Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin : The Deepest Breath

It’s a year since Dublin based sean-nós singer and multi-instrumentalist Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin released Solas an Lae, the sublime raw-folk debut solo album he recorded with Ultan O’Brien (fiddle, viola).

Solas an Lae is a revelatory record - spare enchantment and sparks of magic defining a remarkable set of songs that deliver immediate, visceral emotional impact.

The understated film above, shot in a kitchen by Myles O’Reilly, captures the singer in full voice, gracefully framed by Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz and Ian Kinsella. It was uploaded a few months before the Solas an Lae’s release, and features a self-written piece not on the album, with a poetic lyric underlining the writer’s core beliefs - a committed eco-socialist, Eoghan is a full-time, activist member of the Irish political party ‘People Before Profit’. The song ends in a statement of where hope can still be found and sustained, with its last line - ‘Our dreams are the deepest breath we draw’.

Run the video for the first time, and you sense from the first note that the performance is going to be special. No disappointment awaits - this is real, hefted contemporary folk music, and it is utterly compelling to watch.

Papur Wal

New : Papur Wal : Amser Mynd Adra

Cardiff based trio Papur Wal have released a flawless debut. Melody, melancholy and elemental pop rapture; Amser Mynd Adra is a treasure trove of songs to keep close in bleak times. [Read More]

Findlay Napier : Image by Elly Lucas

New : Findlay Napier : It Is What It Is

This beguiling new album, his fourth solo release, reaffirms Findlay Napier as a distinct and cultivated singer-songwriter, with a spirited voice all of his own. [Read More]

V4Velindre Cover

New : V4Velindre

V4Velindre is a mix tape for the NHS, curated by Kevin McGrath, a Welsh music writer, for the benefit of his local cancer centre.

There are 44 tracks, and they are often absurdly good. Just forcing your ears past the opening T-Rex on a waltzer brilliance of Bandicoot to reach eventually the beatific acoustic haze of Matthew Frederick’s Hay on Wye is a hard task. A superbly crafted compilation. [Read More]

Eve Goodman

New : Eve Goodman : Wave Upon Wave EP

Eve Goodman has confirmed her status as an artist hard on a road to somewhere; Wave Upon Wave is an exquisite release, created from nothing but wisdom, light and grace. [Read More]

Rani Maring & Gareth Bonello, Pahambir

New : Khasi-Cymru Collective : 'Sai-thaiñ ki Sur

From a four year exploration of the traces of Welsh chapel influence on the culture of the Khasi Hills, Gareth Bonello and his Khasi collaborators have produced a fitting celebration of cultural connection; an album that is an earthen, life-affirming delight.  [Read More]


From the Margins : 2020 Albums of the Year


  • Angharad JenkinsAngharad Jenkins (Calan/DnA)

  • Ben WebbBen Webb (Bird in the Belly)

  • Paul KingsnorthPaul Kingsnorth

  • Hannah MartinHannah Martin (Edgelarks)

  • Bob KettleBob Kettle (Merry Hell)

  • Christina AldenChristina Alden (Alden, Patterson & Dashwood)

  • Owen ShiersOwen Shiers (Cynefin)