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Magical and Mystical
Jan11

Magical and Mystical

Read our review of In The Magical Hour by Aoife O’Donovan Aoife O’Donovan Releases In The Magic Hour 22 January 2016 Yep Roc Records Aoife* O’Donovan is Boston-raised and with Irish heritage.  Her second album In The Magic Hour will be out January 22 2016 on Yep Roc Records. O’Donovan has been lead singer of the progressive string band Crooked Still, was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the...

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Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # 3
Aug31

Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # 3

Read our review of day three fayettevilleroots festival USA Music Tour 2015 Day 10 Fayetteville Arkansas First up, a big thanks to Jim Jacob for his incredible photos of the festival and Fayetteville generally.  I could do a story on paint drying and he could make it look good. A late start to the day was necessary.  Yesterday’s musical superlatives still ringing in my ears (can superlatives make a sound?) and it was a slow prep...

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Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # Two
Aug31

Fayettevilleroots Festival Day # Two

Read our review of day two fayettevillerootsfestival USA Music Tour 2015 Day 9 Fayetteville Arkansas On the way to the festival, some serious discussion underway. Cory Branan provides anthemic songs, magnetic choruses, wry and sharp lyrical observations and dominant guitar work.  Sometimes the world-weariness and maturity leaps out.  His latest album The No-Hit Wonder is gripping and was one of my top twenty albums of 2014.  The album...

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Best Albums of 2013 – The I-Haves and The I-Have-Nots
Jan03

Best Albums of 2013 – The I-Haves and The I-Have-Nots

Read our list of top twenty albums for 2013 plus some we have missed   My Best Albums Of 2013 Reviewing the music year has a number of advantages.  It enables me to reflect on the depth and quality of the music on offer over the past twelve months and it also reminds me when I first heard certain CDs and, more importantly, when I first zeroed in on their excellence. I have listened to a lot of new releases this year – I...

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