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Gretchen Peters Announces New Live Album & UK Tour Dates

Gretchen Peters Announces New Live Album & UK Tour Dates

2022 marks the 25th year since US singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters first set foot on a UK stage and she is celebrating the anniversary in style with the release of a live album recorded during a 2019 UK tour with her band and an all-female Scottish string quartet, The Show: Live from the UK, out on August the 19th on Proper Records. The Show:...

Underneath the Stars Festival Gender Balanced Music Line-Up

Underneath the Stars Festival Gender Balanced Music Line-Up

Underneath the Stars festival is leading the march for gender balance at festivals, announcing its final music line-up with a 50/50 artist split including an all-female headline bill, Imelda May (Friday), Kate Rusby (Saturday) and Suzanne Vega (Sunday). This year, the...

The Guv’nor Goes Podcasting.

The Guv’nor Goes Podcasting.

Interviews, biographies, features and writings abound about renowned folk icon Ashley Hutchings, (The Guv’nor) and his work with folk and traditional music is well documented. But on 1 July 2022 people will get to know more about the life and interests of this...

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Banjo Brothers in Arms Return with Second Album of Irish/US Fusion

Banjo Brothers in Arms Return with Second Album of Irish/US Fusion

Four years on from their debut album Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane and California’s Ron Block will revive their spectacular partnership in a second release celebrating the unbelievable scope - in their brilliant hands - of the humble banjo. A perfect, exuberant antidote...

AUSSIE FAVOURITES RETURN TO UK FOR NINTH SPOOKY SUMMER TOUR

AUSSIE FAVOURITES RETURN TO UK FOR NINTH SPOOKY SUMMER TOUR

Australia’s notorious Spooky Men's Chorale ship back to the UK for first time in three years Many things were missing from the Great British Summer last year - not least there was an unnervingly spooky silence in place of an anticipated antipodean friendly invasion....

Tamsin Elliott Debut Album & Tour

Tamsin Elliott Debut Album & Tour

Tamsin Elliott  is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and film-maker based in Bristol, UK. With roots in the folk music of the British Isles, her interests and playing styles extend to those of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East as well as...

REVIEWS

Tell ’Em You Were Gold – Pharis and Jason Romero

Tell ’Em You Were Gold – Pharis and Jason Romero

The duo, Pharis and Jason Romero, are multiple winners of Canada's Juno and Folk Music Awards. Their last album, 'Bet On Love', was described by American Songwriter as "masterful". A word that captures their work well and could easily be applied to the newly released seventh album as a duo, 'Tell ’Em You Were Gold'. The title is taken from the...

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I Can’t Fade Away : The Rockburgh Years. – Iain Matthews.

I Can’t Fade Away : The Rockburgh Years. – Iain Matthews.

Fade away? He never has done yet and it'll be a very sad day if he does. It's a fact that Iain Matthews is prolific, just as much as many of his fellow Fairport luminaries, still despite a stack of recordings as high as Everest ( okay maybe a slight exaggeration...

Sing It For A Lifetime – Heidi Talbot

Sing It For A Lifetime – Heidi Talbot

Irish born Heidi Talbot's career has already taken in a couple of transatlantic twists beginning with five years in America as a member of Cherish The Ladies. Later, spending over ten years married to Scottish folk musician, John McCusker, who was heavily involved in...

Fine Feathers.

Fine Feathers.

Magpie Arc. Up In Arms. Biddulph Town Hall. 10/6/22.  Delayed by that nasty Covid 19 malarkey Magpie Arc's presence has so far been cleverly managed online and through a series of EPs available from their website. Yet here they are on only the second date of their...

FEATURES

Time Span.

Time Span.

Technically 50 years old back in late 2019, celebrations had to be put on the back burner until that pesky Covid was largely dealt with. However with typical tenacity, Steeleye Span are once more out on the road, determined to party with their audience. Adjustments made for time lost, changes in membership, rotation of set lists and a fresh,...

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When Spriguns Come In.

When Spriguns Come In.

Four and a half decades on albums of Spriguns and Mandy Morton have become cult favourites and hot items amongst the rarest record collecting fraternity. Some see on line sparring rise to four figure sums. With such diverting activity the actual story of the band and...

Brighter Days Ahead?

Brighter Days Ahead?

The history of British musicians finding their own voice and reflecting their own back yard in a contemporary manner is a fraught one. Few have done it with any success, Ray Davies, Alan Hull, Richard Thompson, Bob Pegg, Billy Bragg, Squeeze, Runrig, The Tansads/Merry...

All Our Back Pages.

All Our Back Pages.

  Merry Hell. Lost Songs. The Brindley Theatre. Runcorn. Once they had another life entirely. Merry Hell, Wigan’s Chosen Few, were altogether different, they were a raucous, rough round the edges, cavorting troop of innocence, wonder and indie thinking, producing...

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...

FESTIVALS

Underneath the Stars Festival Gender Balanced Music Line-Up

Underneath the Stars Festival Gender Balanced Music Line-Up

Underneath the Stars festival is leading the march for gender balance at festivals, announcing its final music line-up with a 50/50 artist split including an all-female headline bill, Imelda May (Friday), Kate Rusby (Saturday) and Suzanne Vega (Sunday). This year, the festival worked with The F List, a directory of approximately 5,000 UK...

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CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2022 EXCITING ON-SITE ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED

CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2022 EXCITING ON-SITE ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED

Whilst Cambridge Folk Festival* is celebrated for an eclectic mix of first-rate music across four stages, the exciting extra activities around the site help to create a fully immersive weekend experience and keep Festival-goers returning year after year. The Festival...

The Imagined Village Reunite for Rare Appearance at FolkEast

The Imagined Village Reunite for Rare Appearance at FolkEast

As reunions go they don’t come much sweeter or timely than this. Back in 2012, Suffolk’s inaugural FolkEast festival saw an act described as ‘the most ambitious folk fusion band of the 21st century’ perform a memorable finale headline set. Bold and cross-cultural, The...

Brighton’s very own Folk Festival returns for Second Year!

Brighton’s very own Folk Festival returns for Second Year!

After a sell-out debut last summer despite lockdown worries, Brighton and Hove Folk Festival will officially return on September 10th 2022.Bigger and better in new host venue Patterns, this brilliant one-day event is a welcome addition to the Brighton scene, run by...

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