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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

Calla Lily – The Brother Brothers

Calla Lily – The Brother Brothers

As the history of music shows, from The Everly Brothers to The Bee Gees, there's nothing quite like siblings harmonising. Identical twins, David and Adam Moss have added to this long line of close harmony vocalising as The Brother Brothers with their album 'Calla Lily'. It follows on from a debut that set ripples astir on the musical waters...

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MA in traditional Music
First Farewell – Peggy Seeger

First Farewell – Peggy Seeger

Anyone familiar with Peggy Seeger's life will know that she's an irrepressible tour de force of an artist. So, no surprises for fans when the album rumoured as her last arrives with a touch of irony in its title, 'First Farewell'. It's Seeger's 24th solo album in a...

A Maid In Bremen – The John Renbourn Group

A Maid In Bremen – The John Renbourn Group

Unearthed by MIG- Made In Germany- this album may have a groan inducing title but the contents from a 1978 radio broadcast more than justifies the archaeology. Just what was it with maids? The Smart Alecs among you will know this crew had already named one album after...

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Ely Folk Festival 2021
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...

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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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

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 passports and testing have left event organisers scratching their heads. In light...

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“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...

Celtic Connections 2021, the digital one…

Celtic Connections 2021, the digital one…

Celtic Connections 2021 has drawn to a close, and the organisers have issued this press release: With audiences from over 60 countries and over 27,000 tickets and passes sold, the first ever digital Celtic Connections has been a huge success. Over 10.5 million minutes...

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