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To read the complete reviews and much more buy a copy of the current issue of Taplas.

Among the album reviews in the current issue are -

QUERCUS - Quercus
“This magnificent album is folk song blended so well with jazz, it’s new music - the trademark of the ECM label.”

AIDAN O’ROURKE - Hotline
“... a fascinating piece of work by any standards.”

SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION
Hello Cold Goodbye Sun - “...taut, restrained, well constructed – and very listenable.”

HABADEKUK - Hopsadaddy
“If you like your dance music bright, funky and jazzy, yet still toe-tappingly danceable, this is a must for you.”

FULLSCEILIDH SPELEMANNSLAG
500 Sessions - “Sparks fly when these guys start up a reel or polka set.”

JIGJAW - Doodle I Doe
“...musical backgrounds bring together Scottish ballads, old-time American songs and mediaeval French chants...”

CANONGATE CADJERS CEILIDH BAND
Open With Care - “...very listenable whilst remaining faithful to Scotland’s mainstream vernacular.”

DYLAN FOWLER - A Passionate Landscape
“...an album to be cherished.”

SIAN JAMES - Cymun
“...delivered with a tender and exquisite restrained emotion.”

JAREK ADAMOW - Fall in the Mountains
“His mesmeric renditions evoke powerfully lucid images which truly recreate the sense of journey and adventure these troubadours must have had.”

BATTLEFIELD BAND - Room Enough For All
“The album moves to a close with a new setting of Aaron Kramer’s 1950’s song In Contempt, about prisoners of conscience in the McCarthyite era, is just as relevant now as then.”

DnA - Adnabod
“...a confident debut to be treasured.”

MIRANDA SYKES & REX PRESTON
Sing A Full Song - “...beautifully played and interpreted. Smooth and polished.”

BARRULE - Music from the Isle of Man
“...a welcome addition to those exploring the Isle of Man’s musical culture.”

DUNCAN WOOD - Swarbricks
“Happy tunes, expertly played, composed in the best of style in the living tradition, as old as the hills, new and beautiful...”

MARTIN SIMPSON - Vagrant Stanzas
“He’s one of the best singers and guitarists of his generation, with an uncanny way of interpreting his own songs and those of others.”

FARMERS MARKET - Slav to the Rhythm
“...wildly exciting...”

CASS MEURIG & NIAL CAIN - Oes i Oes
“...a delight from start to finish.”

SGOIL CHIUIL NA GAIDHEALTACHD - Aye Spy
“I urge you to support the school by getting a copy via their web site:. You won’t be disappointed.

STUART MASTERS & RISHI RANJAN - Agam
“...an exciting collaboration which yields some really exhilarating moments.”

ERIC BOGLE WITH JOHN MUNRO - A Toss of the Coin
“Can we really do without his message of humanity to keep us sane?”

NIAMH NI CHARRA - Cuz
“...played and arranged with Ni Charra’s usual panache.”

THE CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL Live in Brittany
“... a compelling album.”

ALICE WYLDE - Songs of Old Appalachia
“This set of traditional songs flows out of her like water from a spring, with an unmistakable authenticity.”

LADY MAISERY - Mayday
“Highly recommended.”

JIMMY LEE AND THE EDGE OF CHAOS ORCHESTRA The Runaway
“Enjoyable folk-style music which seems to have its roots more in music hall than really traditional song, but enjoyable none the less.”

THE RESIDENT CARDS We Won’t Leave Any Trace
“Their music has an enigmatic quality about it melding thoughtful sublime lyrics with exquisite harmonies...”

DAVE TOWNSEND & GILL REDMOND - New Road to Alston
“English dance music as she is meant to be played – with gusto, minimal fuss, and a great respect for the sources and the channels through which the material has passed.”

DERVISH - The Thrush in the Storm
“...the whole package adding up to an enjoyable album.”

VARIOUS - Masters of Their Craft
“Those who missed the original recordings should not miss this.”

FAUSTUS - Broken Down Gentlemen
“...this cheery mixture of dark laments and waltzes is a breath of fresh air.”

DUCIE - Mancunia
“Taking their name from a Manchester street, Ducie’s debut album oozes confidence.”

MANU DELAGO - Bigger than Home
“It's fun, even beautiful at times, but file it under novelty interest only.”

GREN BARTLEY - Winter Fires
“The big selling points for Bartley are his voice and a series of hooks and choruses which make his songs distinctive...”

MELISSA RUTH & THE LIKELY STORIES - Ain’t no Whiskey
“Someone should invite them over here. They may not go down a storm, but they’re guaranteed to give a good night’s entertainment.”

GAVIN DAVENPORT - The Bone Orchard
“Clever use of aural ambience throughout.”

JIM CAUSLEY - Cyprus Well
“In a sensitive and harmonious collaboration with singer Julie Murphy and harpist Ceri Owen-Jones, Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative, celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley.”

ASEWAR - Kurdish Melodies on the Harp and Nay
“Sit back, tune in and drift off with this highly enjoyable middle eastern trio. A great stress buster!”

JED GRIMES - Heart and Hand
“He is still a singer who can produce the unexpected.”

JOHN & TIM LYONS - Easy & Bold
“This is a lovely album of mostly unaccompanied songs...”

THE PAUL McKENNA BAND - Elements
“Lonely Man, which includes the words ‘hold your head up high’, says it all. This band deserves to hold it’s head up high.”

BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET
From Bamako to Carencro - “They play excellently...”

STATE OF THE UNION - Snake Oil
“...sometimes dreamy, sometimes toe-tapping, all the while atmospheric and strangely laid back and lulling.”

JOHANNA JUHOLA - Fantaisatango2
“Juhola laces tango with electronics and a circus-like theatricality that’s uniquely her own.”

CERDDCEGIN - Medlar Pear
“...woven like a Welsh tapestry blanket, warm and snug, intricate but with itchy bits!”

THE FOXGLOVE TRIO - Like Diamond Glances
“...a very enjoyable listen, despite its short length. The trio has some Welsh dates coming up and they shouldn’t be missed.”

BLUE ROSE CODE - North Ten
“With considerable U.S. influence in his music there is much of interest here.”

THE JOHN LANGAN BAND - Bones of Contention
“...an album you will either love or hate.”

CHRIS WHILE & JULIE MATTHEWS - Infinite Sky
“...Chris While and Julie Matthews, who also plays piano and keyboards, is a beauty.”

MOONSHINE - Up In The Air
“Definitely one for the listening shelf.”

TRACEY CURTIS - Thoughts in the Dark
“She hasn’t lost her creative use of words...”

NINO JOSELE - El Mar De Mi Ventana
“Get some tapas, pour a good rioja, pop this in the CD player and forget your worries.”

JOE TILSTON - Embers
“...it’s a pleasing piece of work”.

JAMES FINDLAY, BELLA HARDY, BRIAN PETERS, LUCY WARD - The Liberty to Choose : A Selection of Songs from the New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs
“they are a fresh and lively lot, sung and played with gusto. This is a splendid album.”

DICK HYMAN & JUDY HYMAN - Late Last Summer
“This album has both quality and class, a well-gelled and tranquil CD from America.”

JOHN WHEELER - Un-American Gothic
“An album that will no doubt appeal on both sides of the pond.”

THE BOWHILL PLAYERS - The Joe Corrie Project
“...the musicianship is first-rate...”

GUY CLARK - My Favorite Picture of You
“American songwriter now aged 71 years - Guy Clark has released his first studio recording for several years.”

FRANKIE ARMSTRONG / DAVE VAN RONK - Let No One Deceive You : Songs of Bertolt Brecht
“Many decades have passed since this album saw the light of day, making this re-release very welcome.”

WILL VARLEY - As the Crow Flies
“Varley’s songs are a mix of sharp humour and well-observed social commentary, together with raw emotion, and the quality vocals along with understated backing should bring him to a greater audience.”

ELIZA CARTHY - Wayward Daughter
"Good stuff.”

FLEADH - The Cleggan Bay Disaster
“Fleadh have a folk/rock attitude but they are not a folk/rock band.”

VAMM - Vamm
“Vamm is an old Shetlandic word meaning to bewitch or entrance. They certainly live up to their word.”

TONY MCMANUS - Mysterious Boundaries
“It just goes to prove that good music is good music no matter what we call it.”

PAULINE VALLANCE - Golden Slumbers
“The voice and accompaniment style do need variation and are too harsh-sounding for purpose as bedtime lullabies. Nevertheless, the album is reasonable listening.”

LUCY WARD - Single Flame
“Excellent performances that showcase Ward’s creative songwriting.”

JAMES DUNCAN MACKENZIE - James Duncan Mackenzie
“...a stunning album.”

JULIE MURPHY - A Quiet House
“...welcoming and well worth listening to.”

DAVID ROTHERAY - Answer Ballads
“..a pointless exercise.”

ANTUN OPIC - No Offense
“...other than the rootlessness and sense of identity, it’s still difficult to get a real theme or sense of direction of this CD.”

ÉAMONN COYNE & KRIS DREVER - Storymap
“Brilliant stuff. Enjoy!”

APRIL VERCH - Bright Like Gold
“...a force to be reckoned with.”

THE YOUNG TRADITION - Oberlin 1968
“...for younger readers they are a superb comprehensive introduction to some of the greatest, and brilliantly irreverant interpretations of traditional songs.”

VARIOUS - Celtic Airs and Reflective Melodies
“A great disc for evening’s end in front of a roaring fire with a glass of fine single malt.”

SINEAD O’CONNOR - Sean-Nos Nua
“...the thought and feeling that has gone into it brings the moods of the lyrics to life.”

JOHN KIRKPATRICK BAND - The Complete John Kirkpatrick Band
“...these recordings are well worth listening to, especially for those who missed them first time round.”

CEOLBEG - Collected
“A good introduction to, or précis of, their work.”

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