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Welcome to the ninth annual NARC. Compilation Album, curated to celebrate our birthday but also to shine a light on some of the amazing local acts we’ve come across. Head over to our Bandcamp site to download your free copy of the album featuring 17 tracks which veer from quirky alt. folk, riotous blues, aggressive rock, disco pop and plenty more besides. You’re welcome.

In 2005, after nearly two decades in a number of essential North East bands (Crane, Kodiak, Four Frame, the still extant Unit Ama and now the local folk supergroup Dark Northumbrian), Ashington guitarist Steven Malley challenged himself to create and perform his own solo work in the style of his beloved British folk musicians. Taking the name The Horse Loom from an unpublished story he wrote about dignity, industry, labour and class, he released a self-titled album back in 2012 through the ever-wonderful Low Point label. Lie Here is the opening track from that set, a gorgeous ballad full of mournful longing. Malley more than holds his own against his guitar heroes (something reinforced by seeing him live, where the flow and delicacy of his guitar is breathtaking). Work has already started on a new album and it’s bound to be equally essential.

Find out more about The Horse Loom at his Bandcamp page and listen to Lie Here below.

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