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Yet more restrictions

With new variants popping up all over the world it seems clear that we have to find a way to live with the virus. Obviously the first link in the chain is governments having the foresight to close borders to hotspots in a timely manner (like that’s going to happen).

These four extra weeks of restrictions are right when the festival sector should be shifting into high gear. Instead it’s cancellations and uncertainty.

REVIEWS

OX 15- Maartin Allcock.

OX 15- Maartin Allcock.

A postcode in case you were wondering, that once of Maartin Allcock who sadly passed a couple of years ago. At the time of recording he was happily grounded in the wider circle of Fairport Convention, his membership having been relinquished in 1996. ‘OX15’ is his celebration of that environment /experiences and was originally issued by A New Day...

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Milestone – Duncan Lyall.

Milestone – Duncan Lyall.

When you’re chummy with the likes of The Treacherous Orchestra and locked in with Croft No Five you can’t help but be an eclectic thinker. Duncan Lyall is therefore a polyglot musical soaker and I don’t mean that as disparaging in any way, it’s a compliment totally!...

First Agnostic Church Of Hope And Wonder – Todd Snider

First Agnostic Church Of Hope And Wonder – Todd Snider

Pigeonholing musicians is a convenience for discussing music but it's a nuisance for the more creative artist who wanders a diverse artistic path. Almost by definition, what the latter creates is more interesting but tends to lead to cult status rather than mass...

The Butchers Of Bristol – Gadarene.

The Butchers Of Bristol – Gadarene.

If you spy a group of people with determined looks on their faces, carrying a couple of shot guns you don’t need to worry, your local banks and building societies are safe, it’s just Gadarene hunting down the bloke who’s reviewing their new album for Spiral Earth....

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Cecil Sharp House re-opens in September with stellar Autumn / Winter Season

Cecil Sharp House re-opens in September with stellar Autumn / Winter Season

From small intimate soirees to grander scale gigs, Cecil Sharp House, accommodates them all. Once again, the ‘house’ looks forward to hosting music-loving audiences in a packed Autumn/winter season, starting September 2021. Although Cecil Sharp House is a much loved London venue, the English Folk Dance & Song Society based there is very much...

Full Programme for Piping Live! Unveiled

Full Programme for Piping Live! Unveiled

The full suite of programmed activity for Glasgow’s Piping Live! festival has been unveiled, with a number of exciting in-person shows confirmed to go ahead as part of the nine-day event.  The world’s biggest piping festival will take a hybrid approach for 2021,...

An Audience with Dawn French at Underneath the Stars

An Audience with Dawn French at Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars festival is delighted to reveal actor, author and comedian, Dawn French, will be taking part in the family-friendly music and arts festival at Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley (30 July – 1st August). Filling the popular afternoon slot previously held by...

Brand New Solo Acoustic Album from Altfolk Chris Cleverley

Brand New Solo Acoustic Album from Altfolk Chris Cleverley

Live from The Glass Isle is the brand new solo acoustic album from Altfolk songwriter/guitarist Chris Cleverley. This series of stripped back recordings features adapted versions of songs from his previous two studio albums, arranged exclusively for solo guitar and...

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Kitty Macfarlane Autumn ‘21 Tour

Kitty Macfarlane Autumn ‘21 Tour

“Folk-Ambassador for the Wild” Tours UK with New Band Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 for the Horizon award, and voted FATEA Female Artist of the Year.  Her lyrics touch on intervention and...

Peter Knight Keeping Safe in Quarantine for Summer Tour Dates

Peter Knight Keeping Safe in Quarantine for Summer Tour Dates

The Master that is Peter Knight has been dutifully quarantining after arriving in this country from his home in France.      Rehearsing alone before proper rehearsals start next Monday for gigs and festivals with the Gigspanner Trio / Big Band and his duo partner John...

Chris Wood Headlines the first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival

Chris Wood Headlines the first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival

Six time BBC Folk Award winner Chris Wood has been announced as the headliner for Brighton and Hove’s first folk festival. Established local promoters Folkroom have announced their full line-up for the festival, which takes place at The Brunswick in Hove on September...

FEATURES

Greg Hancock – His Sure Fingers

Greg Hancock – His Sure Fingers

Comparisons with Al Stewart, John Martyn and a whole host of other acoustic troubadours along with a rave review for his latest recording, something's brewing in the far corners of Devon. Phil Thomas was dispatched to locate and question Greg Hancock.  I recently had the pleasure to review Greg Hancock’s new album ‘Architecture and Archaeology’...

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the lost words
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...

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...

THIS WEEKS CHARTS

FOLK

Bellowhead Reassembled

Back again Bellowhead at No1 with Reassembled

Americana

eternal Rocks

The assured debut from  Katherine Priddy at number 5 with The Eternal Rocks Beneath

Jazz & Blues

nina simone

Nina Simone - The Montreaux Years Celebrates her long relationship with the legendary Jazz Festival

FESTIVALS

Full Programme for Piping Live! Unveiled

Full Programme for Piping Live! Unveiled

The full suite of programmed activity for Glasgow’s Piping Live! festival has been unveiled, with a number of exciting in-person shows confirmed to go ahead as part of the nine-day event.  The world’s biggest piping festival will take a hybrid approach for 2021, combining performances at The National Piping Centre alongside a rich programme of...

All Festivals

An Audience with Dawn French at Underneath the Stars

An Audience with Dawn French at Underneath the Stars

Underneath the Stars festival is delighted to reveal actor, author and comedian, Dawn French, will be taking part in the family-friendly music and arts festival at Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley (30 July – 1st August). Filling the popular afternoon slot previously held by...

Chris Wood Headlines the first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival

Chris Wood Headlines the first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival

Six time BBC Folk Award winner Chris Wood has been announced as the headliner for Brighton and Hove’s first folk festival. Established local promoters Folkroom have announced their full line-up for the festival, which takes place at The Brunswick in Hove on September...

Brighton and Hove Folk Festival is on this September

Brighton and Hove Folk Festival is on this September

Originally planned for summer last year, The first Brighton and Hove Folk Festival will finally be going ahead on September 11th 2021. A timely addition to the folk festival circuit, this one-day event will be run by established local promoters Folkroom, with renowned...

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