Review: Hamish Hawk – Swannanoa

For his third release, Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk has capitalised on the great promise of his earlier recordings to produce a finely-crafted and coherent set of songs which represent a step-change in his song-writing development. Essentially, Swannanoa is a collection of three beautiful piano ballads, written during Hamish’s tour of the USA earlier this year. Each song bears the Hamish Hawk trademarks of warmth, wit and wordsmithery; and together they conjure up a sense of the space and wonderment one might experience in the course of a US road-trip.

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Review: Blue Rose Code – The Water of Leith

Blue Rose Code is the musical alias of Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Ross Wilson. A natural storyteller with a poet’s heart, and possessed of a beautiful Edinburgh burr of a singing voice, Wilson has been developing his song-writing craft and signature sound since the release of his first album, North Ten, in 2013. He has absorbed subtle elements of the music of John Martyn, Van Morrison, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Marvin Gaye along the way and, in recent years, has also embraced the music and poetry of Scotland to add further richness to his musical palette.

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