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The Folk Detectives to Wreak Havoc at Summer Festivals Again!

The Folk Detectives to Wreak Havoc at Summer Festivals Again!

The Folk Detectives are Matthew Crampton and Paul Hutchinson. Their mission is ‘to uphold the lore – the Folklore.’ They challenge the ‘so-called experts’ at Cecil Sharp House with a podcast filled with outlandish theories. But their pilot recording for that podcast...

Two’s Up Two – Simon Care & Gareth Turner.

Two’s Up Two – Simon Care & Gareth Turner.

A celebration of life long friendship, there are two 'Two's Up' here as the title indicates, one recorded back in 1997 - when both Simon Care and Gareth Turner were young wags enlivening the folk rock game. Care with The Albion Band and EII, Gareth Turner as part of...

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The Folk Detectives to Wreak Havoc at Summer Festivals Again!

The Folk Detectives to Wreak Havoc at Summer Festivals Again!

The Folk Detectives are Matthew Crampton and Paul Hutchinson. Their mission is ‘to uphold the lore – the Folklore.’ They challenge the ‘so-called experts’ at Cecil Sharp House with a podcast filled with outlandish theories. But their pilot recording for that podcast keeps failing. Among the deadpan nonsense, terrible jokes and musical pastiches,...

LEVELLERS COLLECTIVE MARCH 2025 UK TOUR, LIVE ALBUM & DVD

LEVELLERS COLLECTIVE MARCH 2025 UK TOUR, LIVE ALBUM & DVD

Following a summer of electrifying shows later this year, including their annual headline performance at Beautiful Days Festival in August, revered British band the Levellers will return with their much-loved acoustic Collective in spring 2025. Having thrilled fans...

Talisk Hitting the Road for UK Tour

Talisk Hitting the Road for UK Tour

One of the most talked-about folk bands of the 21st century, Talisk have been tearing apart stereotypes and redefining the genre for almost a decade. With over 15 million streams and 10,000 albums sold worldwide, and sell out shows across five continents - from Paris...

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The Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn Saltlines Tour

The Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn Saltlines Tour

Taking audiences by storm, SALTLINES is a compelling Prose and Music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene. Together they celebrate the beauty,...

Indie-folk Duo Lemoncello Share Debut Self-Titled Album

Indie-folk Duo Lemoncello Share Debut Self-Titled Album

On Friday 3rd May, Indie-folk duo Lemoncello shared their long-awaited debut LP, a self-titled record to be released via the iconic Claddagh Records label. The album is available digitally, on CD and vinyl. Honest and deliberate, yet beguiling and oblique, Lemoncello...

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The Quiet One.

The Quiet One.

Gerry Conway left us on March 29th after a lifetime of keeping rhythmn with a list of classic folk rock bands. Simon Jones pays due tribute.  It is with much regret that Spiral Earth reports the sad passing of Gerry Conway, a great drummer and percussionist who ran through the decades of English folk/rock history like a river. A Norfolk lad he...

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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...

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...

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FolkEast Announces More Top Names as it bids a Fond Farewell to Glemham Hall

FolkEast Announces More Top Names as it bids a Fond Farewell to Glemham Hall

Recognised as one of the UK’s favourite (and friendliest) folk festivals – by  audience and artists alike – FolkEast returns to Suffolk this summer with four heady days of the best of British folk with added Spanish, Swedish and French flavour! It will be the 12th year for England’s most easterly folk festival which will once again be staged –...

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Cambridge Folk Festival Announce Line-Up for Emerging Talent Stage

Cambridge Folk Festival Announce Line-Up for Emerging Talent Stage

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR EMERGING TALENT STAGE THE DEN, PRESENTED BY TURING LOCKE, AS CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL SPOTS THE STARS OF TOMORROW EIGHTEEN ARTISTS TO BE SHORTLSTED FOR THE CHRISTIAN RAPHAEL PRIZE PREVIOUS WINNERS INCLUDE KATHERINE PRIDDY, ANGELINE MORRISON AND...

Final line-up announcement for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Final line-up announcement for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

One of the UK's most successful female rock, blues and jazz singers leads the list of final artists just announced for this year's Shrewsbury Folk Festival Elkie Brooks, whose 'Pearls' album became the most successful chart album by a British female when it was...

Cambridge Folk Festival 2024 – More Names Announced !

Cambridge Folk Festival 2024 – More Names Announced !

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and most prestigious folk festivals in the world.   Established by Cambridge City Council and held each year since 1965, the Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and eclectic mix of music. It attracts...

Folk by the Oak Festival Unveil Exciting New Look for 2024

Folk by the Oak Festival Unveil Exciting New Look for 2024

Folk by the Oak Festival unveil exciting new look to complement their incredible line-up!  Billed as an uplifting, family friendly festival with 13 acts across their 2 stages, Folk by the Oak has been hosting an annual 1-day festival of back-to-back live music in...

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