As part of the Cambridge City Roots festival in February, I went along to Cambridge Junction to see Mad Dog McRea. I’d reviewed their Almost Home album when I was writing for Bright Young Folk and loved it, so I was really keen to see them in action. A band with a reputation for being an instant party – what’s not to like?
And all due respect to their support act on the night, Noble Jacks, who got things off to a rollicking good start, warming up the audience like a furnace. (And they were also really lovely lads, too).
How did it go? Read my review, for folking.com, to find out.
MAD DOG McREA – Live at Cambridge Junction (Cambridge City Roots Festival)
Here’s another review I wrote for Bright Young Folk. Long Lankin’s new album All Seven Stars.
A review for Bright Young Folk website of Kris Drever’s sixth solo album, If Wishes Were Horses. A third of Lau and a frequent collaborator with musicians across the folk scene, Kris Drever shows a maturing songwriting talent on his latest, striking album. There’s a raw power about the lyrics that doesn’t fail to hit home, even with repeated listenings. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes sad, always brutally honest.
Another review I wrote for Bright Young Folk. Former Cambridge student Maz O’Connor takes on folk with a modern twist in her album The Longing Kind, singing songs about her experiences of being a young person in the present day. The traditional forms are transformed into something modern. A lot of thought’s clearly gone into this album but it wears its intellect lightly.
Here’s a review I wrote for Bright Young Folk. It’s an EP called Five Songs from prog-folk band called Crumbling Ghost. They’ve been around for a while but, more recently, a change of line-up has solidified their sound and, though I hadn’t been sure that they’d be my kind of thing, I found I was absolutely blown away by them. Check out their Five Songs EP for a taster of their music and energy.
A review I wrote of Breabach’s latest album, Astar, for Bright Young Folk.
A review of the brand new Show of Hands album, The Long Way Home, that I wrote for the Bright Young Folk website.
A review of Upsurge by the Scott Wood Band, written for Bright Young Folk.