’s first live recording see’s him showcasing his tracks as a solo artist, duo and trio. Recorded in late October 2017 at a show in his home town of Canterbury. It takes us from the very start of Luke’s journey as a musician to some of his current releases. Sister is one of our favourite tracks, here it’s re-worked with the band which gives it even more power and substance than the original – a difficult task in itself.

Read the review of ‘Solo : Duo : Trio’ here

13 – Slow Decay by Sarah McQuaid

UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid released her fifth solo album, ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’, on Friday 2nd February 2018. Produced by guitar icon Michael Chapman, the album is distributed worldwide by Proper on LP (heavyweight vinyl in gatefold sleeve) as well as CD, and is being promoted with 2018 tours in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

Read our review of ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’ here

14 – Wendell Walker by Andy Shauf

Wendell Walker is taken from ‘The Bearer of Bad News’, the first full length album on offer from Canadian musical extraordinaire Andy Shauf and one that has been three long years in the making.

Read our review of ‘The Bearer of Bad News’ here

15 – Work by Ron Pope

Work marks Ron Pope’s seventh studio album. To date, he has surpassed one million monthly listeners on Spotify, sold out shows in more than 20 countries, sold over 2 million digital tracks, had over 200 million streams on Spotify, 630 million plays on Pandora and 150 million views on YouTube.

Read our review of ‘Work’ here

16 – I Miss You by The Remedy Club

The Remedy Club, the Irish husband-and-wife Americana/Roots duo comprising KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen, released their debut album ‘Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes’ on October 8th 2017 via High Flying Disc Records. ‘I Miss You’ is one of our favourites on the album.

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17 – Chaos by India Electric Co.

Seven Sisters is the latest release from musical magicians India Electric Co., a marvellous and mesmerising dup with penchant for breathing new life into old melodies and traversing time itself as they soothe your very soul.

Read our review of ‘Seven Sisters’ here

18 – Ebb & Flow by Blue Rose Code

The Water of Leith is the astonishing album from the soul-catching musical venture that is Blue Rose Code. Otherwise known by his given name Ross Wilson, an immeasurably talented young singer-songwriter hailing from Scotland, Blue Rose Code is an elegant fusion of folk and jazz that warms you like the sun.

Read our review of ‘The Water of Leith’ here

19 – Contrails by All The Luck In The World

All the Luck in the World are three Irish songwriters – Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr – currently based in Berlin. The band create an intimate blend of Alternative-Folk and share a collective passion for storytelling, composition and song craft.
‘Contrails’ is the latest single to be taken from their forthcoming second album ‘A Blind Arcade’, and is a superbly nimble, giddy and fluttering piece of work. As a band that have notched up in excess of 10 million streams on Spotify, there’s a swell of anticipation among fans for new material.

Read our review of ‘A Blind Arcade’ here


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