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Paul Sexton’s pick of acoustic-styled songsmiths, old and new, featuring Lianne Hall, William The Conqueror, The Black Guards, Jenny Lindfors, Ashley Hutchings, Anne Briggs and Stackridge

We’re a little late in our admiration for Lianne Hall’s The Caretaker. John Peel, no less, was an admirer of the British-born, Berlin-based singer and writer, and as ever, he knew of which he spoke. Released a little earlier this year by Market Square, it’s a greatly accomplished body of work. The album gazes on a folky landscape, but with subtly electronic instrumentation and Hall’s compelling vocals, sometimes recalling KT Tunstall, the effect is often hypnotic. The Crow’s Nest is particularly mesmeric, and The Last Song Of The Caretaker has melancholic poise.

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