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Gigs, Fests, Pubs?

So the Government announcement on 22 Feb has given us a loose timetable for the reopening of indoor venues, outdoor events and the pub. Not that we’re counting the days or anything.

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REVIEWS

Spirit Of Love – Clive’s Original Band

Spirit Of Love – Clive’s Original Band

Currently an original copy of this item in decent playable condition will set you back a couple of hundred pounds or so. Good job then that here’s a new reissue through Bread & Wine/East Central One at least the curious can hear Clive Palmer, John Bidwell and Mick Bennett for a reasonable price. ‘Spirit Of Love,’ is always quoted as a classic...

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MA in traditional Music
3 – Banter

3 – Banter

Banter have been with us what seems but a short while, actually six years, in that time they’ve established a deserved reputation for daring, creative diversions and good time gigging. Even as they wrote and shoved huge chunks of funk and jazz into the process somehow...

Journey Through The Roke – Honey & The Bear.

Journey Through The Roke – Honey & The Bear.

So, what’s a roke? Dialect meaning informs it’s a mist which rises at certain times in the year from a marsh, particularly in fen country. Both Honey and her Bear hail from Suffolk so that pins them down as regional champions, along the lines of Seth Lakeman or Show...

David Marquiss

David Marquiss

This CD from Bristol-based David Marquiss features excellent playing on nylon strung guitar combined with a fine baritone voice and a good selection of self-penned and traditional tunes and instrumentals reflecting influences as diverse as Skip James and Nick Drake....

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Ely Folk Festival 2021
Belshazzar’s Feast ‘Summer of Love’ Tour 2021

Belshazzar’s Feast ‘Summer of Love’ Tour 2021

FEASTIE BOYS ARE BACK ON THE MAP! ....with new music and real concerts at venues and festivals from 17th May, when the roadmap will allow it. Some are indoor and some outside. At some venues they’re doing two concerts so that the audience can be well spaced out – yes...

FEATURES

Earworms For The Thinking Generation

Earworms For The Thinking Generation

With current circumstances you’d think that we’d be awash with decent social commentary and bands who’d want us all to think before we act. Merry Hell do great work but they could do with a hand. Enter Headsticks with C.O.W. the first album of 2021 to delve deeper in its quest for answers. Our man with them at the barricades; Nick Barber. Riding...

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the lost words
From Wandering Troubador to Scottish Laird

From Wandering Troubador to Scottish Laird

Born in Massechusetts in 1945, Marc Ellington lived an unusual life; to say he was a colourful character would not be an exaggeration. The early 1960s saw him as a fully paid up member of the American folk boom, singing with The Highwaymen in Oregon. By the middle of...

When You Can’t See The Wood For The Trees

When You Can’t See The Wood For The Trees

Mysterious and enigmatic the music of Trees has historically been hard to find and expensive, yet has become the stuff of legend. A new 50th Anniversary box set from Earth Records, creatively titled ‘Trees,’ collects everything worth hearing by this iconic band. Folk...

Shiny Things, The Magpie Arc bring back sunnier times

Shiny Things, The Magpie Arc bring back sunnier times

Just when you were thinking these strange times had wiped out all the decent things about music, along come a band to flip your wig. The Magpie Arc are exactly what’s needed to bring back sunnier days. Simon Jones checks out their fine feathers. “Alex is the biggest...

THIS WEEKS CHARTS

FOLK

staves good Woman

Good Woman is at Number 1 for The Staves. It's been in the Americana chart for weeks as well.

Americana

evermore taylor swift

The really rather good Evermore by Taylor Swift dominates the chart

Jazz & Blues

 NUBIYAN TWIST

Freedom Fables from London nine piece Nubiyan Twist at number 6, a slice of excellence

FESTIVALS

‘Virtually’ Orkney Folk Festival Digital Plans Announced for May 27-30

‘Virtually’ Orkney Folk Festival Digital Plans Announced for May 27-30

An international bill of leading folk artists from Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark and Canada  will feature as part of this year’s online Orkney Folk Festival - alongside a number of newly commissioned performances from homegrown Orcadian artists. Dubbed the Virtually Orkney Folk Festival for 2021, the award-winning festival’s organisers are...

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Boomtown Fair forced to postpone in face of Government intransigence

Boomtown Fair forced to postpone in face of Government intransigence

Owing to the lack of a Government backed COVID specific insurance scheme to provide a vital safety net to events this summer, the organisers of Boomtown Fair have come to the difficult decision to no longer go ahead in 2021. Rumours and speculation about vaccination...

“If all the world’s a stage” …. As You Like It Festival

“If all the world’s a stage” …. As You Like It Festival

If all the world’s a stage and the men and women are merely players, then there are plenty of players for the stage at the  unique 'As you like it' Festival being held in Stratford-upon-Avon from 26th to 30th July this year. Following the postponement of Costa del...

Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

In these dark and challenging times, we all need love. And the award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has signed up over twenty of the UK and Ireland’s leading folk artists to provide it on Valentine’s Day (Sunday February 14th 2021). For the Folk on Foot Festival of...

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