- Artist: RJ Comer
- Release Date: 15th June, 2018
- Genre: Americana, Alt-Country, Blues, Singer-Songwriter
- Record Label: Growling Moon Records
- Tracks: 12
- Artist: Kitty Macfarlane
- Release Date: 21st September, 2018
- Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Contemporary Folk
- Record Label: Navigator Records
- Tracks: 11
- Website: http://www.kittymacfarlane.com/
"Time and tide wait for no man," so the saying goes. But ever since her EP, Tide & Time, came out in 2016, many have been waiting expectantly to hear Somerset singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane's debut album. On September 21 the wait will be over as this fine young acoustic artist unveils the beguiling release 'Namer Of Clouds.' Produced by fellow musicians Sam Kelly and Jacob Stoney and released on Navigator Records, this is a captivating album.
Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye woven loosely together into a theme of mankind's relationship with the wild. Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty's lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman's historical relationship with textiles and the land. The album is augmented by all kinds of 'found sound' recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is bookended by sounds of the wild.
Recorded partly at The Cube near Truro in Cornwall and partly at Get Real Audio in Bath, 'Namer Of Clouds' features not just the clear, confident voice and finger-picked guitar of Macfarlane but also the in-demand Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Horizon' award winner Sam Kelly on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals, with some of his talented Lost Boys band members also on the roll call Graham Coe on cello, Archie Churchill-Moss on melodeon and Jamie Francis, surprisingly not on his trademark banjo, but on electric guitar.
Kitty was a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Folk Award. More recently she has supported Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman on tour, as well as Blair Dunlop.
Now the Bristol-based performer is coming into her own with some remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Cerebral and classy, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes.
- Artist: Gitta de Ridder
- Release Date:
- Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Pop
- Record Label: Little Moments Records
- Tracks: 12 (+1 bonus track on deluxe ed)
'For Everything A Season is a collection of four seasonal EPs, that stand as a metaphor for the cycles we move through in life. A release of quality and depth from the Anglo-Dutch singer and songwriter, this is her second release following her well received debut 'Feathers' in 2016. Best described as high-quality alt-folk, with lyrical and musical complexity, de Ridder has a gift for a memorable hook, and a pop sensibility infuses the work. A deluxe box set containing 4 CDs in wallet with fold out page lyric booklet/mini poster.
- Artist: Little Sparrow
- Release Date: 13th July, 2018
- Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, Pop
- Record Label: Little Sparrow Music
- Tracks: 3
- Website: http://www.littlesparrow.org/
Having released her debut album ‘Wishing Tree’ to critical acclaim and spending the next couple of years building on this through many successful live performances, Little Sparrow then decided to take some time out to write and record towards her highly anticipated follow up album, which she plans to release in 2019.
Her inspiration for creating the ‘Just 3’ EP was taken from the opportunity she was given in 2016 to perform on the Tim Peaks Diner stage at Kendal Calling as part of an event hosted by BBC Radio 6 & Radio 2 presenter Chris Hawkins.
Also appearing at the festival was much respected composer and musician Robin Dewhurst and suggestion was made by the organisers that Little Sparrow & Robin (along with cellist Sarah Dale) should create & record their own interpretation of 1980’s Madness single ‘Baggy Trousers’ and in addition perform it at the festival.
When performed live the team at Kendal Calling & Tim Peaks FM had this to say: “Little Sparrow & Robin performed the song live to a spellbound crowd on Chris Hawkins Tim Peaks
FM Show, creating a real ‘Kendal Calling’ moment. (It is) one of the best cover versions we have heard in years!"
Having enjoyed the experience they decided to seize this special opportunity to collaborate again and so, with the addition of two Little Sparrow originals, they have created a new EP entitled ‘Just 3’.
- Artist: Alden, Patterson & Dashwood
- Release Date: 11th June, 2018
- Genre: Folk. Americana
- Record Label:
- Tracks: 10
Christina Alden (vocals/guitar), Alex Patterson (fiddle/vocals/occasional mandolin) and Noel Dashwood (dobro/vocals) are a fast rising folk and Americana trio from Norwich. Their second album 'By The Night' was recorded in late 2017 and early 2018 at a house in St Cross, South Elmham with Alex producing. It follows their critically acclaimed debut 'Call Me Home' released in 2016.
- Artist: Hatful Of Rain
- Release Date: 13th July, 2018
- Genre: Americana, Folk
- Record Label: Long Way Home Music
- Website: http://www.hatfulofrain.co.uk/
For their excellent third album and the second release on their own label, the Brighton-based quartet of Chloë Overton, Phil Jones, Fred Gregory and James Shenton again meld together the Celtic, American and English folk influences.
Hatful of Rain are a British contemporary folk group that combine powerful songwriting with musical flare, inspired by English, Celtic and American Roots styles. They use a single microphone approach to performing. This creates an intimate and engaging atmosphere characteristic of every Hatful show. They have released two albums 'Way Up On the Hill' in 2012 and 'The Morning Key' in 2014. EP 'Climb the Air' was released last year on their own 'Long Way Home Music label' and their third album Songs of the Lost and Found is due out on 13th July.
- Artist: Lindsay Ell
- Release Date: 25th May, 2018
- Genre: Country, Country-Pop, Singer-Songwriter
- Record Label: Stoney Creek Records
- Tracks: 12