Friday 19 August 2022

IN THE ROOTS OF MUSIC

Newsletter SIGNUP

spiral earth

FEATURES

Spiral Award winners 2014

Spiral Award winners 2014

These are the nominations that received the most votes in the Spiral Awards 2014, in a few cases it was a very close run thing. The winners, and the nominations speak volumes for the breadth of music that we have covered over the last year - check them out, everything...

Spiral Awards 2013 Winners

Spiral Awards 2013 Winners

Every year we agonise over nominations, asking a wide range of 'industry professionals' (code for old soaks) to give us their considered opinion. But then the danger is it ends up being just like all the other awards out there, and that's just dull. So we have grabbed...

Spiral Awards 2012 Winners

Spiral Awards 2012 Winners

The awards celebrate the wide range of music we cover, always grounded in folk and roots but willing to go wherever it takes us. This year we have decided to make a few changes to the categories. Increasingly over the past couple of years we have been covering more...

The Alternative BBC Folk Awards

The Alternative BBC Folk Awards

So to Cardiff. Which is in Wales. That’s the one where they didn’t get to vote for independence. Yet. The Millennium Centre. Lovely place. Lovely people. Lovely music. Lovely ambience. Lovely BBC Folk Awards. A right good do it turned out to be too. An exceedingly...

Top of the Fests

Top of the Fests

THE HIGHLY UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 MOST POPULAR FESTIVAL ACTS Here we go then…the festival season. A time for conversing with nature, shaking off the worries of the big, bad world, quaffing a few ciders and getting in touch with your alternative side. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy,...

War? What is it good for?

War? What is it good for?

In the immortal words of Edwin Starr, “War, huh, yeah…what’s it good for? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.” Actually Edwin, I don’t think that’s entirely true. From ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’ to ‘Fixin’ To Die Rag’, from ‘Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag’ to ‘Universal...

Butlins – Great British Folk Festival

Butlins – Great British Folk Festival

Hello campers. Hope this finds you well. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. Hang on, I’ll run that by you again. I’ve just had a fun weekend in Skegness. At Butlins. And that’s not something I thought I’d ever have cause to say since 1973. Come to...

Is it August yet? Oh right, it must be Devon then…

Is it August yet? Oh right, it must be Devon then…

My journey to Sidmouth had been long, colourful, tiring and yes, I freely admit it, occasionally squiffy. Well, there was that strange festival on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Iceland and nobody stays sober in Iceland for more than 10 minutes at a time, what with...

Bob Dylan is 70 too

Bob Dylan is 70 too

As a follow up to meeting his hero Martin Carthy on the occasion of his 70th and writing a blog about it for us, colin has resorted to verse to celebrate Bob Dylan, who is also 70 this year. This is the whole of Dylans career in one wonderful poem... Hey hey Bobby...

The Spiral Awards Winners 2011

The Spiral Awards Winners 2011

The voting is over and it's time to give out some gongs in recognition of the great music and artists we have featured on Spiral Earth over the past year. The awards celebrate the wide range of music we cover, always grounded in folk and roots but willing to go...

Competition: Win VIP tickets to an invitation-only gig by The Selecter

Competition: Win VIP tickets to an invitation-only gig by The Selecter

We have a pretty amazing prize of a pair of VIP Guestlist places to an invitation-only gig being held by The Selecter at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden on 26th May. The Selecter will be showcasing tracks from their brand new album Subculture (released on June...

Interview with Sheri Gee, Art Director at the Folio Society

Interview with Sheri Gee, Art Director at the Folio Society

Founded in London in 1947, The Folio Society publishes carefully crafted editions of the world’s finest literature. 'Beautifully crafted, imaginative editions of the world’s great works of fiction and non-fiction, Folio Society books offer a rich literary experience...

Success in the US

Success in the US

2014 was a fantastic year for certain Englishmen within the mainstream film and television industry - many achieving widespread success and Hollywood adoration. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony in March saw the confirmation of Steve McQueen as a world class Auteur for...

Locked in Place: Cinema in a single setting

Locked in Place: Cinema in a single setting

You would be forgiven for having not heard of Steven Knight’s relatively low-budget thriller Locke, released in the spring of 2014. It’s a film starring Tom Hardy that unfolds almost entirely inside a car. To be put off by the simple premise on the other hand is...

Francis Pryor video interview

Francis Pryor video interview

We talk to Francis Pryor about his career as an archaeologist and his latest foray into writing fiction. His debut novel 'The Lifers Club' was published in 2014 and the follow up ' The Way, The Truth and The Dead' is due for publication soon via the Unbound crowd...

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

The only place name in the British Isles with an exclamation mark. (There's something for pub quiz geeks to squirrel away). As a Cornishman living in Devon, inextricably linked to the west country, these two words for me conjure up powerful images and memories. It is...

The value of music

The value of music

I was asked this morning to fill in a questionnaire which had been compiled by a student researching ways in which value could be re-inserted to music for consumers. The questions were as you might expect: How do you consume music? Do you regularly pay for music? and...

Over production and emotional reduction

Over production and emotional reduction

We've all been there: You've just seen an amazing live act, they could be your next big thing. You get home and download their album. It sounds great. But it just isn't... right. This year I visited the Beverley Folk Festival, there were many brilliant acts I couldn't...

Our sense of place: O’Hooley & Tidow

Our sense of place: O’Hooley & Tidow

“O’Hooley & Tidow; that’s an odd name for a band”, people often comment; we jokingly retort that we could have chosen something a bit easier to pronounce, something that rolls off the tongue more fluidly. But the thing is, these are our names, our surnames, Belinda...

Ceasefire Soldiers by Nick Burbridge

Ceasefire Soldiers by Nick Burbridge

Nick Burbridge won the 'Songwriter of the Year' category in the Spiral Awards 2013. Now, there is a strong chance that you have never heard of him, his performances are rarer than hen's teeth, he has no industry or PR support and he completely lacks the ego that...