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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...

Shiny Things, The Magpie Arc bring back sunnier times

Shiny Things, The Magpie Arc bring back sunnier times

Just when you were thinking these strange times had wiped out all the decent things about music, along come a band to flip your wig. The Magpie Arc are exactly what’s needed to bring back sunnier days. Simon Jones checks out their fine feathers. “Alex is the biggest...

Robert Jon: Wreckless!

Robert Jon: Wreckless!

With a terrific new album ‘Last Light on the Highway’ ROBERT JON & THE WRECK have realised their potential and left rivals to the Southern Roots Rock crown in their slipstream. On the line from California ROBERT JON BURRISON talks to Lyndon Noon about his latest...

Rory Block Interview

Rory Block Interview

What did a young girl find in the blues which makes it a lifelong passion? The music was filled with intense passion and spoke directly to what was in my heart. Your guitar style is pretty unique how has that been shaped and changed over time? I started out with folk...

Kirsty Merryn Interview – One Bright Star

Kirsty Merryn Interview – One Bright Star

Kirsty Merryn arrives with a woozily gorgeous second album tucked under her arm, a steadily growing reputation for creating atmospheric and meaningful songs as well as totally refitting traditional material with contemporary relevance. She’s earning plaudits from...

Jonathan Kelly: 8th July 1948 –  May 2nd 2020

Jonathan Kelly: 8th July 1948 – May 2nd 2020

It’s 2008 and the clock’s ticking, Jonathan Kelly has been on stage for well over three and a half hours and he shows no sign of stopping. In the end just shy of four hours, with midnight close at hand he finally waves his acoustic guitar to acknowledge a full house...

Pete Mortons Top Protest Songs Of All Time!

Pete Mortons Top Protest Songs Of All Time!

Here troubadour/singer and commentator Pete Morton takes us through his list of the most effective ‘finger pointing songs’ as a certain Robert Zimmerman used to call material of social commentary. “Most of them are folk - the list could have been a hundred or more. I...

Interview with Pete Morton

Interview with Pete Morton

Always a restless spirit has claimed Pete Morton, his albums filled with songs of the here and now, the human condition as well as traditional refits and relevant covers. His own material has long been celebrated for inherent hope and honesty, yet his new collection...

Julie Felix 1938 – 2020 obituary

Julie Felix 1938 – 2020 obituary

It’s not often remembered that Julie Felix, who passed away on March 22nd aged 81 years, was a major force in music and television during the swinging 60s, a face as familiar as Cilla Black or Twiggy. She had a BBC show after being a member of David Frost’s satirical...

Golden Horizons, Benji Kirkpatrick interview

Golden Horizons, Benji Kirkpatrick interview

With a brilliant, melodic, hard hitting new band /album and membership of the most enduring of British roots rock groups, Benji Kirkpatrick is without question one of the hottest artists on the roots scene at the moment. Putting his past, present and possible future...

Dodge Brothers Drive Train interview

Dodge Brothers Drive Train interview

The Dodge Brothers recent album Drive Train is a seriously great slice of blues drenched rock and roll, check out our review here. We recently interviewed the band; Mike Hammond (guitars, lead vocals, banjo); Aly Hirji (guitars, mandolin, vocals); Mark Kermode (bass,...

Folk awards 2019: And the nominations are…

Folk awards 2019: And the nominations are…

It’s the night when the folk community goes all Hollywood and glitzy, sporting suits and sparkly frocks... or at least a pair of ironed jeans and a proper shirt.  As the bespoke trophies are handed out Simon Jones mingles with guests, musicians and the paying public...

Kim Edgar – A Question of Firsts

Kim Edgar – A Question of Firsts

The latest artist to bare their soul for Spiral Earth and give us their list of firsts is singer/songwriter Kim Edgar. Actually, singer/songwriter as a description doesn't really give her credit for the range of projects she gets herself involved in, from directing...

Amy Montgomery Interview

Amy Montgomery Interview

Thanks for talking to us Amy! You and the band caused quite a stir at the Cambridge Folk Fest, are you used to getting such a positive reaction from audiences the first time people hear your music? Cambridge Folk Fest was a truly incredible experience for me. Everyone...

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 2

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 2

All too often a fusion of musical styles can feel forced or somehow artificial. Ajay has avoided that completely, when a musical fusion truly works it reveals hidden parts of both traditions, illuminated by each other.  As our talk progressed it became evident that...

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Judy Collins interview – headlines Wickham Festival 1st August

Interview with folk legend Judy Collins, who has – in the words of her biggest hit – looked at life from both sides now… and has somehow come through the triumphs and the tragedy. The American star, who headlines the opening night of the Wickham Festival on Thursday...

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 1

Interview – Ajay Srivastav, part 1

We recently interviewed Ajay Srivastav about his great new album Karmic Blues, which is a stunning blend of Delta Blues and Indian Folk. We wanted to find out how he found the synergies between cultures and the path his own life has woven to bring them together......

A Question of Firsts – Bryony Griffith

A Question of Firsts – Bryony Griffith

Bryony Griffith proves that English Fiddle music is no museum piece with her deft and inspiring style. Not even when she was literally a museum piece in the National Coal Mining Museum for England as a part of the EFDSS Musicians in Museums project. She is a senior...

A Question of Firsts – Damien Barber

A Question of Firsts – Damien Barber

Damien Barber is one of the true innovators in folk music, always pushing at the boundaries between folk dance, music and performance. He is also a flag bearer for the sleeveless t-shirt, a garment that should have been allowed to die an undignified death decades ago....

Irish Mythen – A Question of Firsts

Irish Mythen – A Question of Firsts

My intros to these pieces generally involve me roasting the artist slowly over a gentle heat. There's always something I can tease apart about them for a cheap laugh (What, you thought this was a high-brow view into someone's inner psyche?). But Irish Mythen has...