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Jackie Leven

I remember vividly the first time that I heard ‘The Sexual Loneliness of Jesus Christ’ by outsider, Scottish troubadour Jackie Leven. It was 2001 and I was totally unprepared for and utterly mesmerised by the sheer audacity of Leven’s artistic reach and the epic sweep of his lyrics and music on that track. I couldn’t …

Villagers can do no wrong in my very humble opinion. They are one of the few bands where you know that their new music is always going to be emotionally and creatively transportative, taking you to places you may never have imagined. They have released consistently excellent albums ever since their wondrously eerie debut ‘Becoming …

Former member of Low Chimes – Maja Lena – has released a gorgeous, new pastoral folk song through Chiverin Records. ‘The Keeper’ explores our relationship with ourselves and comes with an enchanting video, starring and filmed ‘home video style’ by Maja, with some filming by her husband Luke Oakley-Smith. She used a VHS camcorder from …

Peggy Seeger - Autoharp by Vicki Sharp Photography

I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with folk icon Peggy Seeger recently to talk to her about her latest album First Farewell, which is out now on Red Grape Music. You can see our full review here. As well as talking about her album, Peggy talked about her desperate need to get back …

Peggy Seeger - The Invisible Woman

First Farewell is folk icon, Peggy Seeger’s, 24th solo album and it is out today via Red Grape Music. We’re told it’s ‘probably’ her final original album but based on the utter joy she still has for playing music and her never-ending supply of thoughts and ideas, it’s hard to believe we won’t see more …

Molly Linen sitting on a beach

Shropshire-born, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter, Molly Linen, has just released her latest song – ‘A Lot To Give’ – on Johnny Lynch’s (aka Pictish Trail) Lost Map Records and you can get it now in all the usual places, including on Bandcamp. This is Linen’s third single, following ‘Away‘ and ‘When They Didn’t Care‘, which both featured …

New Morning Blues band photo

New Morning Blues is a new folk collaborative project from wife and husband Joanna Backovic and Ian de Sylva. They’ve just released their first single, A Face in the Mirror, and you can get it here. They’ve also announced their debut album – London – which is out on 5th June. They create a beguiling and …

Lightning Bug band picture.

Purveyors of dreamy, transportative musicscapes, Lightning Bug, have just announced the release of their third album – ‘A Color of the Sky’ – which is out on their new label, Fat Possum on 25th June; you can pre-order the album here. Lightning Bug is the brainchild of musicians and friends Audrey Kang, Kevin Copeland and Logan …

Organ Morgan band photograph

The barrel piano comes to life and you’re immediately in a rural hostelry a 100 years ago, merrily drinking ale and listening to the music coming from the smartly dressed band on the tiny stage in the corner. The sound fights for attention through the smoke filled room and the noise of drunken revellers until …

Gallery 47 Artist Picture

Ultra prolific Nottingham singer-songwriter, Gallery 47, releases “Angel Follows Me Out”, the first single from his 12th album release “Saturation”. It was one of four (that’s right!) albums released in 2020 by Gallery 47 (the pseudonym of Jack Peachey). Since receiving support from ‘BBC Introducing’ and Nottingham’s legendary ‘LeftLion Magazine’ in 2010, Peachey has quietly …