Rob’s latest album, Ascension is a glorious affair, a collection of folk and roots music which goes beyond traditional remits for those genres and paves the way to a bright new future. At its heart is the single Shine Your Shine, a brilliant introduction and opening salvo to the album and his sound in general.

There is something cosmic and otherworldly running through it, from the shimmering and crystalline vocals (reminiscent of perhaps Jon Anderson of Yes and musical not altogether unconnected either) to the dexterous and hypnotic finger-picked guitar work to the classical grace of the stings which wash and wander through with poise and polish, the song seems to have it all.

Folk music has long been stuck in some traditional grooves, and whilst I would never besmirch its rich and rewarding past, I am much more excited to see where it goes next and it is artists such as Rob Massard who are showing us the way.

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