Album: James Walbourne, The Hill (Heavenly)

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As a session guitarist who looks like the son of most of the acts he plays with (Peter Bruntnell, the Pretenders, the Pogues, the Pernice Brothers), it's hard not to notice Walbourne if you're lucky enough to have caught him live.

In that setting, he seems like a star who shuns the spotlight. Now stepping into it in his own right, expecations are high and, perhaps, there will be an element of disappointment: expect solid singer-songwriter fare rather than fancy fingered fireworks.