Author: Quentin Budworth

Album | Dot Allison – Heart-Shaped Scars

Dot Allison will always be identified with the band that initially launched her career, One Dove, whose Andy Weatherall-produced album Morning Dove White became a downbeat electronic classic. Other collaborations include Kevin Shields, Hal David, Paul Weller, Pete Doherty and…

EP | Shirley Collins – Crowlink

Folk music constantly reinvents itself, turning something old into something new and unheard. Sometimes like the black browed Albatross that occasionally visits the cliffs at Flamborough, a strange sighting occurs and we are gifted a very rare and unusual spectacle.…

Album | Green Diesel – After Comes The Dark

I’ve been in many different bands over the years and the politics can be interesting, infuriating and frustrating at times. Things often come to a head in the studio where the music is constructed and indeed scrutinised in the cold…

Album | Margo Ross – Prairie Life

Sometimes you come across an artist that enchants and intrigues. Indie songwriter Margo Ross falls into this category.  Her music has a crafted home-spun feel and intimacy. Like a hand-made clay pot with the thumb prints still visible, she has made a thing…

Album | Lady Nade – Willing

Let’s talk about Lady Nade, UK Americana Award nominee, showcased at the Folk Alliance International and the International Live Music Conference, performing at many online festivals in the UK and USA – including Thriving Roots and Folk on Foot. Recently…

Album | Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight – The Days That Shaped Me (10th anniversary edition)

Dive in deep to the wonderful, traditional and ever surprising sound world of Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight’s The Days That Shaped Me and you won’t be disappointed.  Here we have English folk-smithery and deep-rooted tradition at its idiosyncratic and…

Album | Ringlefinch – Tall Tales

In Tall Tales, Ringlefinch have created a delightfully self-assured soundtrack for a world doing the hokey-cokey with the Covid 19 pandemic. Intelligent catchy song-writing, imagination, good humour, heart, hygge, and folk politics abound and flourish in this aural delight. I’m…

Album | Hanna Enlöf – BareBones

Some things contain a magic so special that your breath is literally taken away by the vision, scope and artistry present in the work; be it a painting, a poem, a meal or as in this album a collection of…

Album | Gnoss – The Light of The Moon

This album is like a single malt; delicious, delicately flavoured and perfectly poised to give you a brilliant time. The Light of The Moon is the first recording of all-original material by Gnoss, with seven instrumentals and four songs. When…

Album | Polly Paulusma – Invisible Music

Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter is a literary, clever, erudite, elegantly crafted offering from Polly Paulusma. We are presented with a cornucopia rich in poetic images, harmonies and delightful performances. Interspersed with extracts from Angela Carter’s sublime…