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Time to invest in the arts

With lockdown tentatively easing it’s time to get the arts and entertainment sectors running on all cylinders again. Then the education Secretary says that the government might reduce funding for arts degrees, you couldn’t make it up could you?

Luckily it’s not all in his hands, the arts, entertainment and hospitality sectors give meaning to our lives. It contributes millions to tax coffers and employs tens of thousands of people. Let’s support them properly!

REVIEWS

Joe Bonamassa, Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman, Provogue

Joe Bonamassa, Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman, Provogue

Through adversity triumph tastes all the sweeter. Joe’s last studio album ‘Royal Tea’ had a tortuous road to completion and as the man himself said he felt almost ‘cursed’ as physical mishaps and the pandemic delayed all best laid plans. Despite these obstacles his tribute to the English blues boom proved to be a high watermark in our hero’s...

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MA in traditional Music
The Missing Star –  Lunatraktors

The Missing Star –  Lunatraktors

Described as 'alt-folk' there comes a point where the 'alt' bit becomes more current or progressive than alternative and 'The Missing Star'  fits that definition in that it’s a good indicator of what is happening now in many folk circles. It contains a melange of...

Soo Line Loons/Geodesia – Luis Peixoto

Soo Line Loons/Geodesia – Luis Peixoto

Soo Line Loons, (loons as in diving birds, check your Observers Book of, other identification guides are available,) are a happily diverse crew of rockers who tip their hat to all kinds of roots music. The Soo Line bit of the name is apparently a Minneapolis railway...

Architecture & Archaeology – Greg Hancock

Architecture & Archaeology – Greg Hancock

Songs are made of words and music and it is rare to find a songwriter who has the balance exactly right. Greg Hancock has though. The musicianship on this album is exquisite, with help from some heavyweight friends in George Arnold, Lucas Drinkwater on various...

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Ely Folk Festival 2021
New Video Series from the Improv Folk Duo The Ciderhouse Rebellion

New Video Series from the Improv Folk Duo The Ciderhouse Rebellion

There was an idea, long ago, in classical Roman religion, that every part of the world had its own little god, its own spirit. It was the ‘spirit of place’ the Genius Loci, and folk-improv duo The Ciderhouse Rebellion, featuring Adam Summerhayes on fiddle and Murray...

UK Dates for International legends The Turbans

UK Dates for International legends The Turbans

International legends The Turbans bind together music from ‘manywhere’ with their interstellar live show which ignites the crowd. Sonically huge and visually arresting, they are a powerhouse of talent, bringing their vibrant and unique sound to audiences who can do...

FEATURES

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 the pleasure to review Greg Hancock’s new album ‘Architecture and Archaeology’...

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the lost words
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...

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...

THIS WEEKS CHARTS

FOLK

Flyte

Sure to keep the 'what constitutes a folk album' debate going. Flyte at No1 with This Is Really Going To Hurt

Americana

The Black Keys Delta Kream

The Black Keys stand at the top of the Americana and Blues charts this week with Delta Kream

Jazz & Blues

The Black Keys Delta Kream
Delta Kream from The Black Keys dominates the Blues chart with it's hill country blues songs

FESTIVALS

Hundreds of Free Events Planned to Celebrate Make Music Day on 21 June

Hundreds of Free Events Planned to Celebrate Make Music Day on 21 June

Make Music Day is a global celebration of music that takes place in 125 countries on 21 June every year. The concept, which originates from France’s Fête de la Musique, started in 1982, and now involves two thirds of the population of France. The event traditionally involves performers, venues, event organisers, volunteers and supporters, with...

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Lights – Music – Action! – FolkEast returns this Summer !

Lights – Music – Action! – FolkEast returns this Summer !

With the biggest easing of COVID restrictions about to go ahead, and the roadmap out of lockdown on target, England’s most easterly folk festival, FolkEast, has confirmed it is on course to return this August – with weekend tickets now on sale. Last summer FolkEast...

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...

“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...

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