NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

I'm sure I saw them on the telly recently. Are they from the Outer Hebrides?
They appeared on Romesh’s Christmas misadventures from last year, repeated the other night as he toured the highlands including one of my favourite parts of Skye, the Quirang and then visiting a croft in the Outer Hebrides and meeting the band. First time I have heard them and they impressed me enough to get the CDs and book to see them in Manchester next March.
 
Saw a reference to Marcia Griffiths in The Grauniad so heading down that YouTube rabbit hole, par example:
I am about an hour away from finishing the nearly eight hours of 'Get Back' so have heard possibly 15 versions of this song as it developed in the studio. Watching The Beatles at this stage in their career has been fascinating.
On the subject of the YouTube rabbit hole I came across this nugget while looking for something completely different.
 
I saw the late Alan Parker's The Commitments, which features this lascivious rendering of Treat Her Right, in a Dublin cinema thirty years ago. The next day was Waiting For Godot at the Gate Theatre. Johnny Murphy, aka horn man Joey The Lips Fagan here, played Estragon in the latter. Impossible, either then or now, not to conclude that Godot and Wilson Pickett are one and the same.

 
Fasiya is a 2011 album by Kora player Sona Jobarteh. Although the kora is usually associated with Mali, I think Sona comes from The Gambia (though with some Malian roots). It’s a beautiful album which my son got me for Christmas.
 
I rarely listen to popular music but I do occasionally catch a bit on TV. Recently I've heard snatches of work by two artists who don't even try to sing but instead whimper as though they are in pain. One is Pinkpantheress who has won some award; and the other was called Joy Crookes. Can anyone explain what their appeal is?
 
I dug out my old Unicorn discs of Elisabeth Maconchys 13 string quartets. Probably the best major string quartet cycle (outside the usual subjects that is) that "nobody" have heard. The lady obviously knows her Bartok (her first quartet was issued 5 years after Bartoks 4th) and they are not quite up to that level (IMO only Beethoven and late Shostakovich are), but the technical mastery and depth of emotion is impressive.
 
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Heijira by Joni and Scarlet's Walk by Tori Amos. Great albums.

Picked up this book: "Long Players: Writers on the Albums that Shaped Them" and a have a vague idea of listening to the 50 albums listed (streaming), though I suspect I won't like them all. I'm not sure it is a great book, but as a source of listening inspiration and ways into some albums I normally wouldn't consider, it may be vaulable.

To make it easy on myself, I'm easing into it by playing albums from two artists I love.

 
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