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The Seeds Of Love – Serious Sam Barrett.

The Seeds Of Love – Serious Sam Barrett.

“I wanted to make a traditional album, so that’s what I did.” So says Sam Barrett and just as his name indicates, he was serious about it. Naming his record after a book of folk songs gifted to him by his sympathetic wife, this is is serious trad and when it isn’t trad, it’s serious trad style. Raised in the lively Yorkshire folk scene, he’s...

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Ghost Owl – Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow.

Ghost Owl – Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow.

Having been asked by environmentalist film guru Simon Hurwitz to soundtrack a couple of his short films, singer guitarist and all round good guy, Brooks Williams it seems didn’t know when to stop. Opportune as it was what with a pandemic to sit at home and knock out a...

Talk About The Weather – Serious Child & Andy Ruddy.

Talk About The Weather – Serious Child & Andy Ruddy.

  I really liked the last album by Serious Child it was an attractive slice of breezy folk pop which ticked all the right boxes and promised further wonders to follow. I didn’t really expect then that he’d team up with another strumstrel yet here he is with Andy...

Estren – Teyr.

Estren – Teyr.

What do you do when you find yourself in a rural Finnish cabin surrounded by lakes, trees, bags of fresh air and not a lot else? You could always have a sauna followed by a bracing dip in the lake. No doubt Teyr did, for that was the situation back in 2018 which led...

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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band Rescheduled Dates

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band Rescheduled Dates

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as 'melodically folk-rooted...

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage Autumn Tour Dates

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage Autumn Tour Dates

Huddled round a single vintage microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique. Since emerging in 2016, the duo have...

Paddy Maloney/Robin Morton

Paddy Maloney/Robin Morton

The death of two giants of traditional music means that the folk world loses a pair of tireless individuals who gave their time to restore and take the music they loved out from the clubs to a wider audience. Spiral Earth notes their passing.    Paddy Maloney was the...

Seth Lakeman Announces New Studio Album ‘Make Your Mark’

Seth Lakeman Announces New Studio Album ‘Make Your Mark’

Emerging from lockdown, Seth Lakeman explodes back on the music scene with stunning new studio album ‘Make Your Mark’ set for CD and digital release on November 19th, followed by a double vinyl format on December 17th. Written during his enforced 18 months off the...

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Jacob & Drinkwater join with Emily Barker for new Single

Jacob & Drinkwater join with Emily Barker for new Single

Songwriting duo Jacob & Drinkwater have shared ‘To Call You Friend’ the second single from their new album ‘More Notes From The Field’, released on the 29th October through Polyphonic Life Records.Made up of singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob, known for his work...

Usher’s Island Announce UK Dates

Usher’s Island Announce UK Dates

Usher’s Island brings together two generations of the finest and most influential Irish traditional musicians, stretching back to the acclaimed 1970’s era of Planxty, through Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, and the Bothy Band, through fiddler Paddy Glackin. They follow...

Steeleye Span’s Rescheduled 2020 Tour

Steeleye Span’s Rescheduled 2020 Tour

1970 would prove to be a vintage year for music and the start of an era that would change the world. For Steeleye Span – formed the year before - it would mark a major milestone. The band released their debut album Hark The Village Wait, a record that would not only...

FEATURES

Family Credit.

Family Credit.

Occasionally an album comes along which makes more of an impact than was realised at the time of release, somehow it’s more than the sum of its parts. Simply re-releasing it is not enough and it has to be reassessed because with hindsight its true importance is realised. Such a record is ‘The Family Album,’ it was atypical of its composer and it...

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The Show Will Go On.

The Show Will Go On.

As the folk world slowly opens to a musical landscape constantly shifting and coming to terms with the limitations of a continuing pandemic, amidst festival cancellations galore, Simon Jones ventures to one of the few, brave survivors, Shrewsbury. “The weather’s been...

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...

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...

FESTIVALS

Celtic Connections Returns For 2022

Celtic Connections Returns For 2022

Celtic Connections, the UK’s premiere celebration of roots music, will return in full force for 2022 with an exciting and eclectic programme of events taking place in Glasgow from Thursday 20 January to Sunday 6 February 2022. Breathing life and soul into much-loved venues across the city, the 18-day programme of events spanning traditional folk,...

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Summer of Glamping Festivals Comes to a Spectacular Close in Cannich

Summer of Glamping Festivals Comes to a Spectacular Close in Cannich

A fun-filled summer of glamping festivals in Cannich came to a close in spectacular style this weekend as headliners Mànran and Scooty and the Skyhooks brought the curtain down on the series of ground-breaking events. Capers in Cannich made history earlier this year...

Triumphant Return for Reimagined FolkEast 2021

Triumphant Return for Reimagined FolkEast 2021

Back on track after a two-year wait, England’s most easterly folk festival, FOLKEAST, pulled off a spectacular and emotional reunion last weekend (August 20-22). The delayed ninth FolkEast returned to Suffolk’s glorious Constable-esque grounds of Elizabethan Glemham...

Merry Hell and Lady Nade to join the FolkEast Party!

Merry Hell and Lady Nade to join the FolkEast Party!

LAST CHANCE FOR WEEKEND & DAY TICKETS -Free admission for children aged 11 and under- Hugely popular North-West folk rockers Merry Hell have been announced as Sunday headliners at England’s most easterly folk festival, FOLKEAST (August 20-22). The 8-piece...

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...

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...

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