Paul Barr

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Paul Barr is a Music Specialist at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Beneath The Sun by Tom E Lewis

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Born in Arnhem Land, actor and musician Tom E. Lewis has produced two very good albums to date. Sunshine After Rain, from 2006, used spoken word and atmospheric musical settings to great effect, thou…

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The Gloaming by The Gloaming

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On their debut album, Irish–American five-piece The Gloaming have produced a startling take on Irish traditional music with the addition of minimalist contemporary piano.

All the band members have l…

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Riturnella by Kavisha Mazzella

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Riturnella is a beautiful group of Italian folk songs from the 1400s onwards. Here, Kavisha Mazella has returned to a collection of songs she heard many years ago on a friend’s cassette player, music…

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Vagabond by Eddi Reader

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Glaswegian Eddi Reader has had a long and varied career: busker, actor, backup singer for some big names, including Gang of Four and Eurythmics, brief pop stardom with Fairground Attraction, and then…

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Quercus by June Tabor, Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren

Reviewed by Paul Barr

June Tabor has been a mainstay on the English folk scene since the late 60s, along with her longtime saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren. The real surprise with Quercus is that it crops u…

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Talé by Salif Keita

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Salif Keita does an acoustic album every now and then, but Talé is not one of those. Rather, it’s a contemporary record full of modern dance grooves, a host of special guests and that golden voice.

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Jama Ko by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

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Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso on the Ngoni (an African string instrument similar to the lute). Jama Ko was recorded in Kouyate’s house, not far from where last year’s coup occurred in the cap…

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First Came Memphis Minnie by Various Artists

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Memphis Minnie was a tough, influential blues singer and guitarist who had a three-decade long career from the late 20s to the late 50s, and who lived life to the full. She would influence players li…

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Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

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Long-time friends and musical compadres Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have finally got round to making a proper album together. Harris signed Crowell up as a member of her band in 1975 after hear…

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Buddy & Jim by Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

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Longtime mates Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale have finally got round to making an album. And what an enjoyable listen it is, with their rough harmonies working beautifully together.

Miller’s great …

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Traveling Alone by Tift Merritt

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Texas-born Tift Merrit listened to a lot of Joni Mitchell in her youth before moving to North Carolina and starting out as a singer-songwriter. Merritt is a gifted musician and if you like the mix of…

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Wiley Ways by Hat Fitz & Cara

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Wiley Ways is the second release from Hat Fitz and Cara, a blues guitarist from Queensland and a folk singer who met at a festival in Ireland. Producer Jeff Lang adds lap steel and bass percussion, w…

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In Echoes Of Dawn by Matt Walker

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Matt Walker is known as a producer and gun-for-hire, having added distinctive guitar sounds to music from Liz Stringer, Brod Smith and many more. In Echoes of Dawn showcases his maturation as a songw…

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Delta Time by Hans Theessink & Terry Evans

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Hans Theessink is a busy European bluesman who plays over 250 gigs a year. Terry Evans is one of the best gospel blues singers around, whose long association with Ry Cooder goes back to the 1976 reco…

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Into The Blues by Nick Charles

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Nick Charles is one of Australia’s premier finger pickers. For his latest collection, he revisits the blues: the music that inspired him to pick up a guitar in the first place. The sound he gets out …

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This New Morning by Luka Bloom

Reviewed by Paul Barr

It’s been a while for Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom, but over the last few years he’s been doing some deep thinking. This varied collection features a richer, fuller guitar sound and songs about…

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Dirtsong by The Black Arm Band Company

Reviewed by Paul Barr

This recording from the spectacular Black Arm Band production of Dirtsong, a 2009 restoration project for Indigenous dialects, features an outstanding array of indigenous singers and songwriters perf…

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The Moment by Mia Dyson

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Three years ago award-winning blues based singer-songwriter and guitarist Mia Dyson departed our shores to further her career in the tough US market. Despite setbacks, Dyson has channelled her frustr…

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Songs For Desert Refugees by Various

Reviewed by Paul Barr

This benefit CD features electric guitar-based music from the Southern Sahara/Northern Mali regions. All the right names are here: Tinariwen, Tamikrest, Tartit and newcomer Bombino, with unreleased m…

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The Tel Aviv Session by The Toure-Raichel Collective

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Every now and again musicians who have never played before get together to have a musical conversation and create sound magic.

This is one of those very rare spontaneous collaborations that comes al…

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Traveler by Jerry Douglas

Reviewed by Paul Barr

Jerry Douglas’s Dobro skills have made him the top player in Nashville. His distinctive tone has graced some 1800 sessions and been featured on the wonderful BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, fusing…

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Into the Trees by Zoe Keating

Reviewed by Paul Barr

This is rapidly becoming a late night favourite at Readings Carlton, but where do you file it?

Classically trained cellist and northern California resident Zoe Keating toured here very recently and,…

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The Sailor’s Revenge by Bap Kennedy

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Belfast singer-songwriter Kennedy has been around since the late 80s but has yet to achieve the success he deserves, although he comes highly recommended by the likes of Steve Earle and Van Morrison.…

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Early Takes Vol 1 by George Harrison

Reviewed by Paul Barr

These songs were all recorded at Harrison’s home studio just prior to the recording of his epic post-Beatles debut All Things Must Pass. Although this CD is brief (30 minutes) and contains no recordi…

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Break It Up by Rura

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This young Scottish band are creating a real buzz and it’s easy to see when they let it rip with their powerful blend of pipes, fiddle and two guitar rhythm section that is equal to classic bands lik…

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Older Than My Old Man by Loudon Wainwright

Reviewed by Paul Barr, Readings Carlton

The title says it all. Wainwright has outlived his father a successful and respected writer/editor for Life magazine and gone on to create his own unique place in the world. This time around Loudon h…

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Wits End by Ahab

Reviewed by Paul Barr

The early 70’s Southern Caifornia country rock sound is making a real comebnack lately with the likes of Jonathan Wilson and L.A. band Dawes about to tour Australia. UK outfit Ahab have also toured h…

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