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Tales From The Weeping Willow
Tales From The Weeping Willow
Price: £8.84

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!, 24 Oct. 2011
What a spectacularly good record this is! A mixture of folk and country styles, it showcases one of the most naturally glorious voices I have heard in a long time.
Featuring songwriting collaborations and duets with Paul Heaton, Justin Currie and Alasdair Roberts, it truly deserves a wide audience. 'Daddy's Got A Gun' (a brand new song), 'Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner' (a Warren Zevon cover) and - especially - 'My Love Is Deep' (a collaboration with Currie) are just three obvious examples of the delights in store for newcomers to Naomi's world. In a world of karaoke X-Factor fodder, this album is the real deal....

The Works
The Works
Price: £8.33

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This works!, 11 July 2011
This review is from: The Works (Audio CD)
I fully concur with the previous reviewer, along with a number of other glowing press write-ups I have read in the last few days (fRoots, The Observer, BBC website). These new versions of the dynamic duo's 'Greatest Hits' sound fresh, dynamic and sumptuous....and almost as good as having them play live in your lounge!
I'm still amazed at where they find the time and energy to keep their duo incarnation, the ever-growing behemoth that is Bellowhead and their own individual projects going, but when you are creating such vibrant music and so obviously love what you do (as evidenced at their recent London Shepherd's Bush Empire date), then maybe it isn't so difficult after all. Can't wait to catch them again at Cambridge Folk Festival!

Adelphi Has To Fly
Adelphi Has To Fly
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a talent!, 18 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Adelphi Has To Fly (Audio CD)
What a talent! I was aware of this young folk singer-songwriter's name, and finally heard her when Mike Harding played her version of 'Maids When You're Young' on his Radio 2 show a couple of months ago. My interest piqued, I made a note to check out her debut album once it was released....and what a treasure trove it is. Although containing strong interpretations of classic trad standards such as 'The Two Sisters' and the aforementioned 'Maids...', as well as a unique take on Mike Waterson's 'A Stitch In Time', several of the best songs are actually her originals. Check out 'Alice In The Bacon Box', 'Adelphi', 'Julia' and especially the exquisite 'Death (Rock Me To Sleep)' for proof. With an excellent production job by Stu Hanna (of Megson) that is minimal but embellished in all the right places, I can't praise this album highly enough. Lucy Ward is a name we will all be seeing - and hearing - a lot more of in the near future.
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Songs Lost & Stolen
Songs Lost & Stolen
Price: £8.90

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet!, 20 April 2011
This review is from: Songs Lost & Stolen (Audio CD)
'Songs Lost & Stolen' is Bella Hardy's third album and a step up from her previous releases (though they were also good records). Comprising
of 100% self written new songs this time around,'The Herring Girl' nevertheless sounds like a classic trad folk tune passed down through
the years, while 'Walk It With You' is a lovely country ballad performed as a duet with Kris Drever. The album is produced by Mattie Foulds
of The Burns Unit, and, just as with their 2010 debut album, he's done a great job. Highly recommended stuff.

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