Your top 10 CDs with Kevin Bryan
Acoustic tunesmiths and prime practitioners of the roots music genre dominate in my latest survey of new CD releases.
Presence of Dire Straits guitar supreme Mark Knopfler should attract a few uncommitted listeners to Heidi Talbot’s affecting new album while seasoned campaigners such as Paul Brady and Eric Bogle also deserve a mention.
Americana saw impressive efforts emerging from the likes of Rod Picott and Canada’s effervescent Lucky Ones while horror fiction writer Stephen King has hailed Michael McDermott as “possibly the greatest undiscovered rock ‘n’ roll talent of the last 20 years”.
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Heidi Talbot (self released)
Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler lends a hand as Irish folkie Heidi Talbot tackles new material alongside covers by Leonard Cohen, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.
Nick HartRoebuck Records
Sings Ten English Folk Songs
The multi-talented Hart breathes new life into a selection of traditional ditties, wielding esoteric instruments such as the harmonium, lyre and viol.
Rod Picott (Welding Rod Records)
Paper Hearts and Broken Arrows
Refreshingly raw and unpolished from rough hewn Nashville based Picott, serving up arresting tales of heroes and villains which have become his trademark.
Michael McDermott (Pauper Sky)
Chicago singer-songwriter McDermott’s latest release chronicles lives of a cast of characters living on a fictional street in America’s heartland.
Sally Oldfield (Talking Elephant)
Two interesting late ’70s albums from Mike Oldfield’s elder sister, showcasing gems like You Set My Gypsy Blood Free, The Sun In My Eyes and The Boulevard Song.
Paul Brady (Proper Records)
Consistently enjoyable set from Brady, capturing the veteran Irish balladeer in peerless form as he serves up a batch of freshly minted gems for your listening pleasure.
James Combs (High Pine Steeple Recordings)
Los Angeles based James Combs has been hailed as “one of folk pop’s best kept secrets.” His fifth solo album by him is typically wide ranging.
The Lucky Ones (Self Released)
Engagingly spontaneous debut from The Lucky Ones, Canadian bluegrass specialists hailing from Yukon. The finished product was captured in the space of five days.
Dietrich Strause (Blueblade Records)
You And I Must Be Out Of My Mind
Inventive and adventurous music from multi-talented Strause, garnished with aural effects lending charm to the contents.
Eric Bogle (Greentrax Records)
Mature and thoughtful from critically acclaimed Scottish tunesmith Eric Bogle, who found fame after emigrating to Australia. The Flag is a musical highlight.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.