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Barry Nisbet – A Bright Ray Of Sunshine

This review was done for folking.com. Having taken a while to get around to reviewing it because of other releases, it turned out to be very well worth a listen. Many listens, actually.

It’s a lovely album, well-balanced and with some terrific songwriting & playing on offer.

And Mr N’s a sailor, too, captaining a brigantine, the Lady of Avenel, for a week’s sailing and singing around the West Coast of Scotland in July. You can find out more here. C’mon, what more could you ask?

Oh, and I also really love the cover art for this album, which is by Glasgow-based Mick Peter.

Here’s the review on Folking.com.

Cambridge City Roots Festival 2018 – overview

2018 was the second year of the City Roots festival, a winter event brought to the city by the organisers of its partner, the renowned Cambridge Folk Festival. Once again, the promoters were kind enough to invite me along, representing folking.com. Given the breadth of the festival, I ended up choosing a cross-section of events that appealed and went along. Only slightly side-tracked by bad weather, here’s my overview of the two-weeks.


Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Live

Having had the privilege of interviewing Sam last year for folking.com and found him incredibly generous with his time (we chatted for an hour and he’d literally just arrived home after a tour), I still had yet to see him live. Eventually, as part of the 2018 Cambridge City Roots festival, I managed to get along to his band’s gig at the Junction. And what a gig! Definitely a band to go and see – real crowd-pleasers and full of energy. Here’s my review, also for folking.com.


Knight & Spiers – Live

Legendary Steeleye Span / Gigspanner fiddle player Peter Knight and ex-Bellowhead melodeon supremo John Spiers were first paired up by the organisers at Folk East in 2016. This inspired collaboration proved durable, leading to a 2018 album, Well Met, and promotional tour. As part of the 2018 Cambridge City Roots festival, I was lucky enough to go along and have a listen. Here’s the review written for folking.com.


McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle – Live

As part of the 2018 Cambridge City Roots festival, I went along to see Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle perform live at Cambridge Junction and reviewed it for folking.com.


Corrie Shelley, The Leaf And The Cane

A lovely album, this one. An intriguing collection of songs from a fellow Lancashire lass who dropped out of music making for 30 years, got on with life and has returned, prolifically, in more recent times. Fuelled by tea which is recommendation enough, in my book. Reviewed for folking.com


Winter Wilson, Far Off On The Horizon

An amazing duo who seized life by the scruff of the neck and shook it up vigorously. Using redundancy as an opportunity to see if they could make their music pay as a full-time job, this pair appear to have more than succeeded. It’s a great album, with strong songs and performances. A goodie.

WINTER WILSON – Far Off On The Horizon (own label, WWCD009)

Various Artists, Strange Angels (The Songs Of Elmore James)

An interesting take on the songs of Elmore James in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. A stellar array of music’s finest get together to rock out to some classic tunes.

Overall, I’d have to say that it was a bit too guitar-hero for my tastes, and I’d always prefer to go back to the original, but there were a few tracks where something quite different came through and it’s still a fine homage to a blues master.