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Songs To Astonish.

Songs To Astonish.

One of those releases which have caused much muttering and whispering leading to anticipation is almost with us. Amelia Coburn- for 'tis she - has already signalled great promise with a couple of singles taken from her debut set 'Between The Moon & The Milkman,' a...

Miranda Sykes ‘Out of the Woods’ Solo Tour

Miranda Sykes ‘Out of the Woods’ Solo Tour

Miranda Sykes started her career as a musician in 1996 at the age of 18, playing bass guitar in a country rock band. After 2 years touring and playing for line dancing in working mens clubs across Britain, folk-rock band Pressgang were looking for a bass player....

Honey & the Bear 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Honey & the Bear 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Honey & the Bear are a tour de force on the UK Folk Festival circuit. The British folk and roots duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the...

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Songs To Astonish.

Songs To Astonish.

One of those releases which have caused much muttering and whispering leading to anticipation is almost with us. Amelia Coburn- for 'tis she - has already signalled great promise with a couple of singles taken from her debut set 'Between The Moon & The Milkman,' a third 'Sleepy Town,' is already on the horizon. Full details follow, expect...

Miranda Sykes ‘Out of the Woods’ Solo Tour

Miranda Sykes ‘Out of the Woods’ Solo Tour

Miranda Sykes started her career as a musician in 1996 at the age of 18, playing bass guitar in a country rock band. After 2 years touring and playing for line dancing in working mens clubs across Britain, folk-rock band Pressgang were looking for a bass player....

Honey & the Bear 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Honey & the Bear 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Honey & the Bear are a tour de force on the UK Folk Festival circuit. The British folk and roots duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the...

Martin Simpson Announces 12th Full Length Solo Record – Skydancers

Martin Simpson Announces 12th Full Length Solo Record – Skydancers

Martin Simpson is not a man to sit still for very long. Undoubtedly one of the hardest-touring musicians on the UK folk/roots circuit, he also averages a brand new studio album almost every two years. Skydancers, is his 12th full length solo record for Topic Records...

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Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow Upcoming Tour Dates

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow Upcoming Tour Dates

One of the most exciting duos to emerge from the UK in recent times, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow combine heartfelt musicality, unparalleled virtuosity and vocal harmony. Using the folk music of the British Isles as a catalyst, Kit and Aaron create dynamic and...

Hannah Martin & Miranda Sykes Spring Tour Dates

Hannah Martin & Miranda Sykes Spring Tour Dates

Having played together on numerous occasions, including in Steve Knightley's Wake the Union Band, and at the Royal Albert Hall, Miranda Sykes and  Martin knew that they shared an instinctive ear for harmony and skilled instrumental improvisation. A sociable Devon...

Topette Celebrate 10 Years with New Album and Tour

Topette Celebrate 10 Years with New Album and Tour

Topette!! are a band of highly regarded musicians from England and  France, who play acoustic folk tunes, for dancing and listening. They began in 2014, after meeting in France a couple of years earlier. Right from the start, their mission was to have fun with the...

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Diamonds In The Rough. 2023: An Alternative Take .

Diamonds In The Rough. 2023: An Alternative Take .

It's that time when you're supposed to make resolutions and look forward whilst looking over your shoulder at what's just been. Ruminating on the last twelve months, Simon Jones picks out things that may sparkle or be worth recalling. It's New Year's Eve as I sit here at the Spiral Earth computer and mull over 2023. It's been a perplexing year...

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The Rock In Folk.

The Rock In Folk.

" His passing has left the folk world so much poorer. He will be missed by all who knew him." Maddy Prior Facebook post. Bob Johnson recalled by Simon Jones.  It is with a heavy heart and huge sense of regret that I report the passing of Bob Johnson the former...

Video: Ward Knútur Townes ‘Seasons’

Video: Ward Knútur Townes ‘Seasons’

In Ward Knútur Townes, popular Derbyshire-based performer Lucy Ward returns with this, her first major album in five years, joining forces with Iceland’s mesmerising modern-day troubadour Svavar Knútur and Canada’s Adyn Townes, purveyor of pin-sharp, heartfelt songs....

A Man’s A Man For A’ That.

A Man’s A Man For A’ That.

The voice of Runrig's later years, Bruce Guthro, left us early in September. Simon Jones remembers and pays due homage.   It's 1997 and Scotland's endemic rockers Runrig are without a singer. The man whose voice was described "as big as a Highland mountain,"...

And Now For Something Completely Different.

And Now For Something Completely Different.

August Bank Holiday weekend, where to head to? The beach? The hills? A city break? Not on your life. Those in the know head to Shropshire for the ever changing but constantly attractive Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Despatches from the front line, Simon Jones. Variety is...

Tales From The River Bank.

Tales From The River Bank.

What we did on our Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Expecting much from this year’s Cropredy capers,Simon Jones ventures forth to the Oxfordshire countryside. You don’t really notice the River Cherwell when you’re caught up in the joyous, sheer hullabaloo of Fairport’s...

FESTIVALS

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2024 ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2024 ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to announce the first artist names for 2024 including iconic music makers, artists in the vanguard of folk’s evolution, legendary names and names of the future in a significant programme marking 60 years since the Festival was established in 1964. More names to be announced. Taking place from 25-28 July in the...

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Beautiful Days Full Line Up for 2024

Beautiful Days Full Line Up for 2024

It's Beautiful Days 21st year! Where the heck did those two decades go? The festival continues to be one of the best around, combining new and old, mainstream and eclectic. This years names include Richard Ashcroft, The Saw Doctors, Levellers, Richard Hawley, Fat...

Historic Whitchurch Folk Festival to Re-launch

Historic Whitchurch Folk Festival to Re-launch

The historic town of Whitchurch is set to host the re-launch of its beloved Whitchurch Folk Festival on Saturday, May 11th. Tickets for this highly anticipated event are now available for purchase.Celebrating a Resurgence of Tradition and Community SpiritThe...

The Staves Announced for Folk by the Oak Festival

The Staves Announced for Folk by the Oak Festival

With more names yet to be added to the bill, the Hertfordshire music festival’s line-up is already hitting all the high notes! Announced today and joining Levellers, Seckou Keita’s Homeland Band and The Young’uns on the Main Stage line-up are The Staves, a superb...

And Three Makes A Bill.

And Three Makes A Bill.

Those canny types at the Cropredy Booking Office have filled all the vacancies for the 2024 festival this summer from 8-10th of August. The following in their own words... "First up is the legendary Tony Christe. Best-known for smash hits including ‘Avenues and...

Gate To Southwell headliners and news

Gate To Southwell headliners and news

There are already great expectations for this summer's Gate To Southwell Festival (July 4th to 7th). The GTSF organisers have confirmed high-quality international headliners such as multi-award winning American folk legend Rhiannon Giddens (nominated for two more...

First Headline Acts Announced for this Year’s Ely Folk Festival

First Headline Acts Announced for this Year’s Ely Folk Festival

The 38th Ely Folk Festival returns to showcase a wealth of local and global talent celebrating folk, roots and acoustic music over a full weekend in July. As ever there is an eclectic range of musical styles for all tastes and ages, including folk rock, Americana,...

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