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The Unthanks – “Lines” – a gorgeous journey into three sets of lives

The Unthanks – “Lines” – a gorgeous journey into three sets of lives

Ross McGibbon February 15, 2019 0

RABBLEROUSER MUSIC       22nd  Feb 2019 Always immaculately poised, The Unthanks are a pleasure that rewards close listening. Never background listening, listener focus brings out the detailed moods and storytelling. Contrasting sweet instrumental arrangements and flat

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The Eskies – “AND DON’T SPARE THE HORSES” – a riotous Brechtian reincarnation of The Pogues

The Eskies – “AND DON’T SPARE THE HORSES” – a riotous Brechtian reincarnation of The Pogues

Ross McGibbon December 6, 2017 0

1st December 2017 With the sparse guitar tone favoured by Marc Ribot on some of Tom Waits’ sparkiest tunes (circa Swordfishtrombones), a street-corner sort of a brass band, a male chorus worthy of Greek

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How a Lost Folk Classic Shows Stark Unsettling Beauty

How a Lost Folk Classic Shows Stark Unsettling Beauty

James MacLaren October 11, 2017 0

James MacLaren

James MacLaren

Philosophy teacher and music enthusiast. Musical interests stretch from old school soul, post-punk and 80s Indie (reflecting my time as an 80s goth), UK folk revival, and reggae. I also love pop music.
James MacLaren

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While it was originally released in 1972, it very quickly disappeared and only received a CD release earlier this year. A little context is necessary: The Watersons were the first family of the ‘60s

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Jon Boden puts on a formidable show in Saltaire

Jon Boden puts on a formidable show in Saltaire

Ross McGibbon November 20, 2016 0

Live at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire                 18th November 2016 It’s a long way from the huge spectacle of Bellowhead to a solo show and when I see the stage set with speaker horns, something

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Moulettes- Preternatural      Delightfully dippy prog-pop-folk

Moulettes- Preternatural Delightfully dippy prog-pop-folk

Ross McGibbon May 25, 2016 0

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC      May 27th 2016 The creaky, spooky opening tones, leading into Behemooth, remind me of the delightfully dippy gig I saw the Moulettes perform last year. They were clearly very proud of

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Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles    Estonian otherworldliness and electronica

Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles Estonian otherworldliness and electronica

Ross McGibbon May 25, 2016 0

3rd June 2016 Estonian music, hanging in the air between folk, world, singer-songwriter and ambient. Packed with sawing fiddle, otherworldly vocals (try the percussive opening to Kargus) and a crystalline beauty. Despite the dubious

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John McCusker – Live at Saltaire Victoria Hall    5th May 2016      “Ach, it could have been worse”

John McCusker – Live at Saltaire Victoria Hall    5th May 2016 “Ach, it could have been worse”

Ross McGibbon May 7, 2016 0

John tells a story of, early in the tour, a band member overhearing two Aberdonians in the lobby after the show: “What did you think of that?” “Ach, it could have been worse”. Leaving

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Lau – Live at The Live Rooms, Saltaire    20th November 2015

Lau – Live at The Live Rooms, Saltaire    20th November 2015

Ross McGibbon November 22, 2015 0

Lau are a very popular live draw round Leeds and Bradford, packing the Caroline Street Social Club tonight. Despite being formed of performers from the folk tradition, Lau pull in a range of people,

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True North Festival, Aberdeen

True North Festival, Aberdeen

Garry Stitchell September 30, 2015 1

I am not a churchgoer. At all. But I am guessing it is out of the ordinary to find a queue to get into one snaking up the path and on to the street

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