The Fireflys “Only Us, Northern Lights” (Strawberry Moon Records, 2019)

The Fireflys have many things to commend them to music lovers of a certain vintage. To start with there is the declaration of intent by vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter Lee Wylding “to promote listening to albums in full as it seems the warmth of a full album has been sidelined for a more cherry … Continue reading “The Fireflys “Only Us, Northern Lights” (Strawberry Moon Records, 2019)”

Vive La Rose “For She Who Hangs the Moon” (Gestation Records, 2018)

‘For She Who Hangs the Moon’ is David Luximon-Herbert’s first full album release as Vive La Rose, his solo project that began with the well-received 2014 EP ‘Don’t Move, Don’t Speak’. Once again, this release showcases Luximon-Herbert’s distinctive, husky voice; his hushed vocal creates an emotional intimacy that serves these songs well. This is an … Continue reading “Vive La Rose “For She Who Hangs the Moon” (Gestation Records, 2018)”

Steve Gunn “New Moon” – Listen

Sometimes good things come out of bad situations, Steve Gunn had taken a pretty big blow after the release of his last album ‘Eyes On The Lines‘, when his father died from cancer.  Steve and his father had got very close during the treatment, talking openly and deeply in a way that maybe they hadn’t … Continue reading “Steve Gunn “New Moon” – Listen”

The Stephen Stanley Band “Jimmy & The Moon” (Wolfe Island Records, 2017)

Most people wilfully misremember the 1980’s – they selectively associate the decade with musical excesses with 12” extended mixes of new romantic and electro-pop music. Parallel to this were a myriad of other things, one of them was College Rock and this record reminds me of those times (the college rock bit, not big hair and … Continue reading “The Stephen Stanley Band “Jimmy & The Moon” (Wolfe Island Records, 2017)”

Over The Moon “Moondancer” (Independent 2017)

This is a fabulously simple debut album of old time music from the couple Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell hailing from the Rocky Mountains in Alberta who call themselves Over The Moon – and why not. There are ten tracks here, half of which are self-penned including a track entitled Over The Moon, a western … Continue reading “Over The Moon “Moondancer” (Independent 2017)”

Red Moon Joe “Time & Life” (DBS Recordings, 2017)

Here is up to date, relevant, British, Liverpool-produced Americana at its best. The songs are confiding, forceful sometimes. As it says in the first track, “Every page and chorus sweet refrain/ Filled with joy and some… filled with pain.” All you need really! Red Moon Joe are: Mark Wilkinson, who is the founder member (originally … Continue reading “Red Moon Joe “Time & Life” (DBS Recordings, 2017)”

Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road

Spanning a wide range of genres, from Beatles-esque pop songs, traditional Canadiana folk, Albertan country and Paridian aires to a full-on spiritual music backed by a star-studded choir, the three collaborative yet distinct writers in Red Moon Road frame immaculately crafted songs with original and innovative instrumental work.  Their new album ‘Sorrows and Glories’ is … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Red Moon Road”

Honey Cane “Brother Sister” (Independent, 2019)

Artists and their work often develop a tight bond with a specific geographical location. Whole genres are identified by their association with a region but perhaps less common is an entire album evoking a place. Honey Cane’s second album ‘Brother Sister’ does just that in creating a record that sonically embraces their home state of … Continue reading “Honey Cane “Brother Sister” (Independent, 2019)”

Chadwick Stokes “Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos” (Ruff Shod Records, 2019)

The third solo album from Chadwick Stokes, ably supported by The Pintos, is another blend of musical genres and styles that shimmers with uplifting arrangements. Stokes, who spent many years fronting the popular bands Dispatch and State Radio, is now known for writing modern-folk, with splashes of colourful pop and reggae, bluegrass guitars and driving … Continue reading “Chadwick Stokes “Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos” (Ruff Shod Records, 2019)”