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Robbie Basho
Song of the Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes

American guitarist Robbie Basho was influenced by Indian and European classical music, emulating the playing style of a sarod on a twelve-string guitar using open tunings and then blending that sound with US folk and blues. He was a contemporary of virtuoso guitarists John Fahey and Leo Kottke. ‘Song of the Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes’ is a five-CD collection of recently=discovered lost works recorded between 1965 and 1985. Basho passed away in 1986.
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Gwenifer Raymond
Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain

Welsh guitarist Gwenifer Raymond’s second album, Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, has adopted more of the artist’s 'Welshness', while her first first album was reminiscent of John Fahey’s American Primitive guitar style, she is calling this one Welsh Primitive Guitar. It was all recorded under lockdown in her flat in Brighton - but she says this did not inform the songs, merely the conditions in which she recorded it.

Various
No Other Love: Midwest Gospel (1965-1978)

Chicago-based producer Ramona Stout hoarded what amounts to a treasure trove of rare and practically never-heard black Midwest gospel over the course of five years. This new compilation, No Other Love: Midwest Gospel (1965-1978), remastered by Grammy winning producer Christopher King, brings new life to these songs that soundtrack Civil Rights-era hope. 

Brigid Mae Power
Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power has absorbed the true flavour of Ireland during her time living there. Although this self-titled album was recorded in Oregon, USA (with Peter Broderick), Galway remains audible. Her songs often feel like a thick, mournful dream, textured with accordions, harmoniums, and her magnificent voice. On Tompkins Square.

Will Beeley
Highways & Heart Attacks

Will Beeley is a singer/songwriter with the sandy dirt of the American highways in his hair and in his veins. He has previously released two albums 1971’s Galavantin’ and 1979’s Passing Dream. Clearly not one to rush things, forty years after his last release comes a new album, Highways & Heart Attacks. It sparks a new interest in an artist who deserves reappraisal, though he nearly didn’t get the chance. On Tompkins Square.

Teodross Avery
After The Rain : A Night for Coltrane

Teodross Avery here does a superb job of reckoning with the long shadow cast by John Coltrane over every subsequent tenor saxophonist, by recording After The Rain: A Night for Coltrane. This live performance spans various pieces from across Coltrane’s career, including 'Africa / Brass' and 'A Love Supreme'. Avery and his group are superb and spirited interpreters. On Tompkins Square.

Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker
Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

Harmony Rockets, better known as Mercury Rev, of course renowned for their free-wheeling psychedelic rock. Joining forces on Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos with Peter Walker, known for his American-folk approach to ragas. The record also boasts appearances from Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth and Nels Clines from Wilco, so it's gonna be either a trip, pretty radical, or both.

Entourage
Ceremony of Dreams: Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-77

Experimental ambient trio The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble released only two LPs during their active years of 190 and 1983. Tompkins Square have managed to collect 30 unreleased tracks that include alternate takes and early versions, alongside notes from the last surviving member Wall Matthews. Stunningly serene stuff that’ll just wash right over you.

Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Irish artist Birgid Mae Power follows up her 2016 self-titled LP with The Two Worlds. Her expressive voice, gently warbling with more than a little Americana, could as well be likened to Grace Slick as to Elizabeth Fraser, although neither capture her entirely. On the excellent lead single ‘Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)’ she sounds weary, indignant and assertive against misogynistic conceit, singing over droning guitar and a dusty, rumbling drum section.

Larry Conklin & Jochen Blum
Jackdaw

Larry Conklin got his first guitar in 1970, after getting back in his civvies. He taught himself to play and wrote songs after discovering Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Rev. Gary Davis, who also played with just his thumb and index finger. Jackdaw was self-released in 1980, featuring his lovely 12-string guitar, and violinist Jochen Blum whom he met in Florence earlier that year. Beautiful reissue vinyl LP on Tompkins Square.

Will Beeley
Passing Dream

Will Beeley released Passing Dream in 1979, but copies have been hard to find since then. But now happy days are here again: Passing Dream has received a lovely vinyl reissue from the Tompkins Square label. The album was recorded with a superb set of studio musicians, including Larry Campbell and Carson Whitsett.

Harry Tausig & Max Ochs
The Music of Harry Taussig & Max Ochs

Harry Taussig and Max Ochs are a pair of guitarists who were contemporaries of Robbie Basho and John Fahey (sharing space on a 1967 sampler LP), but whose American Primitivisms never picked up quite as wide a listenership. Tompkins Square have been working to change that, and this release, which features brand new material from these guitar veterans, does a great job. LP release.

Will Beeley
Gallivantin'

Will Beeley put his Gallivantin’ album out private press style in an edition of 200 LPs back in 1971, making it an extremely rare find. But now happy days are here again: Gallivantin’ has received a lovely vinyl and CD reissue from the Tompkins Square label, making his wonderful alt-country originals (and radical covers of Bob Dylan and Buffy Sainte-Marie) available to average punters again.

Philip Lewin
Am I Really Here All Alone?

Philip Lewin produced his album of sensitive and super-personal folk music Am I Really Here All Alone? in 1975. Thing is, it was only released as a private press LP, so he kind of was alone. His highly individual sound might appeal to fans of David Thomas Broughton, or anyone who treads their own path through folk music. Remastered and properly released on vinyl and CD by Tompkins Square.

Richard Osborn
Endless

Here is the first readily-available record by an unsung guitarist of the American Primitive world, Richard Osborn. Despite having studied under Robbie Basho in the sixties(!), Osborn has kept a low profile for most of his career, perhaps preferring to play for himself. Endless certainly does have a gorgeous, unhurried intimacy to it. Great material, out on the Tompkins Square label.

Harvey Mandel
Snake Pit

A former member of Canned Heat, electric guitar innovator Harvey Mandel's career has spanned over four decades. Mandel's fifteenth studio album boasts 8 tracks of the formidable creativity and virtuosity for which he is known and loved. With equal parts blues, jazz and funk, Snake Pit is an invigorating release which is sure to impress. Released on Vinyl LP and CD via the Tompkins Square label.

Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig
Beyond The Confession

As the title of this release from Tompkins Square probably reveals, this release collects Oneida guitarist Kid Millions’ various interpretations of guitarist Harry Taussig. Taussig is an unfairly forgotten figure, and on Beyond The Confession Millions turns his expressive guitar playing into a range of experimental drones and freak-outs.

John Hulburt
Opus III

John Hulbert’s Opus III is a remarkable work of solo acoustic guitar, originally released in 1972 as a private pressing. Naturally it attracted little to no attention, but it’s been picked up since, and this reissue on Tompkins Square gives everyone a chance to inhabit these lively, detailed instrumentals.

Alice Gerrard
Follow The Music

Alice Gerrard is a country and bluegrass singer from way back when, who has played a hell of a lot of banjo in her time, and collaborated with artists such as Mike Seeger. 'Follow the Music' shows she's still kicking with performances of folk standards and some of her own songs. It's produced by M.C. Taylor of the rootsy folk group Hiss Golden Messenger. I have checked, and it is definitely a folk record.

Smoke Dawson
Fiddle

That Vanessa Mae- I'd let her have a fiddle. Boom and indeed vaguely sexist boom. Start with a joke and run as fast as you can to the end. This is a re-issue of Smoke Dawson's 1971 private press (yawn) LP. Leader George Dawson was a bagpipe and fiddle player roaming around the US with nary a care in the world. There's a vaguely...no not vaguely, very Scottish feel to the music on offer. The kind of exhubrant fiddle playing you hear in pubs in remote Scottish villages. This was his sole album and the label did awfully well in tracking the record down but the question has to be asked........why?

Ben Hall
Ben Hall!


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Roland White
I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘n Roll


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Robbie Basho
Venus In Cancer

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Sam Burton
I Can Go With You

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Ryley Walker
All Kinds Of You

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Gwenifer Raymond
You Never Were Much Of A Dancer

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Rick Deitrick
Gentle Wilderness

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Rick Deitrick
River Sun River Moon

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Meredith Monk
Key

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William Tyler
Behold The Spirit

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Ryley Walker
The West Wind

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Michael Chapman
Fish

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Roscoe Holcomb
San Diego State Folk Festival 1972

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Various
Beyond Berkeley Guitar

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Bill Wilson
Ever Changing Minstrel

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Harry Taussig
Fate Is Only Once

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Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus
The Black Dove

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Hiss Golden Messenger
Jesus Shot Me In The Head / Jesus Dub

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James Blackshaw
Fantomas: Le Faux Magistrat

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Michael Chapman
Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010

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Dino Valente
Dino Valente

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Daniel Bachman
Jesus I'm A Sinner

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Daniel Bachman
Brother Green / Honeysuckle Reel

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Don Bikoff
Celestial Explosion

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Various
Imaginational Anthem Vols 1-5

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Lucinda Williams / Michael Chapman
Split

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Tyler Ramsey
Raven Shadow / Black Pines

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Various
Imaginational Anthem Vol. 5

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Daniel Bachman
Seven Pines

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James Blackshaw
Litany Of Echoes

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Calvin Keys
Shawn-Neeq

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James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
Avos

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A Broken Consort
Box of Birch

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Frank Fairfield
Out On The Open West

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Ran Blake
Grey December:Live In Rome

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Nick Jonah Davis
Of Time & Tides

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Sean Smith
Christmas

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Various (C Joynes, Tyler Ramsey, William Tyler)
Imaginational Anthem v 4 : New Possibilities

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Various
Bloody War Songs 1924-1939

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Shawn David McMillen
Dead Friends

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Various (Bonnie Prince Billy, Michael Hurley, Handsome Family etc.)
Face A Frowning World/An E.C. Ball Memorial Album

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Frank Fairfield
Frank Fairfield

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The Red Fox Chasers
I'm Going Down To North Carolina

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Powell St John
On My Way To Houston

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Ben Reynolds
How Day Earnt Its Night

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Peter Walker
Long Lost Tapes 1970

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James Blackshaw
The Cloud of Unknowing

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Max Ochs
Hooray For Another Day

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Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Polk Miller &; His Old South Quartette

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Charlie Louvin
Steps To Heaven

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Brad Barr
The Fall Apartment Instrumental Guitar

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Richard Crandell
In The Flower Of Our Youth

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