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Topic Records Release Remastered Vinyl of Classic Anne Briggs Album

Topic Records Release Remastered Vinyl of Classic Anne Briggs Album

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the oldest independent label in the world, Topic Records have released a very special, remastered vinyl re-issue of the classic, 1971 eponymous album from Anne Briggs. Widely regarded as an essential pillar of any discerning folk...

Deadline Approaches for Alan Surtees Trust Funding Applications

Deadline Approaches for Alan Surtees Trust Funding Applications

The deadline is approaching for young musicians, dancers, singers and performers who want to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to develop their careers.   The Alan Surtees Trust makes up to four awards of £2,000 annually to supports performers or projects rooted in,...

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Topic Records Release Remastered Vinyl of Classic Anne Briggs Album

Topic Records Release Remastered Vinyl of Classic Anne Briggs Album

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the oldest independent label in the world, Topic Records have released a very special, remastered vinyl re-issue of the classic, 1971 eponymous album from Anne Briggs. Widely regarded as an essential pillar of any discerning folk record collection, Briggs’ debut counts amongst one of the most influential...

Deadline Approaches for Alan Surtees Trust Funding Applications

Deadline Approaches for Alan Surtees Trust Funding Applications

The deadline is approaching for young musicians, dancers, singers and performers who want to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to develop their careers.   The Alan Surtees Trust makes up to four awards of £2,000 annually to supports performers or projects rooted in,...

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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...

Miranda Rutter to Tour New Album ‘Bird Tunes’ with Rob Harbron

Miranda Rutter to Tour New Album ‘Bird Tunes’ with Rob Harbron

Miranda Rutter is a folk musician, fiddle and viola player, composer, performer, and teacher. She performs with Methera who focus on making folk music through the voice of the string quartet. She has also performed with the English Acoustic Collective and Morris...

FEATURES

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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Cambridge Folk Festival Announces Exciting New Partnership with Showcase Scotland Expo

Cambridge Folk Festival Announces Exciting New Partnership with Showcase Scotland Expo

LEADING SCOTTISH ARTISTS SET TO DAZZLE CROWDS AT CHERRY HINTON IN THE YEAR OF SCOTLAND!   Assynt - Constant Follower - Eabhal - Falasgair - Hannah Rarity  Paper Sparrows - Paul McKenna (solo) - Sian - Ainsley Hamill Birdvox - The Langan Band - Dean Owens and The Sinners   PLUS VERY SPECIAL STAGE ONE SUNDAY FINALE FROM BLUE ROSE CODE AND FAMOUS...

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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...

More Names Announced for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

More Names Announced for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman  (USA) and Jacqui McShee's Pentangle are among the new names just revealed for the Shrewsbury Folk Festival August Bank Holiday line-up.   Beth Neilson Chapman   Grammy nominated Mary...

Folk by the Oak Festival Completes Line-up

Folk by the Oak Festival Completes Line-up

An uplifting summer festival of the finest folk, roots and acoustic music in beautiful leafy parkland. Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire, Sunday 21 July 2024 Known for pulling together a ‘line-up of headliners’, Folk by the Oak Festival has confirmed its full 2024 line-up...

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