Is England Eerie?*

23 June 2017 // Folklore //Music

Wester Ross Folklore Tapes Volume 1 – Sacred Island: The Legend and Magic of Isle Maree. Out now and available here. Review by Mathew Clayton I spent last Saturday night standing on Keswick High Street watching two rituals uncomfortably interact: men getting drunk and men running long distances. I was there to watch my brother-in-law […]

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Joan Shelley

6 June 2017 // Music

Joan Shelley by Joan Shelley (No Quarter Records, out now) Review by Ian Preece I’ve seen Joan Shelley live a couple of times now. On stage she’s relaxed, chatty and has a good line in self-deprecating humour. Her and Nathan Salsburg make a prepossessing and captivating couple; you don’t know what you’re going to get […]

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Richard Dawson – Peasant

30 May 2017 // Music

Peasant by Richard Dawson Released on Weird World / Domino on 2 June Review by Ben Myers There’s a moment in the pastorally-toned ‘Ogre’, the lead track of Richard Dawson’s new album Peasant, when his discordant strumming and cracked vocals shift into a falsetto that sings a nautical poetry in counterpoint to an elegiac chorus […]

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He Who Feeds The Raven – an unreliable account.

21 May 2017 // Music

Words and video: Stephen Cracknell The gallows hardly looked big enough to take a grown man’s weight, under a skylight in one of the back buildings of Oakham museum the timbers seemed too slender for the gruesome work they had carried out. But there they stood, survivors from history. The very gallows upon which John […]

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Luke Sital-Singh – Slow Makers

12 May 2017 // Art //Music

Over the last couple of years, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh has become increasingly interested in and inspired by the growing community of people in the UK who are reviving traditional craft techniques. This has resulted in a string of short films which Luke has made with various so-called ‘Slow Makers’ in their workshops up & […]

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