The first 6 months of the year – my favourite releases so far

Well, I confess there has been rather a longer pause than I’d planned in adding to my blog of favourite releases from the first 6 months of 2016. Perhaps starting a new website had something to do with my tardiness. Anyhow, this is the continuation of the blog I started on Google’s blogger.

Blair Dunlop – Gilded 

My friend Nick Baker who is a massive music fan, gig-goer extraordinaire and a fantastic supporter of my radio adventures was kind enough to pick me up a copy of Gilded at a Blair gig earlier in the year. I’d heard Blair sing alongside Larkin Poe on the Killing Time EP and played tracks from that on the Quiet Revolution. I’d also been lucky enough to see him play as part of the new Albion Band alongside Kat Gilmore of the ace Gilmore Roberts and formerly of the band Tiny Tin Lady, who I interviewed in my early days of the Quiet Revolution at the Musician in Leicester, but I digress.

My thoughts on first listen to Gilded were, what a fantastic album this is. Blair is on top form and there are some superb songs on this albums. Some I’ve played on the show and writing this reminds me I really should dig into the album and play another song or two on an upcoming show.

In the meanwhile here’s one of my current favourites from Gilded.

Maz O’Connor – The Longing Kind

Like Blair is an extremely talented, young singer songwriter on the contemporary folk scene. The first song I came across from Maz was quite a few years back and called London Lights. The Longing Kind is album number three from Maz and The Guardian have described it as offering “shadows, light and touch of Joni Mitchell”. Further acclaim from Bright Young Folk who refer to The Longing Kind as “an enormously accessible album whose depths become more apparent with each listen”. I’d concur with both of those reviews.

If you enjoy The Longing Kind I’d also strongly recommend you investigate the Sweet Liberties album which I will blog about at later date. Maz and Martyn Joseph, Sam Carter and Nancy Kerr are all involved in this album. I’ve been playing lots of tracks from it on the show. But here’s Maz from The Longing Kind.

Adam Beattie – The Road Not Taken

I’ve probably said before that there are a range of ways in which I come to discover new artists and bands who I end up enjoying the music of and playing on air. The fine singer songwriter Trevor Jones who puts out excellent music solo as Jones (check out Happy  Blue which is one of my previously blogged about favourite releases of 2016 too) pointed me in the direction of Adam Beattie’s beautiful music.

The Road Not Taken is Adam’s fourth album. Adam is a Scottish singer songwriter who I’d suggest has folk and jazz influences, amongst others. The songs on this album are supremely good and I would venture that if you enjoy the music of Blue Rose Code, Kris Drever and Adam Holmes and the Embers you’d most likely find much to like in Adam Beattie’s music. The Road Not Taken is an album you’ll just keep going back to. Here’s a track from it to whet your musical appetite further.


18 October 2016 playlist

The Jayhawks ‘Comeback kids’ from Paging Mr.Proust (2016 Sham Records)

Red Moon Road ‘Seasons’ from Sorrows & Glories (2016 Folkwit Records)

Paul Mosley and the Red Meat Orchestra featuring Jamie Lawson ‘Nothing in the desert’ from Nothing in the desert EP (2016 Folkwit Records)

Georgia Ruth ‘The Doldrums’ from Fossil Scale (2016 Navigator Records)

Jess Morgan ‘Still in fashion’ from Edison Gloriette (2016 Drabant Music)

Eliza Gilkyson ‘Love minus zero/No limit’ from A Nod To Bob: an artists tribute to Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday (2001 Red House Records)

Blair Dunlop & Larkin Poe ‘I’ll keep it with mine’ from Killing Time EP (2013 Rooksmere Records)

Martin Simpson ‘Boots of Spanish leather’ from A Nod To Bob: an artists tribute to Bob Dylan on his 60th birthday (2001 Red House Records)

Karine Polwart ‘A Hard Rains-A-Gonna Fall’ from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan: a folk tribute (2011 Smooth Operations)

Phospherescent ‘I want you’ from ‘Blonde on Blonde Revisited: Mojo proudly presents Bob Dylan’s 1966 classic album covered (free with the music magazine Mojo July 2016 issue)

Gilmore & Roberts ‘She doesn’t like silence’ from In Our History – Live (2016 GR Records)

Ewan McLennan & George Monbiot ‘My time and yours’ from Breaking the spell of loneliness (2016 Fellside Recordings)

Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra ‘We have the time’ from Heavy Wood (2015 Djukella Records)

Scott Cook ‘New Grist’ from One More Time Around (2013 Groove Revival Records)

Robb Johnson ‘When the tide comes in’ from My Best Regards (2016 Irregular Records)

Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater ‘By the tides’ from Findings (2016 Story Records)

Joe Purdy ‘Children of privilege’ from Who will be next? (2016 MC Records)

Darlingside ‘The Ancestor’ from Birds Say (2016 More Doug Records)

Luke Jackson ‘Finding home’ from Tall tales and rumours (2016 First Take Records)

Kate Rusby ‘Only desire what you have’ from Life in a paper boat (2016 Pure Records)

Gitta de Ridder ‘Stay a little longer’ from Feathers (2016 Little Memories Records)

Dan Whitehouse ‘There’s a lot of things I don’t understand’ from EP3 (2016 Reveal Records)

13 October 2016 playlist

Jones ‘Cartwheels’ from Happy Blue (2016 Meme Records)

Hiss Golden Messenger ‘Cracked windshield’ from Heart Like A Levee (2016 Merge Records)

Mary Chapin Carpenter ‘The middle ages’ from The Things That We Are Made Of (2016 Lambeth Light Records)

Lisa Hannigan ‘Funeral suit’ from At Swim (2016 Play It Again Sam)

The New 52 ‘Manhattan (for a handful of beads)’ from Let Me Sleep (2016 Haven Records)

Dan Whitehouse (featuring Jess Morgan) ‘Close up’ from That’s Where I Belong (2016 Reveal Records)

Jess Morgan ‘Tell me what the trouble is’ from Edison Gloriette (2016 Drabent Records)

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage ‘What’s it tonight my love?’ from Before The Sun (2016 Sungrazing Records)

Dana & Susan Robinson ‘The angel’s share’ from The Angel’s Share (2016 Threshold Music)

Cera Impala ‘Heaven’ from Tumbleweed (2016 Cera Impala)

Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles ‘Sleep away’ from Playing Old Games EP (2016 Clubhouse Records)

Rivers of England ‘Love, science and peace’ from Astrophysics Saved My Life (2016 Folkwit Records)

Ruth Theodore ‘Kissing in traffic’ from Cactacus (2016 Aveline Records)

Magic Car ‘Meteorites’ from Meteorites (2016 Tiny Dog Records)

BD Harrington ‘Black waves’ from The Diver’s Curse (2016 Micro Cultures)

Southern Tenant Folk Union ‘My grandfather’s father’ from Join Forces (2016 Johnny Rock Records)

Jackie Oates & Megan Henwood ‘Ghosts’ from Wings EP (2016 Dharma Records)

Kris Drever ‘If wishes were horses’ from If Wishes Were Horses (2016 Reveal Records)

Martin Green (featuring Adam Holmes) ‘Roll away’ from Flit (2016 Reveal Records)

Ewan McLennan & George Monbiot ‘These four walls’ from Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness (2016 Fellside Recordings)

Drive By Truckers ‘What it means’ from American Band (2016 Ato Records)

Coope Boyes and Simpson ‘The avenging angel’ from Coda (2016 No-Masters Co-operative)

Richard Shindell ‘Careless’ from Careless (2016 Continental Song City)


4 October 2016 playlist

Ruth Theodore ‘Everything is temporary’ from Cactacus (2016 Aveline Records)

Dan Whitehouse ‘The places we have been’ from That’s where I belong (2016 Reveal Records)

Georgia Ruth ‘China’ from Fossil scale (2016 Navigator Records)

David Munyon ‘In India’ from Poet Wind (1998 Stockfish Records)

Show of Hands ‘The Train/Santiago/Soldier’s joy’ from As You Were: live on tour autumn 2004′ (2004 Hands On Music)

Kate Rusby ‘Life in a paper boat’ from Life in a paper boat (2016 Pure Records)

David Berkeley ‘Cardboard boat’ from Cardboard Boat (2016 Straw Man Music)

Amy Speace ‘How to sleep in a stormy boat’ from How to sleep in a stormy boat (2013 Windbone Records)

Kris Drever ‘The longest day’ from If wishes were horses (2016 Reveal Records)

Gem Andrews ‘Your father’s diary’ from Vancouver (2016 Market Square Records)

Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles ‘Old Games’ from Playing old games EP (2016 Clubhouse Records)

The Innocence Mission ‘Into Brooklyn early in the morning’ from We walked in song (Fargo Records)

Jess Morgan ‘In Brooklyn’ from Edison Gloriette (2016 Drabant Music)

Al Stewart ‘In Brooklyn’ from To Whom It May Concern: 1966-1970 (1993 compilation EMI Records)

Ewan McLennan and George Monbiot ‘Such a thing as society’ from Breaking the spell of loneliness (2016 Fellside Recordings)

Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater ‘By the tides’ from Findings (2016 Story Records)

Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band ‘Gingerbread’ from Instar (2016 Little Dish Records)

Martyn Joseph ‘Nye’ from Sweet Liberties (2016 Quercus Records)

Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood ‘Love vigilantes’ from ‘Wings EP’ (2016 Dharma Records)

Southern Tenant Folk Union ‘To the war’ from Join Forces (2016 Johnny Rock Records)

Cera Impala ‘You’re not yours’ from Tumbleweed (2016 Cera Impala)

Dean Owens ‘Closer to home’ from Into the sea (deluxe edition) (2016 Drumfire Records)