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Chosen Daughter - Maz O'Connor (25/10/19)

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  • Artist: Maz O’Connor

  • Release Date: 25th October, 2019

  • Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter

  • Record Label: Restless Head Records

  • Tracks: 11

  • Website:

Singer and songwriter Maz O'Connor has been described by The Guardian as 'one of folk's brightest young talents'. Now based in London, her Irish roots strongly influence her lyrical story-songs, and her pure, clear singing style. After releasing three albums, being nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Horizon Award twice, and performing at major festivals including The Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD and Glastonbury; Maz has spent three years writing and recording her latest album, 'Chosen Daughter', which explores the stories of her foremothers, and will be released in the Autumn of 2019.

'Maz O'Connor's ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****' (Q Magazine)

'There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here...she plays and sings beautifully *****' (Songlines)

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Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (17/05/19)

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  • Artist: Lewis Capaldi

  • Release Date: 17th May, 2019

  • Genre: Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

  • Record Label: Virgin

  • Tracks: 12

  • Website:

2018 was a truly remarkable year for budding Scottish artist Lewis Capaldi, going from years of playing in local pubs around Scotland to selling 75,000 headline show tickets on 3 sold out back-to-back headline tours and being handpicked to support Sam Smith, Bastille, Rag’n’ Bone Man & Niall Horan. He quickly amassed 300 million plays on his 9 released tracks across streaming services & eventually entered the top 40 with Grace, featuring an unforgettable video of Lewis and some topless men! Critical support also came in it’s droves as he was shortlisted for the BRITs Critic’s Choice award, longlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2018 and added to Radio 1’s covetable Brit List.

2019 looks set to catapult him into the stratosphere with the announce of his long-anticipated debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ following Someone You Loved becoming his first ever top 10 single, and Grace and Bruises also in the Top 100 UK Singles Chart. He has won over swarms of fans with his trademark down-to-earth sense of humour juxtaposed with his sincere, heartwrenching vocal.

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The Highwomen - The Highwomen (06/09/19)

  • Artist: The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires + special guests)

  • Release Date: 6th September, 2019

  • Genre: Country, Americana

  • Record Label: Low Country Sound / Elektra Records

  • Tracks: 12

  • Website: https://thehighwomen.com

Featuring some of the cream of US female singer-songwriters, the Highwomen feature Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires plus a host of special guests. The album is produced by the excellent Dave Cobb. Don’t be surprised if this album features in a lot of Country award lists in the future. Highly recommended

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Ben Walker - Echo (05/07/19)

  • Artist: Ben Walker

  • Release Date: 5th July 2019

  • Genre: Folk, Singer-songwriter

  • Record Label: Folkroom Records

  • Tracks: 11

  • Website: https://www.benwalkermusic.com/

Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now by Total Guitar magazine. A versatile composer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings. After six critically acclaimed albums and a BBC Folk Award as a duo with Josienne Clarke and more than fifty records as a producer of other artists, Ben Walker's signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

If you’re after more of his virtuosity on six strings, there’s ample evidence, but Echo is also a gentle reminder of why, with Ben Walker, ‘guitarist’ can never quite say it all.

In divided times, Echo reflects centuries-old words back to us for today, reimagined in new music. Drawing on field recordings from the EFDSS library, the newly established Sussex Tradition archive and lyrics from the 18th and 19th centuries, with composition influenced by contemporary classical and electronic music and Ben’s trademark fingerstyle, Echo combines original instrumental pieces, traditional songs and poems set to music.

The album features an enviable list of guest vocalists, with Kitty Macfarlane, Laura Hockenhull, fellow Folk Award winners Bella Hardy and Hazel Askew and rising stars Thom Ashworth, Laura Ward (Hickory Signals/Bird in the Belly) and JinnWoo (Bird in the Belly) lending their voices to the project.

As Ben says: ‘Making this album has felt a bit like a treasure hunt – finding lost pieces in Cecil Sharp House, going out with a field recorder to listen properly to where I am, digging back into a place name. The more I looked, the more I found – long-lost ballads and poems written as songs but hardly ever sung. I could hear the echoes of times that felt like ours, when people were having to think again about the national identity, about inequality, and how technology was changing things. People love to hark back to the good old days but the truth is it’s never been simple. Running underneath it all, some of the words we still use for rivers and suchlike are literally thousands of years old.

Sometimes a tune says all that needs to be said, but I felt like these old words held a lot we’d recognise too. It’s been awesome and a bit humbling to have so many amazing artists and friends keen to help me bring this project to life. I can’t thank them enough. Occasionally the only singer for a song is still the old chap who sang it in a pub eighty years ago, but then a young singer picks up something three hundred years old and it hits you like a brick.

There’s a touch of hauntology to it all – the shadows of the past are always there in the future, whether we like it or not. Weirdly, I’ve found a little solace in the fact that some things come and go, and some things stay.’

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High Romance - Emily Mae Winters (19/07/19)

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Artist: Emily Mae Winters

Release Date: 19th July, 2019

Genre: Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

Record Label: Emily Mae Winters

Tracks: 11

Website:

Fast rising star on the U.K. Folk/Americana scene Emily Mae Winters has that rare quality in a singer that makes critics reach for the superlatives. Described as having a voice that "stops you in your tracks" and "arresting, enthralling, tantalising" by Americana UK, Emily combines straight-to-the-heart bittersweetness with her own unique passion and drama in performance. Emily Mae Winters' exquisite songs sit between the stormy seas of folk and country influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Peters, Alison Krauss and Sarah Jarosz. Born in England, raised on the rugged coasts of Ireland, her debut album Siren Serenade produced by BBC Radio 2 award winning producer Ben Walker was released to critical acclaim earning her a host of awards. The record received widespread U.K. radio play including plays on BBC Radio 2, as well as international Folk and Americana radio.

To quote Emily: "In one of my favourite poems by the English romantic poet John Keats: 'When I Have Fears', he looks up at the night sky as his dying day approaches and sees 'Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance'. He worries that he and his pen will not live long enough to trace them all. I've always been a 'hopeless romantic' but I think the older I get, the more the meaning of that phrase changes for me."

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Kate Rusby - Philosphers, Poets and Kings (17/05/19)

  • Artist: Kate Rusby

  • Release Date: 17th May, 2019

  • Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter

  • Record Label: Pure Records

  • Tracks: TBA

  • Website:

This the 17th studio album from award-winning folk singer Kate Rusby. Seamlessly blending old and new across 12-tracks of traditional folk, covers and self-penned songs, the inimitable contemporary folk songstress's new solo album is a deeply personal collection which pays homage to her family and musical heritage, and home life in Yorkshire. With Philosophers, Poets and Kings, Kate Rusby raises a toast to her parents. She recalls an upbringing filled with music; whether recording songs performed during wine-fuelled family singalongs or her formative years spent watching festival performances by famed musicians.

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Billie Marten - Feeding Seahorses By Hand (26/04/19)

  • Artist: Billie Marten

  • Release Date: 26th April, 2019

  • Genre: Pop, Singer-Songwriter

  • Record Label: RCA

  • Tracks: 12

  • Website:

Billie Marten follows up her superb debut in effortless style.

Despite the lengthy absence since her last record, a majority of this album was laid down on on a four track tape recorder at producer Ethan Johns's house in just two highly focused weeks of recording.

This organic approach to recording has helped Billie Marten maintain the rough-edge and natural feel of her debut - one of its most praised features - but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t expanded her sound. Where writing of ‘Blues and Yellows’ was deeply atmospheric with skeletal instrumentals, ‘Feeding Seahorses By Hand’ features some more diverse arrangements, incorporating anything from synthesisers to slide guitars and drum machines to choral vocals. Billie masterfully incorporates these new elements with such subtlety and restraint it never seems excessive and never allows them to detract from the raw and subdued nature of the album.

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Dido - Still On My Mind (08/03/19)

  • Artist: Dido

  • Release Date: 8th March, 2019

  • Genre: Pop, Singer-Songwriter

  • Record Label: BMG

  • Tracks: 12

  • Website:

Dido is back with her first new album in five years, the stunning ‘Still On My Mind’. ‘Still On My Mind’ is Dido’s 5th studio album and was written and recorded in England, a result of the fruitful and incredibly natural production/songwriting partnership with her long term collaborator and brother (faithless founder) Rollo.

‘It was simple, I only wanted to make another album if it was with him’ says Dido. ‘It was made in such an easy way, all the vocals recorded on the sofa, a lot of it recorded at home’. It follows the 2013 release of the acclaimed ‘Girl Who Got Away’.

‘Still On My Mind’ encapsulates a variety of styles and genres, ranging from her love of hip hop to her folk roots, but ultimately the entire record carries a dance and electronic music sensibility, even on the tracks with no beats. At the core, it's about the songs which capture the beautiful essence of Dido personally and emotionally.

Dido describes the making of this album as “an absolutely magical experience”. She says: “I wanted to capture the feeling I still get from listening to music, just that rush like you don’t need anything more than this”.

With sales of more than 40 million albums worldwide, Dido is one of the best- selling UK artists ever. Both ‘No Angel’ and its 2003 follow-up, ‘Life For Rent’, still rank among the UK’s biggest-selling albums of all-time.

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Molly Tuttle - When You're Ready (05/04/19)

Artist: Molly Tuttle

Release Date: 5th April, 2019

Genre: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

Record Label: Compass

Tracks: 11

Website:

Compass is proud to announce the release of award-winning guitar virtuoso Molly Tuttle's debut album, 'When You're Ready'. An insightful, gifted songwriter who was crowned "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2018 Americana Music Awards on the strength of her EP Rise, Tuttle has broken boundaries and garnered the respect of her peers, winning fans for her incredible flat-picking guitar technique and confessional songwriting. Graced with a clear, true voice and a keen melodic sense, the 25-year-old seems poised for a long and exciting career. 'When You're Ready', produced by Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers) showcases her astonishing range and versatility and shows that she is more than simply an Americana artist.

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Jade Bird - Jade Bird (19/04/19)

Artist: Jade Bird

Release Date: 19th April, 2019

Genre: Singer-songwriter

Record Label: Glassnote

Tracks: 12

Website:

Jade Bird the debut self-titled debut album via Glassnote Records. Featuring breakthrough singles ‘Lottery’, ‘Uh Huh’ & ‘Love Has All Been Done Before’.

Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British teenager, Jade's music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from its lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.

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Good Harvest - Far Beyond EP (17/05/19)

The brand new live EP from one of our favourite Swedish duo’s Good Harvest. This live recording features symphony orchestra Dalasinfoniettan and conductor Jonas Nydesjö. It was recorded in Kristinehallen, Falun on December 5th, 2018.

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Joy Williams - Front Porch (03/05/19)

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  • Artist: Joy Williams

  • Release Date: 3rd May, 2019

  • Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Americana, Country

  • Record Label: Sensibility Recordings

  • Tracks: 12

  • Website: http://www.joywilliams.com

The excellent second studio album from Joy, who was part of the Grammy award winning The Civil Wars.

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Danni Nicholls - The Melted Morning (12/04/19)

  • Artist: Danni Nicholls

  • Release Date: 12th April, 2019

  • Genre: Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

  • Record Label: Danni Nicholls Music

  • Tracks: 11

  • Website:

"A dark polished gem" - 8/10 AmericanaUK.

With the wind in her sails from receiving two consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 UK Album of the Year for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 UK Artist of the Year), singer/songwriter Danni Nicholls has embarked upon her next artistic journey - her third studio album 'The Melted Morning' with a new producer at the helm. Once again, Nashville, Tennessee, has played host to her musical undertaking, as the city has long held a special place in Danni's heart.

'The Melted Morning' was produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (The Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright-Roche) at the idyllic woodland studio MOXE, Nashville TN.

Closely personal yet widely relatable, the themes of this album span an array of life's takeaways; from the pain and darkness of rejection, the fear of losing yourself and the power of human connection to offering up hope and new perspectives in the face of adversities.

Love and guts, moxie and magic… that's the stuff dreams are made of, and Danni Nicholls' dreams are coming true.

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Sarah Darling - Wonderland (07/06/19)

Artist: Sarah Darling

Release Date: 7th June, 2019

Genre: Country, Americana, Singer-songwriter

Record Label: Be Darling Records

Tracks: 13

Website: https://www.sarahdarling.com

A host of exceptional writers and producers came on board to collaborate with Sarah on ‘Wonderland’, from both the US and UK. Working with these songwriters has been a dream for Sarah, who took the challenge of writing with guests in her stride, “I’ve been in England for most of the year co-writing and working with producers. On this project, it’s really about new friends and new ideas. I literally would walk into a co-writing session, and had never met the person before. It’s so incredibly exciting to be finishing up the album, and to say I’ve recorded this in a different country. It’s a true reflection of me, and the current ride I’m on. Not to mention, I have new friends and memories for life. Music is about the connection. I’m so proud to share this trans-Atlantic collaboration. It’s the greatest adventure of my life to date!”

Calling the UK her “second home”, the Nashville based singer set out to embrace everything the UK had to offer, “I hope everyone gets to experience all the magic I had while recording it. I never imagined in a million years I’d be recording an album in the countryside of Wales. I wouldn’t change it for anything!” Whilst the early foundations for the record came together in Nashville with Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban), Sarah soon relocated to London where she spent much of 2018 working with acclaimed writer/producers Ash Howes (Kylie, Gabriella Aplin), Pete Hammerton , producers MyRiot (London Grammar), and songwriters including Shelly Poole and Jessica Sharman (Ward Thomas).

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